Moose Calling Frustration
Bull Moose - 50 inch plus mature moose
My family hunts in an area in remote area in north central Alberta. Over the years, we have taken a number of what most would consider to be trophy class animals.
While we are not complaining, the large majority of these bulls were taken by simply being at the right place and at the right time.
Typically, we hunt the core areas and simply run into them next to a lake or on a cut line immediately adjacent. We never see tons of moose, most of the time it is 1-2 moose per week for a party of 5 hunters, but the moose we do see tend to be mature bulls up to the 50" range. We rarely see cows, but know that they are there because we see tracks.
We have tried calling in and around these areas but have never had any success of a bull coming into a call. Sign in these areas include tracks, rut pits, thrashed branches.
What are some reasons why we get a poor response rate when calling moose? Could it be poor moose numbers? or density? Could it be a low bull to cow ratio? Wolves in the area? Why don't we have younger bulls coming to the calls?
We have had luck calling moose in other areas further south many years ago. We know that it is not hunting pressure, as we are the only ones hunting in that area.
We have contemplated the reasons for years but are no closer to finding out the answer. Any insight to the lack of calling success would be greatly appreciated.