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Well I just cleared the next hurdle and successfully drew a Wyoming Unit 26 moose tag for 2020.
Now I just have to be allowed to enter the state to scout and to hunt!
20 preference points, 21st year of applying!
Congrats! That is a fun area to hunt with plenty of potential targets.
Congrats on the tag!!!!! U give us underlings hope. No tag 14 points for me
Congrats you'll have a fun hunt!
Target rich and fun is important - and if I can find a nice one all the better!
Congrats on the tag, Ramhunter. No moose for me again this year. 19 points going into next year.
Congrats Todd! Make it a great hunt.
I cashed out this year with 11 points and drew the only NR antlerless tag in 25. I figured I was never going to catch up for a bull tag with point creep and declining populations. Still, I'm pretty excited to go fill the freezer with moose meat. I'm planning on doing it with my bow hopefully and am wondering if I should hire an outfitter/guide or not. Any help/suggestions would obviously be appreciated. I'm bringing along my 12yo daughter and we are hunting elk horseback up in the Thorofare first week in October and then planning on coming down to hunt my moose right after. Should be a great adventure in some beautiful country!
Good Choice after all Todd!!
Anything I can do to help ya out-------> feel welcome to reach out.
Good luck, Robb
Congratulations Todd! Should be a great hunt!
Congrats. Wish I could help. I drew 20 a couple years ago and it was a toss up between 26 or 20 when I put in. Keep us posted. Best,
I need to apply wife next year,she has 19 or 20 points,a guide will cost as much as a newfoundland hunt.
Thank you all for the well wishes. I'm very excited! Just ordered a map of the unit this morning. Want to make my first trip to the area sooner than later to get a feel for the lay of the land and orient myself with the unit. Will then go back in August for serious scouting.
Anyone know when a guy can get in there with a jeep and look over the entire unit?
Thanks so much!
Congrats Todd! Wish I could offer some intel, but I got tired of chasing Unit 26 point creep and cashed my points on a lower demand bull tag back in 2013. Enjoy your WY Shiras moose tag of a lifetime! We expect a full hunt report on Bowsite of course...
I'll be up there next week, coming in from the Northwest side as much as I can with my JP Gladiator.
With the restrictive ATV/Quad reg's, easier and cheaper to use one of my JP's. Than to tow my RZR2 up and do all specifics for this FS travel area.
No outfitter needed for those Wyoming moose hunts, have fun guys. We've taken 2 bulls out of 26, neat area .
We found a giant in 26 last year! None of my hunting party will ever draw the tag so I’m more than willing to help. Send me a PM with your info and I’ll reach out.
Guys, thank you all so much for posting and the many PMs, I really appreciate it! I'm so excited about this hunt - 21 years in the making. I waiting on my map right now to arrive in the mail, and then I'll be planning my first look around scouting trip to get a feel for the area in late May, early June. Once I have that I'll be much more prepared to start asking specific questions. I'll keep everyone update here on this thread, so keep checking back between now and fall where hopefully this will end with a huge smile (without a facemask) as I pose with my Wyoming moose!
I'll do a Follow up trip thread in the morning from this weeks Snowed out trip to the Northwest side of 26, Todd.
I'm beat from traveling...…unloading ect-------->
Good luck, Robb
I keep getting the dreaded 504 error this AM, so I'll try again tomorrow morning....
Something very special arrived in my mailbox Saturday.
I’ve never seen one of these before - 21 years of waiting, and now it is really happening!
My dad, brother and I have all hunted unit 26. I drew in 2014 with 17 points. Was not easy, however, I got a bull. A photo on mine is attached. My dad and brother each got a bull on their hunts in previous years in the same unit. It certainly is a great place and you are going to have a wonderful hunt. We wish you much success.
My 2015 Sept 21st unit 26 Archery moose . great hunt i had 16 points in 2015 to draw that hunt.
Thank you all for the responses and encouragement on this thread and through PMs.
