The land of moose calling par excellence is New Brunswick. To be sure the province produces other things besides moose, but when the crisp fall days approach we on this side of the border forget the lumber and the wood pulp and the fishing and think only of Akes Americanus. Moose calling is a chancy game of skill, of patience, of quickness and accuracy at the proper moment and,—of luck. The time when calling can be done is short enough—early morning and late evening. The light is often uncertain, rain, fog, and twilight. The moose is poor of eyesight but keen of nose and ear. If he comes to you up-wind he will know you are there long before you have sight or shot. But it's a noble game as the memory and trophy of many a sportsman will attest.
The way of the moose hunter leads into woods of spruce and pine. It is a sport that requires time. You must outfit for days in the wilderness if you are to bring a good head back with you.
A birch-bark horn is the instrument of the caller. A good man can bring the bull from as. far away as his ears will catch the challenging sound.
The canoe or the dugout is the proper craft. It will float wherever there is water, is easily carried, and can be paddled noiselessly and with speed.
No lake is wide enough to worry a moose when he is interested in the other side, and it's a good paddler who can keep pace with a moose in the water.
The proudest moment of a hunter's life is when he comes back with a good head in the bow the dugout. Anything over fifty inches is a good spread and over sixty is a whopper.
In some places moose can be shot from a canoe as they feed in streams and lakes in the late afternoon. A steady man who knows moose is needed in the stern. There mustn't be splash or click of paddle and conversation is strictly barred.
Outing , Publishing Company. Outing. New York: Outing Publishing Company, 1920.
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