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Moose Stories


No Call Moose Call

By Dan Brooks

Over 20 years of guiding for moose I've called in hundreds of bulls.  I really like mimicking what a moose sounds like, and I'm really good at it.  And over many years, it's almost instinctual to respond to a moose.  You know what's harder than moaning like a cow moose though?  Not calling at all.  And that was the secret no call moose call that called in Stan's bull for him.

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The Last Five Minutes Are As Good As The First

By Dan Brooks

Ten days is a long time to hunt.  Most hunters are tagged out by five or six, but every once in a while a hunter goes the distance and doesn't get their bull until the last day.  Such was the case with Ryan.  Every bull I called in for him seemed to get the better of us before he could shoot it.  Time and again I called in a moose, and time and again it would give us the slip. 

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Lost Lou Meadow Monster

By Dan Brooks

The largest (to date) moose I’ve personally ever guided for was the bull shot by Jeff Emerson in 2009. It was 53” wide, long tines, tall and wide paddles, great brows, and uniquely had the longest bell I’ve ever seen on a moose cape as well at about 3 feet long.

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Close Encounters of the Cool Kind

By Dan Brooks

The coolest moose hunters I’ve ever guided have to be Pat and Ben Cool. Pun intended, we call them two Cool hunters. At the time of writing this they’ve hunted with me 7 times, and are booked again for this fall. We’ve had lots of great experiences together, but I’d like to share the most memorable one here.

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A Little Competition Helps

By Dan Brooks

I've known Gene for several years after he came up on a spring black bear hunt with me. He really wanted a moose, and he really wanted a good one. He'd been on 4 other moose hunts with other outfitters but without so much as seeing a bull. Those experiences had left him soured and skeptical, so it took some doing to convince him to come hunt with me and give me a try to call call one in for him.

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