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    2213 Bias Hunting moose solo or with small party?

    Is this still a thing? I wanna go hunt moose but I don't like crowds... Do I have any chance of getting a tag when applying for a draw? Is it like with deer (guaranteed bull, apply for doe) or should I not even bother?

    I have a trailer, was thinking of driving to Chaplea and hunt crown land there... Park the trailer somewhere in a park so it's safe and go drive around, look for some logging roads... Is this a terrible idea?

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    There's a small chance at a moose tag solo. Better odds the further north you go. I would want a small group to help get a moose out of the woods if you were successful. A lot of work for one guy.

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    You would have to look at the regs to see if there is a guaranteed group size.

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    The logistics of dealing with a dead moose by yourself make solo hunting not a great idea.
    Iím suspicious of people who don't like dogs, but I trust a dog who doesn't like a person.

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    If you go to Chapleau you most certainly won't be alone.

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    If you want to hunt solo you will need to go way up north for a tag but think about the work that would go in to get one and be prepared before you have something on the ground. I had the chance to get up to where my mom grew up in NE Ontario during the moose hunt a few years back, never bothered with a moose license but had a very enjoyable time chasing grouse/woodcock and catching a rutted bull on the wind, he was close and you could hear him but my cousin and I never did see him. I suspect this will be the closest thing I get to hunting a bull in Ontario for a long time but it was still an awesome time.

    If you just want to try for a calf and you want to stay away from the crowds you will still have to go way up north and off the beaten path.

    Best of luck

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    if in a small group apply individual
    Me myself in last 5 years have drew 2 bull tags with in a 12 hour drive from where I live in southern Ontario. Only once I wasn't drawn when in pool one.
    its possible and happens

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    Even if you lucked out and drew a tag yourself I think your best bet would be in a group, or if solo, through an outfitter. Even with a group, handling a moose is a big job. Even a small bull is a big animal. Even six weekend warriors will have a tough time dragging one to shore, or rolling into a boat, rolling out of boat etc. Give it a heave ho and you're moving 6 inches at a time. Even once quartered a front quarter will weigh a couple hundred pounds. At least half the moose we have shot have been just before dusk, so most of the work was done in the dark to boot which ads a whole other challenge!
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    I meant *hunt* solo, I'd definitely get someone to help me get the moose out, I know those are big animals... Also I'd think about the logistics and would plan, I know I know, bad shot placement, tough moose, etc. Alright I'll try my luck at the draw I guess, the guy who said "if you go to Chapleau you won't be alone" Really? Is it bad up there? Last time I was up there was 8 years ago and it wasn't bad at all. Lots of guys hunting moose up there now? How much further north would you recommend going? Give me the town name. Keep in mind I have no desire to camp with the natives. Also I have never been north of Wawa and don't know much about what it's like up there.

    I wouldn't go with an outfitter because, well, I just wouldn't on principle... I'm from here (Ontario), I don't think I need an outfitter telling me the business that I already know for the dollars that I don't need to pay him. I hunt deer and just about everything else on earth solo. Less bs to deal with, know what I mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by manbearpig View Post
    I meant *hunt* solo, I'd definitely get someone to help me get the moose out, I know those are big animals... Also I'd think about the logistics and would plan, I know I know, bad shot placement, tough moose, etc. Alright I'll try my luck at the draw I guess, the guy who said "if you go to Chapleau you won't be alone" Really? Is it bad up there? Last time I was up there was 8 years ago and it wasn't bad at all. Lots of guys hunting moose up there now? How much further north would you recommend going? Give me the town name. Keep in mind I have no desire to camp with the natives. Also I have never been north of Wawa and don't know much about what it's like up there.

    I wouldn't go with an outfitter because, well, I just wouldn't on principle... I'm from here (Ontario), I don't think I need an outfitter telling me the business that I already know for the dollars that I don't need to pay him. I hunt deer and just about everything else on earth solo. Less bs to deal with, know what I mean?
    Yep,I know exactly what you mean. I think it's a great idea if hunting solo is what you like to do. The fly in the ointment is getting an adult tag. If you're a bow hunter,it's not too difficult if you want to hunt during the warm weather archery season,but,for a gun hunter,virtually impossible. You can still hunt for a calf,though,but,that will restrict your hunting schedule to only two weeks when calves are open. If I were you,take a Black Bear tag,too,a shotgun with bird shot (lots of birds) and a fishing pole.
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