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Zim
06-25-2012, 10:36 PM
Anyone else here ever hunted New Hampshire for moose? I am curious what to expect. Never hunted the northeast before. They gave out very few tags this year due to tick predation.

eye in sky
06-26-2012, 08:37 PM
My father and I hunted Maine for moose a few years ago. From what I've seen of New Hampshire, I would think it's close to being the same kind of hunt. We hunted on private land owned by timber companies. My father is disabled so that kept us fairly close to the logging roads. We still saw a lot of moose. I would recommend buying a moose call and video and learning how to use it. The rut is near the end of Sept. I was still able to call bulls during the first week and a half of October. The moose will travel quite some distance to your call, so if you find a spot you like, be patient the moose will come in to your call. My dad ended up getting his moose on the third day of the hunt about 100 yards from the truck. This ended up being a good thing because I didn't have to haul the 665 lbs of field dressed moose that far. Believe me , that was far enough. I'm sure that we could have found a bigger one farther from the road. It's just that it's a pretty big animal to haul out and the forests in New England are very dense. The fall foliage up there is something to see as well. If you have any specific questions, send me a pm and I'll answer them the best I can.

Zim
10-16-2012, 10:38 AM
I've been up here scouting for a week. Have all my prime spots identified. Dang it's rough bushwhacking in this timber cut habitat! Not like elk country! I'm camped by Errol.

Chippy Hacky
10-16-2012, 11:52 AM
I have romantic ideas of doing a NE moose hunt someday. I can just see myself in a Filson red/black double mackinaw cruiser with Charcoal black wool pants tucked in to my Schnee's pack boots! Of course I would have to be carrying a lever action, maybe a Winchester 94 in 30-30 or 32 Special, or maybe even a Savage 99 in .303 Savage.

Edelweiss
10-16-2012, 02:29 PM
I was stationed 11 miles from the LL Bean headquarters in Freeport, Maine for 2 years. Upstate Maine is a wonderful place, and it's full of moose.

The ticks are the real problem, it is a huge fight to keep them at bay. I got Lymes disease in 2005 in Germany, and thanks to my time in Maine had to suffer through a 2nd infection in 2008.

The trick that worked for me at the end of the day was using tick dog shampoo the day before I went to the outdoors, and then right when I returned.

You'll smell wierd, and it doesn't feel good but it works.

ivorytip
10-21-2012, 09:21 PM
dog shampoo? really? thats a great idea. something worth trying out. and ZIM, good luck on the moose

Edelweiss
10-21-2012, 09:54 PM
Look you will feel horrible the day after you do it. Like someone grabbed you by the spine. But you won't die from lyme disease.

I can only stand to do it every couple months.

I can't remember which brand I used, I tried most of them.

Lyme disease is no joke in the North Eastern woods.

Sawfish
10-22-2012, 02:13 PM
I'll bet Eastman's does not recommend that for a cover scent (LOL)!

Fink
10-22-2012, 06:24 PM
Couldn't you just use a flea and tick collar, and maybe put them on your wrists or ankles, and be better off? Zim, the ticks are brutal here during the spring turkey season (I'm sure they are in Ill as well), and I spray down all my clothes with permathrin. I've been using it for 3 years now, and have yet to have a tick bite me when I've worn permanthrin soaked clothes.

Bitterroot Bulls
10-22-2012, 07:52 PM
Ticks are so bad here in the Bitterroot the government has an infectious disease study lab here (Rocky Mountain Lab) that started out researching tick fevers.

I have had pretty good success with soaking clothes in permethrin. this year I also tried Rhynoskin long underwear, which worked great, other than it wasn't too comfortable. It was pretty much pantyhose material.

Maineboy
10-23-2012, 07:56 PM
Here are a few tick facts for you from a New Englander born and raised. You might be finding a lot of ticks, but it's only the small deer ticks that carry Lyme's and the other tick-borne diseases. The best prevention is to check yourself well after you've been in the woods. If you find a tick on you, you should be fine if it's within the first 36 hours. Just make yourself aware of what the symptoms are so you can be on the lookout for the next few days or even a few weeks. Most people I know who hang out in the woods have had it as has my wife. I've somehow avoided it.
I was fortunate to draw moose tag in maine when I was eleven and this would be my first big gam kill a 725 lb. bull 50.5 inch spread. i have ben trying to draw since with no luck. between my brother. Dad and I we have over 60 years combined attempts and only that one tag. new Hampshire is great place to be in the fall.
happy hunting carl

Good luck!

Don K
10-28-2012, 06:10 PM
Talked to Zim today on the phone and he will be headed back home the next day or two as we are scheduled to meet up in Iowa for a whitetail hunt next Saturday. He had one hell of a hunt, I will let him chime in and post the pictures..........

Zim
10-29-2012, 08:53 PM
Attached are photos of my New Hampshire bull moose taken October 27th near town of Berlin.

