Well here is another hunting season and another big bull is taken in a closed area and I belive this one was definately not a mistake. I have been watching this bull since about when school started. I was getting ready to report to the JBER bow hunters about this one making the trip to town as he was working his way down the valley. My guess puts him close to 60" plus. I am going to try and make court on this one. Last year a guy got a slap on the hand for a similiar incident just on the south side of the valley, also a very large bull.
Here is the report from the trooper dispatch.
On 08/17/2011, Anchorage Wildlife Troopers responded to
approximately mile 10 of Eagle River Road for the report of a moose
taken illegally in an area closed to moose hunting. Upon arrival,
Wildlife Troopers contacted XXXXXXXXXXX , age 29 of Anchorage, who was
identified as the shooter. XXXXXXXX stated he thought he was in an area
open for moose hunting. A witness reported that he was taking pictures
of a very large moose at approximately 0815 hours when he observed XXXXX
stop near the moose and get out of his vehicle with a bow and arrow in
hand. The witness said that XXXXX missed the first shot with the bow
and arrow but hit the moose behind the shoulder with the second shot.
The witness claimed he warned XXXXX that the area was closed to hunting
before he took the second shot. Wildlife troopers and an officer with
APD searched the area for the moose but was unable to keep up with the
blood trail. Wildlife troopers called in the resources of HELO 1 and
was able to spot the injured bull moose from the air. Troopers tracked
the moose on the ground and determined not to put the moose down at this
point. The area in which the incident occurred is part of the Eagle
River Management area and is closed to all moose hunting. XXXXXXX bow
and arrows were seized. XXXXXX was charged with taking a moose in a
closed area which is a Class A misdemeanor and issued a summons to
appear in the Anchorage District Court.