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Moose hunts in your state?

My home state of New York does not allow moose hunting at all.

 

I have hunted moose in Alaska and Vermont and also applied for moose permits in Maine, and New Hampshire. 

 

I know that there are permits also issued in Washington and I’m pretty sure in Wyoming and Montana. 

 

What other US state’s allow moose hunting? 

Does anywhere in the United States (except Alaska) have over the counter moose tags?

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I've been lucky enough to

I've been lucky enough to have drawn two moose tags in my home state of Montana.  I've been applying for 35 years, and it's been 22 years since I had my last moose tag.  Both of my moose were old bulls that made a lot of burger with a definate flavor of willows.

I don't believe there are any states in the lower 48 that sell over the counter moose tags.  Moose were reintroduced in Colorado about 30 years ago, and they now have a good population with a limited number of tags.  Wyoming and Utah also have good moose populations and have drawings for tags.

Here's my first Montana moose, shot many years ago...

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Great looking bull!

 

Thanks for the information.  I’ll have to check into applying in the western states. 

 I haven’t looked into it before but bagging a moose would be well worth a drive!

 

That's a great looking bull too!

 

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In all reality when it comes

In all reality when it comes down to it and if you really want to go hunt a moose then forget about the states that have them available in a draw.  That is unless you plan on waiting for the next 20 or so years.  Yes, there have been hunters that have put in for the draw and drew their tag with out waiting for a lot of years but they are the lucky ones. 

So if you really want to hunt one head up to Canada or Alaska where you can pick up a tag over the counter and then enjoy the hunt. 

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Well, Idaho, Colorado, Utah,

Well, Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana all offer moose hunts. 

However, all are by lottery, and all are very long odds.

Good luck! Thumbs up

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I appreciate the advice Critter.   

 

I did just that ten years ago.  Went to Alaska and spent 10 days chasing moose.  I saw moose every day but just cows and calves.  Not a single bull that was legal for a non-resident to shoot.   So I gave up on Alaska and started applying for a moose tag Maine and Vermont.  My buddy drew a cow tag and had me along as his second hunter in 2007.  In 2009 I drew a tag.  It only took four years to draw a bull tag in Vermont (Yes, I know I am blessed by more luck than I deserve).    

 

So I figure I’ll apply for at least three states every year and hope to draw another tag in the next ten years or so.  I know that Maine and Vermont offer preference points for applicants that continuously apply without getting a permit, so I figure that my odds of getting one are going up every year.  If I branch out and apply for the western states too, then it has to help the odds in the long run.  I know folks in Washington State and Utah who I can stay with if I draw a tag.  So I will probably apply to those states, unless the odds are better elsewhere.  I need to do some research to find out.  Then I figure as long as I am doing the research, I might as well write it all down and make a book about it to help other hunters in the same situation that I’m in!

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I appreciate the advice Critter.   

 

I did just that ten years ago.  Went to Alaska and spent 10 days chasing moose.  I saw moose every day but just cows and calves.  Not a single bull that was legal for a non-resident to shoot.   So I gave up on Alaska and started applying for a moose tag Maine and Vermont.  My buddy drew a cow tag and had me along as his second hunter in 2007.  In 2009 I drew a tag.  It only took four years to draw a bull tag in Vermont (Yes, I know I am blessed by more luck than I deserve).    

 

So I figure I’ll apply for at least three states every year and hope to draw another tag in the next ten years or so.  I know that Maine and Vermont offer preference points for applicants that continuously apply without getting a permit, so I figure that my odds of getting one are going up every year.  If I branch out and apply for the western states too, then it has to help the odds in the long run.  I know folks in Washington State and Utah who I can stay with if I draw a tag.  So I will probably apply to those states, unless the odds are better elsewhere.  I need to do some research to find out.  Then I figure as long as I am doing the research, I might as well write it all down and make a book about it to help other hunters in the same situation that I’m in!

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Idaho and the Yukon

 

Idaho had great draw odds when I drew my Shiras tag on my first apply.

The Yukon is a great choice for A-Y moose, on the AVERAGE better than Alaska. I know there are some exceptions to this, but...

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ridgerunnerron:

Mind if I ask how long ago you drew your moose tag? I'd love to pull a shiras tag.  Something I'll definitely have to look into.  It would be well worth a cross country drive!

Mike

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moose draw

groovy mike wrote:

Mind if I ask how long ago you drew your moose tag?

I drew my first Montana moose tag in 1980 after 5 years of applying.  I drew another one in 1988.  I've applied every year since then with no luck, and I've had maximum "bonus points" for every year that Montana has used this system.

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Although we have them here in

Although we have them here in Colorado you will have to apply for three years before you actually get into the competition.

You build preference points the first three years and then start building bonus points after that.

 

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