10/7- After getting to the river launch, I killed the battery on my boat trying to start the motor. Hind sight being what it is, I remembered that the battery had been sitting in a small puddle of mostly frozen water so it PROBABLY wasnt fully charged. After pulling the battery and using cables to jump it off the partner's truck, we decided to run and a back up just in case.
30 minutes later, we were back, motor started and ready to go.
Our plan was to hunt to lower portion sof Salchaket Slough. We were very near the GVEA Intertie and from Googl maps, the area looked like it had potential. After arriving and setting up the tent, we went into the field to see what we could see. Lots of good country, no moose.
10/8- Rained all night and neither of us were real aggressive about getting up and going as we knew the forecast was for gorgeous weather after this one bit of rain. We got going around 10am -gotta love sleeping in with no phones or anything except the patter of rain on the tent. We spent another 4 hours making a big loop of our local area checking ponds, meadows and open areas. Nothing. We weren't even seeing that much poo. Not good. After wearing ourselves out all morning, we returned to camp for water and a late lunch and decided to spend the evening floating the slough.
I crossed my fingers that boat would start w/o any issues and sure enough, voom! We cruise up river about 30 minutes or so, pull over and let the area settle before we start to float back to camp. We begin floating and using a Bull Magnet, I would make a bull call about every 5 minutes of float. About 6:30 we find another slough that looks moosey and walk up it abit, but the banks are very soft and decided to return to the boat and continue the float to camp. It was a beautiful evening, the sunset was amazing. 20 minutes later we round a bend and as my buddy who was paddling says, "what's that brown spot", my eyes see ears....body.....MOOSE! I immediately look for antlers....no. I look for a calf......no! BOOM! 1 shot and she drops like asack of potatoes in her tracks. I found out later my upper lung shot just clipped her back. We have her field dressed and in the boat by 10. By now it is dark and we are still a good ways from camp so we commence the float back using our headlamps and moonlight. The sky was so beautiful we would turn out the headlamps and just float. We made it back to camp about 11 and were asleep about 30 minutes later.
My birthday was Saturday and I couldn't think of a better way to have spent it other than to have my wife and kids with me. My b-day dinner was a campfire roasted tenderloin. I would post a pic, but I am not sure how to do that here.