Moose hunting experience? - Mike Bolin

Guys, I am looking into an Ontario Moose hunt for this coming Fall. Have it pretty much narrowed down to the outfitter I plan to go with and am in the process of putting together my hunting arrows. Do any of you have any Moose hunting experience(s) to share? How about bow/arrow combinations that worked or didn't work for you? Anything you would change as far as your arrow/broadhead combo?I am a firm believer of heavy arrows for larger game and I won't be hunting anything bigger than Moose! With my 53#@28" PSAII, I currently shoot a .400 Easton carbon with 275 grains, up front (standard aluminum insert, 100 gr. steel broadhead adapter, with 145 gr.glue on Snuffer). I am contemplating the VPA 250 gr. 3 blade for Moose and maybe going with a 50 gr. brass insert. I figure I will need to bump the arrow spine to .340 as my .400s bareshaft very well with the set up as stated above. I know that it will be a matter of finding what works best and I have enough different weight inserts to come up with a great flying set up. I am shooting for 600+ grains of total arrow weight As far as bow eight, I am pretty much stuck with the 53# as a shoulder injury dictates (along with the doc) that I stay under 55#. I have contemplated going with a 2 blade head and I did shoot Grizzly heads for a bit. For some unknown reason, I can sharpen 3 blades heads much easier than 2 blade heads and they are easier for me to maintain with a pocket stone. I had to use a KME sharpener on the Grizzlies and while I got them razor sharp, the 3 blade is just simpler for me. Do any of you think a 2 blade is a "must" for Moose? I have killed 2 Caribou, a Black Bear,a bunch of Whitetails and a hog with the narrow 3 blade heads and got a complete pass though on most all of them, but a Moose is a lot bigger animal. Any thought, experiences, tips you care to share will be appreciated! Thanks, Mike

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Chuck DeLeeuw
January 13th, 2014 08:01:13am

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Hi Mike - I hunted moose in Ontario back in the 80's and was fortunate enough to be successful using a 53@28 MAIII and a Zwickey 2 blade Eskimo. I don't recall for sure what arrow but I would imagine it was a 2117 or 2018??? No idea what that arrow weight would be but it was a 29" arrow. (28" draw) Best wishes for a successful hunt! Chuck

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Greybark
January 13th, 2014 12:01:07pm
Hey Mike , I was raised in Northern Ontario (so far back in the bush I had to come out to hunt) . Hunted and lived off of Moose with my Dad years ago . It`s a lot harder to hunt Moose in N Ont than Britsh Columbia and a good Guide is essentual for success . My firt Bull harvest was with Trad bow was with a basic 47 lb recurve and a three bladed 125 gn Thunderhead on a Alum 540 gn arrow penitrated thru and stopped in far side bone . The second was exceptionly big ( 600 lbs of boned out meat) and the same arrow and BH combo did not provide a complete pass thru but stopped in other side of cavity and was a quick recovery . PS : a bit of a story on the first one . Heading home on those long Northern highway streches in N B.C. we stopped for Breky at a small Cafe and the young Male owner was excited over our Trad kill and wanted to see the bow . Well he wanted to buy it in the worst way and we had to wait over a long breakfast untill he had enough customers to pay for it . LOL The sight and sounds of a called in Bull is unforgettable and a fact that the hunt is all day as opposed to a morn/evn thing is appreciated . Rather tough for me (74 years old) to get out now and envy your up comning adventure . You are in for such a tteat . Where is your hunt location ? Cheers , Stanley come home , we miss you .....

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Tine Tickler
January 13th, 2014 03:01:17pm

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Mike, I was lucky to draw a once in a lifetime cow Moose tag here in ND, yes we do have a few Moose in ND. anyway I was lucky and got my moose using a 53lb @29in.SA3, carbon shaft weighted to 58o gr. 30in.long with a zwickey Delta 2 blade. She was coming to give me a spanking and I had to take a frontal shot at 6yds. I hit right where neck joins the body. penetrated almost to feathers!! she was down in 50 yds. so I'm a two blade zwickey guy for everything been using them for 40yrs now. I just turned 69 and I'm still going,just not as fast!ha! I'd recommend a 2 blade, but the most important thing is that you have confidence in the head, and can get them scary sharp!! good luck!!

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Mike Bolin
January 15th, 2014 08:01:47pm

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I want to thank all who have responded to me here and through email. Things are starting to come together........just a few more references to check and if all goes as planned the deposit will be on it's way this weekend. Only thing I am still hung up on is whether to switch from my old reliable 3 blades to a 2 blade.....? Any more experiences to share? Thanks, Mike
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