YUKON MOOSE HORSEBACK HUNT
$21,000 IN 2018 OR 2019
2017-6 BULLS FOR 7 HUNTERS
2016-8 BULLS FOR 8 HUNTERS
This private concession was closed to any outfitting due to a game law violation in 1999. It was reopened in 2014 and sold to a young outfitter. He had grown up in the hunting business as his father ran outfits in British Columbia and the Yukon. This area had been closed to commercial hunting for 15 years.
In 2014 he ran some dall sheep hunts and took two of his friends with moose tags into the area for more of a scouting trip. They took a 62 inch bull and spent the remainder of the time cutting trails into 4 other camps. The area had not had any upkeep since its closure about 15 years earlier.
Last fall in 2017 his 7 hunters tagged 6 big bulls averaging over 60 inches with gross scores over 200. The unsuccessful hunter, an 80 year old hunter, passed on a couple small bulls and missed a good bull the last day.
In 2016 they took 8 moose hunters and killed 8 bulls, including HCU’s bowhunter, Joe Venazindis. Best bulls went 63, 62 and a 61 incher that scored 221. HCU’s Steve Shook not only took a moose, but also a dall and a grizzly on his September hunt.
2015 he took 3 HCU moose hunters and 3 bulls were taken, with the best going 66 inches. They added 2 more new moose camps in preparation for the 2016 season and it paid off.
Horseback moose hunts are priced at $21,000 for 10 days, 8 actual hunting days, and INCLUDE ROUND TRIP CHARTER FROM WHITEHORSE, LICENSES, GOVERNMENT ROYALTIES AND TAXES. Compare this price with anyone in a top area like this and you will see the bargain.
Moose hunts will be September to early October. Sheep and male grizzly can be added on a $10,000 trophy fee.
At press time there were 2018 and 2019 moose openings. Hunt MS135. MS135 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA TROPHY MOOSE
NEAR 100 PERCENT SUCCESS
10 DAYS FOR ONLY $16,500
BARGAIN PRICED FOR BIG BULLS
This had always been one of the top moose areas in northwestern Alaska, but when the state made it a draw area many years ago it just got better. This outfitter hunts 3 areas that have drawing odds ranging from 20 to over 70 percent and although the odds are high it chases some hunters away. ALASKA NOW ALLOWS NON-RESIDENTS TO BUY A GRIZZLY TAG FOR THIS UNIT OVER THE COUNTER ON A FIRST COME BASIS, so now when you draw the moose permit you can purchase a grizzly tag and make it a moose/grizzly combo for an additional $5,500. Hunter and guide are typically flown into a remote area where they base out of their spike camp.
Last fall all 5 moose hunters killed bulls with the top bulls having spreads of 67, 64 and 62 inches, just a normal year. He had 9 hunters with grizzly tags and they killed 7 bears mostly 7 to 8 footers with one monster squaring over 9 foot. The 2 unsuccessful hunters were trying to make a film and saw 10 bears the first day, 7 the second and 5 the third, but never got the job done. There were a total of 17 caribou hunters and 15 killed bulls. This is a one caribou limit area. He also had some unguided caribou hunters take bulls.
2016 fall his 9 hunters killed 7 bull moose, including 2 monsters going 250 and 230. 6 of the 7 had spreads over 60 inches, including a 72 inch bull. Both unsuccessful hunters quit early saying it was too tough a hunt. This is a true Alaska wilderness moose hunt with Alaska weather, so be prepared, but success and quality of bulls make up for it. 3 hunters also tagged grizzly bears.
In 2015 his 6 moose hunters tagged 5 bulls, including 65 and 64 inch bulls down to a 54 inch with incredible 7×9 brow tines.
In 2014 all 5 hunters scored on bulls including the PENDING NEW WORLD RECORD SCORING AN AMAZING 272 BOONE AND CROCKETT! The bull was 72 inches wide with 54 inch long paddles. They also took a 66, 62, 60 and 52.
The season is from September 1 to 20, but early has been better for calling and they are normally tagged out by September 8. 10 day hunts guided 1×1 are $16,500; moose/grizzly combos are $22,000 and possibly a caribou can be added. Caribou alone is $7,500 or unguided at $3,450.
Hunters fly from Anchorage to Kotzebue, where they charter to camp. Draw application deadline is December 15 and results are out in February, so if you are unsuccessful you have time to apply or purchase another hunt elsewhere. Hunt MS247. MS247 Hunt Photos.
