Hunting Calf Moose

by Calf Moose Hunter
(Ontario)

Calf Moose captured with a Spypoint Trail Camera

Calf Moose captured with a Spypoint Trail Camera

I live in Ontario Canada the province that believes that most hunters should hunt calf moose. I hunt a lot but haven't found a secret to calf hunting. Can you give some advice?




Moose calves will not be straying to far from their dams, if you can find where the cow moose are then the calves will not be far away.

I have heard that cow moose will respond to a calf moose in distress (even if it is not her own). If you can mimic a calf moose in distress and attract a cow moose her own calves will surely follow.

How do you find the cow moose? Cows with calves are almost always found near water sources, they use the lakes and ponds as places to escape predators.

Hunting calf moose is not so easy in the sense you can't call, decoy or lure them. You pretty much have to rely on chance encounters unless you can reliably call cow moose to your hunting stand.

~ Mark

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ontario moose calf @ cow
by: farley lock

No calf no cow hunt. Kill the calf killing future breeding stock. Kill the cow no moose. Bull by draw spike or fork bull open season. As some comments have referred to native hunts they have their rights for their own consumption, if being sold for profit they should be prosecuted. As for southern Ont. people getting the draws, I was told the US is running the draw system ?? I enjoy the hunt and possibilities of harvesting a moose. But it is not just the hunt for me but the championship, planning and just being out there with nature. Good Luck Moose !!

I agree about southern ontario folks
by: Randy

It is very unfortunate, but it's true I also have folks from Southern ontario show up driving their ATV all over the place trespassing and leaving their garbage behind. Then they complain about the government not issuing enough tags and complain there is no moose.
Not all southern Ontario folks can be painted with the same brush but so far in my experience they've been more a nuisance for me getting much needed meat on my table , a good job around here pays 16$/ hr and they are rare so we count on the meat the southerns spook away or shoot and waste.
And please pick up your garbage before leaving, this bush is my backyard!

Are Northern Ontario hunters better people?
by: John

Way to single out Southern Ontario hunters. We take time off, save our money and yes contribute to your economy. Very offensive comments there Guy. You must be a real joy to be around. Love to meet up with you in the bush sometime.

calf hunting
by: TrueNorth

Up in area 28, northern residents don't have much choice but to hunt calves. Adult tags mysteriously are almost entirely drawn to southern Ontario hunters who invade our area yearly bringing nothing to our economy, leaving only Coors light cans and their camping mess behind. This year 2014 has been best moose hunting year in ages for US the residents. No ignorant road blockers believing this or that area belongs to them. No surprise hunters sitting in our tree stands opening morning. No constant partridge hunters ignorantly hunting in others areas. This low moose tag allotment can last forever in my eyes, we were never given any anyways and have always hunted calves by way of being left out by southern Ontario lawmakers and ignorants!!!

Calf Moose
by: Jamie

Hunting calf moose is great way to keep the population up. If we don't get them predators will. Predators should also be hunted to keep moose numbers up.

Ont. Calf Moose
by: Moosecaller

Most Hunters are very lucky to see a calf Moose in all the yrs. they have hunted Moose.
Here in Ont. where I hunt Moose as well, I would consider myself a a Calf Moose Lolly Pop.
I have have seen & taken more Calf Moose than any Hunter I know & I would take a Calf any day over a Bull...U can't eat the Rack.
Good Scouting, Paitence, knowing where to look, WATER/PONDS/LAKES/Etc. really helps.
Calling works, as a Cow will come & who knows who she will bring with her.
I just finished eating my last Calf Moose Round Steak, no marinading, just some Montreal Steak Spice on it, it was so tender, it melted in my mouth...Yum, Yum !
And bye the way, U won't be the only one Huntin Calves again this yr. as Tags are so hard to get in our area & I'm just lookin forward to the Holiday.
Good Hunting & be Safe & respect others !

Calf Moose Hunting
by: Mark - The Mooseman

Thanks for your comments Dan; however there are some jurisdictions where the moose population justifies the harvest of cows and calves in order to keep a healthy balance in the moose herd.

Not hunting cows and calves or does and yearlings (deer) is an old school way of thinking. We must maintain the correct balance (ratios) of bulls to cows and bucks to does. If the herd becomes unbalanced then the whole suffer.

Wildlife management for consumptive use requires a balance, when moose have good habitat they can withstand heavy hunting pressure. Maximum harvest opportunities will result in a lower overall mean age of the population.
Moose harvests are adjusted by modifying season lengths, types of weapons used and length of season. This is how/why in some areas there are severe antler restrictions (trophy harvest) or any bull harvest (harvest for consumption).
The later is how there can be a justifiable cow and calf moose hunting seasons... and there should be!

baby moose
by: dan click the moose hunter

Well I've never hunted calves I think they should be left alone to grow up to have a fair run at life. I've never hunted cow's neither as they are your life line to keep moose up and running at a fair number if given a chance.

There's just to many people that hunt moose and loose them when shot as I've had to go and look for other people that shot moose and can not find them, as moose are so big that they look closer to you than you think.

You will find that if you think they are at 100 yards chances are they at 200 yards. So people do not go far enough when looking for that moose to find the blood so they think they missed it.

Then they go and shoot another one, this happens a lot. If your going moose hunting make sure where and what your shooting to help keep a healthy stock.

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