Well even though I am not out busting the brush scouting, I am still trying to do as much research as possible. I am sure someone else might be going on an Alaska-Yukon moose hunt so here is some tips/guidelines you might find useful. I am not saying they are all perfect, just some tips.
· Know your moose: Greatest spread measurements, palm lengths, palm widths, and beam circumferences vary considerably among the three moose subspecies. Generally, Alaska-Yukon moose measurements are the greatest in each category, followed by Canada moose, and then Shiras moose.
· Wide racks: Because greatest spread measurements are a part of the moose's final score, the wider a bull's rack is, the better.
· Long palms: Since the length of the palm on each side is added into a bull's final score, the longer the better.
· Wide palms: As with a palm's length, the wider an individual palm is, the higher the score will be.
· Good brow palms: Look for well-formed brow palms since these add to a bull's length of palm measurement.
· Number of normal points: In the scoring of a bull moose's antlers, the length of individual points isn't counted in the final score. But the number of normal points is, so the more, the better. Generally, top-scoring bulls will have 10 or more normal points on each side.
· Beam circumference: While difficult to judge, a thick antler beam circumference of six to seven inches or better is desirable.
· Width: On most mature bulls, the distance from ear tip to ear tip is about 30" when they are laid out flat. The length of an ear is roughly 10". So, imagine the ears laid out flat. If there is another ear length to the outer part of the farthest reaches of the antlers on each side, then it is roughly a 50" bull, give or take a few inches. If you have an ear and a half on each side, then the bull is in the upper 50s to near 60 inches. If you have an extra two ears of distance per side, then you've got something good - in the upper 60's almost 70.
· Width: I have heard from taxidermists that it is 7 1/2 inches from one pedicle to the other on a mature bull and on that basis, if each antler stuck out 3 times that length from that spot you would be over 50 inches. Three times 7 1/2 = 22 1/2 times 2 = 45 inches plus the boss spread of 7 1/2 = 52 1/2.
· Width: The distance between a moose’s eyes is 10” So double that on both sides and add back in for the real eyes and you would be at the 50” mark.
Thanks for taking the time and I hope this helps.