I went down to Donnelly Dome yesterday for the opening of the DM 797 cow hunt. It was a pretty good day, and I got my moose, but I witnessed something that I thought I would bring up here on the forum.
As we were glassing the hillside, I spotted a cow that I intended to stalk. However, after looking at it for about 10 minutes, I also saw that it had a calf (last years) with it. Since the DM 797 permit specifically states that you cannot take a calf or a cow accompanied by a calf, I didn't go after her.
A few minutes later, a guy with his young daughter drove up and asked my partner if we were going after this cow. He hadn't seen her, but he could see that I wasn't going anywhere, so he said no. The guy and his daughter drove by me, parked up the road a bit, and started stalking the cow. They came out on top of a little knoll, and by that time both the cow and the calf were standing up and clearly visible. One of them (I'm not sure which one) shot the cow. The calf ran off a little ways and then came back. When they approached the cow, it took off and we didn't see it again for awhile.
They marked the spot where the cow was and then came back to go get their 4 wheelers. As they went by, my partner commented to them about shooting a cow with a calf. The guy apparently said (I wasn't there) that it was no big deal since "it was a year and a half old calf."
So, my question is, what would you do if you watched this happen? I wasn't able to get the guys license number, but I did watch the whole thing happen. What about the calf? It was last year's, as I mentioned, but would you shoot it if you had the opportunity since it is now on its own? I'm just curious how other Alaska moose hunters feel about this.