We hunted 16B for 9 days somewhere between the mouth of the Yentna and Swentna. Left the launch with 2 boats and one of the boats holed a piston on the second bend out of the launch. We towed it back winched it on the trailer then ran to Big Lake to have it checked out at Burkeshore. When we found out it was terminal we loaded everything in one boat and headed out anyway.
The first 4 days were warm or drizzly with lots of bugs and no moose. One of the guys missed out on a Black bear by having his scoped turned up to 9 power. You can't see much at 25 feet thru a 9X scope. On night 4 though I heard a moose rake and grunt a couple times so I stayed till we almost couldn't make it back to camp in the dark on the river but to no avail.
The next morning two of us were at my stand and one was in the adjoining meadow. All we could get from the bull I heard the night before was one short rake. We were trying every moose calling trick we could think of to get this moose interested. After about an hour of this, from the adjoining meadow we heard what sounded like a pile of lumber being beaten against the trees. A different moose was going nuts. He was grunting with every step and destroying a willow bush every third step. After about 1/2 hour he had covered the 500 yds across the meadow and we could hear him just on the other side of the tree line. He was right under our partners stand. But no shot, this moose sounded HUGE, so we thought maybe our partner had left his stand and went to the river. I was just about to wade the river channel to get over there when I heard his 30-06 dispatch the moose. We went over there to admire his harvest and I asked what took so long to shoot and he said "I was just enjoying the show and the moose was getting closer and closer so I waited till he was under 100 Feet away." The moose had 57" wide antlers and over 500 lbs of boned out meat to the processor. It was about a 1/2 mile pack out to the river.
That night we called in another smaller bull but could not Identify enough brow tines in the waning light. It warmed up again and we did not see or hear another moose the rest of the trip. All in all a great trip with good friends and memories.