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Fish Witch

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I just found out my wife, myself and my son each pulled moose permits for the fall hunt up here in Alaska. Holy cow, uh, bull! I don't think we'll be filling all those tags, that would be way too much work! I don't know if we'll be flying in or floating, which would be better. In any case, I'm looking forward to some more time out in the wild with my son.
 

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I just found out my wife, myself and my son each pulled moose permits for the fall hunt up here in Alaska. Holy cow, uh, bull! I don't think we'll be filling all those tags, that would be way too much work! I don't know if we'll be flying in or floating, which would be better. In any case, I'm looking forward to some more time out in the wild with my son.
Well if it's help you're looking for on a moose hunt, sign me up!!! Bucket list!
 

S0uthernrebel78

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I just found out my wife, myself and my son each pulled moose permits for the fall hunt up here in Alaska. Holy cow, uh, bull! I don't think we'll be filling all those tags, that would be way too much work! I don't know if we'll be flying in or floating, which would be better. In any case, I'm looking forward to some more time out in the wild with my son.
Congratulations on pulling 3 permits, forget the amount of work and enjoy the chance at three great bulls and the memories that come along with that hunt the work will be worth it . I was fortunate to be on a Maine moose hunt as the second shooter 2 years ago and when the time came to pull the trigger my long time hunting buddy looked at me and said it’s your shot , he waited 16 years for that permit and gave me the privilege of taking the shot at our self guided moose which taped out to 44” and just over 900lb dressed weight
 

S0uthernrebel78

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8341B4FE-1C93-49C2-8054-F56D18A7D5CF.jpeg Me and my friend with our moose
 

Fish Witch

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Thanks all, and nice moose and story Southernrebel78, we may be sharing the permits similarly with a proxy hunt for my wife's permit. We're both old enough to let someone else take our animal for us but I'll likely take mine if lucky enough to get on one. Logistics will play a big part in whether we pull the trigger more than once though. These are remote hunts and as I get older, packing out 12-14 heavy loads of boned out meat, ribs (we have to salvage all meat) and horns any distance is something I think hard about before pulling the trigger for one of these big animals. This is a problem I'm glad to have though! And I'll post updates for sure after our hunt but hope I can upload pictures this time. I tried last fall after another successful goat hunt but gave up on posting that one after I couldn't drag and drop the pics like I could before.
 

S0uthernrebel78

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Thanks all, and nice moose and story Southernrebel78, we may be sharing the permits similarly with a proxy hunt for my wife's permit. We're both old enough to let someone else take our animal for us but I'll likely take mine if lucky enough to get on one. Logistics will play a big part in whether we pull the trigger more than once though. These are remote hunts and as I get older, packing out 12-14 heavy loads of boned out meat, ribs (we have to salvage all meat) and horns any distance is something I think hard about before pulling the trigger for one of these big animals. This is a problem I'm glad to have though! And I'll post updates for sure after our hunt but hope I can upload pictures this time. I tried last fall after another successful goat hunt but gave up on posting that one after I couldn't drag and drop the pics like I could before.
Me and my father butchered our moose we had about 50 man hours between cutting and packaging it up plus we dropped the trimmings off to a butcher to make sausage and ground meat for us, it was a lot of work but i would not do it any other way . It was a pleasure to take it from field to the plate , actually cooked some sausage and meatballs up today for meal this week, definitely one of the best tasting game animals that i have had
 

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Youre one lucky man. Congrats! I wish my wife was into hunting like yours maybe then wed go on family hunting trips. But at least she still supports my metal detecting hobby.
 

Fish Witch

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Hey, thanks for resurrecting this and reminding me I never updated on our results. Out of the 3 permits we had, we wound up with one nice 50" bull, but a long story, which I've got time to work on now with the Covid thing keeping me in place, so here goes.
It took several trips out and a fly over to survey the area we drew for the hunts in September to finally get one down. The first trip out with my son, we took our canoe with a 2 hp side mount kicker on it up the 20 Mile River for a one day hunt. This was new country for both of us and after thrashing through several sloughs packed with alders and willows, we gave up late in the day after only seeing sign but no moose. That was really tough country to hunt and decided we'd try another drainage. So we planned a 4 day hunt with my son, grandson and my son's buddy to float the Placer River. Our access was by train. This was the last trip of the year for the whistle stop passenger train, a regular thing we use up here to access country you can't get by road. We got dropped off up river about 25 miles where we offloaded our gear, including two rafts, and a step ladder (we found that to be really handy after our experience up the 20 Mile for looking over the alders and willows) to float back to the road system. We had beautiful, cool fall weather for most of the trip. Here's picture of the river and area we hunted

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Ok, so after 4 days of scouting we saw a lot of sign and a couple of cows but no bulls. I messed up and aggravated a finger I broke earlier in summer that was just about healed so I opted not to go the next trip out and third try was the winner. So my son and his buddy took their rafts up the Placer the next weekend. They went up with our kicker this time several miles back to an area we saw a lot of sign and set up camp. While setting up camp, my son't buddy was chopping out a bunch of willows with a machete. While he was whacking away, my son hears a bull snort. Hmm, he thinks this is promising so he tells his buddy to keep whacking away as the sound is much like a bull working over some tree or bush while in rut, a technique we often use to bring them in. And bring him in it did! That bull came out of the brush looking for a fight! My son took him down with one shot and we got our meat, but that's a story too. Turned out that bull was a real fighter. He was scarred up and bleeding all over and multiple tines on his antlers were broken off from obvious bouts with another bull, or two. A lot of the meat was too bruised to keep but we did wind up with plenty of meat. But that was it, so we only got one moose out of the three tags, but a good time was had enjoying our great outdoors with my son and grandson I'll treasure for the rest of my days. I'll post a picture of my son's moose if I can get one from him since I know you guys will want proof :D
 


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