At this point, moose hunting season seems like a long time ago, but it really wasn’t! I was blessed to be able to get my oldest son, Tait Jr., on a 60″ bull, and he bagged his first moose back in September!
I’m pretty stoked that as the hunting in our backyard has deteriorated (things have really grown up out here at the end of the road!), we’ve been able to research and locate an area off of the road system that has yielded two large bulls over the last two years! We were able to get a four-wheeler in to this big boy, but barely…. It’s amazing to get to know a beautiful corner of the state, study it, come up with names for the various topographical features, and figure out how to hunt it.
People ask me where we got the moose, and of course I volunteer something like “No-Name Hill” near “Nunya Creek.” 😀 (Before you start googling, that’s a joke!) Obviously I’m not going to disclose the location. It can be hard to figure out where to hunt up here because other hunters are close lipped, but here is the general advice I give people who ask:
– Scour Google Earth for “moosey terrain” (I personally like a mix of terrain, from mountainous to wooded). Look for trails – sometimes the barely visible remnants of old trails. Think about the “huntability” of the area. Is there good visibility? Can you check out a number of different spots from your camp?
– Think outside the box. Look at areas just a bit further than others are looking, or pockets that others may be overlooking. Be careful with this though, as you do need to be able to get your moose out after you get it down! But if you’re willing to work just a little bit harder than the next guy, you might get one!
– Get to know an area. If you are in prime moose area, you’ll know as you explore during hunting season, especially later in the season. You’ll find pockets of tracks, beds, rut pits, etc. If you’re spending a lot of time in an area and not seeing these things, that’s concerning for long term success. If you are coming across beds, tracks, etc, even in smaller pockets, you know that you have a spot worth getting to know.
– Get out there. Sometimes you get a moose quickly. This year, we had only walked about 30 minutes from the four-wheeler when we spotted this guy (after an unsuccessful hunt a week or two before), but oftentimes it takes MUCH more effort. You up your chances the more you get out there. Hit mornings and evenings, and spot and reconnoiter during the day. Be willing to stay longer, go further, and spot more thoroughly than the next guy. You’d be surprised how a bull can be hiding right under everyone else’s noses in a relatively busy area. It’s far too easy to rush by on a four-wheeler.
Obviously I’m in real estate, and a lot of these same principles apply when it comes to “hunting down the right home.” Many times the difference is made by getting some help and going “just a little further” than other buyers – sending an email to all the local agents to see who has upcoming listings, scouring FSBO listings, checking out listings as soon as they come on the market, and even knocking on doors or calling up property owners. If you’d like expert help on your “hunt” I’d love to sit down and talk!
Have a great Monday!
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