I have a couple questions and would like to hear your thoughts on the matter. If anyone has any information they would like to share then have at it.
We have always done a majority of our Moose Hunting during bow season in the Fairbanks Management Area. More times than not we (my wife and I) would draw a cow tag and were very successful. While there we would have a Fish and Game Warden pull up and ask that we shoot a calf that happened to be standing alongside the road, Farmers Loop Rd. When asked why he would say the mother had been hit by a vehicle and the calf would not make it through the winter. This bothered me for two reasons, one being the animal would not supply very much meat and the other was I simply didn't think it was cool, just because there is a greater chance than not of it surviving the winter. The Warden understood and respected both views.
This year I noticed there was some info regarding what F&G recommended we shoot. in DM540 "Although this permit is valid for any antlered bull ADF&G urges you to take a bull that would not be legal under the general hunting regulation, that is, a medium-sized bull larger than a Spike/Fork and smaller than 50 inches or 3 brow times. Some of these are mature bulls that may never reach 50 inches. By removing some of these bulls from the population, competition for food with reproductive cows will be reduced and the quality of breeding bulls should increase.
What do you all think about this. Both my wife and I were drawn for the DM 540 so I very interested in your opinion.
We have hunted the Skwentna for a couple years, way up past the hill with the antenna's which I believe separated Shell Lake from Skwentna. Great time but the moose were few and far between. The reason for not seeing very many could be due to our choosing the last week of the season. The ones we saw were hauling butt chasing cows.
I would like to make a run further up the Yentna past the confluence of the Skwentna. If anyone has any and I mean any info about that section of water please share it with me. I have always wanted to get near some hills so hopefully we can do this further up the Yentna. We are running an SJX so we should be able to scoot right along like last year. Last year we had a stick get lodged deep inside the impeller which we couldn't shake loose. We pulled the entire boat out of the water and onto a gravel bar to where the rear of the boat was over a foot off the ground. Since I am a fluffy AKA fat dude that was all kinds of fun but at least we know we can get ourselves out of a jamb if stuck.
So to all those who have any advise or words of wisdom - I'm all ears and I thank you in advance - Jerome
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