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    My friend and I each got a cow tag for 18A. Just wonder on your thoughts about shooting a cow..Is it hard to find a cow without a calf? what happens to calf? hunters i talked too say the calf will hang around and bawl then most likely perish on its own.. What are your thoughts? thank you..

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    The calf will make it
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    Someone in your group will have the Calf tag. Plug it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutSlayer View Post
    Someone in your group will have the Calf tag. Plug it!
    Depends on the season. Calf season is a week later than the regular season opener in our WMU. Most cows we have seen have no calves. Bears and wolves take care of them.
    Ive been told that an early born calf has a good chance at survival if it hooks up with other adult moose. Late calves, not so much. With some 40 years of moose hunts, our group has taken maybe three calves, and half dozen cows. We call, so we have never targeted cows and calves...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chomper View Post
    My friend and I each got a cow tag for 18A. Just wonder on your thoughts about shooting a cow..Is it hard to find a cow without a calf? what happens to calf? hunters i talked too say the calf will hang around and bawl then most likely perish on its own.. What are your thoughts? thank you..
    That's a tough question to answer because cows are notorious for hiding calves out of sight while they scout the area for threats. When we drop cows assuming they're alone,we could be dooming one or two calves to certain death. That's horrendously counter-productive from a conservation stand point,especially,in light of the huge population drop we're experiencing in Ontario in particular and Canada as a whole. Only yearling calves have a chance of survival without the cow. I believe it's incumbent on every Moose hunter with a cow tag to take every reasonable care that the cow is "dry" (check for signs of lactation) or better yet,watch for a while before you decide to shoot to see if calves are present. It may take a while so be patient and watch carefully.
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    Years ago then we could shoot calf in rifle season ,
    We shot a Cow and a calf to and put them in the freezer ...
    It was a good hunt .

    (Maybe because that policy now have less Moose ,
    but we steel hunt every year Moose just we don't find it , that is ok to
    steel enjoying great outdoor ...

    Quote Originally Posted by chomper View Post
    My friend and I each got a cow tag for 18A. Just wonder on your thoughts about shooting a cow..Is it hard to find a cow without a calf? what happens to calf? hunters i talked too say the calf will hang around and bawl then most likely perish on its own.. What are your thoughts? thank you..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutSlayer View Post
    Someone in your group will have the Calf tag. Plug it!
    Agree with this if you have the tags to shoot both.

    You won't regret putting calf meat on the table.

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    If ya got a cow tag and have a calf tag might as well take em both.

    Shoot the calf first, Cow won't leave for a bit

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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    That's a tough question to answer because cows are notorious for hiding calves out of sight while they scout the area for threats. When we drop cows assuming they're alone,we could be dooming one or two calves to certain death. That's horrendously counter-productive from a conservation stand point,especially,in light of the huge population drop we're experiencing in Ontario in particular and Canada as a whole. Only yearling calves have a chance of survival without the cow. I believe it's incumbent on every Moose hunter with a cow tag to take every reasonable care that the cow is "dry" (check for signs of lactation) or better yet,watch for a while before you decide to shoot to see if calves are present. It may take a while so be patient and watch carefully.
    X2, Great post

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    Quote Originally Posted by trimmer21 View Post
    That's a tough question to answer because cows are notorious for hiding calves out of sight while they scout the area for threats. When we drop cows assuming they're alone,we could be dooming one or two calves to certain death. That's horrendously counter-productive from a conservation stand point,especially,in light of the huge population drop we're experiencing in Ontario in particular and Canada as a whole. Only yearling calves have a chance of survival without the cow. I believe it's incumbent on every Moose hunter with a cow tag to take every reasonable care that the cow is "dry" (check for signs of lactation) or better yet,watch for a while before you decide to shoot to see if calves are present. It may take a while so be patient and watch carefully.
    X3 -way to go,if we want to hunt moose in the near future....

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