I wish I could say that I was ok with it, but hey, we're supposed to be honest in here. So here goes! I tried 4 different hunting spots, hunting morning, evening, waiting through the "Noon Rush" as I heard it called. I walked moose trails and I sweated alot. What I didn't do is see a legal moose in the daylight.
But I did take away a couple of things this year.
1. When it's this warm in September, its not a good thing.
2. Check the WHOLE reg book when doing a hunt plan. When an area changes from a 50" or 3 brow tine/spike/fork area to "One Bull", that usually means there's more moose in the area. Conversely, when they up the ante to 4 brow tines, well, there probly aren't as many there.
3. When you go out and it looks like a bad day, help the other hunters you meet out there.
On Saturday, the last day of hunting season, I went out and started hunting a certain area and noticed that the numbers of pick-ups on the side of the road had multiplied like bunnies who had discovered a Viagra stash! I crossed paths with a couple and, after the obligatory "Didja see anything yet?", the wife told me she had a cow tag. I had called in a cow with no calf a couple days prior with cow calling so I figured the least that could happen was I help her fill that tag. (after all, she PAID for the drawing chance and my harvest tag was free). Well, I didn't get that cow to come in again, nor did her boyfriend, but at least I had the satisfaction of trying to help someone else.
Overall, this has been a frustrating two years for me. But for one, I'm not going to hunt around the Mat-Su unless I strike out on my other ideas. All I seem to see are cows, calves, pickups, 4-wheelers, and other hunters....oh, and let's not forget the "Private Property - No Tresspassing" signs. See lotsa them too! Some on spots I hunted just last year and was sure I was on state land.
So for now, its back to study and planning and saving up for equipment and supplies......