Some of you may of read my post in the boating forum about going moose hunting on the Koyukuk. I am starting this thread here to cover the hunting aspect of the trip. First day in camp we took 3 nice bulls then 3 more in the next 4 days. We had 6 hunters and everyone shot a nice bull. Kinda of a pain that we had to cut one of the palms in half but thats a stupid fish and game rule we have to live by.
Here is a photo of the heads in front of the meat poles. I estimate we had approximately 4,500 - 5,000 pounds of moose meat hanging on the poles!
I think the longest shot anyone took was me and that started out at about 75 yards. I gave my bull a quick off hand double tap with my iron sighted double rifle (Chapuis 9,3x74R) shooting Woodleighs 286 grain soft points. He fell after the second shot then jumped up and ran another 50 yards and stood there and I gave him 2 more in the lungs and then he collasped. My rule is if they are still standing they still get lead! Especially if they are running away from where we have to pack them to! When we gutted and quarted him we discovered all 4 bullets destroyed his lungs, 2 exited and the other 2 were found on the off side under the hide in good shape. Sometimes a big animal like this just doesnt know when he is dead. The challenge for hunting this area is getting the meat out and not breaking any laws. When you are in the controlled use area you are required to carry out all 4 quarters, the back, the neck, and both rib cages without being allowed to bone out any meat at all. It is bonebreaking work to say the least.
I am the last person on the far left. My brother is standing next to me. He flew up from Pennsylvania just to make the journey and enjoy the experience.
By the way, pike fishing was outstanding as well. I will be happy to help anyone here plan there own hunt but I am not at liberty to tell anyone exactly where we went as I was an invited guest and hope to return with the group with my son next season.