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How to Go Moose Hunting

Learn how to go moose hunting from big game hunter "Killer Keith" McDonald in this Howcast hunting video.


Hello I am Keith McDonald, nick name Killer Keith and hunting my whole life, 45-50 years, deer hunting, bear hunting, moose hunting, turkey hunting, you name it, I have hunted it. I am a licensed Maine guide. I've hunted in Alaska. I've hunted in Canada. I've hunted in Newfoundland. I've been everywhere, everywhere I've hunted. Of course, the first thing you gotta do is put in for the moose drawing. You've gotta get drawn. Took me 30 years to get a ticket. So, you're not gonna get drawn very easy. I think the last statistics I saw was like 60 to 1 against you, the chances. Now, think about the odds of that. If it's 60 to 1 against you. Take a deck of cards, shuffle it up real good, and cut it. You've got to cut the Ace of Spades. Cut it. Oh, didn't get the Ace of Spades. Wait another year, cut it again. So, it's hard to get drawn. Once you do get drawn, actually, when you apply for the drawing, you'll check off different boxes on the application telling what zone you prefer to hunt in. 'Cause they break the state up into like, 30 different zones you can hunt moose in. And every year, they're changing the zones, and I can't keep the zones all straight. But I'm here to tell you, it makes a lot of difference what zone you get, a lot of difference. Generally the further north you go, the better. Northwestern Maine is probably, I believe, got the biggest population of moose. Although I hunt the Patten area, and there's a lot of Moose in Patten. And last year, we went deer hunting. I saw 8 deer and 14 moose. I wasn't even moose hunting. I mean, that's just by accident, running into them. So there's a lot of moose in that area. So picking the right area to hunt moose, is, I think, critically important. Also, the way they run the moose season here, is, they broke it into 3 different seasons now. Last week of, third week, third week or last week in September is the first moose season. The second one is the second week in October. And the third one is in November. Well, the best time to hunt deer is in the rut. No question about it. If you want a big buck, go in the rut. That's gonna boost your chances by a lot. Now, the best time to hunt moose? What do you think? When would be the best time? Well, the rut, you know? Absolutely. The rut is in September. The last of September. The last 2 weeks. Maybe part of the first week of October. So that's when their rut is. And what makes that the great time to hunt moose? The moose are very very susceptible to calling. You can call a moose in quite easily, actually. And so you get in a close area where there's moose around. You don't go looking for them. You bring them to you. And the good thing, of course, the moose is a big animal. You don't want a moose down in the back end corner of some swamp. You want the moose on the road. So you call him up the road, and that's where you shoot him. Shoot him on the edge of the road, load him in the truck, your job's done. So being able to call that moose to you is important. So if you're serious about getting a moose, pick the right zone, pick the September season. And your chances just went way up.

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