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    I'm a relatively new hunter and my friend and I are looking to book a moose hunting trip in northern Ontario (WMU 19, 21a area) . We have a tag so are just booking accomodations but we would like to hire a guide for the hunt. We have not been able to find anything online on finding guides...any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    You could start by asking where you book your accommodations if they know of someone in the area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckhorn250 View Post
    I'm a relatively new hunter and my friend and I are looking to book a moose hunting trip in northern Ontario (WMU 19, 21a area) . We have a tag so are just booking accomodations but we would like to hire a guide for the hunt. We have not been able to find anything online on finding guides...any suggestions would be appreciated.
    I’m very familiar with the area that you plan to hunt. What unit is your tag for and for which season i.e. bow or gun? Unfortunately guiding in the area is not like it used to be as no one does it full-time. Most outfitters will just tell you to “drive down Road X” about 25 kms and watch the swamp… I saw a bull there 3 years ago”. Additionally, most knowledgeable outfitters will save their knowledge for returning clients as it can be tricky guiding resident hunters who can be finicky and can hunt on their own the next year. Some outfitters can connect you with a local guy but you take your chances as many of these guys are lazy and/or shady. IMO the title of “Guide” should be reserved for a professional, which there are few of out there.

    Getting started into moose hunting on your own can be difficult and frustrating if you lack knowledge about moose and their habits, and woodsmanship and hunting skills (I’m not saying that you do). It can be a lot of fun too if you are comfortably set up and are prepared to get into rough areas and deal with an 800 pound carcass. My suggestion for your first year is to treat moose hunting as a secondary activity behind walleye fishing and grouse hunting. That way you can become familiar with the area and scout around but still harvest fish and game to bring home.

    If I can leave you with 1 piece of advice it would be to hunt all day long. Yes moose are “crepuscular” but bulls during October can be on the move any time. If you want a moose then you have to be prepared to earn it!
    A true sportsman counts his achievements in proportion to the effort involved and the fairness of the sport. - S. Pope

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    theres a couple of places that are listed on the back of the magazines . could give those guys a try.

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    I would advise not to grouse hunt where you moose hunt or around anyone else moose hunting, have some respect for other moose hunters, nothing worse then city folk popping every road chicken on a trail close to people moose hunting.
    First year scout your off, may take a few years to really figure it out and you will probably get lucky during them years

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