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    Ya well, I got a cow tag first time ever, and I'll shoot a cow if one shows up, then we will take the calf also.
    We decided to hunt the second week so we could take a the calf.
    Otherwise we would never take a calf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JUDGE View Post
    Ya well, I got a cow tag first time ever, and I'll shoot a cow if one shows up, then we will take the calf also.
    We decided to hunt the second week so we could take a the calf.
    Otherwise we would never take a calf.


    The area the OP questioned has the calf season two weeks after the opener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    Would any farmer kill 80% of their calves and build up a herd, heck no.

    I have a friend in the Yukon, they have a great system, minimum size or point count for the antlers, this means that there are always bulls of breeding age and no cows or calves are shot. I know that calves are killed my wolves and bears and moose are killed during native hunts but 1 more cow killed by a non-native hunter is one less dropping a calf or calves next year.
    If it turns out that the "new" system needs to be tweeked (it should become evident,quickly),make no mistake,point count Bulls only is definite option.

    Quote Originally Posted by smokeeter View Post
    The area the OP questioned has the calf season two weeks after the opener.
    It's easy to get the impression from some of these posts that a lot of hunters don't realize that calves now have their own 2 week season opening 2 weeks after the main opener (depending on WMU). There could be a pile of illegally taken calves if people aren't careful and aware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    I think cow hunting should be banned in most of the province due to the lack of moose, if there are a lot of moose then you could take both assuming the tags were there, but shooting a moose cow early is going to reduce the chances that calf makes it the winter and that cow will not make it to have any more calves, so to me it would be a no 100%.
    Agree 100 % shut the cow tags down for a few years and watch the population grow.
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    Well... well... if would be no Bull hunter's (antler eater's...) there would be less Cow's without.... calves....

    Quote Originally Posted by Fox View Post
    I think cow hunting should be banned in most of the province due to the lack of moose, if there are a lot of moose then you could take both assuming the tags were there, but shooting a moose cow early is going to reduce the chances that calf makes it the winter and that cow will not make it to have any more calves, so to me it would be a no 100%.

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    The MNR has chosen to be part of the problem instead of being part of the solution with our moose herd.

    This is a slippery slope because they depend on the draw money from moose hunters. If they severely restrict the moose harvest the revenue will dry up.

    I personally gave up on moose hunting because a lack of tags and there is no way I will kill a cow or calf of an animal that is on the verge of extinction from our province.

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    [(How , explain more please ?)

    Quote Originally Posted by bellerivercrossbowhunter View Post

    [(How , explain more please ?)

    The MNR has chosen to be part of the problem instead of being part of the solution with our moose herd.


    (This is true ...)

    This is a slippery slope because they depend on the draw money from moose hunters. If they severely restrict the moose harvest the revenue will dry up.


    (Read my previous post please ... (If is no Bull there will be no calf.... If you kill the Bull's ))

    I personally gave up on moose hunting because a lack of tags and there is no way I will kill a cow or calf of an animal that is on the verge of extinction from our province.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bellerivercrossbowhunter View Post
    The MNR has chosen to be part of the problem instead of being part of the solution with our moose herd.

    This is a slippery slope because they depend on the draw money from moose hunters. If they severely restrict the moose harvest the revenue will dry up.

    I personally gave up on moose hunting because a lack of tags and there is no way I will kill a cow or calf of an animal that is on the verge of extinction from our province.
    Your certainly not alone.
    I could never figure out why everybody got a calf tag when we hunted years ago. Adult tags were no longer being available for certain group sizes, but calfs were being cleaned out of the areas we hunted. Packed it in when that started happening

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    I’ve said it many times before. Sadly, it doesn’t matter what license hunters do! Our Moose herd is doomed! There is simply too many unregulated hunters doing what the hell they want. Once it gets bad enough, they might do something about it, hopefully it won’t be too late.
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    Unregulated ...?! It is Their Land ... Their Own land
    if you are thinking about First Nation ...
    Have you ever your own land taken away from you ...?
    Beside that what is the Percentage and number of the first nation population in Ontario
    And what is the number of the rest of the hunters who hunt Moose ... in Ontario ?
    Be realistic do your home work and you will have a tag ...! To hunt Moose ...
    6 of us and have 2 cow tag in our group this year , and we had tags in the past 15 years ,
    yes we only was successful once with cow and calf , (but that is our inexperience and skill..)
    but we enjoyed going hunting every year ...!
    And that is matter ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Deer Hunter View Post
    I’ve said it many times before. Sadly, it doesn’t matter what license hunters do! Our Moose herd is doomed! There is simply too many unregulated hunters doing what the hell they want. Once it gets bad enough, they might do something about it, hopefully it won’t be too late.

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