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#7230409 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Sask_Hunter]
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Sask Hunter, you have some beauties there for sure! How often do you draw a tag?

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#7230463 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: CLB]
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Only ever killed one moose. The rest are the result of 6 seasons of living the dream.

My only bull from 2009. I'm back in super A pool which means I could draw next season.


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#7230903 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Sask_Hunter]
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Oh man! killing me. Moose hunting pics and stories capture my attention like no other. 2 seasons ago the Moose hunting stories on huntingwashington were unreal. This years not quite as much but still moose hunting forums are my favorite.

Thanks for the pics!
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#7232790 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: CLB]
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Originally Posted By: CLB
With applications going out to Maine, VT, and NH, getting a chance to kill a good bull is most certainly on my short list of animals to hunt.

If you can, post up some pictures of your hunt, talk about the terrain, conditions, etc. Oh, and obviously mention rifle, cartridge, bullet.

Not too much more exciting than seeing a big bull on the ground!




I've found Maine to be a very difficult tag to pull so far. Now VT and NH used to be far easier. I've held moose tags in VT twice and NH once. I've taken a bull and a cow in VT and a bull in NH. All three were mature animals. Trouble is VT and NH have been slashing the number of tags lately. They say the herd isn't doing well do to tick mortality and brainworm. It's getting downright hard to draw a VT or NH moose tag and when you do the success rates are way down. Ten years ago things were booming with moose in New England, now only Maine seems to be thriving.
I prefer the .30-06 with 220 grain bullets for moose hunting.





These are the two I took in Vermont. The bull I took in NH was a half rack but he was 9 years old.


Edited by moosemike (12/27/12)
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#7232921 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: moosemike]
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#7232964 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Greenbrier]
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#7233435 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Greenbrier]
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Greenbrier,

Some really big bulls in Those photo's. You in Alaska?

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#7233768 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: CLB]
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I am. I live in Eagle River.

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#7233953 - 12/27/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Greenbrier]
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Holy crap! Nice bulls.......
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#7234059 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Greenbrier]
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Do you get to hunt moose every year in AK or is there a lottery system there too?

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#7234091 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: CLB]
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Originally Posted By: CLB
Do you get to hunt moose every year in AK or is there a lottery system there too?


An AK resident can hunt moose every year in all units (26 of them and some of them bigger than many states in America) with a harvest ticket/over the counter tag. Some units are any bull, but most have antler restrictions. 50" or 4 brow tine on one side or spike-fork bull. There is lots of drawing permits to apply for as well, both antlerless and bull tags.

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#7234803 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: BC30cal]
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Greetings Dwayne,

I trust and wish that the holiday season has found you and yours well and in good fellowship. Our house is pretty full with several generations of family, life is noisey but good. One must remember to enjoy these things.

I will look forward to looking you up the next time I'm down that way. Hopefully we'll both have our daughters around and can take them out shooting with us again. I'll bring my new to me 6.5x55 down...

The moose in that picture is from 06 or 07, and yes, that is me there. I had just retorn my ACL and could barely walk at the time. My partners quad had tipped on him the weekend before we left and his right leg was gimpy, and as mentioned my left leg was near useless; the joke was that between the two of us there was one good set of legs.

Accordingly it was a truck or quad hunt. The young bull in the picture was on the end of a swamp with a nice mature bull and a cow. As that area in spikes, tripalms or 10's, and the big guy was only an 8 point I took the spike. He still went over 500 lbs dressed IIRC.

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#7235444 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Westcoaster]
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Let's put things in perspective here. For some of us, moose hunting is a spiritual experience - or at least something bordering on that. Don't get me wrong, it isn't mystical or anything like that. Rather, it can incorporate many of the elements of a religious experience. IOW, it requires belief in that which cannot be seen. Take this typical example:



There is a moose in this picture. Trust me. I believe it to be so. If I did not, I wouldn't have wasted so much time scoping it out.




You must have hope in order to wait, it's waiting for that which we hope for through faith. We wait, and we wait...kind of like Advent.

Of course, there are those whose faith is weak. Sometimes they need signs to give them hope:



(What these signs don't tell them is that they only mean that their maker isn't standing in them anymore - hence the water!)



So you watch, you look, you study that 'branch', you look again at it, and again to make sure it hasn't turned or moved. And you get bored, and pretend you're a botanist for awhile.





You try to make yourself believe that mushrooms are interesting.



That sitting in the rain is virtuous somehow.

And then:



When you least expect it, out of nothing - just as Adam was made, a big dark beast appears and before you realize what you've done, you have a project on your hands:



And you give thanks, while asking for still more patience, perseverance, and strength. laugh
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#7236137 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Klikitarik]
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Great post. That's one of the aspects of hunting that makes it so alluring to me.
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#7236208 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Klikitarik]
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Very well stated, Klik. And great pictures also!

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#7236222 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Klikitarik]
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That's a fine story! I like it. And the moose.
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#7236437 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Klikitarik]
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Klikitarik;
Thank you so much for taking the time to share the photos of your family hunts and the surrounding countryside.

