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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

My wife lucked out and drew an either sex moose tag for the most northwest part of Montana. We have never hunted moose. Just looking for advice here. I've been reading all the online articles I can regarding tactics and calling. Anyone know when the rut tends to ramp up in NW Montana? The articles I've read indicated early September to late October. The hunt runs from Sept 15 through the end of November, so we have lots of oportunity. We have lots of other tags to fill (elk, deer, antelope, bear) even a planned pheasant hunt to South Dakota, so we would like to get this one under our belt early in the season if at all possible, but the moose will take presidence over all other hunting for obvious reasons.

My wife has killed her share of deer, elk and antelope. She's is pretty jacked up about getting a moose tag. She has reserved a place on the wall for a moose head since we bought the house. Now she has a chance to fill it.

Anyway, advice, advice, advice. Gimme all you got.

Thanks Much
Peter

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Congrat's on the tag. Put my wife in to get drawn for moose this yr as well(fingers crossed). From our limited experience: They seem to congregate in marshy areas with willows surrounded by big forest. Sort of secluded grassy, wet, meadows.
The lohman cow call works great, just did the bull call by mouth. This yr I'm going to make two small "antlers" out of some 3/8" birch plywood to both show and scrape on trees. The heart is small and sits well down and forward in the chest.
Hope you get one, you'll looove moose meat. Our supply is nearly gone.

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

Thanks for the tips Bruce. I'll look into the Lohman cow call. I spoke with a couple folks at work who have been moose hunting (several years ago). They suggested a few areas in my wifes hunting unit. Looking forward to getting out toward the end of summer to start looking for possible locations. Not familiar with this particular unit.

Peter

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

Congrats!!! Thumbs up

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

So, did you end up finding one?

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

No luck. Brick Wall,)

The area where my wife got a tag is very thick. Finding one is like finding a whale in the ocean. We have been out every weekend, mostly 3 or 4 days each except for two weekends. Our attempts at calling durring the rutt yeilded nothing.

We have one last weekend (Thanksgiving), and will be out for three days. Here is hoping. Obviously I suck at moose hunting. They are there, we have seen tracks. We also passed up a couple cows, and two small bulls early on in the game. My wife wanted to shot them, but I remined her that she said she wanted a big one. Perhaps this was a mistake. We shall see. I still have confidence, the wife does not. At this point any moose will do. We gave up deer and elk hunting to concentrate on moose so the freezer is empty, but I'm going out after work today to see if I can put a buck in the freezer.

Peter

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

Remember, lot's of animals get taken at dusk on closing day, too. Rut's over, so they're concentrating on feeding now. You've covered the terrain, so no need to waste time on unlikely spots. I'd suggest now just scope as many likely areas as possible, saving the best for the last couple hrs of daylight each day. It may just come down to luck and timing.
Hope you see one.

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

Tough luck Buds...here's hoping for ya

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

Well the wife killed a 30" bull this morning. She has done her share of deer, antelope and elk killing, but this one made her the happiest. She is still grinning nearly 12 hours later. Same spot we had been to many times. We found some fresh tracks the day before, and decided to return this morning. Worked out great. She is very pleased, and that is good enough for me.

Peter

Now, out for the last day tomorrow morning to see if I can get a buck.

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So the little woman lucked out with a moose tag

Congratulations to the wife and you for supporting her. Just remember, you can't eat the antlers. Still will look nice on the wall. Thumbs up

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