Just got back from our first float hunt which was down the **** river. Had a great time and scored a moose and a black bear.
Water levels were very low and the first two days were tough as we had to drag the rafts alot, only making about 4 miles the first two days. Had to portage several times because in some places there wasnt even enough water to drag the boats. it was very discouraging. Day three and four were a little better as we were able to actually get in the rafts for short stretches.
We had been working with mike strahan so we had a good hunt plan,and when we finally got to a good looking area, we were able to stop for a couple of days.
My brother shot the moose in the late afternoon about 1/2 mile from camp. After processing we moved all the meat about 100yds from the kill site and started packing the meat to the river with the plan of dragging the raft upriver to load. After stumbling through the willows and beaver ponds in the dark, we decided it would be safer to stash our first load (rear qtr, front shoulder, and ribs) at the rivers edge and drag the raft upriver in the morning to load it all.
Dragged the boat upriver in the morning and discovered that a bear had gotten into it. The three bags had Been tore up, moved around, and partially buried. Very little of it had actually been eaten. While we were cleaning it up, the bear came back and wouldn't scare off. It was only a little 5' black bear, but he obviously had a death wish. We were waving our arms and yelling to get him to turn away but he kept coming until I shot him at 10 yds.
For our first float hunt (zero experience with rafting), it was great. An incredible amount of work in dragging the rafts, packing the moose, and rowing 10 hours a day for several days to make the take out ( river was very slow) but I loved it and can't wait to do it again.
We only got one moose and the small bear, but that was enough. We had to drag the rafts quite a bit even in the last 5 miles of the river, and with two moose we would have had to portage most of that.
I likely won't do this river again due to consistent low water levels, but I think it was the perfect river for our first float. We learned a lot in those 10 days!
take a guess on the size of this monster
special thanks to Mike Strahan in planning our hunt with us and to Richard at Blue Moose Rafting for the rafting and camping gear. We had a great hunt plan and the gear from BMR was top notch!
I filmed about 50 hours of video with my GoPro, here is a link to a 10 minute video compilation: