I got out moose hunting today for the first and probably last time of the year. Weather was outstanding, but the hunting pressure was more intense than I have ever seen before. It seemed everywhere I looked there was other hunters and 4 wheelers running around. This is really no surprise as its no secret spot and an active trail system that generally gets hunted hard.
I got to one of my favorite glassing spots and noticed a moose laying down about 350 yards away. It looked funny and after a few minutes I decided to get up and check it out. I smelled it before I got to it. It was dead and bloated. A small bull 35-40" with three brow tines (4 tine area) on the side that was sticking up out of the grass, I didn't check the other side. It had one perfectly placed hole in its vitals and from the looks of things didn't go anywhere but down after it was shot, it was in a pretty open area and even had it run 100-200 yards it would have been visible from the shooter. It looked to have been there for several days.
I'm guessing somebody shot it and when they realized it wasn't legal just let it lay. This really pisses me off. This was a healthy bull moose with several hundred pounds of meat for the taking. It was no trophy so there was really no other reason to shoot this moose other than for the meat, so why in the world would somebody leave it lay.
I just don't understand people sometimes. Even if they didn't want to do the right thing and turn it over to the state at least they could have taken it out and not wasted it.
In any case I guess it leaves a carcass to watch over, might be able to get a bear off it.