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    The other day I was having a wonderful discussion on the phone with another forum member and he made a statement that I had not heard before. He stated that camps that with no camp fires were more successful than camps that had fires. He said that the fire alerted the moose of your presence. I always thought smoke was a natural smell and typically would not alert animals.

    I am by no means a moose expert. So I ask the question. If you were in a remote area on a drop camp, unable to change locations, do you have a camp fire or not?

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    campfire vs moose thread

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    • #3
      The last 4 years I've had a woodstove in our tent and had a fire every evening and morning. I can't say I've seen it make slightest difference in the numbers or location of moose that we see


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      • #4
        Moose love campfires. Makes them feel romantic.

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        • #5
          Makes no difference to moose. My daugher shot her big moose 30 yards from our hunting cabin at 3:00pm with our wood stove going. This year I called in 3 bulls, one my wife shot, while I was calling right from a morning, smoking camp fire. The moose could care less in my opinion..

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          • #6
            in my opinion it doesn't bother them at all. we have literally shot moose within 200 yards of camp. more than once. i think its the chopping of firewood that helps too.
            its better to be silent and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt...

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            • #7
              Had a native guy in Galena tell me to pee on the fire at bedtime, then be ready to shoot a bull in the morning. It works.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by extrema View Post
                Had a native guy in Galena tell me to pee on the fire at bedtime, then be ready to shoot a bull in the morning. It works.
                Extrema. How many pee on fire bulls have you shot? Seems like a stinky experiment.

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                • #9
                  Absultly start a fire especially farther North you go. Can't Tell you how many bulls we've called into camp that had a fire. From down wind too! Last one we took just month ago on muzzle loader hunt. During the night bull even rubbed on a tree less than 150 yards from our tent down wind. Believe what you may... it's first thing we do in our camp. Talking around open camp fire different story. You'll be lucky to see a moose.

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                  • #10
                    Without a fire you don't have a camp. I smoke my pipe while hunting and never a problem.
                    Now left only to be a turd in the forrest and the circle will be complete.Use me as I have used you

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                    • #11
                      We have seen a young bull come right up to the fire in camp and stare at it like he was about to charge. He finally just wandered off.

                      My partner flew off one morning to pickup another buddy. The tarp over the fire area slipped its mooring in the wind and was flapping in and out of the fire. As I was under the tarp trying to keep it from burning, I heard a loud grunt. I shot that bull 20 yards from the fire while I was still under the blue tarp. Right on time I heard the plane coming back. I rushed back to the fire as they had to walk right next to it from the tie-down.

                      A moose is going to do his thing, fire or no. }:>
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                      • #12
                        I have gone round and round with my moose hunting partners with this, I say burn it, they say no. We compromised and now we do it if it's an offshore wind......whatever. I hate to tell these guys but they have shot three moose behind camp (within 100 yards) the morning after a fire, and once when there was one burning, not to mention if there is an onshore wind, we can't mask a camp full of boats, bacon, stinky men. Yet they still keep shootin em right behind camp.

                        I agree to keep the voices down, but calling from the campfire, passing a little somethin somethin around with the calling cone......is a great way to spend an evening, and often enough there is a bull standing behind camp the next morning.

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                        • #13
                          Moose don't care, i've seen em come right up to a fire and grunt when it was pitch black outside, after a hunting buddy used a maul to split a few more rounds to burn.

                          This year, we had 2 tents with stoves going-at least one stove was making smoke at all times. Watched bulls on a bench across from camp, we're talking 400-500 yards here, do moose stuff all day long like we didn't even exist. There's no way they couldn't see us, big ol white wall tents, or smell us with those stoves and even an outside fire going for almost a week straight.

                          I know chainsaws and splitting wood can call em in, but I saw something else this season that confirmed a long held suspicion of mine. I wanted to take some pictures of camp with my cell phone, but it was dead. So I plugged my phone into the 12V outlet on my wheeler and started the wheeler up to let it idle. A bull was laying wide out in the open directly across from camp. About 5 minutes went by and we noticed the bull looking in our direction with ears up, it was obvious he was hearing the wheeler idling. Dang it if he didn't get up and start swaying around and thrashing brush in our direction! I think the low frequency tone of the wheeler exhaust sounds like a bull grunting like a maniac from a ways off to a moose. Was interesting to see for sure.
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                          • #14
                            I really should have read the forums before posting mine... sorry for the double thread... Great minds think alike...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Catch It View Post
                              passing a little somethin somethin around with the calling cone......is a great way to spend an evening, and often enough there is a bull standing behind camp the next morning.
                              At least now I know why moose hunting is so popular! That's funny stuff!


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