Went on a solo hunt the first day of rifle season, thinking I was pretty much just taking my gun for a walk. However, I spotted a couple legal, if small, bulls and knocked down a forked horn a couple hours after dawn.
Good for me. Only bad news is that I was 2+ miles from my truck.
So to tally it up, this moose season I spent less than 2 hours hunting and about 16 hours processing and packing meat! I figure I hiked about 25 miles total, half of that with a big chunk of meat on my back.
Never been that tired in my life, but I got all the meat out and will have a full freezer this winter.
I'm a big guy, and I can pack some weight, but I will be eternally greatful that this was a pretty small moose in the grand scheme of things and not some 1600lb bruiser. I'm fairly proud of myself, but for all the newbie moose hunters: do yourself a favor and listen when people tell you not to drop one too far from transportation. Or at least bring along a few friends!