The Shiras moose population has exploded in the West Elk Wilderness in the past several years, so the Colorado Parks and Wildlife has decided to issue the first bull tag for 2019. For this once-in-a-lifetime hunt, we travel 7 miles by horseback to our Castle Creek Camp, located at 10,000 feet in the heart of the best big bull moose habitat in GMU #54.
The Shiras moose also known as Wyoming moose are the smallest of North America’s moose, but are still quit large. A mature bull will stand 5’6” to 5’9” at the shoulder, weigh up to 1,200 pounds, and carry an impressive rack that spreads from 36 to 50 inches wide and weighs up to 50 pounds.
Hunting is most productive during early morning and late evening hours when the moose are active and can often be found in or near water, grazing on aquatic plants and willows, or in mountain meadows and other forest openings. Moose climb to lower mountain elevations to rest and snooze during mid day. Bull moose begin shedding velvet from their antlers in September so rubbed trees and willows, and the presence of pellet-like moose droppings called moose nuggets are good signs of a bull moose in the area.
For most hunters the best and easiest way to bag a bull moose and get it out of the back country is to book a guided trip through an outfitter. We’ve watched these bulls through the spring and summer months and look forward to the opportunity to guide a hunter on this truly unique Colorado hunt. Years of experience in the area, along with scouting knowledge based on sightings during archery and muzzleloader elk hunts give us the ability to know exactly where to locate these mature bulls. And besides that, we’re just fun to be around.
Good weapons for hunting moose include rifles of 300 caliber of better, black powder firearms, and archery equipment.
When you’re lucky enough to draw a GMU #54
Shiras moose tag contact Tenderfoot Outfitters for the ultimate moose hunt in the best moose country in the unit. We’ll help you fill that once in a lifetime tag with a true Colorado trophy.