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Moose hunting

Moose hunting has an incredibly drawing effect. Alone the thought of this gigantic animal moving completely silently through the forest, can give any moose hunter goosebumps. It is deeply fascinating how the moose can choose to walk quietly and steadily, or run at speeds exceeding 55 k/h! No matter where you choose to hunt moose, one thing is certain, where civilization ends, the hunt begins! The moose is the world’s largest species of deer, and besides its massive body size, it has several characteristics. Its high shoulders make the legs look even longer than they are and their almost clumsy...

Moose hunting has an incredibly drawing effect. Alone the thought of this gigantic animal moving completely silently through the forest, can give any moose hunter goosebumps. It is deeply fascinating how the moose can choose to walk quietly and steadily, or run at speeds exceeding 55 k/h! No matter where you choose to hunt moose, one thing is certain, where civilization ends, the hunt begins!

The moose is the world’s largest species of deer, and besides its massive body size, it has several characteristics. Its high shoulders make the legs look even longer than they are and their almost clumsy appearance is only heightened by the big nostrils on each side of the large snout. The skin of the moose comes in a variety of colors, but most commonly known is the brown summer fur with nearly white socks on the legs. As the winter gains its strength, and the hunting season begins in most places, the moose’s skin turns darker to take advantage of the remaining heat from the sun. This darker coat is what most moose hunters will experience.

Hunting moose is an experience of a lifetime!

The antlers of a mature moose bull are a fantastic trophy, and no other animals on earth can provide such immensity in an antler trophy. Usually the young moose bulls start by having two small spikes, and hereafter the antlers grow bigger, year by year. For many moose in Scandinavia, the actual shovel shape of the antlers never fully evolved, but the main spikes just start growing additional tips. The Russian and North American moose always grow the shovel-shaped antlers, which often reach unreal sizes of up to 7 feet in width!

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  • The size of a fully-grown moose bull trophy can exceed 7 feet and typically an adult moose weighs more than half a ton
  • The most common hunting methods are stalking, stalking with moose dogs and driven hunting
  • The optimal shot placement is hitting the vital parts of heart and lungs by placing a shot on the shoulder

The moose cannot be mistaken for any other deer, due to its massive size of 7 feet over the shoulders and a body of half a ton of living weight! A grand moose bull is without a doubt the king of the forest. The shoulders of the animal are placed high on its broadside, making its legs look almost ridiculously long.

The trophy is usually the bull’s antlers, and their size, shape and color varies a lot, depending on where it lives. The Scandinavian moose doesn’t always evolve the shovel-like antler, that many hunters would see as the greatest characteristics in a moose. However European as well as American and Russian moose are an ultimate trophy of remote forests. To score a medal, a European moose must score:

Bronze: 127     Silver: 253 1/4     Gold: 288 SCI

Moose nearly always roam alone. Moose bulls aren’t territorial, but seek females over huge distances in the rut. A moose cow will keep her calf close, until the next calf is being born, and at this time, you’ll be able to witness the old calf being viciously chased away, and having to fend for itself. In rare cases, or in some regions during  wintertime, moose will form a smaller group to help each other find food.