My dad and I were the first ones out in the TA on Ft. Rich I chose to hunt. Got out a tad to early but was nice, little chilly though. Walked a couple miles then seen another guy coming. Turned around walked another half or more of a mile. See one guy and back pack 60 or so yards in front of him. He was on the PHONE! Just our luck you know. So we chat a second and head down past him. Then decide to head back up where we had come from as nobody was there now, the guy coming down passed us. So two hunters which is not too bad for opening day.
So we are headed back up and see nothing still. Turn around and head back down. A little ways back down and we both kinda notice some thing in the woods. Just a nose and ear is all that was showing as the cow was facing us bedded down. Then an ear twitched and confirmed it was moose! It proceeded to eat a branch or something down low on the tree and the tree moved. The moose stands up but looked small. My dad is yelling shoot shoot shoot. I said no it is a calf. I stalk in from 60+ to 30ish yards. Still looked bigger than this years calf but just not sure about being legal you know. So I pass it up.
We walk the direction we had not been to yet today, further down. Not much sign and couple other hunters went that way. So we turn back around, getting close to 11:30am or 12pm, didn't have access to time. We get close to where the other guy busted trail into his moose and there was another cow or the same calf. 26 yards off the trail. Again my dad says, shoot shoot shoot. I climb up on the highest spot in the brush line and let one rip. I hit low and just missed the heart and nailed the elbow, right below the shoulder blade later found the broad head burried into the knuckle joint intact but the thread busted off. I seen the arrow drop instantly and though WHAT! It was headed off to our left. I know another arrow but there was a branch with little twigs hanging. The twigs in the way but I let er rip. Good blood and path through. The moose goes a bit further. We are watching her. Standing there leaking blood like faucet. Lays down but won't go to sleep. Looked like she finally died but her head lifted up. So I put my release and stuff back on. Grabbed the bow and snuck in from behind her. Got atleast 20 yards away and let the 3rd rip. Right below the spine and popped out between the front legs with just he fletching holding inside the brisket. Whew moose down! and close to the TRAIL!
More info tonight and pictures.