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Moose Stories


Moose Hunting with Rocks

By Dan Brooks

Over many years of guiding, I’ve seen and heard some strange things happen.  When one of my guides called in a bull for Tanya by throwing rocks though -  well that’s when I thought I’d heard it all.  Here’s how it happened, or at least this is the story they told me!

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Muddy Moose Melee!

By Dan Brooks

Moose are by their nature a solitary anti-social species.  They don’t run in herds like elk and deer, and they rarely tolerate the presence of other moose except during the rut or in winter when feeding grounds are limited.  For this reason, it’s rare to see more than one or two moose in a square mile.  So, when four cows started a muddy moose melee on Bennet Lake, it was a hunt to remember.

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The Patient Hunter

By Dan Brooks

I’ve guided many moose hunters who were very patient, and some who were anything but patient, and perhaps even a few who needed to be patients of another kind - but I have yet to convince a hunter that a straitjacket actually helps you sit still on stand.  (Do they make straitjackets in camo?)

As a general rule, I’ve noticed that a hunter’s patience is directly proportional to his age.  On a scale of 1 to 100, 1 being “can’t sit still infant spasms” and 100 being “dead, won’t move without electricity applied”, you can pretty much tell how patient a hunter will be by how old he is. 

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Guiding My First Trophy Moose

By Dan Brooks

Over the years many hunters have asked me where's my favorite place to hunt moose, and after their scowls go away when I say "In the woods" I tell them it's Cateye.  

Cateye has become a bit of a legend over the years.  Stories from Cateye have been know to grow legs and walk the streets of small cities and towns across America, even going into the homes of hunters where they've swelled bigger and bigger until the occupants burst out of the doors  to get fresh air - after all Cateye stories always end with bull, er I mean bull moose.  Just hearing about Cateye can be a little overwhelming for most people's imagination, but bear with me and read to the end.

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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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