by Alex Krizel
He went that way!
My question is probably on the dumber side. Most of mine usually are. I am a total beginner, I have little hunting experience and I am going to go to western Quebec in late September to hunt moose with a longbow. What should I do, bring, consider, etc? (Told you it would be on the dumber side.)
Okay, a little more serious. I have always wanted to do a “big hunt”. I really have little experience hunting. I started about 5 years ago. I quickly realized that archery was how I wanted to hunt. Not long after, I realized traditional archery was going to be it for me. I have no delusions about my “chances”.
Quebec was chosen for several reasons.
One, ease of access (12 hour drive for me). Makes it easier in the off chance that I actually get one. Don’t even want to think about trying to get a moose onto carry-on.
Price was also a factor (I am looking about 1/2 of going to Newfoundland, even though NF has a denser moose population). I think this was a last-minute opening, so I got a discount. I haven’t found anything even close. I did check to make sure this wasn’t a “fly-by-night”, and it’s not. Been operating many years.
Also, I have talked to several people on bow hunting forums and they all agree that the fishing alone will be worth the price of admission (fishing license included with hunting license and you get a boat to use the whole week).
I do not
measure “success” by killing.
I would be extremely happy to get close enough to snap a picture of a live moose. I would love to take the experience back and maybe return one day with my kids. Would I take a moose given the chance? Yes!
But I would only take a shot under ideal situations as I have zero interest in wounding a bull mid-rut after pretending to be his love-rival and getting him pumped on testosterone.
I am also wondering what I would do with the antlers (wife already said “NO!” to any “wall decorating”).
I have a longbow, 52# @ 28”. I am getting another one soon, same make, only 80# @ 28”. My arrows are Al with a 100 gr insert and 200 gr broadhead (Hunor Africa, I have been back and forth with traditional heads, but I can never seem to get them sharp enough, the Hunors are pretty good in my opinion, they remind me of GrizzlyStik Nanook or German Kinetics, but half the price). Total arrow weight is just under 700 grain.
I’m pretty sure the gear is ok. I have some polypro undies from the army. I also have camo and other gear. It’s just about putting it all together.
I have not hunted more than 50 feet from my car (exaggerating, but still). Am I in over my head? Probably. But I have no problem tackling the task at hand. I just want to make sure I maximize my experience. All help/advice is very appreciated. Be well and thanks.