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Moose Tags

Does anybody know of any plcae that has otc moose tags or is this always a draw system?

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Alaska, all the lower 48 are

Alaska, all the lower 48 are draw only.  That is unless you want to pay for a land owners tag. 

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I think there may be a few

I think there may be a few canadien provinces that also offer moose hunting, where anyone can go.  Problem is, you would have to go through an outfitter, so I don't know if it would technically be "OTC".  Don't know if you want to go that route, but unless you want to go to Alaska as Critter suggested, that would be your best option.

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The land owner tags available

The land owner tags available here in Colorado are RWF (ranching for wildlife) type of tag and they come with a guide for non-residents.  In Utah they are CWMF (cooperative Wildlife Management unit) tags which also come with a guide for non-residents.  I am 99% sure that all the proveniences in Canada require a non-resident to hire a guide.  Alaska on the other hand does not at this time.   

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Critter nailed it.

Critter nailed it.

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Thanks for the info.  I know

Thanks for the info.  I know a moose it is a long time off for me.  I was just curious cuz if there were no over the counter tags i better start getting points accumulating.

 

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In all reality for moose

In all reality for moose instead of saving points I would start to save money and head to Canada or Alaska.  I have 15 points in Utah and about the same for Colorado and I don't expect to draw a tag any time in the near future.  You can find a guided hunt for around $5,000 + up north or even a little bit lower here in the lower states. 

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Moose tags are by drawing in the lower forty eight – unless....

Moose tags are by drawing in the lower forty eight – unless you are the high bidder on one of the fund raising auctions in the eastern states or buy into a native American reservation tag.  They are over the counter in several Canadian provinces but you are generally required to hire a guide.  Alaska is the only over the counter moose tag option that I know of.  But don’t give up on the chance of drawing a tag in the lower 48.  It can be done!   I did not draw a moose tag in Maine this year L  But I continue to build preference points and still can hope to draw a moose tag in New Hampshire too.  Hope springs eternal!  

 

 I first hunted moose with a bull only option in the interior of Alaska and in an area where I needed a big rack to be legal.  I saw cows and calves every day of that hunt but never did see a legal bull moose on that trip.  I had to wait a long ten years for my next moose hunt which like your tag was in the lower forty eight on a limited draw application.  In my case it was in the state of Vermont and that time I drew a tag for ‘any moose’  After two long days of hunting dawn to dark without seeing a moose of any kind, I was absolutely delighted to take my bull on day three of the hunt.  He just happened to be the first moose that we saw.   My avatar picture is the result.   

 

A friend of mine drew a cow tag in Vermont just two years before.  As soon as I can apply there again I’ll be sending my annual application to Vermont again.  They have a three year waiting period before you can apply again after drawing a tag.    

Depending on the cost I might just throw in for the tiny chance at a Washington state moose tag too since I plan to hunt there every few years for mule deer so long as I keep getting an invitation J .  It would be worth a plane ticket if need be if I should be lucky enough to actually draw a Washington state moose tag.  Moose tags in the lower forty eight states are pretty rare

My advice to you is to apply for every moose tag you can. But you want to have your mind made up long before the time comes to pull the trigger on what you want to shoot.  You need to decide ahead of time if you are going to apply for bull only, an antlerless tag, or any moose.  You might only get one chance!   But I have to think that applying for the cow tags too increases your chances of bagging a moose.  Once you decide what type of tag you want then you select the area within the state to apply for.   I’m looking for success rates over 80% when I put in moose tags.  That usually means the northern edge of the states that have moose.  I don’t want to wait for years to draw a hard to get moose tag and end up with one that only has a 20% success rate!  So do more research – asking questions here is a great start.  Then put your applications in and good luck! 

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Excellent Advice

Mike and Critter have given the best information I've read on this subject in a long time.

Mike's expirience carries a lot of weight with me, as he was there and went through the ordeal. I think his knowledge and expirience counts for a lot. I've not yet hunted moose but it is another one on my bucket list. I'm looking at Canada myself, with a Guide. 

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