Bull has 20 points, weighed 780#, with a rack width of 53 1/4". This moose will score in the top 5% size wise in the state of New Hampshire for 2012. Only one bull wider than 53 1/4" was taken in my unit C2 all of last year. I spent 8 days of scouting, and 7 days hunting. The first 6 days hunting produced very few sightings. I had only passed on one small bull up to that time. We decided to shift gears and abandon my scouted land. Instead went around looking for new timber cuts. Came across a timber cutter Harold. Super nice guy who gave us a few specific suggestions where he had seen moose. He claimed I would have my bull within the next 3 days. It only took me 1.

On Saturday I got up early and made the 45 minute drive there from camp. Was extremely foggy. Could only see 40 yards at sunrise. Finally cleared enough to creep down the ridge glassing as I went. From this ridge I could glass 200 yards on either side on the basin. Very beautiful terrain. Heard some clicking of antlers, hunkered down and spotted a small bull. Given there was only one day left to hunt, I was planning on taking anything. Put my rifle crosshairs on the tiny bull and clicked the safety. Started squeezing the trigger when I heard additional tickling of antlers by another bull just to the right of the first one. I could not see him though. Eased up and decided to gamble. Let the small bull walk, hoping I was doing the right thing. After 15 minutes I decided to try a stalk to get a look at the other bull. Stood and snuck up for a better look. I saw a black figure in the fog, 60 yards away, in an opening between the small fir trees. Then he turned, displaying his rack. Yikes. Seemed like a mirage after 15 days of no big bull sightings. Settled in shooting stacks slowly as bull watched me. Made a poor but very effective shot, hitting him in the neck, breaking spine and dropping him in his tracks. After an epic fail getting him out, I called Harold and he brought his skidder to retrieve the bull. We got 2 hours sleep and took him to check station in West Milan. From there we drove down to my hunting partner's home in Shapleigh, Maine, where I am now. We spent all today prepping meat for my return drive to St. Charles tomorrow. Hope hurricane remnants subside for my drive.

I was extremely lucky to take a moose of this caliber.




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10-29-2012, 08:55 PM
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Drhorsepower
10-29-2012, 09:14 PM
Congrats zim!

Muleys 24/7
10-29-2012, 09:22 PM
Good job Zim on a great bull.

Ikeepitcold
10-29-2012, 09:35 PM
Ticks are so bad here in the Bitterroot the government has an infectious disease study lab here (Rocky Mountain Lab) that started out researching tick fevers.

I have had pretty good success with soaking clothes in permethrin. this year I also tried Rhynoskin long underwear, which worked great, other than it wasn't too comfortable. It was pretty much pantyhose material.

So what your sayin BB is you wear panty hose while hunting?...... Ummm :-)

Ikeepitcold
10-29-2012, 09:38 PM
Wow Zim what a awesome bull!!!! Congrats! Da Bears!

Muleys 24/7
10-29-2012, 09:45 PM
So what your sayin BB is you wear panty hose while hunting?...... Ummm :-)

Haha, whatever keeps those ticks out huh?

Maineboy
10-30-2012, 06:06 PM
congrats! thats a great bull zim and great country to hunt. I used to date a girl in milin and a good ski buddy lives shapleigh Maine. I grew up in lovell Me.

Bitterroot Bulls
10-30-2012, 06:48 PM
Nice moose Zim!


So what your sayin BB is you wear panty hose while hunting?...... Ummm :-)

If you got it, flaunt it, IKIC.

Fink
10-30-2012, 07:20 PM
Wow Zim, awesome bull! I've never had much of a desire to shoot a moose, but I'd prolly tag that one!

Kevin Root
10-30-2012, 07:34 PM
Congratulations Zim. 780 pounds sounds like enough meat to fill your freezer up for a while. Those moose sure are big animals and it sounds like the heavy work started right after he hit the ground. Have a safe trip back home.

BKC
10-30-2012, 08:14 PM
Good job on a great bull ! Someday I hope to be lucky enough to get a moose tag in my home state of Colo. Congrats!!

Ikeepitcold
10-30-2012, 08:55 PM
Nice moose Zim!



If you got it, flaunt it, IKIC.


Hahahahhahahahaha

sjsmallfield
11-02-2012, 05:36 PM
Great bull Zim. Congrats on a tough hunt. I can't wait to hunt moose some day.

Zim
12-01-2012, 08:08 PM
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This is how we ended up getting bull out. Same logger that told me where to hunt, had to come out and use his skidder to haul him out. Was near midnight when we finished.

ivorytip
12-08-2012, 09:24 AM
pretty country there, what a great moose! and BB, seriously though, how do you like the rhino skins? great idea

Bitterroot Bulls
12-08-2012, 09:34 AM
pretty country there, what a great moose! and BB, seriously though, how do you like the rhino skins? great idea

rhino skins work as advertized. They fit close, and keep the ticks out. They are NOT as comfortable as normal poly long underwear.

