I read a few books, got in pretty decent shape (my definition of "good" came from my days in the Marines, so I may be being hard on myself...so be it), and watched "Love, Thunder and Bull II".
I've gone out hunting in two different areas where others had told me they saw moose or took moose in recent years. I saw sign in one area, the other looked like a field version of a 4 wheeler show. Now I haven't found a partner with experience. And admittedly, I took my son with me last year. He was a little young and his sighs and complaints did not help. I won't do that again.
I've been looking through these forums and still have a LOT of blanks. Ergo this thread....
This thread is for some instruction:
1. Is it best to just pick a spot, learn it like the back of your hand and keep after it or should I look for areas that have more moose successes?
2. I keep hearing about studying reports. But I guess I'm ignorant to how to use these reports and, more importantly which reports to study and how to find them.
3. I've heard from people that if you go further than 1/4 mile from your vehicle, (in my case a pickup), then you are setting yourself up for failure because of the packing out the meat distance. Is this true? Or am I selling myself short by not going far enough?
Some info on me:
I'm over 6 feet tall.
I'm a hard work type and I respond well to getting instruction.
I do not drink or smoke.
I am limited on the gear I have. Mainly because I'm leery of spending money on equipment and finding out some salesman just cleaned up on me because of my inexperience. Once again, knowledgeable and trusted person needed to give pointers in this department as well.
I am not a trophy hunter. I am interested in providing meat for my family. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't mind getting a huge bull with a huge rack, but that's not the motivation.
So if you have information and guidance. I'm listening.