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Time to think scouting and prep work
Moose
Contributors to this thread:
Tao 09-Aug-17
rattling_junkie 09-Aug-17
Charlie Rehor 10-Aug-17
bear bowman 10-Aug-17
Tao 15-Aug-17
rodb 15-Aug-17
Tao 15-Aug-17
Tao 15-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
t-roy 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
APauls 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Ace 16-Aug-17
JTV 16-Aug-17
carcus 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Tao 16-Aug-17
Tao 04-Sep-17
Turkeyhunter 05-Sep-17
Tao 06-Sep-17
Tao 10-Sep-17
Gerry 11-Sep-17
Tao 12-Sep-17
Tao 13-Sep-17
Tao 13-Sep-17
t-roy 13-Sep-17
Tao 13-Sep-17
Tao 13-Sep-17
sbschindler 15-Sep-17
From: Tao
09-Aug-17
Just wondering how many do prep work before going hunting and how many just run and gun with no prep work?

09-Aug-17
Run and gun, too expensive to fly in and prep.

10-Aug-17
Fred Bear wrote in his books he would plan his Alaska hunts for 40 days and get in shape while there. That was because he was running an archery company but had plenty of time while on his hunts. If you are only hunting a week best get in shape first! Good luck. C

From: bear bowman
10-Aug-17
I tend to stay in shape all year long.

I hunt heavily hunted public ground so I usually don't do a whole lot of preseason scouting. I have 2 areas that I start in and from there I scout people. I try to use them to my advantage as much as possible. I then have another area that I don't touch until October. It produces bucks every year as long as others stay out of it.

From: Tao
15-Aug-17

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Here is a client sitting in the middle of his 6 shooting lanes. All the prep work for the shooting lanes, the trails to them and the hiding spot for the boat was done 3 weeks before the season started
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Here is a client sitting in the middle of his 6 shooting lanes. All the prep work for the shooting lanes, the trails to them and the hiding spot for the boat was done 3 weeks before the season started

From: rodb
15-Aug-17
Hello Tao,

I was wondering when you were going to show up. Unguided fly-in moose hunts are pretty hard to prep for. One can prepare for the next year while there but there might not be a next time.

A better question might be how to get bulls to come to your area that might not be there already.

From: Tao
15-Aug-17
Call from the same spot for at least 2 days before moving to a different area. If the wind direction permits

From: Tao
15-Aug-17

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From: Tao
16-Aug-17

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From: Tao
16-Aug-17

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From: Tao
16-Aug-17

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From: t-roy
16-Aug-17
What part of Ontario do you hunt, Tao?

From: Tao
16-Aug-17
Northwestern Ontario. .....fly in half way between Ignace and Armstrong

From: Tao
16-Aug-17

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Everybody has nice easy hunt without ever breaking sweat because all the work was done before the hunt. No tripping or getting poked in the eye when going to or from stand
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Everybody has nice easy hunt without ever breaking sweat because all the work was done before the hunt. No tripping or getting poked in the eye when going to or from stand

From: APauls
16-Aug-17
As others have said, fly in situations are a whole other animal. I'd venture to bet you are one of the very few outfitters that clears shooting lanes in moose country. Your moose country is also different than most.

From: Tao
16-Aug-17
As a guide, by doing the prep work it is easy to look good in front of clients and I know exactly where each shooter is positioned, so I can call a moose out in front of them. I usually get 12-50 moose with in shooting range in our 3 week archery moose season. It also takes a lot of the pressure off me as a guide to produce encounters and it turns the hunt into a chess game. I took on a guide helper 2 years ago and the set-ups made a huge difference in him being successful two years in a row.

From: Ace
16-Aug-17
Tao, how early do they start responding to calling?

From: JTV
16-Aug-17
Just starting NOW ?? ....hell, my prep work/tree trimming/shooting lanes, etc. was done waaaay back in feb/march, same for major scouting... I concentrate on funnels/bottelnecks and travel corridors.... they dont change much year to year.... Ive got 40+ locations now all prepped on two properties, all I have to do is backpack in my LW/4 sticks and hunt with the right wind directions..

From: carcus
16-Aug-17
run and gun, no time for scouting

From: Tao
16-Aug-17
The false rut is usually the last week of August and I have had them come to the call. I have had success quite a few times on opening morning just minutes into the season (September 18th ). I am a believer of hunting every day of the archery moose season. I have been guiding since 1990 so that has given me the ability to hunt the full 3 weeks no matter how many animals are harvested as long as the clients have tags available. The only exemption is when the rain or snow is falling sideways and the height of the waves on the water make it unsafe.

From: Tao
16-Aug-17

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16-Aug-17

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From: Tao
04-Sep-17

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From: Turkeyhunter
05-Sep-17
Bulls were coming to call Saturday in NF. Cow was bawling when bull started to come in to call. Frost saturday night in a couple of areas. This hurricane will bring in warmer temperatures this weekend......Good Luck.

From: Tao
06-Sep-17
The count down is on 17 more days. .....then 3 weeks of hunting. ......18 set-ups to try out

From: Tao
10-Sep-17
Mare's urine ----check..........enough game bags for 3 bulls----check.....all gear washed and scent free packed---check.......calling horn---check

From: Gerry
11-Sep-17
What type of calling Horn do you use

From: Tao
12-Sep-17

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Moose mag fiberglass call
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Moose mag fiberglass call

From: Tao
13-Sep-17

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6 game bags packed out 1 bull to the boat for the float plane flight out plus rack makes 7 trips. Start to finish less then 2 hours
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6 game bags packed out 1 bull to the boat for the float plane flight out plus rack makes 7 trips. Start to finish less then 2 hours

From: Tao
13-Sep-17

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From: t-roy
13-Sep-17
What's the name of your outfitting business Tao?

From: Tao
13-Sep-17
I guide for Ignace Outpost Camps in Northwestern Ontario.

From: Tao
13-Sep-17

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Another one from last year
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Another one from last year

From: sbschindler
15-Sep-17

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this is what happens when you listen to and follow Tao's advice

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