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    Just wondering if groups are having the same problem as us, finding younger hunters to commit time, money and resources to their moose hunt?

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    Lucky for me that my son and his buddy, both 21 years old have committed to a huge amount of resources to the moose hunt this year. Both have new and almost new super crew pickups. The buddy is also supplying a brand new tandem axle trailer 14 feet long for the 3 ATV's we are bringing.

    It also helps that both of them are volunteer fire fighters with the city of Ottawa so that my older buddy and I feel secure in the knowledge that they can haul the moose quarters out of the bush and our fat derriere if the need arises.

    So yes, some young lads do commit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bucketboy View Post
    Just wondering if groups are having the same problem as us, finding younger hunters to commit time, money and resources to their moose hunt?
    Same story around here...time and time again....they can't get the young guys to participate in any of the logistics, planning or preparations of any of the Hunt Camps for either Moose or Deer. The camps are folding up, membership has dropped and they have a hard time getting enough guys to put together a Moose Camp. We've seen 2 local camps that have dropped to just 3-4 guys..they used to have 10-12.

    One multi-generational family of AVID Moose Hunters has a young lad that wasn't going to bother going...till he drew the Cow Tag...so Dad is now making him go. Sad..

    My buddy in the Peg had to cut one guy from the group.....never contributed to anything..just showed with a pocket full of excuses just as they were pulling out year after year. The Tribe has spoken..snuffed out his flame.

    The face of hunting has sure chaged over the past couple of decades.
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    Same boat here. Im 27 and Ive been trying to organize a bow moose hunt one of these years but no one will fully commit. I have everything I need, truck,trailer and atv but I want a couple of my friends to apply with me for a tag. They all say they will at first in the spring when I bring it up but by summer they have changed their minds.


    I can gun hunt for moose every year with the hunt camp Im part of, but I want to go farther up north and try a bow hunt.
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    well guys this is the place to get a group together. I m new to moose hunting couldn t find a group to join so started to put one together here. this year added a couple of new guys who seem to be really good guys. this years hunt should be awesome. established groups ain t what they used to be.

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    im interested in joining a moose camp if you are willing to take me!!!

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    I think alot of it has to do with the time and money involved. Also alot of it has to do with where or not there employer will let them have the time off. It's not as cheap as it use to be to go away moose hunting any more. The costs involved seem to be one of the sticking points to this. Buying a vehicle,trailer,atv, and paying the cost to insure/fuel them cost a go chunk of change nowadays. Also the cost in fuel to go where you want to go isn't cheap ether. Some people nowadays look at what is cost for go moose hunting trip and the cost to go south somewhere warm and it' close to the same thing. Another sticking point I think is the draw process, you can draw a deer tag no matter what but for a bull or cow tag depending on where you want to go you may only get one of two in your lifetime.

    The camp up the road from us is usually fully for moose (about 8 to 10 guys) as the last couple of years the drew bull tags, this year only 3 people are coming up because no one wants to spend the money or drive the 5 hours to just go and shoot a calf. I really like the article OOD has few years back about moose hunting trips on a budget, for someone starting out and even some one doing it for while it really helped break down the cost and time,
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    I am a tad over 40 and moose hunting is a great idea it just is too much commitment for someone with a family. As my kids age and become more dependent will I entertain a moose hunt. Would like to try a week in Quebec one day.

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    It's very hard for younger hunters to justify spending a bucket load of cash to go. Many hunters are afraid to take time off from work in case they don't have a job when they get back. There's no such thing as employer loyalty anymore with millions of Canadians looking for any job they can get.

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    Trying to just get a co-worker to get a membership at a local range so he can pratice is a dead end.

    If he won't pay for a membership( about $250 a year) how do you think he would drop a few hundred bucks on a hunting trip for a week?

    Invited him down for the first week of Oct.... Not too expensive there.. Drive to London, sleep on my couch, eat my food, ride around in my truck, and maybe even shoot a few rounds of trap at MY club.

    He's generally a none starter. Lots of questions at work, but puts things off till the last minute. Got his Pal, and then waited a year to take his Hunter training.. Took the course Weekend of early goose season, but because I pushed him. Had to explain to him there is no Rifle/shotgun season for deer where we hunt. Easy mistake,

    Oh well maybe he'll be a ok shot, and things will be ok. If not I don't think I will be missing shots to make him feel better. Plan to get him out for squirrel and ducks/geese. Maybe some coyotes if he seems ok..
    Take the warning labels off. Darwin will solve the problem.

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