I'm getting all my final gear ready for 17B moose fly in trip to one of the Tikchick lakes. Myself, a buddy and a boat. Should be a blast. Have two days pre-season to scout/fish. A couple of last minute questions:
Most important - Any tips on "field judging" a 50" 'er? (I know that 4 brows is the best way to know if a 'borderline' bull is legal, and I'm also certain that when a 60"-ish or better is close enough for a shot, I'll know). I'd really like to have a good set of tips/tricks for the bull that we glass at a mile - to decide wether or not to pursue him, or move on. The best I've heard is that a moose's shoulders are about 24" when viewed head-on. Any others?
2nd - Waders. Do you recommend full chests, or would a pair of stockingfoot hip be enough? I can't imagine that a pair of neoprene chest's would be comfortable hiking all day, day after day in. I did try on a pair of Cabbelas Three Forks stockingfooot waders and found that if I drop a pair of socks, I can get 'em in my hunt boots comfortably. Plus, they'll be easy to stuff in my backpack when we're up the side hills glassing. Any recommendations?
3rd- Bear Boxes. Do you all use them at your camps? Aside from Mountainhouse meals and a few canned hams, I'd like to pack in some veggies and maybe a few pounds of lunchmeat, couple steaks and some fresh sausage/bacon, etc. I've always used bear boxes on pack-ins in griz country in the lower 48s. They're heavy and I've never heard an AK's using them. On my sheep / griz hunt we never used them, just always kept the food away from the tent and hung high, in the shade (frozen meats, wrapped in newspaper, stuffed in a medium size cooler). What do you suggest?
Thanks for the help.