This is a tale of my yearly trip to Ak for a moose hunt this year. It started like many others with a rushed flight in & lots of last minute shopping. Ok enough of that lets get to the hunt.
Myself & a friend did a flyout to a remote river planning on spending 10 days afield hunting moose with a chance at black bear or wolf. Our original put in location had to be ditched because of lower water & pilot not wanting to land in a skinny river. We did find a put in but it was much lower that we hoped for as far as the river goes.
No problems so far but after landing we met a friendly guide who informed us that he had 2 camps downriver from us & they would be up & down the river useing jet boats. Again no prob he was cool & said hey your moose hunting shoot away.
I am getting a little long winded here but we didnt see much as far as moose goes for the first few days which was ok as temps where pretty warm. We floated & called while enjoying some good time afield.
My normal morning routine is to get up in the pre dawn light start a fire & walk down from camp to do some calling then return & have breakfast. Usually Dave wakes up & heads down to where I was to look around.
On about the 6th morn of doing this Dave who has never heard or shot a moose comes back from the spot I was calling. He is telling me he hears some weird noise right by where I was calling. I said really, cool did you try to call & he says no I cant do that real well. I say hell you really cant do it wrong so he goes back & tries a little but then returns telling me he hears that same weird noise. We are standing by the tent & Dave is looking across the river & thinks he hears something over in the opposite direction while I am just glancing down where he was just standing(the weird noise) I didnt have my rifle so I calmly say hey Dave can I see you rifle for a second. Without looking he hands me his 340 weatherby I shoulder it & put an end to that weird noise he was hearing.
That bull followed Daves calling right back to 68 yrds from camp & right off the river, man it doesnt get any better than that for a cleaning & packing job.
Now for those that say I shoudnt have shot my buddies moose well, I told him the first few days that he would shoot 1st & he kept telling me that no way we are both moose hunting & if I see a moose to shoot it. After a few days I clarified it with him & I said ok are you sure you wont be upset & he said again many times NO you see a moose you shoot it. Well I also asked him if I could fire his gun once before we left as I have never shot a big rifle & am considering a 338. I figured that weatherby would be about the same as far as recoil goes. He asked if it kicked much & I told him I didnt feel a thing....lol
Ok in the end I dont think he is to pissed but time will tell.
I need to give props to Pristine Ventures & Larry Bartlett for all the help on this hunt. I cant say enough about how far I have seen him go out of his way to provide the highest level of service above & beyond what one would expect
Now some pics of the trip