BRITISH COLUMBIA MOOSE OR GOAT
10 DAYS 2×1 $10,900/1×1 $14,900
7 DAYS 1×1 $12,000
This 4,500 square mile area located only 60 miles from the Yukon border in the Cassiar Mountains is very game rich and produces some unusually large Canadian bulls and monster billies.
2017 proved to be another season with everyone getting their primary animal. 20 plus bulls were taken and 3 went over the 200 inch mark most likely making Boone and Crockett, with an overall average of 50 inches plus. Some moose hunters were successful in adding a mountain goat and all goat hunters wanting a billy as their number 1 animal took home a goat. No real big goats were harvested, but if you were willing to climb the normal billy would go over 9 inches.
2016 was basically 100 percent success for hunters wanting a moose or goat. Over the course of the season 20 bulls were harvested, including 2 and possibly 3 that will go Boone and Crockett. Many hunters add a mountain goat on a trophy fee. Hunters killed close to 20 billies and one made Boone and Crockett.
2015 produced 22 bulls for 24 hunters, including 5 bulls that should make the Boone and Crockett record book. The average bull past years has been running 50 plus inches wide. 24 goat hunters killed 22 goats, one hunter missed a couple. 4 or 5 will go book.
The outfitter offers some bargain priced hunts, especially for a couple hunting buddies that are willing to go guided 2×1. 10 hunting days guided 2×1 is $10,900 each or 1×1 is $14,900 for either a moose or a goat. Shorter 7 day hunts guided 1×1 are $12,000 for a moose or goat and this is a great hunt for the price. A second animal can be taken on a trophy fee of $4,000. Trophy fees are paid for wounded and lost animals.
The Cassiar Mountains in his area run up to 6,500 feet and timberline is at 4,500. The valley floor is about 3,000 to 3,500 feet above sea level and they normally hunt between 4,000 and 5,000 feet for goats. Hunters arrive and overnight in Whitehorse. Rent a car to Watson Lake and round trip charter to camp for a total of $1,800 plus licenses, 2 1/2 percent GST tax and $200 hunter preservation fund. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have hunted this area. Hunt MS491. MS491 Hunt Photos.
MOOSE AND MOUNTAIN CARIBOU
RAFTING OR BACKPACKING
2017 showed good moose numbers and 6 good bulls were taken for 6 hunters. Widest bull was 63 inches, but by far the best moose with terrific paddles and fronts only went 59 inches due to the forward facing rack. This outfit concentrates more on sheep and only takes a handful of moose out of this very large concession each year.
2016 hunters went 6 for 7 on bulls averaging just under 60 inches. This was the first year since 2010 that moose hunts were not 100 percent success.
In 2015 this outfit took 4 moose hunters and all took great bulls gross scoring between 220 and 230 inches with widths from 60 to over 67 inches.
This family run outfit is very personal and continues to run high success quality hunts within their 7,000 square mile concession. Hunter and guide flies into a remote tent camp where they either horseback, backpack or river raft. 9 day backpack or river hunts from September 10 to 18 guided 1×1; during the rut are $24,000 or 10 day horseback hunts are $25,500 plus $100 preservation fund, licenses and 5 percent tax and caribou can be added for a trophy fee of $5,000. Once you score the hunter is typically flown back to base camp where you can enjoy a hot shower with cabin accommodations and some fishing for lake trout and grayling. They close their season on September 19 for all hunts due to early winters, so the moose hunts are prime rut. Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have taken moose and caribou with this outfit. Charter flight from Norman Wells is about $1,400. 2018 is booked full so book now for 2019. Hunt MS250. MS250 Hunt Photos.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE HUNT
HIGH SUCCESS 6 DAYS
FLY-IN TROPHY HUNT $5800
DRIVE-IN LESS PHYSICAL $5500
2017 WENT 90% SUCCESS ON BULLS
This family operation has about 10 camps scattered over different areas of the island allowing them to take quite a few hunters over the course of the season from early September to early November. Quite often they open up new areas with spike camps, increasing the number of camps.
In 2017 they hosted over 90 hunters killing 88 bulls, several unsuccessful hunters missed or crippled bulls and 4 hunters had to leave early for various reasons. Fly-in price includes scheduled helicopter flights to and from camp along with getting your bull to the processor. Just an FYI the outfitter pays a charter service about $2,000 in helicopter fees per hunter.
