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NH Moose in WMU M

NH Hunter suggested that I get on this blog to get some useful info. I am the sub permittee for the 2011 NH Moose hunt in WMU M - probably one of the hardest areas in NH as it involves the very southeastern section. We want to do a good job scouting so any tips or suggestions of areas for us to look at will be appreciated.

We will be starting to look in the Chester area as that area has produced for the last several years.Dancing

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Good luck!

The closest I ever came to hunting moose in New Hampshire was right up tight to the border in Northern Vermont.  My advice to you is to hunt every hour of every day that you can.  Be in the field before the sun comes up and don't stop until it is the end of legal hunting time each day.  If at all possible go scout teh area a couple of weekends preceding the hunt and look for fresh moose tracks - hopefully there will still be moose in them!  Good luck, we are looking forward to hearing about your hunt!

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I didn't get one this year

I didn't get one this year :(

Here's a link to the lucky New Hampshire permit winner's list.

http://wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Moose_hunt/2011_Moose_Winners.html

Congratulations to you guys with moose tags!  Go get them!

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Hi Ken, Those are some great

Hi Ken,

Those are some great looking mounts in your avatar.  I've got the boys down Hampstead way on the job looking around for you.  How's your scouting schedule?

- Jay

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Took several years

Jay, these took several years to collect. They all have come from New Hampshire, all close to the house.

Drove to Chester on Saturday to get acclimated to the length of the drive and took several back roads criss crossing the pole line - if I didn't know it was Chester, it could be Pittsburg, the cover is great. Didn't see much after the heavy rains - but did see several large deer tracks from earlier in the am.

Drove to Fremont on Sunday with the wife to see what access we could find to Spruce swamp - not too successful. Won't have time to go back until mid July.

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Scouting WMU M

Hey, Try looking for last years rut activity such as rubs or rub lines, urine pits, cuts that might have hardwood growth from 6 to 10 feet tall as this is what the cows will be munching on when the rut hits. Where the cows are the bulls will be. Moose tend to use these same rut grounds year after year until the cuts are too high, then they move on. The rub lines will typically be on the edges of these cuts and a nice bull will have rubs reaching as high as 8-9 feet. The peak rut in NH usually happens a week or 2 prior to the hunt depending on weather and location. If you can find these areas try a cow in heat call every 10-15 mins. then add a Bull grunt and keep your ears open for return grunts and raking. If you hear what sounds to be a single knock on a hard wood tree, thats a bull moose and you will have to go to him! I hope this helps. Good Luck on your hunt!

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