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#1057618 - 09/21/21 02:21 PM AK Moose Hunt
DCC Offline
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I go away and things seem to have changed around here.....just back from sleeping on the ground in the bush with Cogee for 2 weeks, kinda sorta testing out the whole photo thing here, should be some pretty good bush porn in the next few days.



Hope you all played nicely while I was gone. wink Missed ya'll.
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#1057620 - 09/21/21 03:10 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Nice...looking forward to it!

Fish on...

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#1057623 - 09/21/21 03:31 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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They had us on a 50 lb max pack (sorry, evo no 65lb packs allowed) so it was basically a backpack trip, pretty exciting to be heading this deep into the Mts in the eastern side of AK, had done several trips with Coley for fish in the past and I'll take it as a compliment that he felt that I was up to the task of a moose hunt in the extreme doityourself style that he is known for. Geared up and ready to go, the 206 would haul the three of us and our packs to a remote "hub" strip where we would each get into two place Cubs with big engines, tundra tires and impressive pilots to finish the trip to camp.... with a interesting landing on a ridgetop with this hard landing.....


Edited by DCC (09/21/21 03:32 PM)
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#1057624 - 09/21/21 03:41 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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That landing did not look like fun.

50# packs on the way in, but at least a moose or two on the way out? Do the Cubs fly you all the way home?

Fish on...

Todd
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#1057640 - 09/22/21 11:31 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: Todd]
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Pucker-factor pegged, at least you didn't have to pack out the one clean pair of skivvies you had to start the trip rofl
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#1057653 - 09/22/21 10:42 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Looks like quite the adventure, Stam. Can’t wait to see the write-up and photos.


-Steamy
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#1057673 - 09/24/21 08:31 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Loc: In a drift boat...
More please!
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#1057675 - 09/24/21 12:08 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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So.....there I was, balls deep in the eastern AK bush with perfect weather and the rut coming on, Coley had never been here before but Pete has had this camp going for many years and knows what there is to know about moose and moose hunting, I'd been deep before but it was a bowhunt deep into the south slope of the Brooks and weather kicked us out, you may remember Sol's rendition of that unsuccessful hunt back in the early 90's, the views and viewing were perfect, we owned the top of this ridge with at least a 180 degree view, the plan was to glass...and glass......and then start glassing.





We dropped right into a caribou migration that built as each day went by, myself and Pete only had moose tags, Coley had the caribou tag but was determined not to shoot one until moose mission was complete, by the 4th or 5th day we were seeing several hundred a day with some true specimens in the mix.





Glassing all day






...every day





We had gone after a good bull opening day but the wind ratted us out and Pete assured me that that one would have been too easy anyway as it was only 1000 yards from camp, having chased him off we spent our time scouring the valley and opposite hillside and generally having moose in sight at all times, but.... 2 to 3 miles away, we'd drop down into the brush if one showed any promise but were either denied or could not be certain they were legal, a bull must have at least four brow tines on one side or be 50 inches wide for a DSMF'er to take it, we had a sub 50 3 brow time bull come to Coley's cow call and pose at 25 yards for me along with several that snuck in close and generally would wrap around downwind and bust out once they got a load of us.







On our first evening of glassing we'd watched a bull rutting/wallowing down in this bottom on the edge of the Black Spruce, over 2miles out, was cool to get the spotting scope on it and really get a good look at a good moose, I was like, cool....but that is over 2 miles and 1000' away through an old burn that is laced with downed trees and overgrown with 6' to 8' willows, we weren't quite up for that.....yet.

By the 6th day of the season I guess we were, spotted a good bull bedded in the bottom about 8am, we'd patterned then to know that he's probably stay put until about 1 or 2 pm, so Pete says "against my better judgement we should go down there and kill him"

We worked our way down there for about an hour and shucked our packs for the fnal approach, those nice looking meadows down there.....aren't. An old burnt out swamp is no place for humans, but moose are made for it, we had been able to check this moose all the way down from above, once on his level it looked a whole lot different, spotted a bit of antler from about 200' and made our move, he was onto us but Pete's cow calls kept him put, I kept getting glimpses but nothing to try a shot through, I stayed at it for 5 or 10 minutes and Pete moved off to the right I could see the bull tracking him and kept slipping closer, finally found a gap that I could see a bit more, his head connected to his back and about an 10" gap with the sweet spot showing, the rifle was dialed, Tikka 300 Win Mag at 150' to 170' felt awesome to slide the safety off, take a quick inventory of my nerves, breath out and will the trigger to move.




