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Vermont Moose hunt in zone D 1

I have drawn a tag to harvest a Moose in Vermont in zone D 1 in October, 2011.  Myself and some of my close friends guide elk hunts in Pennsylvania in Elk county.  Most of the guides in PA charge anywhere fron 700 to 2500 dollars to provide guide services.  We do not charge anything, all that we ask for is a share of the rich elk meat that God has provided to us.  We work in the trades and understand how rare an opportunity to harvest an elk in PA can be, and would feel terrible if someone forfeited a tag or hunted blindly due to financial hardships.  Although moose hunting is new, we are well versed in locating big game and signs thereof in mountainous and agricultural terrain.  I have begun research on areas to hunt and areas in which moose were taken in my zone the previous year.  We are planning on staying in Barton, VT.  If anyone could provide me any information on high traffic moose areas in zone D 1 that are accessible to the public it would be much appreciated.  Thanks once again.

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Welcome tot he forum.  I am

Welcome tot he forum.  I am going to send you a PM with some information.  There are a couple of guys I know who are in that area, and some right across the river in Neh Hampshire.  Maybe they can hook you up.  One of them, SwampDonkey I think, is a good source of info.

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Thanks alot.

Thanks alot.

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i have seen hundred of moose over the area you have. we have camp on eligo lake  in craftsbury, wolcott east hill wma is a really good place lots of moose there greensboro hardwick along rte 14 are some of the best hunting in this area, is many wma  in vt fish and wildife also lot private land  i am not too sure about the coventry wma  but those are some really good area to look 5 mile stretch from hardwick to craftbsbury on route 14  is tones of moose in that valley  north also in the eden and  hyde park both have some really good moose  in it. I am guiding a guy and his father in law in d2 this year so i will be across the  roadway from ya hope these help with some spots if i had  d1 these would be the spots i would go really hard looking into many old grown cuts on the east hill wma in wolcott  and the hydepark/eden also have many cuts greens boro  hardwick  also near caspain lake  in greensboro or  ponds  and boggs in that area. good luck keep me posted if ya needmore.'

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This thread is why I like this forum.

Here we have a hunter new to the area looking for information and admits to guiding other people for a non-monetary charge in his native area. He seeks to venture forth and in the interest of helping one another our community rallies together and helps him.

This helps to restore my faith in things like community, comradiere, and society in general, thank you. If I knew anything about Vermont I'd send you that information, but I don't. I've never even been there.

 

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Hey, he's a Vermonter.  We're all good people... Wink

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Congratulations and welcome to the forum!

You are right - just like Pennsylvania elk tags, Vermont moose tags are very hard to draw and you need to make teh most of teh opportunity to fill that rare tag. 

In 2009 I drew area E2 which is really not all that far away from your hunting area. Be aware that gasoline may not bet available every ten or even twenty miles of driving. Hen you get the chance. Cover will likely be fairly thick where you hunt. A fast handling rifle is probably a good idea. At least where I hunted, shot opportunities were well under a hundred yards rather than on the longer side of that. Although you could have the possibility of shooting from one hill across a valley to the next slope and that could be on the long side. When I drew my tag I immediately got online and began searching for anything related to Vermont moose hunting. There wasn’t much available but I uncovered a link to the Champion Lands Leaseholders and Traditional Interest Association (who I rented an excellent camp from). Forums like this are also an excellent source of information.  

If at all possible I recommend scouting in advance. In my case a month before the season my 12 year old son came along with me to scout. There were old moose tracks everywhere we looked including within 200 yards of the camp. We drove many miles of unpaved roads in our Subaru to get a general feeling of the area. The second morning we were rewarded with the sight of a young bull trotting down the road ahead of us. That scouting trip made it obvious to me on that trip that a four wheel drive truck would be essential to reach the more remote hunting areas and (God willing) to haul out a moose. It also became obvious that much of the terrain was so thickly over grown that I would need a short and light handling rifle. I chose the Marlin 45-70 guide gun.  

My hunting area included federal land where no motorized vehicles were permitted off road, so a game cart to transport moose quarters was mighty handy. You might want to consider investing in one (or borrow mine) in case you are blessed with a moose to pack out.  

Your weather can vary. Cold is not a bad thing as it eliminates the mosquitoes but it has its own challenges. You will be significantly farther north than Pennsylvania. The first day of my hunt was COLD. Temps the day before had been in the 50’s. Dawn was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit. The cabin and its woodstove were very welcome at the end of the day. Dawn revealed a heavy frost and a truck with frozen fluids that prevented the heater from working – Brrr! 

The very best tip that I can offer is to be willing to get away from the road and be equipped to find your way back to the road once you leave sight of it. I found a promising area with a lot of moose sign on the second day of the season. The only trouble was that the moose tracks were intermingled with numerous boot prints from the day before. The area had been hunted hard opening day. But I suspected that most of the hunters who had been there had stayed close to the road. By going a bit further, I thought that we might just find moose. The vast majority of boot tracks stayed within 100 yards of the road. Two hundred yards off the road, there were no boot tracks, only moose tracks and that is where God blessed me with the bull in my avatar photo.  

Good luck on your hunt!  Let us know how you make out.  Mike 

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to retrieve your game there is a list on the vt website to in the vt moose hunting book you recieved, there is several numbers in there to call of people with horse which will actually bring there draft horse to remove the moose in tact and they are usaully like 75 to 100 hrs but is well worth it as one horse can drag a moose several miles if needed but just idea i have three on stand by i made contact with so if and when they get one, the moose can be brought out in tact most of them take about two hrs total it cost a little for this service but is a easier way to extract the moose, plus you can have the extraction video aswell. anyway good luck let me how you do or if you need help, in next few weeks. also is butchers and tracking services if needed, good luck

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