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Moose Hunt 2011.
« on: October 08, 2011, 07:47:57 PM »
 Well back from moose camp once again. This was a unique year for us in a couple ways. First off it was my youngest boys first year in moose camp. He turned 14 this past July and as keeping with my tradition with the older two sons when they turn 14 it is their first chance if they want to come to camp. A sort of coming of manhood if you will. And as luck would have it Samís football games worked out that they never had an important game last week so he decided to come,, needless to say I was very happy.  So it was my youngest boy Sam, my oldest boy Jesse and myself. Do to collage the middle boy was not able to make it this year again. He will be done school this spring so hopefully his work will start to allow him to come starting next year.
     
         I will say the weather was awesome this year real moose hunting weather. Not to warm and not to cold,, and especially no flies,, that was the best. Which brings me to my next part,, why could we not call in a moose. I called morning and evening for 5 days and not an answer,, not a stick break nothing like the bush was dead. We worked our asses off, brought every stop out we knew of and no way. If it wasnít for the sign you would think there wasnít a moose in the country. Yet there was as much rutting activity as ever, there was obvious moose activity in the area. More than once when we would travel to our calling spots in the morning there was fresh track over our trail yet no moose sightings. Like I said this went on for 5 days needless to say we were getting quite worried as we had only one day left to hunt. Now I know that just being there is the treat and getting an animal is second, yah I know but for us when it comes to moose hunting its something different. I canít explain what it is it just is. Moose hunting is something very special to us its just that way. When we leave home its like our families expect us to come home with a moose. And well over the last 32 years I have been hunting moose only twice have I not and that was many years ago. So this year the oldest boy who has been my hunting partner for 8 years now and I were getting pretty concerned, moral around camp was getting pretty tough. After the morning on our 5th day call we get back to camp around noon and as we were going about our normal routine I could tell I had to do something to get things going and keep the boys spirit up. So I told the boys lets eat a quick lunch and get back out there at it,, we canít give up yet. After a quick little pep talk we ate and as we planned we decided to head way west down one of our trails, its an old logging road that over the first 2 days we worked like dogs slashing our way into to get to the end of it. Itís a good trial with a couple good calling spots that had some good sign on it as we worked our way in the first couple days. We have been the only hunters in there over the last 3 years so no one has been cleaning the trail and we never made it in there last year so it required a LOT of work this year to open up. We decided to take along the power saw with canola oil and the quad tub which we figured we would take part way at least and leave it in case we got something we wouldnít have to come all the way back to camp to get it as well as all our other skinning and dressing equipment. So off we go. We get about Ĺ a mile from camp and I just happening to catch a glimpse of something cross the line about a mile up the road. By the time I got my binos up it was gone. I was sure it was a moose but couldnít be sure. We gave it the gas a bit and got up to where it crossed and nothing. It crossed right where a lease sits on the side of the trail and after a quick spin around the lease and no moose I just went around the corner of the lease to have a look up the line coming into it and bingo there he was, a nice little bull. Off the quad I jump and the boys behind me. I put the cross hairs on it and wait for Sam to get lined up. The bull was 3/4rd away from us so it gave very little shooting opportunity. I talked with Sam over the days that when we get the chance to get a shot at a moose if it permitted he would have first crack at it, but we didnít want him second guessing, if he didnít feel comfortable on the shot to let us know. As it would have it Sam passed, I give him big credits for that. He just wasnít sure where to place his shot. I held on the moose and asked him are you ready he said no Dad canít take the shot. Thatís all it took,, bang one shot tucked in behind the front shoulder from my 300 RUM and thatís all the bull could take,, down like a rock. Well we were ecstatic. I think the oldest boy was almost in tears he was so happy to have our bull on the ground. Sammy as well. For us as always the moose was for our camp who shot it was second the fact we got it was paramount. For myself as well, its been years if ever I was so happy to have moose down. This truly was our hardest earned bull ever. Sam got the honours of putting the final bullet in head to finish off the bull so he got a piece of it anyways and he was more than happy with that. 

   Here are a few pics of our trip,, for those hunters on our site that are squeamish of some blood you better not look. In all the excitement I couldnít believe it I forgot to get some pics of the boys with the animal before we started dressing it. And well I am not as skilled as some I still havenít figured out how to shoot and dress an animal without it bleeding so you will have to excuse the blood.

Sammy catching a sit down during an evening call. He took it well the long hours of calling, even the night standing there in the rain for 3hrs.


Jesse keeping watch.


Sammy and his brother did most of the skinning I just got the hard areas going for Sam and he took over.




Sammy and his first moose in camp.




The boys.


The meat back in camp all dressed.


