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    Default Advice to all moose hunters

    Already seeing plenty of "sub-legal bull moose" showing up on the Trooper reports. So...here's a few things to keep in mind to stay legal.

    1) DO NOT shoot a bull moose in a 50"/3 or 4 brow tine area if you have any questions at all as to if it is legal. Your best bet on "iffy" bulls is to count the brow tines, and if there aren't enough, let it go. I know it can be hard, but paying a stiff fine and turning in antlers and meat is harder. In spike-fork areas, ensure you know what a spike-fork is before shooting.

    2) PUNCH YOUR HARVEST TICKET immediately after taking your moose, and install locking tag if you are a non-resident. (This assumes you always carry your hunting license and tag of course <grin>)

    3) Don't forget to leave "evidence of sex" on one of the rear quarters of meat! Even if you don't leave meat on the bone, it is a simple matter to leave a part of the penis naturally attached to the meat on one quarter. You don't need the whole schlong either.

    4) Don't shoot on or from or across a roadway.

    5) Don't shoot from an atv or vehicle

    6) Don't take antlers out UNTIL THE LAST LOAD. Meat must come out first!

    7) TAKE ALL EDIBLE MEAT! Also, don't shoot a moose if you feel you can't salvage all the meat and properly take care of it in your hunt time-frame. Wanton waste is one of the more serious game violations. Ensure you know the regs for the area you are hunting. Some areas require meat to be left on the bone on the shoulders, hams, and ribs. Troopers are really cracking down on wanton waste...please be sure to take all edible meat as required by law and to arrange meat pick-ups in the field if needed.

    Remember to practice good firearms safety at all times, and to take adequate measures to ensure your own safety, like letting family at home know where you are and when to expect you back. Good luck to everyone,

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    Thanks Mark! Good Advice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bushrat View Post


    6) Don't take antlers out UNTIL THE LAST LOAD. Meat must come out first!

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    I understand the reasoning behind this law, and I'm all about salvaging ALL edible meat, but to play devil's advocate, what happens if a person or animal finds your rack and takes off with it while you're packing? How are you gonna convince ADF&G that you shot a legal spike/fork/50 inch/3 or 4 browtine animal without the head? And if you're in a hunt that requires bringing in a jaw???

    When I was growing up in Washington, if you didn't have the rack with you to prove you shot a legal animal, they assumed you were poaching. Maybe you shot a cow or a spike in a branch antler area and were trying to sneak it out.

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    wow great point i never thought of it that way. thanks now i will worry like mad when i'm transporting the beast out. maybe a few land mines sorounding the area, anyone got any for sale!!! just kidding settle down you tree huggers.

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    Default Hmmm, how often does that happen?

    "How are you gonna convince ADF&G that you shot a legal spike/fork/50 inch/3 or 4 browtine animal without the head? And if you're in a hunt that requires bringing in a jaw???"

    Compared to someone shooting a sub legal moose & burying/ditching the head?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogoalie View Post
    "How are you gonna convince ADF&G that you shot a legal spike/fork/50 inch/3 or 4 browtine animal without the head? And if you're in a hunt that requires bringing in a jaw???"

    Compared to someone shooting a sub legal moose & burying/ditching the head?
    Hey, if you shot a sub legal moose, you're already illegal so if you get popped for no head, it's a wash. I'm talking about a guy who legally harvested a bull moose.

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    Well. if a critter can pick up and carry off a head and antlers from a 50"+ moose, they can have it!!!! I know griz and brownies have the ability, but rarely will they carry it off. They will just lay claim to the meat and you have to wait them out or find a good-natured Fish and Feathers Trooper......
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    I believe that's why you have to have proof of sex naturally attached to a hind quarter. Then they know it wasn't a cow at least. I think in an any bull areas or maybe certain game units, the antlers are optional for retaining but you HAVE to keep the penis/sheath. Aren't cow hunts where you have to keep the jaw? I'll double check the reg's and confirm that now that ya got me thinking about it.

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    Bushrat, thanks alot for the advise and ALL your posts. I leave Friday for a 11 day float in your great State. Question??? Do they say who is comitting these violations? Is it more residents or Non Res or both or evenly split. I Ask because I know there is a push to get Moose onto your guide required list of animals for non res and dont need them to have more AMMO.
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    Penis: The regs just say to leave the 'sheath' ...although the moose might call it a 'cape'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawken54 View Post
    Well. if a critter can pick up and carry off a head and antlers from a 50"+ moose, they can have it!!!! .

    Get pictures of the kill to start. Especially if you have a long pack out and believe the head/antlers are going to be consumed. Use something to show size, ie your rifle across the rack. Also if possible GPS the kill site.

    Brownies and Griz usually go for the brains 1st, tongue/nose lips 2nd. So removing the antlers from the skull will usually allow you to keep your trophy antler set. Putting them in a tree, high, if possible. No garuantee but some ideas that I have used.

    They will drag most everything away if in the open, but usually not far. I know of a forky that was consumed/drug away in less then 6 hours by a group of bears. It looked like a bulldozer went thru the area where this moose went down. If you shoot it in the evening expect to sleep with it or you won't have much left the next morning.

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    Default Thanks BushRat

    Great advise for all of us. It is so easy to get excited when out hunting and forget the basics of legality and most importantly SAFETY and of course respecting the quarry we have just taken. Some of the best hunting stories I've heard never involved a trigger so perhaps we should keep all of that in mind when things get sketchy...you can always still spin the yarn...and without pictures poetic license is accepted. And until the alzheimers claims it, I'll always have the memories.

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    There were three illegal kills up off of the Coal Mine Road south of Delta last week. All of the moose were no where near 50". If I remember correctly one was only 36". And, all were killed by residents of Alaska. Which means little as they only had to be here one year.

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    Thanks Dave for the reply to this post. All of your posts ring of experience and I look forward to reading your advice and input.

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