Surprisingly, we are moose hunting in an area less than an hour from the Edmonton Airport and out of a comfortable lodge rather than the wall tent camp typical of most moose hunting operations. We offer 9 or 10 late September rut bowhunts for our moose bowhunting clientele and occasionally 1 early November rifle moose hunt each season.
This one-on-one late September moose hunt takes place in a sanctuary that allows for only foot access in this sprawling aspen forest with low rolling hills littered with pothole lakes typical of moose country. Our actual kill success for this moose hunt hovers around 75% for bulls from 30" to up over 50". Average daily sightings range from 5 to 15 moose with a higher percentage being bulls. Although calling and stand hunting or posting at rut pits are a common strategy (we often use moose decoys), the high density of moose allows for all day still hunting and spot and stalk moose hunting when high winds or warm temperatures soften the rut activity.
These 3 hunts are one-on-one moose bowhunts but occur in either the famous Edmonton Bowhunting Only zone known for its monster whitetails or the moose bowhunting-only season surrounding our Mistabuk Lodge north of Edmonton. Mistabuk lodge is where these moose bowhunters will call home during their stay. Moose populations are high here as well but the challenge is that you are often hunting smaller properties. Success rates over the years average 50% but the quality of the moose, is similar to what we find in the Sanctuary hunt.
The rifle season for the same sanctuary we hunt in the Sanctuary bowhunt opens each year on November 1st and that's the day we prefer to get this hunt underway. This is a trophy hunt where our goal is to take a 50" class bull. This is a walking hunt that although it's not tough terrain, there can be snow, and you can cover up to 4 to 8 miles a day. This moose hunt has never gone passed the 4th morning with 100% of our hunters being thrilled with the bull they have taken. Some of our hunters will book a rifle moose and whitetail hunt the same year. After they take their bull we just move the client the short 1 hour drive from the moose lodge to the whitetail lodge.