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BEST ALASKA MOOSE HUNT?
TROPHY DRAW AREA PRODUCES
NEAR 100 PERCENT SUCCESS
BULLS AVERAGING OVER 60 INCHES
10 DAYS FOR ONLY $15,000

Last fall all 8 hunters should have scored, but one hunter passed on 8 bulls the first day including a 65-inch bull another hunter later took and the other unsuccessful hunter also passed on a 64-inch bull. The other 6 hunters took bulls including a 67, 65, 64, 2 more over 60 and a 57-inch bull, despite terrible weather including plenty of early snowfall.

Fall of 2012 produced 3 bulls for 3 hunters with spreads of 69, 67 and 62 inches. The outfitter had a tag and a 4 hour window between hunters and he tagged out on a 65-incher. Up until 2012 he only had one hunter in the past several years not go home with a big bull and he was an older hunter that just was not able to physically do the hunt.

In 2011, his hunters took 6 bulls up into the mid-60’s. In 2010 he had 4 hunters and the smallest bull went 62 inches and everyone was tagged out by day 3. Best bull taken in 2009 was just shy of 69 inches and in 2008 it was 68 inches.  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 3 areas that have drawing odds ranging from 20, 38 or over 60 percent and although the odds are high it chases some hunters away. HCU has only ever had one hunter not draw this tag. Grizzly in this area are also on a draw of 90%.

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 1x1 are $15,000, moose/caribou combos are $17,000 and moose/grizzly is $19,500 and had also been 100% success.  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.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

YUKON MOOSE AREA
CLOSED PAST 11 YEARS
RE-OPENS IN 2014
$17,000 HORSEBACK HUNT
ALL INCLUSIVE

HCU’s Cliff Graham took a dall ram in this area before it closed over a decade ago. HCU had several hunters take some monster moose in this area, including a big non-typical bull with a double set of antlers on one side. The area closed shortly after that due to a game law violation and just recently been resold and will open commercially in 2014. The new operator is NOT new to the hunting business, in fact, his father owned an area in the Yukon previously and he guided sheep hunters for him the past 6 years.  The new outfitter took his Dad into the new area this past fall and horse backed to 4 of the 12 camps looking over the area on foot and seeing an abundance of game.

Horseback hunts are priced at a very reasonable $17,000 for 9 hunting days INCLUDING roundtrip charter from Whitehorse, licenses and government royalties. Hunters pay GST taxes and $150 Hunter Preservation Fund, totaling about $1,000.

Moose hunts will be mid to late September priced at $17,000 and grizzly can be added on a $6,000 trophy fee, license can be included.  Sheep hunts will run from August 1 into September and he plans on taking 3 hunters per hunt guided 1x1. Moose or grizzly can be added to these hunts for a $6,000 trophy fee.  At press time there were 3 moose openings for September 20 to 30 for 2014. Expect 2015 prices to increase by $1,000. Hunt MS135. 

 

HIGH SUCCESS INEXPENSIVE
$4600 NEWFOUNDLAND MOOSE HUNT

This outfitter has several camps located in different parts of the island allowing them to take quite a few hunters. In 2013 they hosted 76 hunters taking 70 bulls and a couple meat cows.  The best bulls came in with 45 to 52-inch spreads and overall they averaged close to 40 inches.  6-day hunt guided 1x1 from mid-September to late October is $4,600 plus $400 for license and 6.5% 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 $5,700 and INCLUDE the $400 moose license and they typically put you into a little better area.  They also offer a 10-day TROPHY moose hunt at $6,700 and this INCLUDES moose and bear licenses, bear can be taken on a $500 trophy fee.  Hunters may have to pay for a taxi from Deer Lake airport. HCU agent, Bob Wodzisz and his wife Shoshana, hunted with this outfit again in 2013. Hunt MS94.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

NEWFOUNDLAND OUTFITTER OFFERS
MOOSE/CARIBOU HUNTS IN 3 AREAS
FAR NORTHERN PART OF ISLAND
WITH EXCEPTIONAL LODGING

This outfitter runs hunts in areas 1, 40 and 45 on the northern end of the island. Area 1 is priced higher as it is normally more of a trophy area; where as area 40 and 45 is more typical Newfoundland hunting.

Area 40 or area 45 moose hunts are $5,200 and INCLUDES moose license. Last fall in 2013 area 40 had 25 hunters take 23 bulls averaging 38 inches and the top 2 bulls went 50 inches. In area 45 all the hunters scored on bulls and the top couple bulls had 46-inch spreads. In 2012 in area 40 they took 38 bulls for 40 hunters, including 18 bowhunters, and the best went 48 inches, with an average of about 40 inches. In 2011 46 hunters took 42 bulls. Moose/caribou combo is $13,500 and includes licenses.