Whew.....it worked.






No ground shrinkage......fuckergot bigger.






Did the no gut bone out, had carried 10 meat bags with me religiously jsut for this moment, 3 guys that know wtf they are doing can make fairly quick work of it, we wanted to get the meat back across the creek that day to avoid any bear issues and managed to get 'er done rather quickly, then it was just load up our packs and head for camp, two and a quarter miles away and 1000' up....oof.






Antlers go last in AK






80ish lbs is plenty for me, the other guys had spent the last month sheep hunting and pretty much their whole lives carrying more, so who was I to argue if they wanted 90 or a 100, those guys are beasts.




Bringin' the first load in....




Back out the next morning to get 'er done.....there is definitely a mental aspect to this part of the hunt.



..doing the grind



Feeling a little haggard here





Last load to the top, felt good.



We did it.




Next evening they came for the moose, while we were loading it up and tying it on, Coley was still hunting....had one spotted below camp that was on the move and in the right direction.




Watched the whole show over the course of the next hour or two, moose committed to coming up the draw behind camp and Pete went after it, we watched the whole thing play out right from camp, it was about a mile down to the creek and the moose was motivated to move, he wrapped about a mile around our viewpoint and Pete was en route to intercept, never took the bino's off of the moose excpet to look for Pete, was cool to spot him in the brush about 150' from the moose, moose locked onto him and I assumed he was cow calling or grunting, watched Pete rake a bush and the bull figured him out, busted out at a dead run back to were he came from, made it about 30 or 40 yards when I saw a hitch in his giddyup followed by the crack of his mash 'em flat magnum, bull stumble about 20 yards and cashed in. Holy Hell, Coley and I were like ....that just happened?



We got down there in about 20 minutes and did the deal again, got out about 11:00 that night with load one.



Finished up the next day with a couple more loads each and I crashed....

Of course there are many more details and storys within the story, but alas.....I'm tired of writing





....screw you guys, I'm going home.






















Edited by DCC (09/24/21 12:45 PM)
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#1057676 - 09/24/21 12:29 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Thanks for taking to time to make a great write up! Is moose any good?
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#1057677 - 09/24/21 12:52 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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"...is moose any good?"

After 10 days of freeze dried the only thing that could be finer is a tight and warm vaginer.



Tenderloins are tops no matter what you've been eating or where you've been eating it.
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#1057678 - 09/24/21 01:21 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Awesome hunt and write up Mister Maris!
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#1057679 - 09/24/21 01:26 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
Paul Smenis Offline
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Registered: 08/02/12
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Loc: In a drift boat...
Savage!
Thanks for sharing, truly appreciate it!
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#1057680 - 09/24/21 04:02 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Way neato! Congrats on the successful hunt, and thanks for sharing. Both of my Shiras's added together "might" equal one of those moosies...maybe!

The hunt you and Tim went on decades ago was one of my favorite stories, ever.
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#1057692 - 09/28/21 08:48 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Great write up !
Thanks for sharing
Well done
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#1057693 - 09/28/21 12:15 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: Direct-Drive]
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Physical STAMina aside, the mental STAMina involved in this safari cannot even be imaginable.

Well done Sir! Showed those pics to a few of my moosey buds and it has been a unanimous standing ovation
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#1057712 - 09/30/21 06:33 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Two backcountry Bullwinkles? You guys are insane!

Knowing yours and Coleys passion for floating nearly inaccessible rivers, I'm surprised you didn't do the hunt in boats?

I've had the pleasure of being part of a moose harvest here in WA, and it was a hell of a lotta work. I'm estimating you three packed out about 1,000 lbs or so? Isn't there some old Alaskan adage something to the tune of "Never kill a moose over a mile from a vehicle, and never downhill"? eek

Did you bone them out before the pack out? What packs did you all use and which packs performed the best and worst?

I'm extremely impressed...thanks for the excellent share and write up Steve.

