When most folks think of a moose hunt, they think of hunting in the rut when calling can be most effective. And while hunting bull moose in the rut can be very exciting, there are some often overlooked advantages to early season hunts. Here are some reasons you might consider an early season hunt.
1. Pre-Rut Behavior
First, the early season can be a great opportunity to pick off a big bull before he’s with cows. Like many other big game animals, it can be easy to call in young bulls during the rut. But killing that big, mature bull is still a challenge. Early in the season, big bulls tend to be solitary and their movements much more limited. In some ways, this can make hunting them simpler. There can be great opportunities to approach a mature bull when he’s alone and still in his pre-rut patterns.
2. Hunt Moose in Velvet
Next, early season hunters may have the opportunity at a big bull in velvet. This is a unique opportunity that isn’t available for most of the season. But our early season hunters have been able to take some incredible velvet bulls in the past.
3. Make it a Combo Hunt
It’s also worth considering that an early season hunt can make a very memorable combo hunt. Early in the year is a great time to combine a moose hunt with mountain goat. There may also be opportunities to take a trophy mountain caribou still in velvet. This is another outstanding advantage that our early season hunters enjoy.
4. Early Season Weather
Finally, our early season hunters tend to appreciate some of the best weather of the year. Of course this is wilderness hunting in northern British Columbia. There are no guarantees when it comes to weather. But as you would generally expect, weather tends to turn colder and more challenging the closer we get to the rut. Not only can early season hunting be excellent, but there’s also a better chance for good weather.
Of course the timeframe you decide hunt will often depend on your primary species and other important factors. But when it comes to moose hunting in particular, we find that those early hunts are often overlooked even though they offer some truly great opportunities.
For information on our moose hunts, please see our Moose Hunting Page.
If you have questions about specific availability or the pros and cons of each set of dates throughout the season, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 250-306-8624 or send us a message.
Written by Ryan McSparran
Ryan McSparran is an outdoor writer, a hunting and fly fishing guide, and very proud to be a part of the Kawdy Outfitters team.