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I have a 2004 bull archery tag for area 19. From what I am reading it sounds like I have won the lottery. I am looking for any hints about how to go about doing this. I will be hunting alone unless I can hook up with a resident in that area or find someone from the states to go along that is okay with shooting a calf. Call me selfish but I want to shoot my own bull.

If anyone can help me with gaining knowledge about area 19, roads, ponds, cuttings, etc. I would appreciate it.

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Here's the number for the MNR office in Geraldton, which I believe is in zone 19:
1 (807) 854-1030. They should at least be able to point you in the right direction.

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can you please explain how you have an archery tag for 2004 when they have not been drawn yet??????

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Probably an outfitter tag.

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Hello board. I am new here and would like to join in on this topic if I may? Moose hunting is my biggest passion and from what I have read I share alot of your concerns pertaining to the moose populations and lottery here in Ont. I would also like to know how "jenystr" received a 2004 archery tag for a bull when the tags lots have not yet been issued for residents???? And, if you are not a resident you can not go off hunting on your own or with a resident even if you own propery in Ont. As of a new law passed, you are required to go through a licensed outfitter. Please explain this in detail.

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I am going through an licensed outfitter as required. The reason I say I have a tag is because I have booked this hunt. My understanding is outfitters get just a few tags each. That is how I know I am getting one.

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That makes more sense. The outfitter will line you up with an area and any required maps. At least he should take care of the details.

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BTW jenystr, you will be hunting in mid to late September and the moose are usually in rutting stages so be careful. Those bulls can get a might ornary. Your best bet is to stay close to the water. Rivers, ponds creeks and shallow weedy bays of lakes. Look for sign in the way of tree rubs. They are not like a deer rub, moose usually trash fair size willow bushes and such. Also use you nose, if you find a rut pit, and you will know it's a rut pit by the smell it's something God awful, that is where you might want to make a set up. Call early in the morning just at about the break of dawn and towards evening staritng at around 4:30 pm or so. Don't call to loud in the beginning or too much. Good luck

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Thanks for the advice. I am really looking forward to it. I have tried to make a call without success. I can't seem to find a big enough piece of bark.

I hunted moose once before with a bow and had success. Calling with the hands is the preferred method but the calls I have been seeing made out of birch bark really seem authentic.

I also would like more information on how to hunt the calf's. That has to be very difficult.

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The birch bark call does help a little with the resonance a but it's main funtion is more for volume and direction. I usually just use my hands that way it lessens the gear you have to carry. Like I said before, when you first start to call don't go too loud. A couple of soft moans is about all you want for the first 10 to 15 minutes to see if there is anything close. After that increase your volume and mix up the candence and type of calls ie.. soft moans and long calls at different intervals and volume with about 15 minutes between each sequence. Don't be afraid to break a few sticks and russel a little brush while you are waiting. Moose are big animals and make a fair amount of noise while feeding and moving. You want to give the impression that you are a love starved cow thats ready to mate and is just kind of feeding along as she is waiting for Mr. Right. Calling a moose is an art form and "playing" with them is the ultimate in skill and fun. Sometimes they can be really hard to attract and other times so much as a fart will get they're attention. Once while bow hunting I called in 4 bulls at the same time but by the time they got close enough it was to dark to see 10 feet let alone 10 yards. It can be a very nerve racking experience and really makes a guy think twice about poking something that big with a sharp stick when it's all fired up.Grin You could also check the sporting good stores for audio tapes on how to call. As for your question about hunting calves, it's pretty much hit and miss. The cows are usually pretty antsy when they have calves with them and don't often stick around when something is a little out of the ordinary. Again your best bet is hunt by the water. The moose have been by the waters edge pretty much all summer. They feed there and stay cool and free of flys. The cows with calves especially associate the water with safety. Any predators come around they just swim away. Check around the waters edge for trials that the moose use. When you see a set of calf tracks mixed in, set up just off the trail and wait. That's about all you can do. Eventually they should come by again but it could be at night and you might not get the chance but that's hunting.

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