Of the states that offer Shiras moose hunting, Wyoming is the undisputed leader in the number of permits issued and the number of bulls in the record book. However, I'll tell you about another major moose hunting state first, namely Montana.
In Montana, the price of a non-resident license/tag is $478, and 10 percent of the available tags go to non-residents. Last year 680 tags were available, and hunters enjoyed 89 percent hunter success. The total number is down due to the effects of several harsh winters which has resulted in lower calf survival. The best bulls come from northwest Montana, while the highest hunter success is in the southwest. Most of the hunting in the northwest is on the Flathead National Forest and the Kootenai National Forest.
Junior Crismore of Lazy JR Outfitters has been guiding moose hunters in the Kootenai National Forest for the past 18 seasons. Every one of his clients killed a moose last year, including several good bulls. His hunts cost $3,000 for seven days and include hunting services, ranch house accommodations and food. He accesses his hunting areas by 4wd vehicle or horseback. In the southwest, the Beaverhead National Forest provides the majority of the public land hunting opportunities. Additional public hunting is available on Red Rock Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in the Centennial Valley.