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Location: Ottawa, ON
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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

I would like to take advantage of the broad spectrum of members to get your opinion on the follwing;

Which is better for moose hunting - hunting from a tree stand or "dogging" them?

I hope this will start a discussion on how we each do it and maybe give some of our fellow hunters some new ideas.

Since I am starting this discussion, I will give my opinion as well.

I hunt moose in Northern Ontario. The rifle season opens during the last part of the rut, but we still have alot of success calling moose in and hunting from treestands. Our treestand are in locations we know the moose will travel. We are in them prior to sun up and call until 10 am, then go back to camp for breakfast. We are back in the stands by 3 pm and hunt until sun down.

Some of us use cover sents and moose urine, as well as calling. We park our ATV's about 1 km from our respective stand and walk in.

We may dog through the bush during the day, but in my 8 years hunting we have never filled a tag this way.

Now let's hear how other people do it...all posting welcome.

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

Are you doing the calling from a tree stand or calling and then getting into the stand.?

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

I get into my tree stand and start calling. I call about every 15 minutes. Once I get a response I only call when the moose calls. My calls are not as loud or as long.

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

I don't call from a stand, in fact I've never been in a tree stand. I strart my call with my horn at about a 30-45 degree angle to the ground, bent over, and is a semi circular motion bring it up and end it horizontially or slightly higher to give it the most genuine sound I can produce. I like to use water too, giving the sound of cow urinating.
I'd probably fall out of the stand anyway Big smile

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

I prefer still hunting which is different from dogging. To me, dogging is pushing an animal to someone else. We still hunt, slowly walk the hardwood ridges, looking for fresh sign like browse, droppings and tracks. Once finding fresh sign we split up, slowly work those areas, circling around, meeting at the edge of a pond or known ridge. Almost every moose I've taken has been by this method, basically jumping them while bedded or feeding. Its interesting because you aren't looking at the same spot all day, you can't get bored sitting around, you get to know where the moose actually are.
After a day of this type of hunting, we'll pick a marsh or pond or the end of a lake and call in the evening just in case. BTW, I'm in Ontario as well, area WMU 41.

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

Still hunting is a method I would like to try. I have tried it a little, but it's something I would like to do for a full hunt. How far would you get from your truck or main camp? Do you quarter the moose in the bush and pack it out? Or do you use ATV's to help get them out?

Thank you for your contribution Sawbill. That just goes to show that there is more then 1 way to skin a cat, or in this case, hunt a moose.

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

Theres a lot of variables with still hunting. For my last two moose, I was alone both times, the first one I called out in the evening after a day of still hunting and the second I walked up on him in his bed. There was snow on the ground for that hunt. First thing is to find an area where moose are hanging around. Cows and calves have a relatively small home range, usually calving in the same areas, feeding in the same areas at the same time of year. Summer they'll be near water and fall they move to hardwood areas once the aquatics sour. So, once you find tracks in an area (do not look during the rut though as bulls tend to move big distances) and that area is stable ( no logging going on, no new roads) you should be able to hunt it. Look for areas that has a lot of ponds or small lakes that you can work from. How far from your truck or ATV you have to travel depends on each location. In one days hunt, I doubt I travel more than a mile from base. My last moose was taken 2 miles from my house. I drove the truck a mile, paddled down the end of a long pond, and hunted from there.
I prefer to pitch a tent and work from there. We've taken moose out every way imaginable, always quartered. Canoes, carrying on packboards, ATV's and even a chum of mine one time picked one up with a chopper in a cargo net and dropped in the box of my pickup a few miles away.
Still hunting is really a big rabbit hunt, circling and narrowing down an area to where you eventually expect to jump a moose. But I really think the secret is to not quit an area if moose are there. Get to know it well, the wet areas, the ponds, the maple and dogwood ridges, watch where a moose goes when you jump one and next day, or even next year you'll start to see patterns develop with their travel and feeding habits.

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Stand Hunting vs. Dogging

Thank you. I can't wait to put some of your ideas into practice.

Best of luck this coming moose season.

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moose calling

I like to find some good sign where trails lead into the swales or some fresh droppings to know there is moose handy and find a good hiding spot and start calling . The moose usually arent too far away they have a keen sense of smell and hearing but poor eyesight > far from being blind mind ya Hammer's tecnique works great .

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