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Drew my once in a lifetime Shiras Moose Tag here in Colorado and been on several scouting trips. Looking for an opinion on some of the bulls we have been seeing. I don't need to shoot a trophy but just trying to shoot a good bull. I attached photos of a few of the bulls we have seen but wanted a rough idea on what width you would guess these are? Any guesses on score? Just inexperienced in field judging a Moose. Thanks
In AK, while estimating spread it's good to use the eyes as a measuring tool and you can assume about 10" across them . Not sure how this holds up for Shiras or moose in the East , anyone know ??
45, 40, 35 ish top to bottom would be my guess... i guess...
I think a MB Canadian is about 30" ear to ear normal posture. What is it for a Shiras?
Thanks Guys - I have read that too for the Yukon but didn't know how it applied to Shiras. I was going to guess similar numbers to MTNRCHR. But as I mentioned I am pretty uneducated.
Kinda hard to judge from front-only pics. First bull maybe 125-ish, 2nd bull 130-ish, 3rd bull is about the same as the first. At least you're finding some bulls. I'd keep looking. What unit?
All those moose in your pictures would get a fmj!
The bull on the left in the 2nd pic wont score worth a crap as he doesnt have at least 2 brow tines on each antler
The other 2 bulls are very similar in score - ~130"ish
All are in the 38-40" width range
Good luck in your hunt!
Thanks for all the input, I have never been one to shoot for score, I was more curious on score than anything else.
I actually think the one with single eye guards looks the best but I figured it wouldn't score with small palms and only the single eye guard. I'd be more than happy shooting a 40 inch bull with my bow. Only thing I don't want is when I put it on the wall I don't want people to say "man that moose's head looks big".
Top 3 things in order that I look for in a good moose.
1 - Split brows- Adds to to your palm length score tremendously which is the largest % of moose score by overall inches accounts for 24-40 inches long per side. 48-80 points of 155 B&C Min.
2 - Lots of points 10 per side with not a lot of longer points smaller points equals older bull with filled in paddles from what I've seen. Easier to count points vs guessing palm width. 20+ points in overall score.
3- Palm width - skinny palms means younger bull see # 2 above. varies but 10-14 inches per side. 20-28 points out of the overall score.
If all 3 above are met the bull will likely be at least 40 wide and have decent enough mass. I wouldn't worry about overall width unless its a deciding factor on your perfect bull. To summarize- A split brow bull with 10 points will likely make B&C min score of 140.
Here is a 'top view' of my 45" wide, 3 brow tine B&C Colorado Shiras.
Thanks for all the input, came across a bull during the season that was definitely better than any we had seen scouting! I appreciate all the input as I passed a handful of bulls before running across this one.
That is awesome! Congrats on the bull!
That is a great looking Shiras bull.....
You did Great!!
Good luck, Robb
Congrats that's a great Shiras !
That's a damn fine moose! Congrats.
Congrats on a great Shiras.
A quick question on scoring a bull, does the length of the points count or is a 1" point count the same as a 10" point?
Awesome! Have not seen a moose meat pole start yet this fall. You better get one started.
Great Moose, Congratulations!! Where's the story???
Congrats on getting it done. Tough to pass up bulls when the tag is a once in a lifetime.
scar finga - http://forums.bowsite.com/tf/regional/thread.cfm?threadid=233483&messages=61&state=Co