Alberta Professional Outfitters Society

Moose

Species available to hunt in Alberta

Choose Alberta for your Moose Hunt

The Boone and Crockett Club has three separate classes of moose, the Alaska-Yukon variety, the Canada moose and the Wyoming or Shiras moose. Alberta's moose fall into the Canada moose subset.

Safari Club International classifies the moose found in the South West corner of Alberta as the Shiras moose sub-species.

Alberta Moose

According to Boone and Crockett’s Records of North American Moose, Alberta has placed three moose on the list of the top ten of all time, making Alberta one of the continent’s top moose destinations.

Across much of northern Alberta, moose hunters still enjoy the wilderness adventure of living in traditional tent cabins or wall tents in remote wilderness surroundings. The expansion of the oil and gas and forest industries in recent years has improved access into much previously inaccessible habitat to the clear benefit of moose hunters.

In the central and southern portions of the province, moose have now become a common inhabitant, thriving on the easy access to agricultural crops and traditional native forage coupled with a complete absence of natural predators. In the farmlands, moose live much like deer do, relying on relatively small tracts of native aspen forests or river bottom habitats for their security.

Areas with Restricted Access

Where access is restricted to float planes only, most of the hunting is done out of boats.

Another option is to hunt moose along northern rivers by canoe. Your partners and guides will paddle through some of the most remote and untouched wilderness imaginable, calling for bulls wherever the habitat looks promising. These hunts are true northern adventures and camp is erected and taken down each day as you progress along the river.

Where vehicular access is available, hunts are conducted with the support of all-terrain vehicles. These mechanical workhorses allow a hunter to get into some highly productive moose habitat that would be near impossible to access by any other method. For those who prefer to hunt the rolling terrain of the Rocky Mountain foothills, horses are an option on some hunts. In the more settled areas, hunts that combine calling from stands in combination with spot and stalk tactics are to be expected.

Top Ten in Alberta: Moose


#ScoreYearOwner
1 226 7/8 1978 Tim Harbridge
2 225 0/8 1960 Carl J. Buchanan
3 224 0/8 unk Gordon Klebe
4 222 7/8 1975 Glenn Dul
5 222 0/8 1947 M. Dominguez
6 220 7/8 1984 Bob Bergera
7 217 5/8 2001 Abe Teichrob
8 217 2/8* 1994 F. J. Gimbel
9 217 2/8 1977 Carlysle Baldwin
10 217 0/8 1986 Ed Sikorski

* Indicates taken with a bow