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    Default Moose Float Hunt

    So I thought I would share what I enjoy most about this forum, my float trip for moose this fall with a member I met here. Over the years I have met so many amazing people and have made life long friends. During this time of winter is can be easy to loose sight of the many things we all share in common, and that is the love of wildlife and the outdoors. Dan and I met on AOD many years ago and have shared many hunts together, this fall we decided to try to get some moose meat and figured a float hunt would be a nice way to get that done.

    We had a wonderful day to start our trip. This would be a comfy camp so we packed a raft full.



    Love the Lev, it has never let me down in 10 years of use, not sure where the moose will go if we get one.



    Love this time of year.



    Got camp setup and time to look for Mr Moose.



    Not sure my partner trust me,, he sleeps with one eye open. LOL



    I make a sexy moose.



    My office chair.



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    Tools of the trade.



    The cold weather has the Caribou feeling frisky.



    That is what we are after.



    Did I mention, I love the fall.

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    A great start! Can't blame a guy for sleeping with one eye open when his pard is out cavorting with a cow.

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    We spent a few days glassing and eating, eating and glassing and just enjoying being out together.



    The ladies are around, always a good sign.





    More glassing



    Bacon wrapped studs.



    More Caribou



    Nothing yet



    Another wonderful day.



    A little bull.

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    After a few days, our calling started to yield some results.



    The rain set in and it sure was nice to have the Arctic Oven and Nuway stove.



    We stayed on our glassing as we started seeing a few nice bulls.



    It rained for 2 days straight, the river rose almost 6 foot over night and even the moose were feeling the pressure.



    The ground was completely saturated and we felt like we were living in a lake.



    Lots of this, this is when a nice tent and stove are really worth the weight.





    Finally clear skies and COLD weather, this should set the mood for Mr Moose.



    The Kimber 280AI and Swaro Z3 with Ballistic Turret is ready, just need to find a worthy target.



    Okay,, maybe the mat was a bit much.




    Time to eat again.



    He stole some plywood.



    Now we are getting some moosey weather.

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    And??? You gonna keep us all hanging or what Steve? What happened to the bull with two sheets of plywood on his head?

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    Very nice Sir!

    Always love your photos of your hunts.
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    Like I was saying, after the big rain it got cold and this got the bulls more in the mood. It was the early season so they were not that inclined to respond. Dan spotted a nice bull I would guess was 60 inches or so and was a 4x4, he was using the spotter and said take a look at this bull. When I got in the spotter I noticed another bull and said "Holly Crap" it was one of the largest if not the largest bulls I have ever seen.

    Well I started calling and they seemed more interested in eating than anything else, since I had no plans to pack him from where he was I started getting more and more aggressive and he started getting pissed off and stated coming.



    This went on for hours then he started coming fast.



    All most off the hill now.



    Closer still.



    He is still closing but now we are starting to loose light. We call in another smaller bull that gets between us and I'm afraid if we go at him the other bull will bugger it up, so we try to call him all the way in.





    Here is one with both in it.



    Well he got to within 600 yards or so just as it got dark, it was a cold clear night, so we backed out and eased back to the tent and stayed silent and got up before daylight the next morning. I eased into the stand as Dan tried some calling. The high water had froze during the night and I could hear him breaking ice as he walked very near my stand, he was close,, very close.

    We played cat and moose for a couple hours, I could hear him grunting and breaking ice as he walked in the thick stuff. As I sat there freezing my brass off I was trembling from the cold and adrenalin as I was sure he would step out at anytime. Then it just went silent, after about a hour I tried to slip in and find him, but with the ice breaking there was no way to sneak in without making all kinds of noise.

    The big one slipped out and got away from us. Later that day some folks camped on us and were having a party, the loud noises they made run the bulls off. The next morning we decided to leave the area to the drunks and headed down river.

    We started early hoping to maybe catch one near the river.

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    Stid, what the heck. You get a guy hooked like that and then just stop?! I can't believe you are not up at 0230 with me to finish your tale. Pretty exciting seeing those pieces of plywood headed your way. Looking forward to the ending.

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    Great pics! Great story! Anxious to hear the rest of it.

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    We were loaded on on the go as the sun started to come up, the high water was moving fast, but it also had lots of timber in the river to avoid.



    Thank you Lord for such a lovely day!!



    This trip will be more floating than dragging.



    We come around a bend in the river,, what is that on the bank there?? A wolf howl and the bull stands to investigate,, I start yelling at Dan "Choot em", Boom, "oh crap he's going to get in the river" "choot em again" Boom, he's down,,, oh noooooooooo, one last kick and he goes swimming, of course!!!

    I paddle over to him and Dan grabs him by the antlers and holds on to him, I paddle over a couple hundred yards to the next gravel bar.




    I dig out the come-a-long and Mr Dan winches his moose onto the gravel bar.




    We will have full freezers this winter!!!






    What a beautiful day to be skinning a moose and sharing success with a great friend.





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    Steve, do you find those meat hooks a big help?

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    Mr Dan, he trigger man.



    Gotta love the Lev,, she sucked up that moose and ask for another.



    We find a spot to camp and get the meat hung to cool.



    Fresh meat,, have to taste test him.





    Yep,, that will work!!!



    After dinner cocktail,, YES PLEASE.




    Meats looking good.



    Perfect!!



    Time to wash the tag bags,, been many moose stored in these over the years. Always bring a couple sets so we can clean and dry them, want to keep all that wonderful meat pristine!!






    Sure, I can eat some more.






    With all the meat we need hanging and cooling, we hang out and enjoy each other company and have a look around.



    Mr Dan,, living the Alaska Life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingfisherktn View Post
    Steve, do you find those meat hooks a big help?
    Absolutely,, they let you get a solid hold of slippery meat while butchering and it allows you to keep your hands away from sharp knife blades. They are a must have when skinning those greasy bears.
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    Very well done MR. Steve, great pictures and storyline.

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    Great story and pics to accompany it. Really nice to read something unrelated to, nah, not even gonna say the S word.
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    We have been put over 10 days, so after a day or so of rest and meat care, it is time to start heading home. We do enjoy sitting around watching the fire, who doesn't love that??



    Nothing like watching to sun go down at nigh and being there to greet it again in the morning.




    Loading meat on a frosty morn.



    Another great day to float.



    Long day, trying to make the takeout,, the Harvest Moon will light our way.



    Mr Dan rowing by moonlight.



    Since the moose is sleeping on the cots, Mr Dan take a nap on the raft.







    Got to take time to smell the flowers, right???



    TP wind sock.



    Here come Mr Bob



    This old plane sure has taken me to some amazing places and back home.




    Well, that's it. Again I thank all the members here for making this a great site. While we get testy with each other sometime, like all families do,, in the end we are all friends. I'm both a better hunter and person from meeting and sharing with the many folks I have met and spoken to here all these many years. Mr Dan and I got to spend a couple weeks together and to share in a freezer full of moose meat that we will enjoy all year, and memories that will last a life time.

    Thanks for coming along and sharing our adventure.

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    fantastic photography (as usual), Great story line, Thanks for sharing.

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    Great write-up and photos Steve!

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    Beautiful pictures and it looks like a great trip. Thanks for taking me along - I have to do that one day, myself.

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    Thanks for posting your story and pictures Mr Steve. I always seem to find new ideas and use some of yours for my next adventures.
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