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
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
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.
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CLOSED PAST 11 YEARS
RE-OPENS IN 2014
$17,000 HORSEBACK HUNT
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
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.
HIGH SUCCESS INEXPENSIVE
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
Lake airport. HCU agent,
Bob Wodzisz and his wife Shoshana, hunted with this outfit again in
2013. Hunt MS94.
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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
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
at no charge if hunting Sunday to Sunday. If it is any other day they
pay $300 to travel by taxi. Hunt
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.
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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.
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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
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ALASKA PRIVATE CONCESSION
BORDERING THE YUKON
MOOSE AVERAGING 60 INCHES
This outfitter has a 50 square mile private
concession that borders the
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.
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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
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
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ARCHERY OR RIFLE MOOSE
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
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
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
$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
is included. License and tax is an additional $600.
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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.
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Another outfitter hunts an 8,000-acre ranch located in
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.
HCU has access to several more ranches that offer high
quality, high success hunts for shiras moose. Call for more details.