NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE HUNT HIGH SUCCESS 6 DAYS $5300 OR $5600 FOR A TROPHY HUNT 10 CAMPS 80 HUNTERS 76 BULLS
This family operation has several camps scattered over different areas of the island allowing them to take quite a few hunters over the course of the season.
Last fall 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. This price includes any helicopter flights to and from camp along with getting your bull to the processor. Just an FYI the outfitter pays about $2,000 in helicopter fees per hunter.
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.
In 2014 they had 74 hunters kill 66 bulls, 3 passed, 3 missed and 2 had no opportunity. Best bull went over 53 inches and a couple trophy bulls had 47 and 48 inch spreads averaging overall 40 inches. In 2013 they hosted 76 hunters taking 70 bulls and a couple meat cows.
6 day hunt guided 1×1 from mid September to late October is $5,300 plus $570 for license and 15 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. Hunters may be required to spike camp. Black bear can be taken on a $500 kill fee plus $120 license.
6 day TROPHY moose hunts are priced at $5,600 plus the $570 moose license and the differences could be more remote and more primitive accommodations.
HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and his wife Shoshana both took bulls with this outfit. Hunt MS94. MS94 Hunt Photos.
NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE $5900 1X1 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 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.
Hunts are guided 1×1 and priced at 6 days for moose at $5,900 or 2×1 is $5,400 and when caribou tags are available a combination hunt is $14,400. 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 $9,000 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 all 3 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 2016 were 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.
YUKON MOOSE 2017
$21,000 HORSEBACK HUNT CHARTER/LICENSES/ROYALTIES/TAX ALL INCLUSIVE
2016-8 BULLS FOR 8 HUNTERS
There had not been an outfitter in this area for about 15 years and it was closed to non-residents due to an old game violation. This young outfitter purchased the hunting rights and in 2014 ran dall sheep hunts. The outfitter and crew 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 has not had any upkeep since its closure about 15 years earlier.
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. Last fall 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.
Horseback hunts are priced at $21,000 for 8 actual hunting days and INCLUDE round trip charter from Whitehorse, licenses, government royalties and taxes.
Moose hunts will be September to early October. Sheep or male grizzly can be added on a $10,000 trophy fee.
At press time there were 2 moose openings for September 24 to October 4, 2017. Hunt MS135. MS135 Hunt Photos.
ALASKA TROPHY DRAW MOOSE UNIT NEAR 100 PERCENT SUCCESS
10 DAYS FOR ONLY $15,500
Last fall his 9 hunters killed 7 bulls, 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.
This had always been one of the top moose areas in northwestern Alaska, but when the state made it a draw area it just got better. He hunts 2 areas that have drawing odds ranging from 20 to over 70 percent and although the odds are high it chases some hunters away. HCU has only ever had four hunters not draw their moose tag. ALASKA NOW ALLOWS NON-RESIDENTS TO BUY A GRIZZLY TAG FOR THIS UNIT OVER THE COUNTER ON A FIRST COME BASIS, so now if you draw the moose permit you can purchase a grizzly tag as a add on for an additional $6,500. Hunter and guide are typically own into a remote area where they base out of their spike camp.
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 $15,500; moose/grizzly combos are $22,000 and possibly a caribou can be added.
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.
NORTHWEST TERRITORY MOOSE AND MOUNTAIN CARIBOU HORSEBACK OR BACKPACK
2016 was the first year a hunter went home without a moose on this hunt since 2010. Hunters went 6 for 7 on bulls averaging just under 60 inches. HCU hunters have taken bulls averaging over 62 inches on this hunt for the past several years.
In 2015 this out t took 4 moose hunters and all took great bulls gross scoring between 220 and 230 inches with widths from 60 to over 67 inches. Mountain caribou was again 100 percent success.
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 or backpack. 9 day backpack hunts from September 10 to 18 guided 1×1; during the rut are $23,000 or 10 day horseback hunts are $24,500 plus $100 preservation fund, licenses and 2 1/2 percent tax and caribou can be added for a trophy fee of $5,000. Once you score the hunter is typically own 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. Next available opening is in 2018. Hunt MS250. MS250 Hunt Photos.
NUMBER 1 TROPHY MOOSE HUNT
PRODUCES RECORD BOOK BULLS
100% SUCCESS RATE PAST 12 YEARS
2 OPENINGS IN 2017
This hunt continues to produce the highest rate of success (100 percent) on top end bulls every year. It is expensive, but if you want the best opportunity at a big bull here it is.
In 2016 they killed 16 bulls for 16 hunters with the best bull going 69 inches wide and overall averaging 62 to 63 inches.
In 2015 they had 13 hunters tag bulls including a 74 inch monster grossing 253 Boone and Crockett and also 4 more bulls that had spreads exceeding 65 inches.
2014 was 15 for 15, widest going 68 inches. 2013, again 100 percent. 2012 went 17 for 17, best was 68 inches. 2011 was 14 for 14 and top bull went 69 inches. 2010 was 11 for 11 with the best bull going 71 inches. You get the picture, if you want a trophy bull this is a great choice, but you may have to book a year in advance to get a spot. This outfitter runs 3 moose hunts per year, all in the rut. Over the past 12 years 162 hunters have taken 162 bulls, with 100 percent success also on mountain caribou. This is without a doubt one of the best moose hunts in North America. HCU hunters have killed several Boone and Crockett bulls on this hunt.
The outfitter utilizes both a helicopter and his bush plane to get into more remote areas in his 9,000 square mile concession. This area also serves as wintering grounds for big old moose and caribou. 8 day moose hunts guided 1×1 are $22,500 plus $2,500 to transport the meat, plus license, tags and tax. Mountain caribou can be added on a $6,000 trophy fee plus license. He offers 3 consecutive hunts during the month of September. Round trip charter from Norman Wells to camp is about $1,200 and this hunt typically needs booked at least 1 year in advance, but there are 2 openings for 2017 at press time. Hunt MS119. MS119 Hunt Photos.
BRITISH COLUMBIA MOOSE OR GOAT
10 DAYS 2×1 $10,900/1×1 $14,900
7 DAYS 1×1 $12,000
2016 was basically 100 percent success for hunters wanting a moose or goat as their primary animal. 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.
In 2014 his 24 hunters tagged 23 bulls, including 3 Boone and Crockett record book bulls. 24 hunters killed 24 goats. One was a nanny by mistake, but she did have 11 inch plus horns with a decent curl.
This 4,500 square mile area located only 60 miles from the Yukon border in the Cassiar Mountains produces unusually large Canadian bulls.
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. 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 oor 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.
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. Fish and Game has allowed too many cows to be harvested over the past few years, causing lower numbers with less trophy bulls. 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.
HCU has a bargain priced Shiras hunt with an outfitter on 15,000 acres and they get one tag and are willing to do the hunt for $9,900. Travel trailer accommodations, nothing fancy, but success has been good on 36 to 40 inch bulls. Last fall HCU hunter, Chris Ortega, killed a great Shiras bull in the mid-40’s. Hunt MS310. MS310 Hunt Photos.
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 and frequently one bull will be trophy caliber, with the exception of the past 2 years, but a big bull was seen in 2016. Price is $11,000 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 next openings were in 2018. Hunt MS255. MS255 Hunt Photos.