I will continue to use them in tick season.

ivorytip
12-09-2012, 06:42 AM
ill check it out. after a late summer scouting trip for elk last year on the desert i found 21 ticks on me. 21!!!!!! o the drive home i was picking those stickers out of my pants and noticed a tick then the search was on. make you wonder how many we actualy get on us that we never notice

TheWanderer
02-06-2013, 11:31 AM
Zim,

How many years did it take to draw your tag for NH? My dad and I just applied for our 2nd year in a row. We're trying to draw there rather than Maine. I don't like that they'll let you buy as many chances as you can afford there.

I'll research it, but in NH do you have to bring the moose out whole? Can you skin and quarter it to get it out of somewhere difficult? Can't imagine most people run into someone with a skidder.

Zim
02-06-2013, 06:41 PM
TW, I believe I applied for 14 years, but I think they only started offerring bonus points for the last 8. I think my odds for a bull permit were still only 1%.

Yes it is legal now to quarter one out for extraction.

It is a much better plan to just go to hunt moose in Canada. There are outfitters that do semi-guided hunts at reasonable prices.

nwwa huner
02-06-2013, 09:42 PM
Just read this. Awesome! And awesome bull! One of my dream hunts

Zim
02-07-2013, 06:49 AM
I feel real lucky to fulfil my dream hunt considering the population crashes in Wyoming, New England & upper midwest. Saw they just stopped all moose hunting in Minnesota. In NH tags dropped from 675 to 275. I have to rate both my hunts very poor quality. Very few sightings. Had to hit a jackpot to score. Go north young man! Land-o-plenty.

izzy69
02-08-2013, 03:56 PM
What do You think is a reasonable amount for a moose hunt in canada

Zim
02-08-2013, 07:19 PM
I think there are some outfits that go $2,500 semi-guided. I knew one guy in Ontario but I'm not home to look for contact info. You shoud be able to find some just Googling around.

buckbull
02-09-2013, 01:51 PM
zim - did you hunt timber company property out there? I've been applying in Maine for a few years and usually pick the north maine units. Just wondering about accessibility out there in the northeast.

Zim
02-09-2013, 04:58 PM
bb. Things work a bit weird up there. 99% of the land is owned by timber companies but it is basically all treated as public. Access is no issue for these hunts. I have 14 points in Maine and hope to draw there some day too, but odds are still only ~5%. Maine has a heck of a lot more moose than NH. To draw one of only 190 bulls tags was crazy lucky last year.

buckbull
02-09-2013, 05:33 PM
Thanks zim. Thats what I've read and heard about the timber companies. It just a little weird concept that private ground owners allow hunting access without a fee.

Bitterroot Bulls
02-09-2013, 06:01 PM
Not to jack the thread, but many timber companies in MT allow foot and horse traffic year round ...

Zim
02-09-2013, 07:15 PM
Ya same up there. You are not allowed to off-road anyting like ATV's, even for a simple extraction. Although my partner visited a few of the company's offices and got written permission to use an ATV to retrieve a moose should we get one. In the end it was the timber company's skidder that hauled mine out! Didn't need a paper for that.

izzy69
02-10-2013, 07:02 AM
Thanks zim. Thats what I've read and heard about the timber companies. It just a little weird concept that private ground owners allow hunting access without a fee.

Weird isn't it That's what I thought when I started hunting out west that You had to pay to hunt on private ground You just couldn't ask to hunt. Yes!! some well let You without a fee

Zim
11-05-2013, 04:02 PM
Just picked up my moose mount from the taxidermist and celebrated by brewing some moose chili for the Bears/Packers game. Bears knocked out Aaron Rodgers and won too! :)

ssliger
11-05-2013, 04:04 PM
Looks good Zim!

Zim
11-06-2013, 06:20 PM
Check this out. NH still issues the old school metal check station tags. I saved mine. It's stamped 2012 NH Moose #073. I thought this was really cool.

Anybody know of any other states that still issue these?

Umpqua Hunter
11-06-2013, 10:06 PM
Nice mount Zim! I know Alaska had those metal tags many years ago, but probably no longer.

ssliger
11-07-2013, 07:23 AM
The taxidermist put a metal tag on my bull elk when I dropped it off. It's not the same as the type of metal tag that's on my moose mount. I live in WY

shootbrownelk
11-07-2013, 07:36 AM
I'll bet Eastman's does not recommend that for a cover scent (LOL)!

Probably not sawfish...you'll attract wolves...oh yeah, right...they're out here in Wyoming. Ha Ha!

sjsmallfield
11-07-2013, 01:07 PM
Congrats again on your bull Zim. The mount looks awesome!