Ontario Moose Hunting
The Province of Ontario is world famous for having the best Moose Hunting and is the top big game hunting destinations in Canada. Almost every outfitter listed in this website has outstanding guided or unguided adult tag Bull Moose hunts with many trophy Bulls over the 1200 pound mark being harvested.
All the hunting camps listed in this website are reporting close to 100% success rates. If you have been thinking about an Ontario Moose hunting vacation or a hunt in Saskatchewan, don't miss this fabulous opportunity because now is the time to book for next year's hunt. Adult Cow Tags and Bull tags are limited.
Lodges with Outpost Camps and Spike Camps are offering Ontario non-resident hunting vacations with adult Bull Tags & Cow Tags for both rifle & archery (Bow). Many camps are offering cabin rentals for residents with their own tags. Some outfitters can convert one adult rifle tag into two adult bow tags. There are hunting lodges offering both American Plan & Housekeeping Hunting Trips in Northeastern Ontario and Northwestern Ontario.
Biology & Research:
The scientific name for the Moose found in Ontario is Alces Alces. They are the largest member of the deer family and found all across the Northern Hemisphere but their greatest concentrations are in North-eastern Russia and all through the boreal forest that stretches from Alaska, across Canada to the southern tip of James Bay, and then across Quebec into Newfoundland. There are two highly identifiable genepools known as the Alaskan Moose and the Eastern Moose. In Ontario a genetic merge is hunted. They are bigger than the Eastern strain and smaller than the Alaska Strain. In Ontario the cows generally grow to a maximum of 1000 pounds while the bulls can reach 1300 pounds or more. Once in a while their genes remember the west and giant Bull in the 1500 to 1800 pound range are seen and harvested.
The odds on hunting a 1800 pounder in Ontario are next to zero but we do list all the best hunting lodges in Ontario. Some have non-resident tags for archery, Rifle and Black Powder while others just supply accommodations for hunters with their own tags. Please take a look through my Ontario hunting site. I think you will find what you are looking for.
Hunting for non-resident in Ontario starts around late September, depending how far north the outfitter is, and ends everywhere in Ontario on November 15th. In some regions Archery / Bow hunters can start earlier than Rifle and Black Powder / Muzzleloader hunters. A non-resident Ontario Moose hunting license is $460 and the export fee for the meat is $35. Non-resident hunters can only get Adult tags through a lodge or outfitter. Bull Moose Hunting Tags and Cow Moose Hunting Tags are limited. If an outfitters has run out of adult tags you can still obtain a calf hunting tag as they are plentiful.
Dangers to the Moose Population in Ontario:
Over the last ten to fifteen years the Ministry of Natural Resources has had their budget repeatedly slashed because the government is spending too much money trying to turn the Canadian population into politically correct mush heads. Small northern towns have even reverted to fundraising like having dances and bake sales to raise money just so the MNR can buy gas for their trucks. As a result proper Moose population studies are not being conducted. To be safer than sorry the MNR just says Moose populations are down so they are reducing the amount of Bull Moose tags and Cow Moose tags being distributed to the Moose Hunting outfitters.
Another problem is government wildlife management policies have been created based on political motivation instead of scientific evidence. The government wants Moose hunter tourism dollars but at the same time wants to convince the anti-hunting voters in Toronto that they don't want Moose hunting. As a result the population of predators and prey is out of balance. Back in the late 90s the Whitetail Deer population in Ontario exploded. At the same time they canceled the spring bear hunt so the population of Black Bears exploded. Not only had bear harvest rates been reduced by 60% they also had a huge deer population to feed on. This huge dear population also made the wolf population explode. Then from 2008 to 2012 Ontario experience four extremely harsh winters, which greatly reduced the Whitetail Deer population. This left an over-population of bears and wolves and Moose predation, especially calves, increased to a level that was destroying the Moose population.
Moose Brain Worm Sickness:
Moose had already taken a big hit before the Whitetail Deer population collapsed. While deer numbers in Ontario reached their record Moose were dying in significant numbers. Whitetail Deer are carriers of a parasite called Parelaphostrongylus Tenuis or also called Brainworm Nematode. This parasite gets into the Moose's brain and feeds on the brain tissues. They also secrete fesses that contains a chemical that acts as a neural activity suppressant. This parasite is harmless to deer but deadly to Moose. This was a huge problem but now that the deer population in Northern Ontario has collapsed there are less recorded incidents of Moose dying from Brainworm.
Moose is the most prized wild game in Canada. Moose meat taste absolutely fantastic and has been compared to lean organic free-range beef and has prime cuts as well as meat that should be ground. It is very important that when you harvest a Moose that you find the animal as soon as possible and get it off the ground. The last thing a Moose does before dying is urinate. Moose urine is extremely acidic and if you leave the Moose on the ground in its own urine it will be absorbed through the skin and can contaminate the meat and make it taste terrible. Dropping a Moose in Water or on a slope will allow the urine to drain away thus protecting the meat. Hopefully you down the moose near trees where it can be hung for field dressing. Proper shot placement and field dressing is very important in maintaining the quality of the meat. I have tips for this in the menu above.
Ontario Hunting Information & Help
If you are coming to Canada for an Ontario hunting trip there are things you need to be made aware of. First, you need to complete a Firearms Declaration Form and Continuation Sheet to bring your favorite huning rifles into Ontario. Do not sign the Declaration Form until the border agent asks you to. It is illegal to bring hand guns into Ontario and hunting with hand guns is illegal. You do not need to declare archery equipment but you should inform the border agent you have archery equipment. Bows need to be stored in a case. This kind of honesty goes a long way in creating an atmosphere of trust, which will help you get across the border quickly.
If you have been dreaming of an Ontario hunting vacation and can't find enough information about hunting lodges in Ontario then I can help. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org