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Old 06-08-2014, 07:38 PM   #1
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Where is the best place and time to spot a moose?

I have lived here for 3 years in Paul Smiths and am outdoors often during different times of the day and I still have yet to see one.

Any hotspots for moose in the area?
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Old 06-09-2014, 07:21 AM   #2
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Been seeing them often in the evening around Sabattis and Childwold. Not every night but a couple times a week
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:12 AM   #3
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Best time? Any time! They seem to appear when and where you least expect it. One was in Rainbow Lake a few years ago, and if I am not mistaken, another one was in Tupper in the Cranberry Flow. I have yet to spot one either; I hope we both have a change of luck!
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Old 06-11-2014, 02:41 PM   #4
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I saw my Adirondack moose along the Black River near Port Leyden. Technically that is a few miles outside the Park.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:05 AM   #5
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I've seen 4 in last 8 years. Saw a bull on my camp road 2 weeks ago. Plus I've had 2 other occasions that were obviously moose but I did not see them. They generally hang out near swamps in summer.

If I knew how to post photos I'd attach one where a moose has its nose pressed up against my screened porch. There is no privacy in the Adirondacks!
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:23 PM   #6
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Apparently Queensbury is prime moose viewing territory these days.

Video: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v...type=2&theater

Story: http://poststar.com/news/local/moose...9bb2963f4.html
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Old 09-01-2014, 05:32 AM   #7
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Now is the best time to see them. Mating season is Sept thru Oct. They should be moving now. I got 2 more trail-cam pictures of a large cow roaming our lease property. Tracks up and down our road.
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Old 09-10-2014, 11:16 PM   #8
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Moose tracks

Moose tracks at Stewart Lake, Shaker Mt. WF.
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Old 09-12-2014, 01:02 PM   #9
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Is that the Stewart Lake off the trailhead by Green Lake/Canada Lake? I spent a few weeks at a camp down the road every summer growing up and being a good Boy Scout and Ranger Rick devotee it was always fun to spend a couple hours trying to find as many different tracks as possible in the woods between the trail and the road around the back side of the lake where camp was. No digital camera back then and the folks would never give me the family polaroid so I'd take along my trusty notepad and sketch the tracks and make measurements. Several times I found what I was sure were moose prints, but they always laughed me off saying it was just a big deer or soft mud making a deer print look different. I am redeemed! Of course, I also tried for years to show them what I was absolutely certain were mountain lion and wolf tracks, so ...
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Old 09-12-2014, 03:26 PM   #10
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Is that the Stewart Lake off the trailhead by Green Lake/Canada Lake?

Yep, that's the one. I was thrilled to come across them - but no spotting the moose itself..
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:35 AM   #11
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Honestly, where and when you can spot a moose in the Adirondacks is anytime, and most anywhere...

..and by most anywhere, I mean anywhere people don't usually go.

A couple weeks ago, I went hiking along the West Branch of the Sacandaga near Arietta. I "sort of" followed what appeared to be an old unmarked trail.

I got about two miles in when I came to this nice, pleasant bend in the river (see attached image, I snapped it that day). It was a 90 degree day, humid, and I was wearing pants (I've caught ticks in this area before). So I decided to YOLO and go swimming in the river. There was no one around, and no nearby trails or anything where anyone would've seen me acting like a lunatic. So I went in.

I decided to see what was up around that corner in the river, so I waded through, chest deep, in the nice, peaceful, refreshing water. It was a very "one with nature" experience. Until I actually rounded the bend.

In the water with me was a HUGE bull moose, just around that corner. He was either drinking or eating algae or something, but my life kind of flashed before my eyes. I was alone, vulnerable, basically naked in the wild with something much larger than myself that could really hurt me with one kick maybe 20 feet away.

He didn't see me, and I didn't want him to for fear of startling him and having him attack, so I quickly and carefully turned around, silently waded to shore, grabbed my stuff, and ran.

Had I been hiking around that corner, he probably would've run off because of the noise I was making. But because I was wading through a gentle stream, I was very silent and came right up on him without him even knowing. I regret now that I didn't have my camera because I feel like no one believes me. But it happened!

So my advice? Go somewhere no one else usually goes, either a trail no one takes or make your own trail. Be vewwy vewwy quiet, too, when you hike! Also, this area was very marshy, and they tend to travel through marshes, so if you can find a place with lots of marshes, a trail no one takes, no busy roads nearby, and if you're sneaky enough, you can spot a moose!

EDIT: The photo didn't seem to want to attach, so I uploaded it to photobucket.

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Old 09-15-2014, 10:37 AM   #12
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Honestly, where and when you can spot a moose in the Adirondacks is anytime, and most anywhere...

..and by most anywhere, I mean anywhere people don't usually go.
Wow, what a great experience. That's not too far from my neck of the woods. Thanks for sharing that!
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Old 09-15-2014, 11:13 AM   #13
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Great experience wxwing but I'd have to say in terms of reports I've personally heard, you're just as likely to see a moose crossing the highway as you are to see one in the remote areas where no one goes. I think you just got lucky. I personally know someone who saw one the first time they ever drove through the Adirondacks. They never even left the car, just passed through and one crossed RT30.
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Over the past 6 years, I've seen 1 in the West Canada Lakes and 3 in Paul Smith's. I've also seen tracks in the West Canada Lakes numerous times.

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Old 09-15-2014, 12:41 PM   #15
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You see moose when you are not planning to see moose. Like in the car at dusk when they are hard to see going across the road. On a beach at midday. At our mailbox.

They like roadside ditches in the spring, in the mountains when new shoots come out on striped maple and in wetlands when there is aquatic vegetation.
Seen one once at Barnum Pond in the early AM.
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Tony Knowles Coastal trail at the end of the main runway at the Ted Stevens International Airport, Anchorage, AK.
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Old 09-15-2014, 09:24 PM   #17
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Honestly, where and when you can spot a moose in the Adirondacks is anytime, and most anywhere...

..and by most anywhere, I mean anywhere people don't usually go.

A couple weeks ago, I went hiking along the West Branch of the Sacandaga near Arietta. I "sort of" followed what appeared to be an old unmarked trail.

I got about two miles in when I came to this nice, pleasant bend in the river (see attached image, I snapped it that day).
Great story!
I recognize that location, and it is less than a mile from Route 10 along a fairly well used short-cut path. I've been through there many times, but have never been lucky enough to spot a moose, yet.
Almost the same view from a few winters ago:
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Old 09-15-2014, 10:25 PM   #18
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Justin,

Have you spotted a moose yet anywhere in the ADKs?
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Old 09-16-2014, 06:45 AM   #19
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Justin,

Have you spotted a moose yet anywhere in the ADKs?
I wish.
I've seen plenty signs of moose, but have yet to see one.
Black bear too for that matter.
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Old 09-16-2014, 09:54 AM   #20
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I disagree with the chances of finding a moose where people don't go.

Moose like the easy way around country too. I've seen them on the trail, trotting ahead of me, on the road, on portages . on snowmobile trails.

There just are not a whole lot of moose in the Adirondacks and not a whole lot of interaction with people. Last year there were 12 collisions with cars in NYS So you have to be luckier.

Maine regularly has over 500. On some roads you have to be lucky NOT to hit a moose.
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