In 2016 they had 80 hunters take 76 bulls and a couple cows. 3 bulls went over 50 inches and overall the bulls would average 40 inch spreads.
2015 produced 70 bulls for 78 hunters with the widest bull going 54 inches and the overall average at about 40 inches. 4 hunters decided to pass on smaller bulls.
6 day hunt guided 1×1 from mid September to early November for a drive-in camp is $5,500 or a fly-in is $5,800 plus $570 for license and 8 percent HST tax. Most camps have cabin accommodations with electricity, shower, and wood heat. Many camps require a helicopter flight or float plane to reach and this is included in the price. In more remote areas hunters may be required to spike camp. Black bear can be taken on a $500 kill fee plus $120 license.
HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and his wife Shoshana both took bulls with this outfit. Hunt MS94. MS94 Hunt Photos.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE $5900
1×1 6 DAYS INCLUDES LICENSE
4-STAR LODGE WITH SAUNA
This outfitter has 2 areas, area 40 has a fancy lodge with all the amenities and area 45 that is a little more rustic, but has some good bulls.
Last fall in area 40 their 45 hunters tagged 38 bulls and 6 cows, the unsuccessful hunter had an opportunity. In area 45 all 23 hunters scored on bulls.
In 2016 in area 40 they had 42 moose hunters kill 37 bulls, including 2 top bulls over 50 inches and 2 more measuring 46. In area 45 they had 23 hunters kill 23 bulls with 4 or 5 in the trophy class. This is typical success for numbers and size as past years.
Moose hunts are 6 days guided 1×1 at $5,900 or 2×1 is $5,400. LICENSES ARE INCLUDED in the price, but not the 15 percent HST tax. Black bear can be added to any hunt for $500 plus the cost of the $120 license. Caribou only hunts have been 100 percent success priced at $11,000 for 6 days and INCLUDES license. All hunting areas are accessed by argo or walking, no helicopters or planes. These tend to be physical hunts with hiking involved. Cripple policy is in effect, if you wound an animal your hunt is done.
Area 40 has the plush lodge with sauna, hot tub, bathroom for each bedroom, no need to bring sleeping bags, breakfast and supper at the lodge, cook, butcher on site with 2 walk in freezers. Moose are taken back to the lodge, skinned and then taken to the processor. Hunters can expect to pay $300 for moose or $200 for caribou processing. It is then taken back to the lodge, boxed and put in the freezer ready to go with the hunter.
They also offer moose hunts in area 45 bordering area 40. It is a typical Newfoundland moose camp with cabins, bunks, woodstove, generator, toilet, shower and hunters eat in the main cabin with the guides. They do have a nice new lodge available for after you tag out.
Archery hunts are offered in both areas the first 2 weeks of September and overall success is very high, almost comparable to rifle hunts. Rifle hunts run from mid September to November and the rut is typically the last week of September and the first week of October.
Caribou hunts in 2017 were 11 for 11 and 10 were bowhunters.
2016 was 10 for 11 (all bowhunters), 2015 went 11 for 11. 2014 went 10 for 11, with a traditional archer missing 2 bulls. 2013 was 100 percent with 11 hunters, including 8 archers, taking 11 bulls including one Boone and Crockett record book bull and several Pope and Young bulls.
Hunters pay 15 percent HST tax on hunt cost and pick up is included at Deer Lake Airport at no charge if hunting Sunday to Sunday. If it is any other day the cost is $300 to travel by taxi. Limited openings for 2018. Hunt MS709. MS709 Hunt Photos.
UTAH SHIRAS MOOSE HUNTS
WITH GUARANTEED TAG
100% SUCCESS PAST YEARS
HCU works with several outfits for Shiras moose in Utah. Success continues at 100 percent, but Utah quality had really dropped off, but we saw a little improvement in 2016 and more in 2017. Fish and Game had allowed too many cows to be harvested over the past few years, but curtailed that in 2016. These private free range ranches get landowner vouchers guaranteeing you a moose tag. We have never had a hunter go home without taking a bull on any of these hunts, including archers.
This outfitter has a 35,000 acre ranch in northeastern Utah that has produced some great bulls over the years. They get 2 tags per year and go 100 percent success. Hunts are guided 1×1 for 5 days and they normally hunt early October. Lodge accommodations with airport pickup in Salt Lake City included. At press time the prices had not been set due to a lease negotiation, but we expect it to be near $12,000. Hunt MS255. MS255 Hunt Photos.