Moose hunting is an exciting experience, and if you are new to it, you would benefit from hiring a trained guide to take you on the trip. The cost of hiring a guide can range anywhere from $2000 and up, but there are various reasons why doing so is worth the investment.
Those new to moose hunting want to have someone with the knowledge and skill to guarantee a good expedition. Moose licensing is often by lottery, and you need to prepare long ahead of time for acquiring a permit as well as reserving a guided tour. Once you know the state or location where you plan to hunt, call ahead to multiple guide services to compare their prices and services. In addition to licensing requirement inquiries, when choosing your guide you should be prepared to ask questions such as:
- What is the hunter success rate in the region? (And specifically, of their organization?)
- Are they knowledgeable about the overall population of moose in their region?
- What types of hunts are available? (town hunts, lodge or cabin hunts, spike camps, etc.)
- How long have they been in business and how long have they been hunting?
- What are their different pricing packages and what does each include?
Most experienced guide services will do much of the prep work for you, such as preparing meals, acquiring licenses, and afterward, they may do the butchering for you or prepare trophies, etc. You want to make sure to ask if they provide meals, as there are some that do not: you need to know whether or not you’ll need to bring food and come prepared!
Be sure to ask the service for their references, and find out if they know the different types of hunting including stand hunting, still hunting or the spot and stalk method. You may also want to learn whether or not they do moose-only hunts or have combination species hunts available.
Learn whether they are experts in moose calling, and if they are knowledgeable about safety with these amazing animals. For example, a moose may charge when it is spooked; your guide should know what to do and how to approach these animals in a manner that protects your group as you complete your hunt. Experienced hunters can also benefit from the knowledge the guide has of areas new to the hunter. Guides will have access to well-known hunting grounds, and they will also be informed about other wildlife that you may encounter during the hunt that are native to the area.
Take the time and make sure that you are doing your best to choose a reliable outfitter and guide. Aside from contacting several different services, you may also want to research the state in which you plan to hunt prior to making the decision to go with a particular guide service for both references and state-specific requirements and regulations.
Hunting with a guide is a choice that you must make individually, but you do want to consider that a guided hunt is likely to have a higher rate of success. Though the price of doing so may seem costly, the cost of being unprepared would be far worse! Do your research and enjoy a hunt with a guide service that is ready to serve you.