Well, my first moose hunt ( hopefully many more to come) ended up being a nice camping trip! A buddy and I flew with 40 mile air into a remote lake in unit 12 and had planned to be there the whole moose season. It was a nice area and we saw a cow and calf in the lake when we landed. The camping spot we had had been used numerous times in the past by moose and sheep hunters as there where meat poles, grills and old 5 gallon cans in the campsite. There was also a lot of Griz sign around the camp. We weren't concerned as we had a large bear fence to surround our camp and we only had mt house food so not too many food smells.
On day three we had snow and very cold temps but we were prepared for it. This was a lake we had picked out in February so we had all the area topos, arial photos, etc, and we're as familiar with the area as possible before we got there. On day 4, the local fish and wildlife officer stopped by to check us out and inform us of a problem bear in the area that had busted up 2 sheep hunters camps in the same location in the previous weeks. 40 mile had informed us of a bear that stole a hunters horns from a camp, but they had said the hunter was several ridges over from the lake in their spike camp. We had seen a black bear sow and two cubs the previous day about .5 miles from camp but we weren't too concerned. The F&W officer said that it is now considered a habituated bear and could continue to cause problems. She left saying that she would talk to 40 mile air about moving us to a different lake. She stopped by again the next day at 2 pm saying that 40 mile would be out there at 430 to move us to a different lake! She didn't give us any choice in the matter, and according to 40 mile air, threatened to shut down the unit if they didn't move us! She had no idea where they were going to move us. So we break camp and wait for 40 mile who eventually show up about 6. We load everything back into the float plane and they take us to another lake about 15 miles away and end up setting up camp in the dark. Pilot had never been to that lake before so didn't have any suggestions on camping spots, ended up setting camp in the best spot we could find which kinda sucked. There was some moose sign around the lake but nothing fresh. We hunted the remainder of the season there. We thrashed brush a lot, called, and glassed, glassed, and glassed. We didn't see a single moose or any fresh sign the whole week. The last day we hiked a couple miles each trying to find any moose sign but there was none anywhere within a mile of the lake. We had a good time but kinda disappointed in the way the season worked out.
The F&W officer was very polite and professional. She stated that she was new to the area and not familiar with black bear behavior as where she just transferred from only had Griz/browns. Should we had the option to move or stay? We had a large bear fence we made that surrounded our whole camp and kept a clean camp. I was not too concerned about the bear getting into our camp.
i am sure 40 mile air was put in a pinch also, trying to put us in an empty lake in the middle of the season. Should they have put us in a different lake to start since it was their hunters who had previously had the bear problems or given us the option to pick a different spot or cancel?