Moose Hunting Tips and Techniques
My uncle Jim was a seasoned falconer and bred and trained several raptors for hunting. His two favorite raptors were a Red-Tailed Hawk whom he had nicknamed Skytel and a Harris Hawk who was nicknamed Haddel. Therefore growing up Quesnel, British Columbia, I had the task of helping my uncle take care of his raptors. If you have even thought about becoming a falconer, you will realize the amount of energy and time that is needed to take care of the birds as well as to train them.
By watching my uncle do so, as well as following his instruction, I started mastering the art at a tender age. However, he never let me go out in the wild to hunt with him. He always presumed and categorically reasoned that I was still young to go on a risky mission in the wilderness. I always was mad at his prejudgments whenever he left me to tender to his raptors as he went hunting.
Like falconry, hunting was a hobby that he dearly liked and it is this love for hunting that always made me become interested too. I always yearned for the day that he would let me accompany him in his hunting expeditions. The wait seemed long.
One Saturday morning, my uncle informed me that he had to go see a friend who had been sick for sometimes. That morning, he rolled out my schedule for the day and he left promising to be back before sunset. I don’t know what came into my mind as I went to feed the raptors. I too had grown fond of Skytel and as I fed him, a thought came to my mind.
A Lesson from a failed Hunting Adventure opened me to the World of Hunters
I figured out that this was the best opportunity for me to sneak out and go hunting in the nearby wilderness of Caribou. I didn’t waste my time contemplating any consequences. I took my uncle’s bow and arrow, and together with Torte our dog and Skytel we left for hunting. This was a miscalculated step. First of all, I wasn’t well versed with the terrain of the wild out there, nor did I know how to instruct the raptor t help me in my hunting expedition. We roamed the wilderness in search for a Moose, which I really wanted to have a kill and too have a trophy of my own.
The whole morning we trekked and hiked the rugged territory but there was no sign of any moose in sight. I was getting nervous. Late afternoon, I was still in the looking for a kill in vain. I even thought that Skytel and Torte were misleading me. Soon evening was first approaching and a tinge of fear and trepidation gripped me. By this time, I was really exhausted, hungry and thirsty.
I decided to turn back and end home. As we headed back, I realized that I had lost the way. I just couldn’t trace my way back. I became much nervous as I went shouting for help. By this time, it was already dark. We trekked for several hours before deciding to rest. I fell asleep immediately. I was shocked to be woken at night by a group of people.
It was then that I realized it was mu uncle and a search team. While I was asleep, Torte had supposedly left me and went home where he led my uncle and the search party to where I was; even Skytel had left me. I must have been lucky that no wild animal attacked me.
I knew my uncle was mad at me though he never talked about it. Instead, after two weeks he decided to allow me accompany him on a hunting mission. That day, we were lucky to hunt a moose, though it wasn’t that big. From that day, we had several subsequent hunting expeditions together, and each time, we went, I learnt something new and I was becoming better in hunting. There are two important techniques that I learnt about hunting these animals:
Concentrate in Areas where there’s a High Presence of Your Target
When hunting the moose, you will have to contrite in regions where there is a dense population of these animals. Most local guides and department can enable you to get this information and thus help you in preparing which region you will hunt. After you identify the area, stick to it and don’t go wandering far, because you may drive them further into the wilderness as they presume that a predator is near.
Most of the hunting regions where these animals concentrate are area with good food and water for them. Once in these areas, look for their dropping, tracks, wallows or other signs which will indicate their presence.
Learn to Signal the Moose to Come to You
My uncle was an expert at this. He knew how to call the moose and they would appear. Most importantly he used the wind to enable him know where a moose might be. When you spot a moose from a distance and you want to get closer to it, you will need to approach it through the direction whereby the wind is blowing towards you. This is because these animals are very intelligent and uses the wind to detect a predator coming. By moving along the wind, it is unlikely that the moose will detect you hence you can easily have you kill.