Moose are emblems of the outdoors, the royalty of the wilderness. The image of the stately bull, or cow wading through the marshland is an image seared into the consciousness of any lover of the outdoors. In Ontario, moose populations are controlled through strict selective harvest programs that limit the taking of animals with high reproductive potential. The result: a population of moose in huntable areas estimated at about 99,000 – with an additional 15,000 in remote and protected areas.

What does this mean for the hunter?

Moose hunting may be the most challenging and rewarding type of hunting there is. Tactics range from calling and lying in wait in the cutovers, new burns, marsh meadows and lake narrows to tracking along game trails. No matter what your preference, there are myriad opportunities to experience the rush of the chase.

Non-resident moose hunting areas offer gun seasons (rifle, shotgun, and muzzleloader) and bows-only seasons from September to mid-November. Considering that an adult cow can weigh as much as 800 pounds (363 kg) and an Ontario bull in his prime can tip the scales at 1,400 lbs (636 kg), you’ll need all the stealth and help you can get.

To find an outfitter or trip to hunt moose, click here.

What you should know

Non-resident hunters who wish to hunt moose in Ontario must have valid hunting accreditation from another state or province and be a registered guest and accommodated at an outfitter authorized to issue non-resident moose validations tags. Operators in Ontario offer a wide-range of options, from drive-to camps with all the amenities to fly-in outposts miles from the nearest road.

It should also be remembered that hunting moose shouldn’t be conducted alone, especially when you consider the tasks of field dressing. It is recommended that you make this adventure with some buddies – both for fun and the heavy lifting.

For more information on the licences and regulations necessary to hunt moose in Ontario, click here.

For more information on important dates, open seasons and tag draws, click here.

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