Non-Resident Moose Hunting
Non-resident Moose Hunting - Best Bang-for-the-Buck Moose Province
A moose hunt or two is a bucket-list item for me. My research to date tells me that the trophy potential goes up a lot from east to west with the biggest monsters being in Alaska.
Accordingly the price of any moose hunt goes up from east to west as well. I live in Wisconsin and would like a 'good' chance at a 47 to 52" class bull. The dilemma comes in with the hunting budget!
Am I just as well off driving up to NW Ontario and going hunting possibly 2 seasons to try and get a nice bull at say $2000 per season for a DIY-Outfitted hunt; OR Am I better off head west to Alberta or BC and somewhat blow the bank on one guided hunt at (say at least 6K)?
Perhaps an outfitted hunt in a western province would work and save some $$? I am in my early 40s and a few years ago I did an outfitted elk hunt (drop camp). The outfitter came to help with processing my bull when I got it. This type of hunt is right up my alley.
I have some DIY skills but am not going to pretend I can go it alone with taking care of a downed moose. I would likely have 1 or 2 hunting companions with me.
Thanks in advance, this site is awesome.
John... you have posed some interesting questions and options to choose from. I hope I can help you. We have a few contributors from the east that can hopefully shed some light too.
As it was recently pointed out to me the All-About-Moose.com website seems slanted more towards BC... or - at least the western provinces. I guess it is because this is the area I know and love.
First: I will address the possibility of a DIY hunt in western Canada. If you are a non-resident of Canada (alien), I am sorry to inform you, it is against the regulations for you to do so (in at least
three two of the provinces).
So as far as I know, the possibility of you and your buddies coming to Western Canada for a DIY non-resident moose hunt is out of the question.
- In BC a non-resident of Canada (alien) must hunt with
a licenced hunting guide from BC or a resident that holds an Accompany to Hunt Permit. The rule for the Accompany to Hunt Permit requires the non-resident to be a relative. This includes close family but not cousins.
- In Alberta the rules are similar; the non-resident hunter must contract a licenced hunting guide or hunt with a Hunter Host, usually a family member.
Unlike the most western provinces of Canada, Ontario does have opportunities for non-resident moose hunts.Updated:
Ontario has hunting regulations which require the non-resident of Canada purchase a moose tag through an outfitter or a tourist establishment. You may also qualify to hunt with a direct relative.Thanks to Brad for straightening me out about the hunting regulations in Ontario... I initially misread the regs. Sorry about that!
Secondly: I know money is always an issue when pursuing such adventures (unless you are Bill Gates). ;-) I am not a guide nor am I paid any commissions from any. Any recommendations I give are strictly from what I know and the people I have associated my website and hunting activities with. Guided moose hunts are not cheap!
Especially those with high success to trophy sized moose ratios. Those types of hunts are in demand and the guides and outfitters know it. High demand pushes the price up!
As you previously mention, the further west you go and then turn towards the north, the higher the cost.
The biggest of the moose family are of course the Alaskan/Yukon behemoths! To harvest one of these monsters, I would bet is on every moose hunter's wish list. I know my dad and I often say "Just once, we'd love to do a hunt like that! Just once!"
DIY hunting is an awesome way to go... when you (we) can do it. As you mention, handling a moose is not usually a solo affair. I have field dressed a mature bull by myself, but getting those big suckers out of the bush requires help, and lots of it if available.
I do however; know a couple of moose hunting guides here in BC that offer the type of non-resident moose hunt you are looking for. I have written about a few of them on the Canadian Moose Hunting
page. Feel free to contact me for more information.
Thanks for the inquiry,
"The Moose Man"