Moose tenderloins are by far the best wild game I've ever eaten...period.

Ike

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#1057748 - 10/04/21 04:01 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Great hunt, write-up, and moose Mr. Wonder.

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#1057863 - 10/12/21 04:09 PM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: Ikissmykiss]
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Originally Posted By: Ikissmykiss
Two backcountry Bullwinkles? You guys are insane!

Knowing yours and Coleys passion for floating nearly inaccessible rivers, I'm surprised you didn't do the hunt in boats?

I've had the pleasure of being part of a moose harvest here in WA, and it was a hell of a lotta work. I'm estimating you three packed out about 1,000 lbs or so? Isn't there some old Alaskan adage something to the tune of "Never kill a moose over a mile from a vehicle, and never downhill"? eek

Did you bone them out before the pack out? What packs did you all use and which packs performed the best and worst?

I'm extremely impressed...thanks for the excellent share and write up Steve.

Moose tenderloins are by far the best wild game I've ever eaten...period.

Ike


Ike, our original plan started out as a drop off float trip and I was all in, then Pete slipped us the golden ticket to his camp and we never looked back (I think he burns out partners wink )

As for the distance and hill....? I guess we were there to kill moose so we just had to go where they were, the miles and hills were just something to deal with, I'd spent the last couple of years getting into good enough shape to not embarrass myself and actually did fine.... could have even gone a bit further and almost did, on our way down to this guy we spotted a monster moose about 3/4 of a mile further up on the hill beyond where this one was bedded, a true specimen, but we would have had to blow up this moose and about 4 cows to get to him and I had made the decision to take the first legal bull I got a crack at....maybe next time a 70 plus inch bull will have more of a draw for me but this time I have no regrets.



My pack was a Sitka Hauler 6200, I'd decided on one pack to carry all the time, this one is not an ideal day pack and it is not an ideal packboard, a bit big and noisy for a day pack even when totally shrunk down and a bit of a pain to load bags of boned out meat into even with it's meat sling, though that is probably true of any internal frame pack, Coley had something bigger and better and knew how to use it, I honestly don't know what it was but it worked for him, (it may have been a Kifaru) Pete had a external frame pack that he just unpinned his bag from and had a packboard, each moose was three trips apiece for three guys, probably around 600 lbs for each moose as they were big and fat, lightest load was the antlers but dragging those things through the willows is harder than carrying more weight it seemed
I just got my moose back down here late last week, had a shipper that specializes in hunting haul it down through B.C. for 950.00, it was frozen and is now at Olsen's for cutting and wrapping.

Anyway....thanks for all the kind word from all, it was as good of a trip as I could have imagined, kinda sorta hoping that maybe I can get back up there next year and go after the caribou.

'cause....that would be a real cool deal.
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#1057869 - 10/13/21 05:20 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Meh. I've seen bigger hauled out farther.
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#1057871 - 10/13/21 07:34 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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rofl So..... I bet you know a guy?

rofl

p.s. ...does the big miss still haunt you?

wink
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#1057872 - 10/13/21 09:31 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: Ikissmykiss]
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rofl

Originally Posted By: Ikissmykiss


Moose tenderloins are by far the best wild game I've ever eaten...period.

Ike


I agree with this 100%...and moose anything is really good, even the less choice cuts.

Fish on...

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#1057873 - 10/13/21 09:43 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Stevie Wonder I want this moose thing.
Looks to be great fun.

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#1057874 - 10/13/21 09:51 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: WDFW X 1 = 0]
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Stevie Wonder I want this moose thing.
Looks to be great fun.


Yeah...this blind squirrel would recommend it, you'd dig it the most.

Alaska is big...and the moose are big enough that even I can see them.
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#1057875 - 10/13/21 09:56 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Awesome Post to the likes that PP has not seen in some time...Bravo!



And Cogee almost looks like he is smiling, but hell hath not yet frozen over.
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#1057876 - 10/13/21 10:25 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Yarn Balls!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#1058066 - 11/09/21 10:04 AM Re: AK Moose Hunt [Re: DCC]
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Cool report Stam!

It was my birthday yesterday. I mention that because I must be getting old. Just looking at the size of those backpacks made me wince. If I were to get back into hunting, it would have to be for one of the deer out in my yard.

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