July 2010; drove from Seattle to Alaska with family, wife and two sons.
March 2011; discovered Outdoor Forum!
March to June 2011; read threads; read books; talked with everyone about moose hunting.
July and August 2011; 4 weekends with family making a trail up Johnson River for moose hunt.
30 August; back to Johnson river, setup our camp and look forward to our long awaited moose hunt.
1 September; in the morning 3 cows and 2 calves; afternoon 6 cow and one calf.
2 September, no moose seen .
3 September: 2 cows and one calf and ONE B ULL! 0930 bull down - thanks to great shot by my son made at ab out 75yards!
SO BIG! The work now began. Looked like a small bull; a bout 35 inches, but so much meat.
Still, if we took one load the three miles to our car each day we could be done in 4 days. Our family can really use the meat.
1400; most of moose butchered and ready to be moved to our car out at the read. 1430 Jenny asked what is that? Looked with the binos and saw a guy limping, leading a horse followed by 4 donkeys. We didn’t know what a ‘sourdough” might look like but he sure looked sour. (Jenny later mentioned ‘dougnut’ not sour might be better). He changed his direction a little and when he saw the moose got a big smile and stopped. Asked about the moose and how we got to the river. Told him about making a trail during the summer. His smile got even bigger and made a comment about our being willing to work for our game.
He asked where our trail was, I told him, he said there was a better trail and he was on way out and he would b e happy to show us. THE BEST PART! HE PUT ALL 466 POUNDS ON THOSE 4 DONKEYS! 2 hours latter our 1 son and I out at the road with all the meat.
5 september returned home and worked on meat.
Much of our success and enjouyment of from this hunt was made possible by all the information we got from this Forum. THANK YOU