By Zach Lazzari
Canada has no shortage of excellent moose hunting with potential trophy hunts in every single Canadian province. The most difficult aspect of planning a moose hunt in Canada is narrowing down a specific hunt from a long list of options. You can go for the monster Yukon variety in the far northwest, target the strong populations of big bulls in British Columbia or chase the central and eastern regions where numbers are high and trips are often coupled with bear and world class fishing.
By the Province
British Columbia - There are great opportunities for trophy moose hunting in British Columbia. Northern BC is especially popular with wilderness hunts that offer big bull moose potential in remote wilderness camps. The biggest Canadian Variety moose found with any regularity are those in northern BC. There are larger moose in the Yukon but they are the Alaska Yukon variety. One of the major reasons for choosing BC besides the trophy potential is the excellent numbers and odds of locating and harvesting a moose here. Stalking is the primary method of hunting in BC.
Alberta - You will find bulls in the 40+ inch wide range roaming around Alberta. The draw quotas are low in the region and those with a tag have good chances. It’s a great chance for a DIY hunt using the road systems or an outfitter driven hunt where you have private land access and can tap the outfitter’s intimate knowledge of the area. Some outfitters have a quota of non-resident tags as well. This means you can purchase the hunt as a package and are guaranteed the license. If you want to moose hunt Alberta, using an outfitter is the fastest and easiest route to securing a tag. Outfitters will hunt a variety of mountain terrain and lowland farmlands where moose feed actively in the fall months.
Yukon and Northwest Territories - The Alaska-Yukon variety of moose are the largest in the world. Their size is seriously impressive, especially when seen up close. Spreads over 60-inches are fairly common with some reaching the magical 70-inch mark. Rut hunts take place in September through mid-October. These moose only exist in the Yukon and Northwest Territories of Canada before crossing over the border to the Alaska side in the United States. There is an incredible amount of wilderness ground out here and utilizing horseback and bush planes to travel is almost a necessity.
Saskatchewan - The region is littered with lakes and perfect moose habitat. Fishing and hunting camps are often accessed by float planes and the odds are excellent, especially in northern Saskatchewan. The moose varieties overlap here and sometimes intermix and breed. They are not quite as large as their cousins to the west or as small as those to the east. A 1300-1500 pound bull size is normal. Hunting shorelines along large lakes is not uncommon and boats can make an excellent vehicle for navigating and scouting in this region.
Manitoba - Moose hunting in Manitoba is excellent, especially in the remote wilderness reaches to the north. Combining the moose hunt with wolf and/or bear is not uncommon. Fishing in the remote, water rich region is also very good. Like Saskatchewan, float plane access and shoreline hunts are the norm. The wilderness leaves a ton of ground to cover and opportunities for a true trophy bull of the eastern variety.
Ontario - The region has an estimated 100,000 moose, you can purchase tags directly from an outfitter and the success rates are higher than average with 50-percent harvest in many cases. The region is stacked with remote ground and has some excellent commercial operations offering hunting and fishing camps. The availability of larger commercial airports that can connect to the region also make this an attractive option from a travel perspective. You will still need a bush flight in many cases but Ottawa and Toronto offer portals to the region through commercial flights.
Quebec - Unless you are a Quebec resident, hunting moose here requires an outfitter. This applies to Canadian residents residing outside of the province and foreign non-residents. That said, the region has some great moose hunting on public and private lands. Outfitters often lease prime hunting grounds as well. Many of the outfitters will utilize boats for shoreline hunts or build out trails to access large tracts of land where moose are frequent visitors.
New Brunswick - Although the eastern province is small in land mass when compared to the other much larger Canadian territories, it has high moose concentrations. This is a draw area and you must apply for a tag. If successful, purchase the tag and consider working through a lodge or outfitter with an established hunting program.
Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador - The far eastern shores of Canada have some of the most rugged coastlines and wilderness areas in the world. Driving the Trans Canada highway and utilizing the ferry system between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland is ideal for transporting your harvest by vehicle. This may not be an option for foreign non-residents but Canadian hunters can make a fantastic roadtrip out of this hunting region. Caribou and Bear hunts are also popular in this region. The moose concentrations are high with roughly 120,000 moose on the Newfoundland and Labrador island alone. Success rates with rifles and archery are very high. Over 90-percent success is the norm for the area. Helicopter and bush flight access to remote lodges make for a unique hunting adventure in the region with the highest moose concentrations in all of Canada.