Question for those that took moose in Unit 26 in the past with a bow, can you tell me the date of harvest? I was under the impression I had two weeks of archery to myself, but found out I have the entire month of September for archery only hunter, YAY!
I'm trying to get a feel for when you all found success and how many days you hunted before your harvest.
Also, when do the bull moose typically start shedding velvet in Unit 26?
I killed my bull on 4 Sep 2009. I don’t have my notes handy, but he was the 28th or 29th moose I’d seen, around half of which were bulls. Every bull was still in velvet, except for mine. I was fortunate enough to get permission to hunt a couple of ranches. All it cost me was a few bottles of Crown, but I’ve since heard the trespass fee is a couple thousand dollars, and that was a few years ago. Wouldn’t surprise me if it was higher now.
I hunted the same ranches that wyobullshooter did and it cost me 2000.00 but i had 4 miles of prime river bottom and miles of farm fields all to myself and i threw in a couple bottles of crown. Wyoming moose is a once in a lifetime hunt and you can most likely never draw a tag again.
I lucked out and drew the random tag in 2017. I had two other hunts booked that year so I couldn't go during the early archery season. I headed out in October planning on covering as much of the area as needed to find a bull. As luck would have it, we found this bull on day one right near camp and were able to get him killed the next day. October 19th
One advantage to hunting in October, there were a ton of elk hunters all over and once they found out I had a moose tag, they were very helpful in pointing out where they had seen good bulls. The morning I killed, they were tracking me down to tell me about this bull, but we had already found him the day before.
I'd rather be lucky than good...
Here's a link to my BS story
Making my moose arrows. I haven’t made or hunted with wood arrows in a decade, but thought I would go back to wood this year. Surewood premium Douglas Fir shafts, footed by Steven Burns. Paint and stains from True North Arrows.
I’m really enjoying the process!
Todd, On my last shiras hunt I did a lot of calling and used a Montana cow decoy. I was able to call something in about every other day. I'm not 100% sure the decoy made much difference but I would take one along just in case. The one I used was borrowed so I can't offer it to you. Practice your cow calls, it makes things really exciting.
What time of year was your season here in Colorado Jim that the calling was working?
Cow calling seems to work most of Sept. I call in a few moose while elk hunting every year. Varies from early Sept to later but they come right in. Called this bull over when he had a cow with him. Came right across the meadow almost on string. Just use my mouth for calling and no decoy.
Hunted Shiras moose twice, killed Wy sept 27th, Montana Oct 2.
On the road this morning to Wyoming for a four day look around. Really just want to see the country and get my bearings. Taking my TJ Rubicon so I can cover backroads without concern.
Wish me luck, I’m sure I’ll come back with questions.
Returned from 4 days in Wyoming over the past weekend. Unit 26 is much, much larger in person than on the map! I didn't cover nearly as much country as I hoped. However I did get a good look at Hams Creek, West Hams Creek, and the Fontenelle Front along Fontenelle Creek. Also got a quick look at some of LaBarge creek private land between Viola and the junction to the forest at Fontenelle Creek road.
I found 18 moose in the creek bottoms in the willows. Glassing the willows can be good when you can get above the willows and look down into them perpendicular to the creek and look into the openings. One is limited looking much up or down stream because you can't see openings from an angle, you really have to be nearly straight above the area. But finding them and hunting them would be difficult in the willows. Any tips on hunting them in the willows? Call them out?
Overall I'm very excited about the unit and hunt! It was a great trip, I justed need more time to cover country!
Heading back to Wyoming this Thursday for another 4 days of scouting. I have a really good plan that I'm happy to execute to hopefully find some quality bulls before the season. This trip will give me insight as to where to start my hunt and how soon to be in the woods this season. Wish me luck! Pictures will be forthcoming.
Hope the domestic sheep coming down in Sept don't affect your hunt.
Is it legal to use a drone to scout?
Took these through the windshield last week... during a rain storm. WY.