Seems that all conversations lately that I've entered into has inevidibly gone to where the moose are right now. Banter has gone back and forth about too many bears, not cold enough, too much pressure... etc, etc.
What I have found in common in all these threads is that the bears are down and the moose are up. I got mine in a secret locale and got lucky on the low side but from what I've heard from most other successes is that the moose are still high and just starting the rut.
I read a book last season about moose behavior and a biologist had the rut patterns down to a three day window of when they begin to scrape, when they start to come down and when the cows go into estrus. All this data was for the FBX area but I'm sure there's a little leeway on the 3 day window to adjust for here in South Central. That being said... my thoery is that the moose are staying up and letting the bears do their business with the fish around rivers and streams and have done this for years. It only makes sense that with their sensitive hearing that they stay away from thrashing water and the low grunts of a bear.
So when do they come down?
My guess is that when most of the bears have had enough fish and start to migrate back to the alpine regions for last minute berries, ground squirrels and such. So when's that? ... you got me.
like I said, this is all just a thoery.