As I was going through the draw handouts yesterday, I was marking some potential areas I would like to hunt moose next year. One of the areas is an area my neighbor and both of his sons drew cow tags for this year (yep, 3 tags in one area, in one family). They have taken moose out of this area before, several in fact. It is an area I thought I would put in for because I am planning a haul road hunt in early September and wanted to have a moose hunt that extended into October and November so I could get to that later in the year.
My neighbor left on Sunday to head up. To my surprise, his truck was back in his driveway this morning. Turns out the area had burned up pretty bad this summer. They hunted around the entire area for 3 days with no sign of life at all, soot still on the ground as far as the eye could see. Completely burned out.
I know that burn areas can provide great moose returns in the years after the burn, but my question is, how long do you have to wait for that to happen? Would the moose start coming in for the new browse as early as next year? Or is this an area that won't be productive until say 2 or 3 years out?
Thanks in advance.