Moose Calling Tips
There are three very basic and main concepts when it comes to bull moose calls. First and foremost, it's one of the easiest things to do. Even children or people with absolutely no experience can do it with some of nature's most basic elements such as breaking sticks, brushing leaves, shuffling the grass and other various environmental noises you can make.
And lastly, patience is your biggest virtue. Calling requires patience. Sometimes it can take an entire day before you get any sort of response to your calls. You must be willing to wait. If patience is your weakest link then that's something you need to "practice" before hunting.
If you're hunting for the big bull, practice your cow call. Cow calls are soft and last about two to three seconds at a time during most part of the year. During mating season, the moose mating calls can last up to five or six seconds. They are guttural, moaning sounds. The best way to learn them would be to listen to an audio of a live cow call and then practice it.
During the silent periods you can brush grass or make other environmental noises like antler thrashing to attract more attention. Just remember to be patient. Don't expect the moose to come charging in at full speed.
In order for your moose calls to be heard over the maximum distance possible, learn to use the wind to your advantage.
Make downwind calls so that the wind carries the sound as far as possible. You can also use a funnel as a megaphone when calling for additional volume. Most hunters traditionally use a rolled up strip of birch bark for this purpose but you can basically use anything in the shape of a funnel. This technique is useful on days when there is no wind.
Early mornings and late afternoons are the best times for moose calling. Mid-mornings are usually the hottest parts of the day so the animals prefer to rest. This doesn't mean that you cannot find the occasional moose strolling around. You can call through the day for optimal effect.
Moose calling is an effective way for hunters to attract bulls. But it is important to remember that moose calling techniques, as with everything else, are useful only when properly used.