The camp this year.
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« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2011, 07:55:07 PM »
great story and great pics...  and for those of us who are to squeamish to see that blood your talking about maybe shouldnt be here lol... great hunt and a lifetime of memories for all involved   :)

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« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2011, 08:48:45 AM »
Glad it worked out for you and your boys.  Nice pics and story.
We came home without chambering a round this year.  Tried a new area as our old one now looks like Ft. Mac. west-southwest. 
Between the outfitter bear baits on every single cutline about 2-400yds in (right ON the cutline, in about as far as a quad will take you), and the natives road/quad hunting Hard we simply couldn't walk in far enough from the logging road.  (About 3/4 mile is as far as wife and I are willing to bring out a moose in pieces).

Only thing I called in was a couple of natives.  Funny thing was, I recognized them as human right away, they thought me a moose, so I switched between cow calls and tending grunts for awhile.  Met up with them later on the road and played dumb.  Good for my ego, haha.

I'm afraid if we want to hunt where we were the simple fact is there's an argo and a walltent in our future or it's a complete waste of time. 
Was a fun trip nonetheless, love that north country.  We even finally got a boat on a boreal lake.




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« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2011, 09:49:27 AM »
Looks like an awesome trip Terry, nothing better than moose camp. Good on you for getting your boys involved in the sport. Nice pics, thanks for the share.

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« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2011, 11:04:40 AM »
Right on.... ;D

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« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2011, 07:04:37 PM »
That's awesome walleyes, good going.  You've obviously done a good job teaching your son.  That shows a lot of composure and self control for a 14 year old to to hold off on a shot he wasn't comfortable with.  Kudos to both of you.

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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2011, 07:08:36 PM »
Congrats on your Moose Walleyes !! Sure puts lots of meaning into the hunt sharing it with your Boys hey ! I can relate to that..

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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2011, 08:26:30 PM »
Nice bull, I like how you got pics of the processing.
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2011, 07:30:02 AM »
Congrats on the moose. So cool to have your son's on the hunt and giving them the experience that they'll be able to carry on with their son's or daughter's.

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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2011, 06:55:09 PM »
Congraqts on a great trip Walleyes, were you guys in the Chin?

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« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2011, 07:49:21 PM »
Congraqts on a great trip Walleyes, were you guys in the Chin?

Thx guys.

No Tuc I havn't hunted down the Chin for about 10years now. Little farther north.

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« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2011, 08:48:35 PM »
Good bull, team Walleyes!  Persistance always pays off.  Thanks for sharing the pics and story with us.
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« Reply #12 on: October 11, 2011, 09:04:47 AM »
Great story & pictures walleyes...
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« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2011, 09:11:50 AM »
 That was a great read, loved it. Congrats to you all.

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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2011, 11:47:01 AM »
That was a great read, loved it. Congrats to you all.

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Ya it's pretty cool to have a tradditional moose hunt with family. Stagger the tags just right and it's a go at least every other year.

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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2011, 02:35:37 PM »
great job!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2011, 02:40:13 PM »
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Ya it's pretty cool to have a tradditional moose hunt with family. Stagger the tags just right and it's a go at least every other year.


Actually dark wing the zone we hunt in its about 50% every year and pretty much 100% every second year. Between the 4 of us its a lock every year. Only thing is the family is growing so in a couple years we will have to be putting in for 2 tags. Hopefully we can still get a tag every year, if not we will just bow hunt them or go chase some Elk. Time will tell I guess.
   


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« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2011, 03:10:04 PM »
If a guy is to get his draw every other year the only thing that i need is
1 - zone
2 - GPS of the spot
and you to leave the outfitters tent and supplies 1 week longer before you came back and pack it out...lol

Great job on the hunt and the eats..

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« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2011, 01:12:57 PM »


Actually dark wing the zone we hunt in its about 50% every year and pretty much 100% every second year. Between the 4 of us its a lock every year. Only thing is the family is growing so in a couple years we will have to be putting in for 2 tags. Hopefully we can still get a tag every year, if not we will just bow hunt them or go chase some Elk. Time will tell I guess.
 

It use to be like that around here but the words getting out about the odd nice bull getting shot. Wait times are getting longer and longer.

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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2011, 11:30:29 AM »
It use to be like that around here but the words getting out about the odd nice bull getting shot. Wait times are getting longer and longer.

In all honesty this zone doesn't seem to produce a lot of big bulls, it produces animals all right it just doesn't seem to produce a lot of big ones. Which is fine by us, don't get me wrong I don't mind a big set of antlers for the wall but when it comes to moose I am a true meat hunter its the main goal of our hunt. I have to say our little bull this year is one of the best in a while,, man he is some good eating. He only hung for 3 days but man talk about tender. He was in good shape when we shot him not worked up at all. Not a lot of fat on him but not stinky or ran to bits either. His stomach was full so he was getting ready for winter.

Hopefully with the work explosion happening over in Sask a lot of people will start heading back there,,(one can only hope) and a lot of the transient easterners will head over there and rape and pillage for a while alleviating some of the pressure we have seen in our neck of the woods. One can dream !!!