Area 1 moose hunts are $6,900 and includes moose license. In 2013 they had 30 hunters take 28 bulls averaging 46 inches and the best bull came in at 52 inches. In 2012 there were 26 bulls taken for 28 hunters and this includes about half being archers. Top bulls went 50 inches and the overall average was about 40. In 2011 they went 37 for 37, with an average of 45 inches and the best bull was 54. Moose/caribou combo is $13,500 and includes licenses.

All hunts are guided 1x1 and priced at 6 days for moose or 10 days for combination moose/ caribou hunt. Licenses are INCLUDED in the price, but not the 6.5% HST tax. Black bear can be added to any hunt for $900 plus the cost of the $120 license. Caribou only hunts have been 100% success priced at $7,500 for 6 days and INCLUDES license. All hunting areas are accessed by argo or walking, no helicopters or planes. Cripple policy is in effect, if you wound an animal your hunt is done.

Areas 1 and 40 border each other allowing the use of the same main lodge. 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.

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 2 weeks of October.

Caribou hunts were 100 percent with 11 hunters, 8 archers, taking 11 bulls including one Boone and Crockett record book bull and several Pope and Young bulls. In 2012 numbers were the same including a traditional archer taking the new number 5 Pope and Young record scoring 305.  Hunters pay 6.5% 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 they pay $300 to travel by taxi. Hunt MS709.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

BEST ALBERTA ARCHERY HUNT?
SUCCESS CONTINUES AT 100 PERCENT

This archery moose hunt has been nothing short of fantastic. It takes place near Stettler in an agricultural area between Calgary and Edmonton.  Last fall in 2013 they took a 53, 49, a guy missed 3 bulls and ended up taking a 42 incher.  In 2012, he had 5 archers tag bulls from 45 to 54 inches. In 2011 HCU customers Jamie Tille and Dean Piagentini scored on two trophy Pope and Young bulls. This hunt is pricey, but it has been 100% success on great bulls every year.  This 1x1 guided hunt is $12,000. The outfitter likes to hunt September 25 to October 5 during the rut and will allow you 2 weeks if necessary.  Typically you are hunting farmland by traveling and glassing. Once a shooter bull is found the stalk is on. The area is draw only for residents and he gets several tags each year for nonresident hunters. Nice cabin accommodations with meals and airport pickup in Edmonton.  Moose tag is $400 plus $110 for wildlife certificate and 5% tax. Mule deer and or whitetails can be added to this hunt. Next available opening is in 2016.
Hunt MSB883.  Pictures from this Hunt.

  

NORTHWEST TERRITORY
MOOSE AND MOUNTAIN CARIBOU
100 PERCENT PAST YEARS
THE REAL DEAL

Last fall all 5 hunters scored on moose and caribou, best moose taken had a 68 ½-inch spread and overall they averaged over 60 inches.  Moose typically average in the 200 to 210-inch class and sometimes top in the 230’s and mountain caribou in the 370 to 380-inch category, with the best ones grossing well over 400 inches.  In 2012 all 5 moose hunters took home bulls and caribou. 2011 success rate was also 100% on both species. 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 hike and glass. 9-day backpack hunts from September 10 to 19 guided 1x1 during the rut are $20,000 plus $150 preservation fund, licenses and 2 ½ percent tax and caribou can be added for a trophy fee of $4,500. 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 $1,200.
Hunt MS250.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

NUMBER 1 TROPHY MOOSE HUNT
PRODUCES RECORD BOOK BULLS
100% SUCCESS RATE PAST 9 YEARS

This Northwest Territory moose hunt is simply amazing for both success and trophy quality. 2013 proved to be another year with everyone scoring on big bulls, including a couple monsters. The outfitter has 3 consecutive rut rifle hunts that are top end.

In 2012 this outfitter took 17 rifle moose hunters all during the rut and all 17 took massive bulls, with the best one going 68 inches. In 2011 his 14 hunters took 14 bulls with the best going 69 inches taken by HCU hunter, John Lee. In 2010 all 11 hunters took trophy bulls, including a 71-inch bull and 3 more over 65 inches. Attention bowhunters, 2 bulls were taken with archery gear including the pending new World Record Pope and Young bull going 68 inches and grossing 253. In 2009 a 68-inch bull was taken that would go 250 Boone and Crockett points putting it in the top 20 bulls ever recorded. Over the past 9 years 118 hunters have taken 118 bulls, with 100 percent success on mountain caribou, including plenty of record book animals. This is without a doubt one of the best moose hunts in North America.  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 1x1 are $18,000 plus $2,500 to transport the meat, plus license, tags and tax. Mountain caribou can be added on a $5,000 trophy fee plus license. He offers 3 consecutive hunts during the month of September. Roundtrip charter from Norman Wells to camp is about $1,200 and this hunt normally needs booked at least 1 year in advance.  Next available opening is in 2015.
Hunt MS119.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

BARGAIN PRICED AT $9000
BRITISH COLUMBIA MOOSE HUNT
10 DAYS 2X1 HORSEBACK

2013 proved to be 100 percent success on hunters choosing moose as their number one species, including 2 Boone and Crockett record book bulls.

