I got my first moose this morning off of the Parks Highway in 20b right at dawn at 6:18am just enough light to see. I was riding down the ATV trail and wasnt paying too much attention and just happen to see if right off to the left maybe 20 feet off the trail. So I stop to get a look and it looked like a cow to me because of the angle he was standing and because it was still pretty dark. I busted out the binos to get a up close view and sure enough it is a bull by this time he is trotting away so I let out a cow call and he stopped dead in his tracks so I creep off of the trail into the tussocks being a small pine and let out another cow call now he is interested but had trotted to about 100 yards away when he took off the first time. I wait for him to turn broadside since he was quartered away and it seemed like it took forever for him to turn. I take a decent kneeling position ( as decent as you can on a tussock) and lean up against the small pine for stabilization (bad Idea) right when I shoot the pine doubles over I though for sure I missed him but he didn't move so I racked another round in the 30-06 and shot again this I knew was a good hit because he was garden hosing but for extra insurance for him not to go into the lung shot. Say what you will about shooting 3 shots but I was sure my first was a clear miss as the pine broke in half that I was leaning on so it was 2 shots (in my mind) but if I had to do it again I would of done it the same way since I thought the first was a clear miss. I am super excited about my first moose and glad I managed it solo. I have been on many other moose hunts as a pack rat / skin monkey but never taken my own.
Oh and thanks to whoever it was that recommended that little gator grip tripod It worked great and only took about 3 attempts for me to make it back before the flash haha!