YUKON HORSEBACK MOOSE HUNT
$32,000 ALL INCLUSIVE
This Yukon area was bought by a young outfitter, who grew up in the outfitting business, back in 2014.
2022 moose season ended with 5 hunters tagging 4 bulls. Best went 64 inches with an overall average in the high 50’s. 2 grizzlies were also taken on trophy fees.
2021 moose season was hit by an early snowstorm dropping 2 and up to 3 feet of snow, which really hampered the moose hunts. First hunt went 3 for 4 and then the weather turned sour resulting in only 1 hunter of the last 4 scoring, best bull went 62 inches.
Horseback moose hunts are priced at $32,000 for 10 days, 8 actual hunting days, and include roundtrip charter from Whitehorse, licenses, government royalties and taxes.
Moose hunts will be September to early October. Male grizzly can be added on a $12,000 trophy fee. At press time there were 2 openings for 2024. HCU’s Craig Green and Cliff Graham have hunted this concession. Hunt MS135. MS135 Hunt Photos.
NORTHCENTRAL B.C. MOOSE HORSEBACK 10 DAYS $19,500
This very remote 3,500 square mile area is in northern British Columbia just over 100 miles south of the Yukon Territory. The concession has a quota of 20 moose per year, but the outfitter only takes about half preferring to harvest trophy quality bulls.
2022 his 10 hunters killed 8 bulls, including some exceptional bulls.
2021 finished with 6 of the 8 hunters tagging great bulls, including 4 that should make Boone and Crockett.
2020 Canada border was closed due to Corona virus pandemic, but he did take 3 Canadian hunters and they killed 3 bulls.
2019 produced 10 bulls for 12 hunters, including 5 record book bulls grossing over 200 inches. Of the 2 unsuccessful hunters one tagged both a caribou and mountain goat, while the other hunter also killed a billy. 4 mountain caribou were also tagged on the mixed bag hunts, with the top one scoring 419.
10 day horseback moose hunts are $19,500 and run from September 5 to October 8. These hunts can be extended to 12 days and combined with goat for an additional $3,000 or Mountain caribou for $6,000. He also has lake hunts available that could be less physical. Camps vary from cabins to comfortable wall tents with wood floors.
Hunters arrive in Fort Nelson, overnight and then charter to the main lodge at their own expense for about $2,950, along with license, tags, hunter preservation fund and 5% tax. Flights from base camp to the hunting area are included. Hunt MS277.
BARGAIN PRICED B.C. MOOSE $13,500
2022 – 12 HUNTERS 12 BULLS
This outfitter located about 300 miles north of Prince George, British Columbia has 2 bordering areas consisting of close to 6,000 square miles of bush. He has several base camps that he can operate horseback hunts out of or he can fly hunters into an area. His prices are very reasonable for the quality of his hunts. This is his trophy hunt, and he also does a meat hunt for much less money for smaller bulls.
2022 produced 12 bulls for 12 hunters and half of the bulls were super impressive.
2021 hunts were closed due to border closure from covid.
2020 hunts were closed due to border closure from covid.
2019 he had 12 moose hunters tag 11 bulls.
10 hunting days is $13,500 guided 1×1 and a second antlered animal, mountain goat or caribou, can be taken for a $6,000 trophy fee or black bear at $2,000. Hunts start in September and continue into mid-October. Additional costs are license, tag and 5% GST tax. 2023 is booked full, book now for 2024.
Hunters fly into Prince George, overnight and get picked up the following day, NO CHARTER FLIGHTS. Hunt MS4.
NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
7 DAYS CABIN LAKE HUNT $17,000
10 DAYS 2X1 $16,000 EACH
10 DAY GOAT/MOOSE HORSEBACK $24,000
This large 4,500 square mile area is located only 60 miles from the Yukon border in the Cassiar Mountains producing some large Canadian bulls, not like the similar priced smaller bulls further south in B.C. The outfitter flies his own planes and has had this concession for over 20 years. Quality guides, wranglers, and cooks with scattered cabins across his area.
2022 his 17 moose hunters killed 15 bulls and 3 were Boone and Crockett record book bulls!
2021 had 8 hunters taking 7 bulls averaging 50 inches.
The outfitter offers hunts for a couple hunting buddies that are willing to go guided 2×1 for 10 hunting days for one species at $16,000 each or 1×1 is $24,000 for a moose/mountain goat combo. Shorter 7 day lake based moose hunts guided 1×1 are $17,000 or a fly-in backpack goat hunt. A second animal can be taken on a trophy fee of $6,000. Trophy fees are paid for wounded and lost animals.
Hunters arrive and overnight in Whitehorse, rent a car to Watson Lake, round trip charter to camp, plus licenses, 5 percent HST tax and $250 hunter preservation fund all totals about an extra $4,500. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have hunted this area. Hunt MS491. MS491 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA MOOSE/BROWN BEAR
COMBINATION 10 DAY HUNT
This outfitter flies his own plane and knows this great moose Unit 19 very well along the Hoholitna River. He takes a very limited number of hunters out of this remote camp with a new lodge, five log cabins for accommodations, including a steam bath.
2022 was a good year for moose. All 8 of his guided hunters shot bulls, but one was not recovered. Best bull went 67 inches and overall, they averaged 60 inches. Only 2 moose/brown bear combination hunters did not take a bear.
2021 was a tough year finishing only 3 for 7, but legal bulls were passed, and opportunities missed. Top bulls were 67 and 63 inches. Horrific weather and high winds hampered hunters.
2020 he had 8 hunters tag 7 bulls all between 64 and 66 inches and a couple of the hunters were on moose/brown bear combo hunts and were successful on their bear as well.
10 day combination hunts guided 1×1 for moose and brown bears are $30,000 and start early to mid-September, compare this price to a N.W.T. or Yukon moose hunt and you see the value. 10 day fall or spring brown bear only hunts are $16,500.
Hunters fly from Anchorage to Port Alsworth for approximately $500 round trip. The outfitter will charter the hunters to camp at his expense. Hunt MS781.
This same outfitter also offers UNGUIDED MOOSE HUNTS for the experienced hunters, requiring a minimum of 2 hunters per party. Price is very reasonable at $6,500 per hunter and includes camp tent, cots and cooking supplies, food is not included on these spike camp or float type hunts. He allows you to stay the full 11 day season. Bulls must have a 50 inch minimum spread or have 4 brow tines on one side to be legal.
2022 his 12 unguided moose hunters killed 6 bulls.
2021 his 5 unguided moose hunters killed 3 bulls.
2020 his 7 unguided drop camp hunters killed 3 bulls with the best going 62 inches. Hunt MSUN781.
MOOSE AND MOUNTAIN CARIBOU
RAFTING OR BACKPACKING
This family run outfit has a game rich 7,000 square mile concession that does not see any resident pressure. They only take 5 to 7 moose hunters per year and in the last 9 years they have only had one hunter not kill a bull. Their mountain caribou hunting is nothing less than fantastic for both quality and success. HCU has never had a hunter not kill a moose and mountain caribou on this hunt.
2022 7 bulls for 7 hunters with a record book 73 inch bull scoring 235. Overall average was 62 inches.
2021 all 6 hunters tagged bulls including a record book bull and 2 bow kills, one was 71 inches wide.
All hunts are started out of base camp. Hunter and guide are then flown into a remote tent camp where they either backpack or river raft. 9 day backpack or river hunts from September 10 to 18 guided 1×1; during the rut are $30,500 plus $100 preservation fund, licenses and 5 percent tax and caribou can be added for a trophy fee of $9,000. Once you score the hunter is typically flown back to a comfortable base camp where you can enjoy a hot shower with cabin accommodations and some fishing for lake trout and grayling. They close their season September 19 for all hunts due to early winters, so the moose hunts are prime rut. Charter flight from Norman Wells is about $1,900. Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have taken moose and caribou with this outfit.
