After the first weekend, some questions have come to mind. I figured I'd throw them against the wall here and see what sticks. Many ideas I had have been discussed here, I thought I'd like to see some fresh opinions as we start the new mose season.
Rain. Do the moose bed down? I understand that some rain won't stop them from moving, if they have moving in mind. But if it's raining, they have plenty of food around, and not into the rut yet, do they just lay down and wait it out?
4 Wheelers/ATVs. Does the noise affect them at all? When I see them walking down the street in Anchorage it occurs to me that they go where they want, when they want. It doesn't seem like any amount of cars, lawnmowers, trucks or anything else changes their mind.
GMU 16A......are there any moose left? Stories have lead me to believe it used to be pretty good, but the bears changed that. Maybe hunting pressure as well. Spent a long weekend in there last year and saw one cow in 4 days. Saw a cow and another with 2 calves on this past Saturday. No bulls at all, and if they were there I would think one of the 900 hunters out would have been successful. Near as we could tell there was no action. Good new was there wasn't near the bear sign like last year. Not that I would mind taking one of them either.
Open fields. Without high ground, the tendency seems to be to find an open field to sit on and watch and wait. Is this a practice that bleeds over from deer hunting in the L48? Would a moose walk through an open field when they can get to the same place through the woods? Really, what are the chances that of all the little open fields in the state a legal bull is going to walk across the one you've been sitting at for 2 days? It seems the successful hunters cover as much ground as possible and rely on the chance encounter, again this is strictly if the terrain doesn't allow you to get high and glass.
The morning and evening hunt. The "stand to" at dusk and dawn. Is this another whitetail practice that bleeds over? I've seen moose moving around in the middle of the day plenty of times. Does it depend on the weather?
And finally, does the gas station in Talkeetna (Holiday or Tesoro, can't remember which) really not allow handguns in the store? Or was it just the dick working there Saturday night? I was shocked. He did wait until I finished shopping (love the spicy cheesey hot dogs) and paid to "for your future reference....." me. At that point I'd been awake for 22 hours and didn't feel like getting into it with him, but now I'm rested and it still bothers me.
These are all things that keep me awake at night. What are your thoughts?