So with Tuesday being the last day of rifle in 20B, I had made up my mind to spend the entire day in the woods. I got up at 0430 and out the door by 0530 (with coffee in hand). I arrived at my parking area, unloaded my ATV and was down to my camp by 0625. Once at camp, I got my gear, gun and coffee from the ATV and began my slow walk into the area that I was going to set up for the day. About 20 to 30 yards from the camp I heard something that made me look up. It was far away enough that I couldn't make out exactly what it was. I pulled my binocs up to see what it was and low-and-behold, they were fogged up (supposed to be fog proof). I wiped them off and tried again...still fogged up. I decided to bring up my rifle and use the scope. As soon as I brought it up I saw the antlers. I then had to put my coffee cup and pack down because I knew this was going to be it.
He was quartering towards me looking at me while eating and drinking in the stream that went right by my camp. I didn't like the shot he was giving me and wanted just a little more light. We both sat there looking at each other for a couple minutes and he decided to take a couple steps forward. Of course as luck would have it, his vitals were right behind a bush at this point. It was getting lighter and apparently he didn't like me just standing there looking at him. He turned around and started walking away. I grunted and he stopped. I fired and he just stood there. Then he took another step and stopped again. Not knowing if I missed, I fired again. This time he dropped in his tracks.
A little over a hundred yard shot and around 150 yards from camp (in a stream area). It took me until about 1445 (2:45) to get him all cut up and ready to get back to the truck. I loaded up my ATV and meat and made my way back to the truck. Out of the woods by about 1520 and on my way back to the house. I think I figured out that finding them and shooting them are the EASY part. He's not the biggest moose, but for my first one, I can't complain. I measured him at 40". I hope you enjoy the report and pictures.