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Moose Hunt Zone 33

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Well we got drawn for tag in Zone 33, any insight or advice, would be appreciated.

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Which one is 33? They have changed the zones this year.

After helping pack out my moose a couple of years ago, my Dad now tells anyone who asks, that all moose hunters should tie a 50 yard rope to themselves, and the other end on the bumper of their truck. Let any moose go beyond the 50 yard mark - and save yourself from heart attack or hernia.

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When did the results come out?

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Don't mean to steal the thread but how many years were you applying before you got drawn? I heard it varies by area. If you apply for an area with easy access it will be awhile. If you apply with an area with hard access it could be as little as a couple years. Any truth to this?

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Don't mean to steal the thread but how many years were you applying before you got drawn? I heard it varies by area. If you apply for an area with easy access it will be awhile. If you apply with an area with hard access it could be as little as a couple years. Any truth to this?


Completely true. BWCAW areas have much better odds than areas you can road hunt. Go figure :-)

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This is our third year applying, and the Zone is roughly between Crane Lake and Ely on Echo Trail in Superior. We are completely out of the BW, apparently the guys of our ffrom the metro got their notice on Saturday, and I confirmed my other buddies and mine yesterday thru the DNR.

Sounds from the reports we have a fairly high success rate in our area, from what I gather the DNR works hard to help folks succeed on the tag. My brother in law has been trying for close to twenty years and I never expected to be drawn.

We purposely applied for low # permit areas hoping to get drawn. Did quite a bit of background digging to locate our spot and it worked.

Now just have to figger out how to hunt these things. I grew up in Montana and everything was spot and stalk on high meadows. From the pictures it does not look like it

will work here.

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Congrat's Big Drift.

Now the work begins. We were lucky enough last year to get drawn. We had a great hunt saw 28-30 moose and eventually tagged a 31/2 year old bull (should have held out for a couple more days). We had seen 2 very old bulls, 1 other really good bull and several 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 year olds.

We found our moose in clearcuts near spruce swamps. We did most of our scouting durring the day and messed up our first couple of mornings. After that we were in the right areas at daybreak. The moose were only in the clearcuts for the first hour or two and then very late in the day.

If at all possible get out in the middle of your large clearcuts well before daylight and listen. Get set up where you can see along the clearcuts as well. You will hear the cow calls and the bull grunts from a distance. The moose did not leave a lot of sign before the season. After the first week we started to see where the bulls were tearing up the willows.

Good Luck

Sorgy

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Odds of pulling a permit in zone 33 were 1/11 (9%). You can see if you were successful here (although everyone should know by now): 2007 moose lottery results

There's also a copy of the 2006 harvest report here: 2006 Moose harvest report

As was previously noted, some unit boundaries were changed to reflect BWCAW boundaries. Consequently, not all numbers are comparable anymore.

Good luck!

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Another year another $3.00 smile.gif

Good luck to those who were drawn

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Congrats on getting the tag, that and getting that moose out of the woods are the tough parts of your hunt. A friend of mine had a permit in that area and I went along a few years ago. At that time part of the zone was in the BWCA and part was out. In the area outside BWCA everyone road hunted for their moose. They typically just drove the logging road through areas which had been clear cut. My friend and his dad shot one within 100 feet of their vehicle. It wasn't my idea of a hunt but that was how most people were hunting. It reminded me of road hunting for pheasant or grouse. I have also hunted moose in the BWCA and I preferred that until the moose was down and it was time to haul it out. If you can figure out which clear cuts the moose are using consistently you could hunt them by calling them. I had a friend who was successful this way off the Gunflint. The Fenske Lake campground is really nice, I would recommend this as a base camp for your hunt. There are a lot of logging areas within a few miles of this campground. You will see moose, just take your time and enjoy the hunt.

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