Shooting cow with calf?
Cow moose with her calf
My buddy drew a cow tag in Colorado. Neither of us has ever hunted moose, so are wondering about the ethics of shooting a cow with calf. The hunt will be in early October. Are the calves self-sustaining by then or is a calf likely to die if the mother is shot. We've taken many cow elk over the years and this is not a concern as elk are herd animals, but realize moose are more solitary.
A yearling moose calf would likely not survive without it's dam around to protect it.
In our area, where cow and calf moose season is open, the Conservation Department request that hunters take the calves and leave the breeding stock.