In 2012 there were 25 hunters wanting a bull and 21 tagged out, including an 11-year old boy that took the best bull scoring 205 Boone and Crockett. In 2011 the outfitter had 17 hunters take 15 bulls. In 2010 all 15 hunters took home bulls and they typically average 53 to 55 inches.  Mountain goat success normally runs 85 percent or better and makes a great combination hunt.  This 4,500 square mile area located only 60 miles from the Yukon border in the Cassiar Mountains has high goat numbers and most hunters are tagged out in 3 days. Moose numbers are also quite high in his area and being near the Yukon border the bulls have fantastic genetics.  The outfitter has decided to offer some bargain priced hunts, especially for a couple hunting pals that are willing to go guided 2x1. 10 hunting days 2x1 is $9,000 or 1x1 is $12,900 and a second animal can be taken on a $4,000 trophy fee.  The Cassiar Mountains in his area run up to 6,500’ 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 roundtrip charter to camp for $1,600 plus licenses, 5% GST tax and $220 hunter preservation fund. HCU’s Bob Wodzisz and Cliff Graham have hunted this area. Hunt MS491.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 10-DAY
MOOSE/ELK/GOAT COMBO HUNT
ALL HUNTERS TAGGED IN 2013

Last fall success ran 100 percent for every hunter’s main animal. They took 12 bull moose, 10 billies and 6 bull elk. Many hunters took a second animal and some all three. Best moose made the Boone and Crockett record book. Best mountain goat scored 47 inches and the best elk scored 291.

In 2012 his hunters took 12 bulls; including a 199-inch Boone and Crockett record book bull.  In 2011 they had 16 hunters with moose tags score on 15 bulls, including a monster 57-inch bull that scored 207 Boone and Crockett. In 2010 they took about 15 bulls averaging near 50 inches and the best one had a 54-inch spread and should book at 185 inches.

This area also has a very high elk density and rifle hunters experience a near 100% success rate on bulls averaging in the 280 to 290 class.  September 9 to October 31 there is a 6-point antler restriction on the elk. Bowhunters also do quite well here and account for several bulls each fall. 10-day 1x1 hunts are $12,500 plus $3,500 for each additional animal and trophy fee on grizzly is only $7,000. Price INCLUDES taxes and government royalty fees. Hunters pay for their charter from Ft. Nelson at about $1,500 plus licenses and tags. THIS OUTFITTER ALSO OFFERS YOUTH PRICES FOR 18 AND UNDER WITH AN ADULT ON A 2X1 BASIS FOR ONLY A $3,500 TROPHY FEE. At press time he had one opening for 2014 on his best moose date October 14 to 25. Hunt MS483.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

BRITISH COLUMBIA MIXED BAG
TYPICALLY 100% SUCCESS

2013 continued the success rate of 100 percent on moose, in fact, all but one multi-specie hunter went home with at least 2 animals last fall.  Trophy quality can be top end and his yearly numbers prove it.

In 2012, this outfitter hosted 20 hunters with moose tags and 19 bulls were taken including a MONSTER 232 WITH A 65-INCH SPREAD, A 215-INCH BULL AND 2 MORE OVER 200 INCHES, that is incredible for Canadian moose.  Everyone wanting a mountain goat scored and they also took 6 mountain caribou.

This longtime outfitter has exclusive guiding rights to over 5,000 square miles in one of the game richest areas of northern B.C. Success typically runs 100% on your animal of choice and at least 50% for a second animal and some hunters take all 3. Trophy quality is unsurpassed with moose averaging 55 inches, goats at 9 inches and mountain caribou in the 355 to 360 range.  10-day hunts are priced at $13,500 and this includes one animal, additional animals can be taken on a $3,500 trophy fee. 14-day hunts are $15,500 and the average hunter will take 2 or 3 animals. He also offers a $9,500 10-day hunt guided 2x1 for a couple buddies wanting to experience the best British Columbia has to offer at a lower price. He also offers a fantastic deal for kids. They can hunt just for the price of trophy fees on moose, mountain caribou or goat as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult. No $12,500 hunt price, only $3,500 per animal.  Additional costs are license, tags and HST tax. Roundtrip charter flight from base camp to hunting areas has been $1,000. Hunters are picked up in Ft. Nelson. Hunt MS728.  Pictures from this Hunt.

