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    Whacked my first moose on Saturday!

    My friend Chris picked me up at 4am on Saturday morning, and we drove 4-1/2 hours north to go looking for moose. Chris had an "any bull" tag, so we were hopeful we'd find something with antlers. We arrived just after first light, and after gearing up, we started hiking in. Our plan was to hike in, get some high ground and start glassing. We packed in camping gear, food, tent, and sleeping bags. Chris carried his 7WSM Montana and I toted my 700 Ti in 7-08.

    After about and hour-and-a-half hike, before we even got to our selected glassing location, I spotted a bull walking in a narrow clearing. We quickly dropped our packs and Chris lasered it at 500 yards. It was walking towards us, so I got out the video camera and videotaped a little while we discussed what to do next. After more careful examination with the binoc's, we both figured he would be bigger than 50-inches & had plenty of brow tines, which is a legal moose even without Chris's tag.

    The moose hung up at about 300 yards and quietly slipped into the woods. The moose had impeccable timing, because Chris was already adjusting his scope and was going to whack him if he stayed put any longer and presented a clear shot.

    After the initial, "Where'd he go?", we developed a plan. Chris would go right and downhill to get behind him, in case he slipped back into the clearing; I would go left to get in front of him and watch the next clearing. I put the video camera away and grabbed my rifle. I slipped down the little rise were were standing on, and immediately spotted antlers sticking over the top of the brush. At first, I thought it was another moose, since only 10 minutes had elapsed since we first spotted him. Man, those things can really cover ground, even when walking at a leisurely pace.

    In order to get above the brush to make the shot, I stood on my tip-toes on a nearby fallen tree. This got me high enough off the ground to see over the brush. I took a high shoulder shot, and he dropped immediately. The moose was only 50-60 yards away.

    At the shot, Chris came running right away. I stayed put and kept an eye on the last known location of the moose, while Chris went forward to investigate. Once Chris had a bead on the moose, I advanced and put another shot into the bull to hasten the process.

    So, with that, here is my first moose:




    We both forgot to bring a regular camera, so the only pictures I have where taken with my cell phone. We both lamented that little nugget of misfortune. The bull has five brow tines on one side and six brow tines on the other. We later measured him at 53" wide.

    A couple more:






    We hiked out all four quarters the first day - 1.6 miles, each way, according to the GPS. Our second trip ended at 9:30 Saturday night, about an hour after dark. We left our camping gear near the kill site, so instead of hiking back in the dark, we decided to find a hot meal and a room for the night. To our surprise, it was lottery weekend for Denali National Park - where regular Joes can drive back into the park, versus taking a tour bus. Everybody and their uncle was at the park, so there wasn't an available hotel room or cabin for 50 miles in either direction.

    Spending the night in the truck wasn't a great option. It was 40-some degrees when we arrived that morning, and all our camping gear was in the woods. After a quick burger, we drove to Fairbanks (130 miles away) and stayed at a friend's house. We arrived at 1am, took a hot shower, spent a half hour in his hot tub, and went to bed around 2am.

    The next morning we grabbed breakfast and drove back to the hunting area. Two more trips were needed to finish packing out the meat, our gear, and the antlers. A state trooper stopped by our truck to check our licenses and offered his congratulations. We were back on the road at 8pm, Sunday, and arrived at home after midnight. Went to bed at 2am, after unloading the truck and hanging the meat. Talk about your long weekend!

    Chris still has his tag, but neither one of us is all that interested in packing out another stinkin' moose. Not this year, anyway.

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    We recovered the bullet from the first shot, a 120gr TSX from my 7mm-08 handloads. It passed through both shoulder blades, clipped the spine, and stopped just inside the hide on the far shoulder.



    A quick toss on the powder scale, after we got home, showed a bullet weight of 120.6 grains. I really dig these TSX's.

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    Nice moose,congrats! Thanks for the story also.
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    Magnificent animal and a great story. Congrats to both!

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    awesome, awesome, awesome.........comgrats on a beautiful bull. Man I can only imagine ya'll hiking that Moose out whew-wee! Now that your rested go fill his tag

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    The Barnes TSX are IMO the best bullets out there. Really nice bull!
    "Ya can't stop a bad guy with a middle finger and a bag of quarters!!!!"- Ted Nugent.

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    Nice looking bull! I really like the brow palms. Let me know when I can come over and sample the back straps.
    Spending my kids' inheritance with them, one adventure at a time.

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    Congrats Dan! Very nice bull with a good story to go with it. It's always nice when your handloads work out too.

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    Man, that is a phenomenal bull for your first moose! My first bull had exactly two points - one spike per side. I only hope that I can one day be so fortunate. Congratulations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    We later measured him at 53" wide.
    Congrats on the first bull! Dandy for a first timer! Your picts are really good, your moose would have been a good one for us to make guesses on!

    Good job,

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    Congrats Dan. Really nice moose for a first one.

    Boil the meat and hide out of that bullet and then weigh it, I bet it comes up a bit lighter.

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    Wow that is a nice moose Dan! Im happy for ya! I think the pictures came out great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod Builder View Post
    Boil the meat and hide out of that bullet and then weigh it, I bet it comes up a bit lighter.
    I picked the meat out of the TSX I pulled out of my brown bear a few seasons ago, to get an accurate weight on the recovered bullet. It weighed 270gr, just like the day I loaded it in a .375 H&H case.

    Link to that thread.


    This time, I figured I'd leave the meat in there. I think it looks better this way.

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    Thanks, guys.




    tccak71, you're right. It would have been fun to make guesses on size. I knew he had the brow tines, so taking the shot wasn't a question. Chris & I did have quite a few discussions, though, as to whether or not he'd make 50-inches. We didn't find out, for sure, until we got the rack home.

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    More stuff for the rifle looneys, like me.

    While cutting up meat the other night, Chris found the bullet from the second shot. This bullet entered behind the shoulder and travelled diagonally up the opposite side of neck. I was well behind the animal and slightly downhill for the the final shot. We figured the second bullet went through at least three feet of moose meat.

    Here's a pic of the second bullet:


    And, here they are side-by-side:



    Pretty little things, aren't they?

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    Congrat on that awesome moose!

    I took a nice 58" bull with my Kimber 7-08 last weekend too! I was also shooting Barnes bullets, although I was shooting the 140 grain version of the TSX. I shot my bull at 200 yards. The first shot was quartering toward me. It went through the shoulder, diagonally through the rib cage, took off the top of the liver, and stopped under the hide on the other side, about halfway back on the moose. We recovered the bullet, and it looks a lot like yours, only with a longer rear portion. The second shot was broadside and went right through. I think my 7mm Rem Mag just became superfluous, especially since the Kimber weighs about 6 pounds, scoped, slinged, and with four down the magazine, which makes it SO much nicer to carry. Oh, and I used the same 7-08 to take a full curl ram and a mountain goat this fall. All hunts were hike-in, just me and my wife. It must be my lucky rifle. Or maybe my wife is my lucky hunting partner. Either way, love them both!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan in Alaska View Post
    Whacked my first moose on Saturday! ...............................................
    You ain't by chance a 'Joisey Boy', 'whacking living things', like that, eh?

    Seriously - Congrats! Quite the 'rub out!'

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    Nice moose! Maybe get a little sponsorship from barnes on that bullet bit and pics. Congratulations on a beautiful first time trophy

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    Excellent! Good hunt, good story, good write up. Like the way you stayed on point to make sure the bull didn't jump back up. Hope you didn't lose too much meat on that 2nd shot!!
    So how did that 120 grain TSX gain 6/10ths of a grain AFTER it entered the moose?? Haha.
    I'm envious!
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