I've got to say the lack of trees very much reminds me more than a little bit of southern Saskatchewan Klik. wink laugh

For us in the south Okanagan our moose hunts are less of a believing experience and more of a "it might be my turn to win the lottery" type of thing.

We do have a fairly healthy moose population, but even in a season where we see for us "a lot" of moose, that will still not be much more than a dozen in total.

When the initial immature bull season opened here it was during the rut, but since the biologists believed we were killing too many of them the season was moved forward a month which makes it much tougher to find the young bulls.

On this morning here, I was on the track of a lone moose and was hoping it was a young bull by the size of hoof print.



The "trick" for Okanagan moose or for that matter elk hunting - for me hunting solo anyway - is to find a legal specimen within a reasonable packing distance from somewhere I can get the pickup to. So in the above photo I was hoping to find a bull on the edge of the cut and not too far into the shintangle jungle that they like to drift into.

Oh, the moose that morning was a solo cow.

One advantage of the season being moved forward is that the cooler temps do give one more time to pack meat out without it spoiling.

In the same general vicinity of the photo, but in our hot September elk season I've simply waved good day to a branch antlered bull elk. He was standing where I'd killed a good mulie buck a couple years before you see, so I knew beyond a shadow of doubt I couldn't get all the meat out without losing at least some of it.

Anyway, sorry for going on too long yet again. I find it very interesting how vastly different our hunting terrain and techniques are. cool

All the best to you and your fine family in 2013 Klik and thanks again.

Dwayne


Edited by BC30cal (12/28/12)
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#7236542 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: BC30cal]
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Originally Posted By: BC30cal
... season was moved forward a month which makes it much tougher to find the young bulls.


We have an August/September fall season. There ain't nothing dumb about August moose, especially the pre-rut bulls, so I can relate to tougher hunting conditions. And our moose range widely in the summer months too, something which makes taking one from a rather sparse population a rather lucky proposition.

The pics in my previous post are all from a place or near the place known as Klikitarik, a place I have spent many enjoyable days, hence my screen name. smile (How smart is that, naming your favorite hunting areas for all the world to see? crazy )
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#7236991 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Westcoaster]
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Originally Posted By: Westcoaster




The falls near camp.


I know where those falls are.......(grin)
Caught a fair jag of bull trout underneath them this summer.




Edited by KodiakHntr (12/28/12)
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Why pack all that messy meat out of the bush when we can just go to the grocery store where meat is made? Hell,if they sold antlers I would save so much money I could afford to go Dolphin fishing. Maybe even a baby seal safari.

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#7237027 - 12/28/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: KodiakHntr]
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#7238052 - 12/29/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: nimrod1949]
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And if she can field dress it and pack it out herself she's no girl, she's a woman.

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#7240755 - 12/29/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: kalbrecht]
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Some pics from my 2000 hunt in Jackman. I may have posted these before but it's been awhile.

Camp we stayed in and hunted out of on the road from Rockwood to Jackman.





First days kill. We hunted at the back of a cut-off section a mile or so off the road. One of these bulls walked by us early morning and I let him pass. He went across into the next clear cut and Boom, one of the guys on the other side dropped him with a 300 Win Mag.



Woke up the next day to a blizzard. We drove out thinking we could get into the woods but decided to stay in the truck with the heavy snow coming down. Heard some shots below us about 8:30AM and figured it must be someone fom camp so we drove down there and helped these guys load up this bull that walked out in front of them while they were in the truck.



The next day one of the guys in the cabin next to us got this awesome bull about 20 miles north of Rockwood with a 300 RUM. The rack has another set of palms off the front and was about 55".



Went out again after lunch and jumped a couple of cows with a big bull but couldn't get a shot at him. Trailed them for a mile or so into a cedar swamp and came up onto a rise and saw a bull partially obscured by the cedars and dropped him with my 35 Whelen. Couldn't believe it when we got over there and found this much smaller bull than the one we jumped. He was wedged between two trees and we couldn't roll him over so I opened up his chest cavity and started hiking out. Hit the road back to the truck at 7PM. Came back with a dozer the next day and got him out. Here's my son with him and on the scale at Jackman - 720 lbs 36".





Here's the biggest bull taken that week at Long Pond. 930 lbs and 62" taken with a 7 mag the morning we went back to get my bull out.



Not sure about packing one out. It's certainly possible but depending on where you shoot one it could be hell! I'd rather stay somewhere that has the equipment to help get it out if you need it. I brought mine home quartered up in the back of my truck packed in ice.




Edited by Bill_N (12/30/12)

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#7241051 - 12/29/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: Bill_N]
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Nice going Bill!

Have you drawn a tag anywhere since then? How long did it take you to draw for that maine hunt?

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#7241152 - 12/29/12 Re: Let's talk Moose Hunting!! [Re: CLB]
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It took 12 years and that was before Maine started the "buy as many tags as you want policy". Haven't drawn since and I put my wife and I in every year in both Maine and NH. May have to go to Newfoundland.

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