We decided to hunt the controlled use area this fall and had an awesome hunt with a pretty grueling pack out. My brother and i both got off work on the 9th of september and decided not to wait for morning, we left the city and were at the trail head around 3 am and started hiking. We made it 8 miles back up the valley at about 8 am and set up our camp. After setting up camp we headed a couple miles further up the valley and got up on the ridge and started glassing. We had a great vantage point and glassed for a few hours and we didnt see any moose.
The next day we dropped down across the river and up on the other side of the valley a couple miles from camp and spotted a monster bull down below us about a mile but he was way down in a steep brush filled thicket where we new we couldnt pack him out so we decided not to attempt to go after him. We stayed where we were at and continued to glass til about noon when we spotted another bull about 5 miles away and back across the valley on the other side of camp. We decided we had just enough time to try to get over to him so we went for him! after about 6 hours we were on the ridge above him within 500 yards but the brush was so thick we couldnt see him. We decided to drop down in closer and try to get a look at him. We wound up in some of the worst alder thickets ive ever hiked through and we ended up jumping him out of his bed at about 100 yards. He stayed close though and grunted at least a dozen times and was thrashing the brush with his horns. We were calling back at him but right when we thought we might catch a glimpse of him we ran out of light and had to head back for camp.
Day three we headed back up the valley where we had been the night before and there was no sign of the moose. We hiked up the ridge about 2000 feet and had a really good vantage point and within a few minutes my brother spotted a really nice grizz on the ridge across from us on a moose kill. We both decided imediately that we had to go after him. We set across the brush filled valley and were on the ridge above the kill site about 2 hours later but the bear was nowhere to be seen. We stood there within 200 yards for about 10 minutes when suddenly the grizz stood up in the brush between us and the kill site. He was onto us and was trying to wind us, but we both already had the drop on him and fired at about the same time. The bear hit the ground but imediately got back up and tried to get back in the brush. We each fired a couple more rounds and finally the bear was dropped for good with a shot to the back of the head.
IMG_0093.jpgMe with my brothers 8.5' grizz
This was an awesome jet black grizz with blonde tips on the back, glad to have him out of our moose hunting area.
We skinned the bear out and started heading for camp when the bull from the night before appeared right below us. He was about 700 yards away this time and the brush was so dense that there was no place to get a rest. I decided not to take an off hand shot at that distance plus we were running out of light so we decided to pass on him again. We guessed him to be about 56''.
Day 4 we dropped down across the river and headed up the ridge on the opposite side of camp. We continued up the valley and spotted another bull about a mile away on our side of the valley. About a half hour later we were right where he was but our bull had decided to drop down 500 yards and cross the creek bottom and was on his way up the other side. We quickly dropped down the bank after him and were in route to cut this bull off. The plan worked out perfectly and we came out directly in front of him at 200 yards. I shot him through the lungs with my 270 WSM and when he decided to run my bro followed it up with a shot through the front shoulders from his .300 and the bull just folded up. Our adrenaline was going on the way down before we had shot the moose and it only took us about 15 minutes to get down to the creek bottom and back up in front of the moose and we were thinking it wasnt gonna be a problem packing him back up out of there. We ended up packing moose til really late that night til we finally managed to get him out of that hole and back up to the trail. From the trail we still had 11 miles to go and in all it took us a toal of 4 days to pack them out to the highway.Definitely one of the most trying packs out,.. on the last day we had almost ran out of food and all we had to go off of was a mountain house meal that we had shared that morning, but it was all worth it to have a freezer full of moose.