YUKON HORSEBACK MOOSE HUNT
$24,000 ALL INCLUSIVE
2018 – 5 BULLS FOR 7 HUNTERS
2017 – 6 BULLS FOR 7 HUNTERS
2016 – 8 BULLS FOR 8 HUNTERS
In 2018 he had 2 hunters up for the task of exploring and hunting a new area. It didn’t work out. Many sheds were found, but no moose, appar- ently they use this area later in the year. His second hunt had 4 hunters kill 4 bulls, HCU’s Frank Kusler took a nice 58 inch bull with the bow, saw some bigger, and Bill Devore killed an old warrior grossing 225, along with a really big old boar grizzly. Another hunter tagged a 60 inch plus bull and a nice wolf. The last hunter was 82 year old, Donny Miller, and he shot a bull in the low 50’s on a boat hunt. On the last sheep hunt one of the hunters took a 60 inch plus bull on a trophy fee.
In 2017 his 7 hunters tagged 6 big bulls aver- aging 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. This private concession was closed to any outfit- ting due to a game law violation in 1999. It was reopened in 2014 and sold to this 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.
Horseback moose hunts are priced at $24,000 for 10 days, 8 actual hunting days, and INCLUDE ROUND TRIP CHARTER FROM WHITE-HORSE, LICENSES, GOVERNMENT ROYALTIES AND TAXES. Compare this price with anyone in a top area like this and you will see the bargain.
NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA
HORSEBACK OR CABIN LAKE HUNT
10 DAYS 2X1 $12,900
7 DAYS 1X1 $13,900
TYPICALLY 100 PERCENT SUCCESS
This is a bargain priced moose hunt for quality bulls averaging with spreads of 50 some inches. This large 4,500 square mile area located only60 miles from the Yukon border in the Cassiar Mountains produces some unusually large Canadian bulls, not like the similar priced smaller bulls further south in B.C. and a second animal can be taken on a trophy fee of $4,000.
2018 produced better than average bulls. They took a total of about 25 bulls and the top 2 grossed an amazing 208 and 207 inches with a 57 inch spread. They had 2 unlucky combination hunters that just did not take a bull.
2017 was basically 100 percent success. 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.
2016 had 20 hunters harvest 20 bulls, includ- ing 2 and possibly 3 that will go Boone and Crockett. Many hunters added a mountain goat on a trophy fee.
2015 produced 22 bulls for 24 hunters, including 5 bulls that should make the Boone and Crockett record book.
The outfitter offers some bargain priced huntsfor a couple hunting buddies that are willing to go guided 2×1. 10 hunting days for one species 2×1 is $12,900 each or 1×1 is $21,000 for 2 species, moose, goat, caribou or elk. Shorter 7 day hunts guided 1×1 are $13,900 for a moose or goat. A sec- ond 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 sealevel 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 $2,500 plus licenses, 5 percent HST tax and $200 hunter preservation fund. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have hunted this area. Hunt MS491. MS491 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA MOOSE $18,500 10 DAYS
MOOSE/BROWN BEAR $24,000
2018 – 3 FOR 3, ALL 62” & 63”
2017 – 3 FOR 4, 2-60”, 58”
2016 – 3 FOR 4, 69” B&C, 64”, 63”
This outfitter has a great area to find big bullsin the basins of the Hoholitna River region of Unit 19. Typically most hunters willing to hike and glass get an opportunity for a nice Alaska-Yukon moose. He takes a very limited amount of huntersout of this remote camp with five log cabins foraccommodations, including a steam bath.
In 2018 all 3 moose hunters tagged bulls 62 or 63 inches wide. One of the hunters was on a combination moose/brown bear hunt and he tagged an 8 1/2 foot brownie along with his 62 inch bull.
In 2017 his 4 hunters killed 3 bulls, including 2 at 60 inches and a 58. He had a total of 9 brown bear hunters tag 8 bears in the 8 to 8 1/2 foot class.
In 2016 he had 4 moose hunters kill 3 bulls, including a 69 inch wide Boone and Crockett bull, a 64 and a 63 incher. The unsuccessful repeat hunter passed on 3 bulls just under 60 inches and has taken bigger bulls in the past with this outfit.
