The hunt: On a frosty fall morning in the bush country north of Lake Superior, the bull grunt was as clear and sharp as the crack of a rifle. My hunting partner grunted back from his treestand and looked over at his bow hanging nearby. The bull immediately answered and started coming his way, grunting with every step across a vast clear-cut. My friend slowly reached for his bow, his heart pounding—a rutting bull, clearly in a jealous mood, was coming for him.
From Thunder Bay, moose habitat stretches seemingly endlessly north, east and west. Here you’ll find virginal boreal forests interspersed with lakes and marshes, massive burns and extensive clear-cuts. Moose love all of it. They’re drawn to quiet places away from human activity, and the bush north of Superior offers mile after mile of solitude. Perhaps not surprisingly, this area is known to produce Ontario’s biggest moose.
Superior country allows for a variety of hunting styles. Choose what you enjoy—sit and call, spot and stalk, sneak along logging roads and clear-cuts, paddle a river or, if an early snow permits, track your moose. Just be at the ready when a bull decides to make your acquaintance. —Alan Davy
When to go: Moose can be hunted in September and October, during which there are separate bow and rifle seasons.
Gun and load: Rifles should be in the .30-calibre range and up with a good-quality bullet of no less than 150 grains.