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    Default Sam's First Bull

    Thought I'd post a quick note about my son's, Sam, first bull. We left Wasilla Tuesday afternoon and made it into base camp later than evening. Sam will turn 14 later in the month so we thought he was ready to go with is. This was to be his first "real" moose hunt.

    We left base camp at 0-dark-thirty and made it to "the mountain" by about 11:30. We started glassing, but weren't seeing moose where we normally do. It was hot and the sun had been hitting the hillside so all the moose were bedded in the thick stuff. We started seeing some cows further down and decided to move for a better angle.

    This bull stood up in front of us and just under 1000 yards (ranged). We left one partner with the ATV's and two of us took Sam and put the sneak on the big boy. The bull was with 5 cows. We closed to about 220 - 230 yards. Sam sent a 180 grain 06 behind the shoulder. He had a little trouble with his bolt so I sent a 375 insurance shot down range. One more from Sam's 06 and he was anchored for good.

    Got the bull quartered and packed and started back. A few miles down the trail and we came across a little fork that was just a little too close to the trail and I punched my tag.

    What a day. My boy's first moose and then a second for the freezer also. Sam's bull measured 59 and change. A very good bull by anyone's standards. I could not have been prouder. He handled himself very well. There is nothing as satisfying as watching your children being successful. A special thanks to Big John and Kyle. We couldn't have done it without them.
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    congrats to your son on a good lookin bull. sounds like a great trip with a lot of meat to take back. nice work. what was the problem with his bolt? bolt actions aren't usually too much trouble unless they freeze up.

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    Just excitement. He started to chamber another round and didn't push the bolt forward hard enough. He backed off and tried again causing a self induced double feed. We got it straightened out pretty quickly though.

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    Congratulations on the beautiful bull! Bet the kid sure was excited!

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    awesome - good job

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roscoe View Post
    Just excitement. He started to chamber another round and didn't push the bolt forward hard enough. He backed off and tried again causing a self induced double feed. We got it straightened out pretty quickly though.
    Exact same thing happened to my wife on her first caribou this year.

    Congratulations to your son! That is absolutely great that you got him out there with you. I hope to have a similar report for my nephew's first black bear in a few weeks.

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    Default Can't beat that!

    Congrats to U both!!!

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    Default Congratulations

    Congratulations to ALL involved. To Sam - his first bull: and to proud dad - they grow up too fast.

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    Congrats for sure.Good Dad = good Son = better Country to live in.

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    VERY NICE FIRST MOOSE!!!!

    now dad you have to work extra hard to get him the bigger one he will want next year!!!
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    Default Super sweet

    Very cool! Congrats.

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    Well... you've spoiled him for life. Good luck matching that bull every year.


    Congratulations to you and your son! That's totally awesome. A beautiful bull and a great experience with your son. Cherish it.
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    That is an awesome bull guys! Way to go. I'm hoping I have pics to post of a moose on monday
    "Ya can't stop a bad guy with a middle finger and a bag of quarters!!!!"- Ted Nugent.

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    Well done. Very impressive animal & a great story for you guys to talk about for years to come....

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    Great moose, well done. Almost 14 and way bigger than any I have taken.

    Congrats.
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    great story, way to go dad! i have a "Sam" also and he is 9. hopefully in a few years i can write much of the same story.
    congrats to you both!

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    What an excellent outing with your son, and a terrific bull moose !

    Well done and may there be many more for you both.

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    Nice bull sam.. He's in my health class no but realy haha

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    Wink Great bull

    Congrats to you and your son. Are his cheeks red from blushing or is that blood paint?
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