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    Have a fly in trip 20 miles from where the fires are going in Wood River. Although I will not be in the flats and will be in the foot hills I wonder if the moose will be their. Does anyone have any light to shed on moose hunting around a fire area? The air charter and biologist say no problem, but common sense says other wise. Thanks for any input.

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    This question comes up all the time. Think about it - moose in Alaska evolved around fires, they is a normal part of a moose's life. The smoke may hurt visibility and glassing, but it is not a big deal to the moose. They deal with it fine and you need to man up and do the same. My first moose was killed during a miserable, cold hunt in the eastern interior where it was snowing and visibility was limited by smoke. A smokey hunt will only make you appreciate good weather more.

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    We hunted in fires on the Yukon about 4 years ago south of Galena.

    We had smoking trees in the area and our camp smelled like smoke for a year but we still got moose.

    They were not as prone to come to the call that year and I think it had something to do with their senses being masked by the smoke.

    Other than working a little harder on the calling it wasn't bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 375ultramag View Post
    but we still got moose.
    Wasn't that the year you guys stacked up about 4 bulls?

    I think 4 years ago was the year of bad fires, maybe a few million acres compared to a few hundred thou this year.

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    [QUOTE=Chisana;545330]Wasn't that the year you guys stacked up about 4 bulls?

    Wow good memory. We did get 4 bulls that year and a black bear.

    Went back the next year of no fires and we went 6 for 6 and 2 black bears

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    I wouldnt worry about the moose being around, id worry weather your charter will be able to get you in, visibility has really sucked, not much flying going on

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    Thanks for all the replys. Although not as manly as Chisana I will give it my best.

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    I know fire is a pretty natural smell. I know the elk and deer love the charcal from after a fire when the vegitation grows back. I would think moose wouldnt be any differant.

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    Default 2004 fires

    We hunted 2004 in central in our usual spot fires were winding down several miles from us we noticed no change in patterns of local moose, A large group of wolves had moved in and were hunting so moose were wary though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Wasn't that the year you guys stacked up about 4 bulls?

    I think 4 years ago was the year of bad fires, maybe a few million acres compared to a few hundred thou this year.
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    More like 1.7 million and counting

    Quote Originally Posted by Chisana View Post
    Wasn't that the year you guys stacked up about 4 bulls?

    I think 4 years ago was the year of bad fires, maybe a few million acres compared to a few hundred thou this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 375ultramag View Post
    Wow good memory. We did get 4 bulls that year and a black bear.

    Went back the next year of no fires and we went 6 for 6 and 2 black bears
    And....that was where?

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