10 day hunts guided 1×1 for moose are $18,500 and start early to mid September. Brown bear can be combined with the moose hunt for an additional $5,500, 10 day brown bear only hunts are $14,500.
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 $5,000 per hunter and includes camp tent, cots and cooking supplies, food is notincluded on these spike camp or float type hunts.Bulls must have a 50 inch minimum spread or have 4 brow tines on one side to be legal.
Last fall he dropped off 3 unguided moose hunters and they killed 2 bulls. Hunts start early to mid September. Hunt MSUN781.
MOOSE AND MOUNTAIN CARIBOU
RAFTING OR BACKPACKING
ONE NO KILL IN PAST 8 YEARS
This outfit concentrates more on sheep and takes a very limited amount of moose hunters, about 5 to 7 yearly, in this large 7,000 square mile area. They have only had one hunter not kill a bull since 2010.
2018 they hosted 5 moose hunters and all 5 scored on bulls from 67 inches down to 58, with an overall average of 62 inches. The largest bull taken was not the widest, but grossed 235 inches, netting 222. All the hunters wanting a mountain caribou took one on a $5,000 trophy fee.
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.
2016 hunters went 6 for 7 on bulls. This wasthe first year since 2010 that moose hunts were not100 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 guideare flown into a remote tent camp where they ei- ther backpack or river raft. 9 day backpack or river hunts from September 10 to 18 guided 1×1; during the rut are $25,000 plus $100 preservation fund, li- censes and 5 percent tax and caribou can be added for a trophy fee of $5,000. Once you score the hunt-er is typically flown back to base camp where youcan enjoy a hot shower with cabin accommodationsand some fishing for lake trout and grayling. Theyclose their season September 19 for all hunts due to early winters, so the moose hunts are prime rut. Cliff Graham and Bob Wodzisz have taken mooseand caribou with this outfit. Charter flight fromNorman Wells is about $1,500. Limited 2020 open- ings or book now for 2021. Hunt MS250. MS250 Hunt Photos.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE HUNT
$5800 HIGH SUCCESS 6 DAYS
This family operation has 5 camps, 2 fly-in and 3 drive-in. We have worked with this outfitfor over 20 years with exceptional success. They moose hunt from early September to early No- vember. They used to take upwards of 90 moose hunters per year, but they sold several camps after the 2018 season downsizing to concentrate on their main area.
2018 was their last year offering the southern camps. Overall they had 60 moose hunters killing 52 bulls and a couple cows.
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.
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.
6 day hunt guided 1×1 from mid September to early November is $5,800 plus license ($570) and 15 percent HST tax. Most camps have cabin accommodations with electricity, shower, and wood heat. Two camps require a float plane to reach andthis 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. Next available opening is in 2020.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE 1X1 $5900
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, but has some good bulls.
In 2018 they had 6 archery hunters tag 4 bullsand one archer returned in rifle season and filled his tag. In area 40 they had 38 rifle hunters kill 33 bullsand all but one had an opportunity. In area 45 they took 23 rifle moose hunters and killed 20 bulls.
In 2017 in area 40 their 45 hunters tagged 38 bulls and 6 cows, the unsuccessful hunter had an op- portunity. 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.
Moose hunts are 6 days guided 1×1 at $5,900 or 2×1 is $5,400 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 $120 license. Caribou only hunts have been near 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 approximately $350 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 border- ing 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. This can be a 2×1 or 1×1 hunt. 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 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 2018 were 10 for 11 and all were archers. 2017 was 11 for 11 and 10 were bowhunters. 2016 was 11 bowhunters killing 10 bulls.
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 $300 to travel by taxi. Very limited openings for 2019, book now for 2020. 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 even though Utah quality had really dropped off, but we saw improvement in both 2017 and 2018. Fish and Game had allowed too many cows to be harvested previous 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.
One of these outfitters has a 35,000 acre ranchin northeastern Utah that has produced some great bulls over the years. They get 2 tags per year and have been 100 percent success. Hunts are $12,500 guided 1×1 for 5 days and they normally hunt ear- ly October. Lodge accommodations with airport pickup in Salt Lake City included. Hunt MS255. MS255 Hunt Photos.