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We are going moose hunting this year... and the zone is mainly on farmland but with some bush/forest. I have never gone for a moose but Dad has, but Im looking for tips, advice and/or suggestions. Any help is appreciated.

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Are you going to be hunting during the rutt, which starts during the full moon in September ? If so, will you be trying to"call in the big guy".? How plentiful are the moose in this area ? Lakes or swamps nearby ?

Sorry for all the questions, but the more info you provide the better. Personaly, I like the rutt when I can call the big fellow out. Your Dad have any experience with calling?

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Yes it will be in the rut, or slightly before, depending on when we start harvest this year. I dont think we will be trying to call in the big guy-if we see him it's a bonus and besides that noone knows how to call a bull moose, besides me, (thanks to the videos. hehe)but I really blow at it-I got a bull to stop the other day but thats it. lol. There are 150 tags for the zone so there is a fair bit. There are 3 lakes nearby and lots fo swamps, and marshes.

Sorry i was so vague-a little too excited to get out there... only another 58 days. lol.

Thanks, and ahve a good one

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I had to think about this one for awhile.

One thing that will get the attention of a moose anytime is a cow moose urinateing. By splashing a half gallon of water into a puddle from about waist high sound like a cow having a pee in a puddle or swamp etc. It gets their attention and will sometimes comes to investigate.( This really helps when calling during the rutt) Don't overdue it though,one an hour or so, if during the rutt,at the same time as the call.

I'd be finding a heavily travelled area, sitting as far away as possible but still within a comfortable shooting distance. Having the same setup in the oposite direction monitoring the same area is good too as wind changes. If your dad and you are going to be a distance apart, no unnecessary radio chat.. The moose has poor eye sight but the nose and ears make up for it.
If you try using the "pee splashing" technique use only at one location at a time.

Look on he bright side, only 57 days now
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If you're going to be hunting near the first rut by all means do some calling. And I see you've got a tape so practice every chance you get. The wife'll think you're nuts but thats all part of hunting anyway. Don't worry if you dont sound like a moose--anything close will work. I've heard moose so often and one thing I realize is that I could never imitate the depth that sound, nor can anyone else. We just don't have the lung capacity. Theres lake and ponds nearby your area? Focus your attention around there and if you have the time, scout them out and watch for rut signs and old pits. Don't mis-interpret feeding for rut activity though. Moose often bed off the ends of ponds or on hummocks near swamps or marshes and will rut in the same areas year after year. They also cross between ponds or marshes and ponds so make sure you look for sign around there as well.

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If your hunting in the rut invet in a moose call usally a fiberglass horn or birchwood using this in the rut will usally bring in the big bulls if there around plan on covering ground and glassing moose are big animals but they can hide pretty well

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Something I like to do in the early part of the rut is bull grunting, and raking the brush with a shed antler or even a board works.Last year on Sept.11th,I went out one morning with my fiberglass call and a video camera,just too have some fun,as I cant seem to get a New Brunswick moose license,and I started cow calling. After an hour with no answers, Iturned around and started answering myself with bull grunts,and man did the action startup!! I had 2 bulls answering me,and they started raking their horns on every bush in that cut,so I did everything they did. I found a board onthe ground and every time the moose raked bushes,i did thesame,and if he grunted 5 times I answered 5 times. It took about a half-hour but 1 bull finally appeared,and I was not disappointed. He had 24 points,and I have him on video for 7-8 minutes, staring me down at 25 yards. He kept getting so close that I finallyhad to cough,just to let him know that I was a man, not a bull!!
If you do go out calling,be patient. I have sat for up to 3 hours in one place, calling every 15-30 minutes,and not even heard a bushbreak,and then all of a sudden,he just appears, out of nowhere,looking for you. good luck on your hunt!!

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You want to be extremely careful when dealing with bulls during the rut He is not there out of sheer curiosity, he is there to confront and challenge another bull. A moose had poor eyesight, have been known and documented that they have charged vehicles.
I once had a bull between me and my truck and he was not a happy camper Luckily I was on a small wooden bridge and got under it. He wasn't backing down at all and stayed his ground for quite some time before leaveing.

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hi pappenz,

what state, zone will you be in?

i too finally got lucky for a permit in district 3 in Maine. i'd enjoy swapping stories and ideas about getting ready for the hunt.

i'd also welcome any advise from those here familar with zone 3 as to where to concentrate on scouting. sorry for the semi-hijack but thought mayhap that might be your zone too.

- jay

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Hammer1 wrote:
I had to think about this one for awhile.

One thing that will get the attention of a moose anytime is a cow moose urinateing. By splashing a half gallon of water into a puddle from about waist high sound like a cow having a pee in a puddle or swamp etc. It gets their attention and will sometimes comes to investigate.( This really helps when calling during the rutt) Don't overdue it though,one an hour or so, if during the rutt,at the same time as the call.

I'd be finding a heavily travelled area, sitting as far away as possible but still within a comfortable shooting distance. Having the same setup in the oposite direction monitoring the same area is good too as wind changes. If your dad and you are going to be a distance apart, no unnecessary radio chat.. The moose has poor eye sight but the nose and ears make up for it.
If you try using the "pee splashing" technique use only at one location at a time.

Look on he bright side, only 57 days now
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hammer,

thanks for the idea about the peeing. had'nt thought about that in relation to moose hunting before. i recollect seeing that mentioned as a deer hunting trick a while back but have'nt tried it yet.

- jay

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Thanks for the tips, but unfortunately (due to the bad planninjg of a wedding date, who plans a wedding in hunting season anyways??? lol) we arent going this year. We will be next year thpough, so until then, have a good one

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