On the first day of a ten day moose hunt on foot I passed up this bull. We stalked to 140 yards and watched him for about 10 minutes. He certainly was beautiful and had amazing brow tines, but we were 8 miles in. I had told myself I wouldn't shoot the first bull I saw on the first day just so we could get a better feel for what bulls were in the area. Our camp was 4.5 miles in on this day and a moose at that distance would have been easier than 8, especially with the temps as high as they were. We never saw him again, probably because of the horse camp we realized was in the area later, they'd already taken 3 bulls and a griz. I felt it was the biggest mistake I'd ever made, but my husband assured me it was the right decision. When the Lord gives you an opportunity like that with such a beautiful creature, seems like you should take it.
Now a couple weeks later and two moose in the freezer ( and family and friends freezers ) I can look back with a more objective attitude, glad that I didn't shoot it. I know the meat would have spoiled for sure with the temps and the distance we would have ended up hiking. Three of us + 8 miles one way = still a lot of miles.
We know he had four brows on the left side and 4 scoreable with two maybe's on the right, but we couldn't agree on spread. Any ideas? Two of these photos were taken through a pair of binoculars so they are a bit blurry.