Hunted Opening Day and Had to Leave for Work on the Slope. Did my sentence and came back and started to hunt after New Years
Well, After 5 days of hunting in Sub-Zero Temperatures on Ft. Richardson, within a restricted area hunt I finally found a sacrificial cow. I had seen lots of Moose within closed areas but not in open areas. I think the Moose had a map also and knew all the safe areas. It was like playing hide and seek with lots of home base safe areas.
This past Sunday at about 2 PM I spotted one bull (small rack) and 3 cows in an open area in Arctic Valley near the closed boundry near Hill Top. There was another bull and 2 cows and a calf on the left side of the road. It was 25 below Zero, an uphill drag if I harvested one and only 2 hours left of light, so I did the smart thing and passed.
Yesterday at 9:20 AM, I finally spotted a cow on my way to where I had seen the Moose on Sunday. She was about 100 yards from the boundry line and on the wrong side of the road. About 10 minutes later a few cars passing by, she migrated over to the other side of the boundry line. She stepped off the road side and I crept up to her, stood on the boundy line, stepped off the road, a 25 yard shot, and let my Bowtech "Tomkat" with a graphite Terminator Lite Hunter 4560 with a Muzzy 125 gr go to work. I hit her a little farther back than I would have liked and she bolted into the woods. I let her lay for about 1.5 hours and tracked her with the aid of Ft. Richardson Gamewarden (Jim) whom was a great guy and very professional. She had only gone about 75-100 yards and layed down. I put 3 more arrows into her and by 11:00 she was down. She was a tough girl to put down, but she had a lot of fat on her and will eat good. The posse' showed up at 12:00-12:30 and by 1:00 PM the work began. She ended up less than 100 yards off the road strait across from were I first saw her. By 3:20 PM we were on the way back home.
It was -15F the whole time, but no one got cold. It was a good hunt. I really wanted a Bull, but most of the Bulls had shed their Antlers or had partial sheds already. With Todays times, I really wanted to fill my tag. She is "Just a Cow" but a trophy to me since I got it with my bow.