Perhaps Canada’s most iconic animal, the moose epitomizes the Canadian wilderness. Big, strong and well suited to handle many different types of terrain, the Moose is perhaps one of the most prized animals Canadian Hunters can pursue. The largest member of the deer family, there are numerous sub- species ranging from the Shiras Moose in the south to the giant Alaskan/Yukon moose in the far north. Successful hunters are rewarded with a quality and quantity of meat to fill their freezers for the year.
Rut Season: Last week of September & first week of October
Before The Hunt
- Scout potential areas well in advance of season. Moose sign is easy to spot
- Study topographic maps or Google Earth looking for travel corridors on ridges between waterways
- For more remote areas, biologists, conservation officers, forestry workers and bush pilots are great sources
During The Hunt
- Be prepared to cover a lot of ground looking for fresh sign and tracks
- Moose are easy to spot in open terrain areas, glass more and walk less
- Bring the animal to you with calling during the rut period
After The Hunt
- Moose meat can be very lean, care must be taken not to dry the meat out when cooking by conventional means
- Consult Wild Game cook books on cooking methods to keep the meat moist
- Share your bounty with others, there’s usually more than enough to go around
SEASONS BY PROVINCE
|B.C.||Aug. 15–Nov. 15||$25.00||pg. 27–87|
|AB||Sept. 1–Nov. 30||$44.95||pg. 45–54|
|SK||Sept. 1–Nov. 30||$40.00||pg. 29|
|MB||Aug. 26–Dec. 22||$57.25||pg. 37|
|ON||Sept. 14–Dec. 15||$50.29||pg. 54|
|QC||Sept. 1–Dec. 1||$75.12||N/A|
|NB||Sept. 24–Sept. 28||$72.00||pg. 17|
|NFLD||Sept. 14–March 8||$52.00||N/A|
|NS||Sept. 30–Dec. 19||$8.04||pg. 12|
|NWT||Sept. 1–Jan. 31||$22.00||pg. 27|
|YK||Aug. 1–Oct. 31||$10.00||pg. 65–74|
|NVT||July 1–June 30||$20.00||pg. 14|
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