Hunt MS250. MS250 Hunt Photos.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE HUNT
$7200 1×1 6 DAYS
This small outfit sold a couple of their camps in 2021 and are now reduced to a couple fly-ins and a drive-in camp. They are seriously considering opening an area that they had never hunted in the past. It will require a helicopter flight to get hunters in and moose out. They have flown and scouted this area for a number of years and have seen some really great bulls, several in the 50 inch class. They anticipate only hunting 3 weeks with one hunter per week at a price of $11,000 due to expense and trophy quality expectations.
2022 was a tough year due to hurricanes causing high winds that lasted through most of the rut. The moose took shelter in the thicker cover and really didn’t spend much time out in the open. Overall, they had 38 hunters kill 31 bulls and 1 cow. Top bull went 52 inches and two more had spreads of 48 inches with the average bull going between 38 and 40 inches.
2021 they had 59 hunters tag 55 bulls and 2 cows. The 2 unsuccessful hunters were hampered by some extremely poor weather. Top 2 bulls went 49 inches and most bulls were in the 40 inch range.
6 day hunt guided 1×1 from mid-September to early November is $7,200 plus $570 moose license. Most camps have cabin accommodations with electricity, shower, and wood heat. Two camps require a 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 $150 license. Limited openings for 2023 or book 2024 for preferred dates. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and his wife Shoshana both took bulls with this outfit. Hunt MS94. MS94 Hunt Photos.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE 1X1 $6600
4-STAR LODGE WITH SAUNA & HOT TUB
6 DAYS INCLUDES MOOSE LICENSE
If you want to be pampered on a moose hunt with super lodging, you need to look at this outfitter in area 40. They also have a camp in area 45 that is a little more rustic and remote.
2022 season was really down with two hurricanes, Fiona and Ian, hampering the moose hunting and the bulls taken were smaller. Area 40 finished with 50 hunters killing about 38 bulls and 4 cows. Area 45 was a little better with 26 hunters killing about 21 bulls. Top two bulls had spreads of 52 and 48 inches.
2021 area 40 finished up with 44 hunters tagging 42 bulls with 2 hunters going home empty. Their area 45 had 24 hunters kill 19 bulls and 4 cows. Top bull went 48 inches and quite a few bulls were in the low 40’s.
Moose hunts are 6 days guided 1×1 at $6,600 with license included, but not the 15 percent HST tax. Black bear can be added to any hunt for $500 plus the cost of the $150 license. Caribou only hunts have been near 100 percent success priced at $13,200 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 approximately $600 for moose or $400 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 more typical Newfoundland moose camp with cabins, bunks, woodstove, generator, toilet, shower and hunters eat in the main cabin with the guides. Once everyone in this camp tags out they typically return to the main lodge in area 40.
Archery hunts are offered in both areas the first 2 weeks of September and overall success is quite 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.
2022 caribou was typical, some monster bulls, 100 percent success. 11 bulls taken in Area 40 and 4 in Area 45.
2021 caribou was another year of 100 percent success with 12 hunters and half were archers. Top bull taken was a monster with 42 points.
Hunters pay 15 percent HST tax on hunt cost and pick up is included at Deer Lake Airport at no charge for regular hunting days Sunday to Sunday. If it is any other day the cost is $350 to travel by taxi. Hunt MS709. MS709 Hunt Photos.
SHIRAS MOOSE $16,000
SOUTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
This hunt takes place just across the Washington border into southern British Columbia. The outfitter has a 3500 square mile concession where he normally takes 4 to 6 moose hunters per year. Season runs from October 1 to November 30, with the rut going on in early October.
7 hunting days typically with cabin accommodations is $14,000 guided 1×1 or horseback into the high country for $18,000. Success normally is over 60 percent on bulls averaging in the plus 40 inch class. Hunters are picked up in Penticton. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz has been with this outfit. Hunt MS292.
HCU works with several outfits for Shiras moose in Utah and success has continued at 100 percent. 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. Prices start at $24,000 and availability is very limited.