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    Thumbs up 20A Antlerless.... update!

    I'm Tired. So here is the short story.

    We made a rather last minute call to try this hunt soley to fill our freezers. My dad and I had hunted the Rex the 2 previous years with track rigs during the regular bull season but have never tried the winter antlerless hunt. This is how it went.

    0545 Monday Got home from work.
    0730 Monday left Kenai
    1600-ish Monday check in with Vixie at the Rochester. ( I slept part (most) of the way on the drive up as I had just got off working nights - see line 1)
    We offloaded the snowmachines and hooked up the sleds.

    0700 Tuesday left the Rochester headed toward Zone 4
    1300 Tuesday Two cows down
    2100 Tuesday Arrive at the Rochester. Loaded up and order 2 bacon cheese burgers to go from the Clear Sky lodge.

    0630 Wednesday morning Arrive in Kenai.

    47 hours round trip from Kenai and succeeded in filling both our tags!!!

    Biggest chunk of advise I can give is "get as high as possible." We saw.....are you ready..... 15 moose in Zone 4. (13 of which we could have got in range of) Most of them above green treed areas hanging out in alder patches. 6 we saw were HUNDREDS of yard from any standing vegetation. They were way beyond tree line, scratching at the tundra like caribou. ( No I wasnt drinking). We talked to several people that had hunted close to the trail all day and never saw a single moose. If you are going to go. Be prepared to put in the effort to get above tree line.

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    PS At least 4 of the moose we saw where Bulls that still had their horns, including one little spike. BE CAREFULL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK4Life View Post
    At least 4 of the moose we saw where Bulls that still had their horns, including one little spike. BE CAREFULL.
    Man....I wish I could find a moose with horns! I would be a rich man. I can only find moose with antlers.


    Ahhhh....I'm just jerkin' your chain! It's hard work moose hunting this time of year. (temp, sleding, terrian, ect.) Just glad I filled my tag in Sep.

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    Talking alaskamoosehunter

    Thanks for picking on the tired guy. Driving, riding, shooting, gutting, skinning and quartering, Sleeping sitting up and eating junk from gas stations apparently plays on a guys mind. LOL!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK4Life View Post
    eating junk from gas stations apparently plays on a guys mind. LOL!!!
    Don't you hate that! I need to find a way to make a kitchen in the truck (side-in camper doesn't always work for every situtation) so I'm not tempted by the junk in gas station...Then you get where your finally going you feel like crap from eating that crap. LOL.
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    Any new snow up there? I went in over new years but didn't get back far enough due to our lack of petrol. I got a little past the first bonnefield creek crossing. I heard that there was running water further up the trail and some areas that were down to the rocks, what did you see? I am thinking about heading back up in a couple weeks.

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    Make sure you check the weather first, they are calling for -40 this weekend. We 've had only a little snow, maybe two inches total.
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    LuJon- I would have to agree with Greybeard, there wasn't more than about 2 inches of fresh snow. We never made it to Bonnifield, we didnt go any further than Gold King. Up to that point, The trail was suprizingly good. We had a 550 Summit Rev and a 440 Skandic (both fans). We never got off the trail on the way out and the HyFax never got hot. We stopped and talked to some guys tent camping between Saint George and Gold King @ 7:30 and we pulled into the Rochester just a few minutes after 9:00. That was pulling 2 moose, 20 gallons extra gas (we went prepared), and all of our gear. By looking at a map, it looks like we got the moose in the 2600' elevation range and there was just about need deep snow, but plenty enough to get around.

    Hope it helps and good luck.

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    Does anyone have any ideas on access to the hunt area from the little delta river?

    Thnaks

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    Reports were 11 days ago river still open.

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    Sounds like it was well worth it though, good for you guys. "You can sleep all you want once you die." quote from my late grandpa.

    -18*F out there right now, colder in other villages.
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