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ISSUE 160

Washington MRS: Moose

Washington is one of the more underrated states when it comes to Shiras’ moose. Draw odds are slim but harvest odds and trophy potential are very good. Washington continues to expand their moose hunting while most of the West is cutting back. This is a strong indicator of the overall population. Washington doesn’t have many Boone and Crockett entries each year, but don’t let that fool you. If you want a big bull and are willing to put in the miles there are excellent odds for a bull with a 40” spread or better, as well as bulls worthy of the B&C book. One of the reasons the moose are doing so well is that Washington has such dense forested habitats for these critters to flourish. Wolves are starting to have a negative impact on the moose population with the last couple of seasons being more difficult for the tag holders than it was 5-10 years ago.