After spending several nights after work poking in the woods around the house, I finally scored on a cow moose that somebody chased right to me. I connected a few nights ago but now that I'm rested up, its time to post the pic.
I've been seeing this cow around the neighborhood for over a month now. WHen hunting season rolled in, I spend every other night after work out in the woods. I did range her at 172 yards on the first night out, but she dissappeared into the brush before I could squeeze off a shot. I didn't see her again for a couple more weeks. I was actually starting to think that somebody else dropped her.
Earlier this week, I sat down on a log out in the woods about 1/2 mile from the house. I was out there for a coupla hours and it was just starting to get dark. I figured 10 more minutes and I'd head home. Right about then, I heard a bunch of brush breaking about 75 yards away. I stood up, and the moose stopped looking at me. The only clear shot I had was a gut shot. I didn't really want to hit her anywhere but a double lung shot, but had no choice as it was getting dark fast. I brought up the rifle and "Bang" ! She disappeared into some really thick stuff. I honestly didn't think that I'd hit her, because I figured with a .375 she would've dropped right over. I walked over to where she was when I shot her. I couldn't see any blood on the ground because we were right at dusk. I heard a branch break behind me, and out stepped another hunter. Scared the cr-ap outta me! He startled me. He was 30 yards behind the cow when I shot her. He was kind of ticked because he said he was chasing that moose for over a half a mile. When I asked him if he had a cow permit, he said "no". I told him that it was a cow. He was relieved because he thought somebody shot his "spike". He was following it because he thought it was a bull. GOod thing he didn't pull the trigger.
Anyway, i started a grid pattern and without finding any blood, i was getting bummed out. At the last light I saw a stump that I figured I would check out. Turns out it was the cow. She ran about 75 yards and dropped. Don't think she suffered at all. The bullet went into her diapraghm area, bounced off a rib, and ended up double-lunging her. She died quickly. THen of course, the work started. Called the neighbor, as it was a work night, and he came out and we butchered the moose up in about 3 hours. Good thing he was there, because it would have taken me all night. Of course, he gets half for his part.
Either way, boring story...but Hey ! It was my first moose ! I guess I can't complain. Couple hundred pounds of meat in the freezer should help out for this winter.