Going on a trip to hunt a new animal you’ve never encountered before can be a fun and rewarding experience. Moose hunting is a great example of that – it’s a good time, but not an animal most people have access to unless they travel.
Since moose tend only to be found in small pockets in the United States and most of Canada, most Americans have to travel if they want to hunt these gargantuan beings. If that’s the case for you, here are some mistakes to avoid on your first moose hunt:
Overlooking Local Regulations
While you may be familiar with the hunting regulations in your home state, every place is different, especially when you’re crossing the border into another country. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the local regulations, ensure you’ve filled out all the correct paperwork, received the appropriate tag, permit, or license, and are carrying weapons and ammunition that are legal in that state.
Not Coming Prepared
When you hunt moose for the first time, you have to be prepared in multiple ways. First, you have to understand that moose can grow up to seven feet and can weigh more than 1,000 pounds. Despite their size, they’re incredible runners and have excellent stamina as well. You should take all of this into consideration and prepare accordingly. Additionally, it’s important to dress for the weather. Moose tend to exist in temperate climates where it’s generally cold and wet during hunting season. Not dressing appropriately can come with major consequences.
Getting Too Close
You’re incredibly unlikely to be harmed by a moose. Despite their massive size, they’re herbivores who tend not to resort to violence. If they do spot you, they’re more likely to run away than anything. But if you get too close – to adult males during mating season especially – they may attack you. And you probably will not fair well in a fight with a full-grown adult moose.
If you’re planning a moose hunting trip this fall, consider Mattice Lake Outfitters in Armstrong Station, Ontario, Canada. We can offer you comfortable lodging, plentiful herds, fully equipped outpost camps and beautiful scenery. Contact us to learn more today!