I did it! This morning at about 0900 I took my first moose with my bow!
I figured this season was shot with finishing the house, but the wife headed off to take the kids to school at about 0815 and a couple of minutes later I got a phone call. "Hon, are the moose with two spikes legal?" "Yep", I said. "Well if you want one, there is one just off the end of the runway."
Now this "runway" is about 300 yards from my house. So I got my bow out of the shed (I'm inside the Palmer/Wasilla weapon restriction area) and headed down the road. I found a cow just off the road looking at me as I went by and just caught a glimpse of another moose 30 yards into the woods. I parked the truck and walked toward the vacant driveway leading into the woods where the moose had been.
I just crested the small hill where I could see down the road and saw the spike. He had spotted me also, turned and started walking away. I ducked down near some brush and started a series of soft bull grunts while swaying my bow back and forth. The bull stopped and looked back at me, then decided to come check me out. He turned at about 40 yards, but I haven't shot my bow nearly enough this summer to feel comfortable that far out so I kept grunting. He walked steadily toward me and at 14 yards he turned broadside and stopped. I grunted again as I drew the bow and let 'er fly! A perfect shot (at least it hit the point I was aiming at...). He ran about 20 yards and stopped. He just stood there for about 2 minutes then he lay down. After another minute or two, he set his head down so I figured he was done. I backed out to my truck and went back to the house and got my cell phone and picked up a neighbor to help me load him up.
We went back to the moose and eventually pulled him out of the woods with my 6x6 and towed him right up on to my snowmachine trailer. My dad, 6 year old daughter and I then spent the next few hours dressing the bull and now he is hanging in the shed!
I didn't get much done on the house today, but I managed to fill the freezer!! He should be a tasty one too, about a 6" spike on both sides. I'll post a pic when I get them downloaded later tonight.