So I have read with interest folks wanting to come up and moose hunt solo (Don V, that new in shape fella posting today). These folks (and I don't blame them) want to get them a moose on a hunt but are going solo from what it looks like.
While it is possible to pack out a moose solo, it has to SUCK. The moose I have guided have all taken two days to get the meat to the landing strip. That's with two packers, myself, and some of the hunters. Moose are usually 1-2 miles from the strip and we are in a bone in area. Whole quarters come out and they are heavy. My personal moose have all been out to the truck by noon (bow tags on base).
So questions are -
1. How many trips does it take to get out a moose? (9 for us with cape+horns, 2 light loads)
2. Bone in or boned best? (I leave bone in)
3. How long will it take a solo person to butcher a moose? (2 hours for me with a partner)
4. How far would you shoot one from the strip solo?
I was reading over the posts and realized that without some guidance these guys may let enthusiasm outweigh common sense.
I want stories if anyone has 'em. Floats may be a better bet for a solo trip.