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Shiras Moose

Not that I will ever draw my Colorado Moose tag, 21 years now, have seen some dandy's where I will hunt if I ever do, but the question I have is what is a excellent Shiras moose? Is it over 50 inches ? Do they get much larger? What would I look for? Points? Double brows? All the above?

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Re: Shiras Moose

Good question. In terms of B&C score, a great bull will have decent width between 40-50 inches, he'll have great palm length (measured from the brow palm all the way to the top of the palm) and good palm width. Points only count toward score in terms of total number, not inches, and in actuality exceedingly long points will end up affecting palm width. You want a bull that has forking brow palms and palm lengths up above 35". A good width for tremendous bull in CO usually falls in the mid to upper 40's. Lots of bulls tend to have a boxy narrow frame, but good palms will usually make up for that. Points only count if the length is longer than the width at the base of the points, so all "points" on a given bull won't necessarily count. Look for a bull that has a good number of points, say 10 per side, with well-developed points toward the tops . . . I'm right there with you, my dream hunt has eluded me for quite a few years now.

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Re: Shiras Moose

Thanx, HiMtnhunter. I see dandy bulls where I want to draw. Some of these bulls I know never get shot, because they are not in so called Moose Habitat, Creeks , rivers, drainages. I see them get larger and larger, hoping one day the call will come!!!!!! Hammer

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  My buddies hunting Yukon moose aren't happy with anything under 60 inches.  In some areas of Alaska 50 inches of moose antler is the legal MINIMUM!

My vermont moose had a 34 inch spread and I am tickled to death to have taken him.  What I was hoping for was any bull with decent palms.  Pretty much anything that looked like a moose antler.  Loie teh Shiras our moose  in the eastern United States are much smaller than the Alaskan moose.

So while my western buddies bag 1500 pound moose.  800 pounds is still a decent moose in Maine, Vermont, or New Hampshire.

I guess what I am saying is that the trophy value of the moose is what YOU put on it.  Only you can decide what will make YOU happy.

Good luck drawing that elusive tag!

Mike

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if you find a shiras over

if you find a shiras over 50", you'd better shoot it. if you could find one in the 40's it's still a good trophy. when i first started working for an outfitter in alaska, he told me that from ear tip to ear tip on a bull moose is right around 30 inches. so if he's got 10" past his ears on both sides, he's a legal bull. (they have a 50" or 4 brow tine/side restriction for non-residents)

on the other side of the restriction issue, i've seen 60" bulls with one brow tine per side... it was the size of my upper arm.

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Wow

ndemiter wrote:

 i've seen 60" bulls with one brow tine per side... it was the size of my upper arm.

 

 WOW! Taht would be something to see!

 

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