I wanted to get some feedback from those that drew the Ft Rich moose tags this year. I was planning on posting this rather I killed a moose or not.
I thought there were to many restrictions on moose hunters for this hunt. We all have to pay a $125 fee to hunt,yet anyone can hunt small game, ride atvs, basically any outdoor activity and do it for free. Several times in the last 2 weeks of the hunt I had people run by me with their dogs off lead, stopping to check me out, barking at me and the owner didn't care one bit. Most of the people I saw out there this year didn't care about the RAP that was required for accessing Ft Rich lands.
Ft Rich wildlife folks need to think about re-instituting a qualifying shoot before they issue the tags out as there were quite a few bulls shot and wounded this year that were not recovered. If you wound a bull and do not recover it your tag should be notched and your hunt should be over.
If I were to wound a bull and not recover it, my hunt would be done.
The maps that they issue are not very good, boundaries are very vague and there was a few times where I wasn't sure what training unit I was in or if I was even in a hunt area. If we're paying for this hunt at least give out good maps with gps coordinates so we know we are in the right areas.
I had a great time on this hunt even though I didn't kill a bull. I got to see lots of country with not a lot of pressure from other hunters and learned alot about hunting moose post rut. I don't know if i'd do this hunt again knowing that the prime time for hunting moose could be shut down for training, basically this year the good hunt areas were closed for about 90% of the rut. Hunting moose post rut with a bow is not an easy task and requires lots of patience and persistance. Thats my take.