ALASKA PRIVATE CONCESSION
BORDERING THE YUKON
MOOSE AVERAGING 60 INCHES

This outfitter has a 50 square mile private concession that borders the Yukon and is almost inaccessible by plane keeping resident hunters out.  He normally trails in a dozen head of horses to operate his hunts, but in 2013 heavy rains swelled the rivers to an impassible level so they had to backpack. His 6 moose hunters scored on 5 bulls including a 67-inch bull and HCU hunter, Alan Henderson, took a 62 incher. The other 3 bulls were in the mid to upper 50’s. The unsuccessful hunter couldn’t physically do the hunt.  In 2012 the outfitter hosted 7 moose hunters and 6 took bulls, one archery hunter did not score. Best bull went 63 inches and 2 more went 60. In 2011 all 6 hunters scored on bulls, including a 65-inch book bull and 2 more at 60 or better.

Base camp can be anything from a cabin to a 14’ by 16’ wall tent or a 10’ by 10’ bomb shelter, depending on the area to be hunted.  8-day horseback or backpack moose hunt guided 1x1 is priced at $17,500 and runs from September 1 to 9, 9 to 18 and 18 to 27. He also offers a less physical lake hunt where they stay in bomb shelters and canoe the bays. He normally takes one hunter per year here and success has been very high. Hunters take a charter flight from Fairbanks to Tok for approximately $950 and the outfitter pays to have you flown from there to base camp. Grizzly can be added on a $4,500 trophy fee. 2014 is booked full and only one opening remains for 2015. Hunt MS540.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

NORTHERN MANITOBA MOOSE HUNTS
21 HUNTERS TAG 15 BULLS
AVERAGE 50 INCHES $9995

We don’t normally list moose hunts in Manitoba, but in this case since the outfitter is so remote he takes some great bulls.  Last fall 15 bulls were taken for 21 hunters, including a tremendous 61 incher. In 2012 his 19 hunters tagged 15 bulls averaging a little over 50 inches and the best bull went 54. Two of the unsuccessful hunters had opportunity. In 2011 he had 16 hunters take 12 bulls averaging 53 inches, with the best coming in at 56. Two of the unsuccessful hunters were archers. In 2010 he took 13 moose hunters and they scored on 9 bulls averaging 55 inches.  This moose hunt is priced at $9,995 guided 2x1 or add $890 for 1x1 and this includes 8 days, 7 hunting in the rut from September 13 to 20, 20 to 27 or 27 to October 4. It also includes world class fishing, bear, wolf and ptarmigan hunting. They have 14 outpost camps to choose from and they can put 2 hunters in each camp. Moose license is $460, bear license is $325, fishing is $32. Hunters fly from Winnipeg to Thompson Falls at about $600 roundtrip and overnight. You are picked up early the next day and the hunt price includes all flying from Thompson Falls.
Hunt MS352.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

ALBERTA ARCHERY OR RIFLE MOOSE
ONLY $5000

In 2013 three of the four hunters scored on bulls. The successful hunters scored on two 35-inch bulls and a smaller bull. They saw a couple monsters in the 50-inch class, but were not able to close the deal. The unsuccessful hunter passed on a very small bull and a spike, while seeing about 30 moose over the course of his hunt.  In 2012 on the archery hunt one hunter hit a small bull that was never recovered and the other hunter saw a couple good bulls, but was unable to get any shots off. He was to come back in rifle season to try again.

2012 rifle season went 2 for 4, including a 42 and a 35-inch bull. One hunter passed on 5 small bulls.  This outfitter now has 4 tags near his home about 80 miles north of Edmonton. In 2011 he took 2 archers and both scored on bulls. One hunter scored the first day on a 35-inch bull and the other hunter took a smaller 3-year old bull.  Most hunting is calling/spot and stalk mornings and evening, with a mid-day break.

$5,000 gets you a 6-day hunt either in the prime rut late September and early October for archery or you can rifle hunt later in early November. He hunts both private and crown land less than 30 miles from his house. Airport pickup in Edmonton is included. License and tax is an additional $600.
Hunt MS832.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

UTAH SHIRAS MOOSE HUNTS
WITH GUARANTEED TAG
100% SUCCESS ON TROPHY BULLS

HCU works with several outfits for shiras moose in Utah. Success continues at 100% on high quality bulls, including some bulls making the all-time Boone and Crockett record book.  2013 was down in size mainly due to lack of moisture. 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 one of these hunts.

This outfitter has a 35,000-acre ranch in northeastern Utah that has produced some great bulls. They get 2 tags per year and go 100% success and quite often one bull makes the record book. Price is $10,500 guided 1x1 for 5 days and they normally hunt early October. Airport pickup in Salt Lake City is included. Hunt MS255.  Pictures from this Hunt.

 

Another outfitter hunts an 8,000-acre ranch located in northeastern Utah that produces good bulls every year. He hunts late September and early October. 5 days 1x1 is $11,500 with cabin accommodations and airport pickup in SLC. Next available opening is in 2016. Hunt MS772. 

 

HCU has access to several more ranches that offer high quality, high success hunts for shiras moose. Call for more details.