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For nearly a year I told my 15 year old son we would go moose hunting the third week in September. I had the dates arranged with the Papa Bear Adventures in Bethel. In July I was notified my agency was holding meeting out of State beginning the 19th of September. I asked about sending a substitute and was told no. This was not the first time that meetings planned by others was taking away from quality time with my son. I explained the situation to the guys at Papa Bear and they said to just let them know what dates we would like to reschedule. Very Cool! I arranged to fly back on the night of the 22nd and we flew to Bethel in the early afternoon the next day. The guys at Papa Bear had everything ready for us and we were loaded in the beaver within an hour of arriving.
After getting dropped off we found a lumpy camp site and laid low until the next morning. Before first light we hiked a short distance from camp to a small ridge and began calling. Within 30 minutes we had a young bull come within rifle range. We passed on him and had three cows respond to our calls. We were all set up with rifles ready and shooting stix set up. No shooters showed up. About 10:30 we packed up to try a different spot but my son kept telling me he hears a bull behind us. I didn't hear anything. We unloaded rifles and put our packs on. My son said, "I hear a bull, and he's coming this way". Then I could see the antlers above the brush and out of the ground fog came the bull. I told my son to get ready, drop your pack! The bull stopped at 50 yards and Logan put a shell in the chamber. He had to shoot standing without a rest. We hadn't practiced this. At the shot the bull ran toward the large meadow. I cow called and he stopped. The rifle barked again and this shot was a perfect lung shot. Not bad for a standing shot at 80 yards. The bull went down and didn't move. Is he dead Dad? Yes, but lets watch him for a minute.
A 40" bull is a medium size bull as far as antlers go but this was the perfect 1st bull for my son. He helped call it in and he made the shots without me doing anything. He was thrilled and I was happy for him. I knew we would have trouble turning a bull over so I brought a come-along. Luckily there were a few small trees to tie off to. We butchered and packed all the meet away from the kill site that day and returned to pack the meat back to the lake the next day. I made 5 trips for the quarters and the ribs. Logan carried some good loads of backstrap, loose meat, and antlers. For a 110 lb boy and a 150 lb man we did ok.
When the meat was at the lake we called the air taxi and they picked us up with a cub and a beaver on Sunday afternoon. We spent a night in Bethel and were back in Anchorage on Monday afternoon. My son only missed 2 days of school (he was hoping for more) and we are set with a freezer full of moose. This was a short but very enjoyable trip for both of us.