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    Unhappy Another year, No moose

    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......

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    Those are some good tips you pass on there, Bummer on the lack of Moose but,

    ummmm let's see,
    Target Practice on those Rabbits all running around in thickets,
    Long walks down gravel roads and Offhand Shooting Practice on Grouse,
    High mtn climbs and some survival practice looking for the Tasty Ptarmigan.
    And Man, I wish we had some of those Coyotes around the islands for Calling and Ambushing Practice. Unlimited hunting in the Valley I think. Maybe not much competition either for the smaller stuff

    Hoping to cheer you up with winter prospects beyond study and planning. AND BEST OF ALL, you're scouting for next yrs short Large Animal season all year while you cruise different spots and learn them well.

    Thanks for being real, I hate striking out, but there's always something else waiting in the woods for your stalking skills
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    Good post KR, I struck out on moose too... the grouse are gonna hate me...

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    There are still options available out there, particularly for archery hunters. Read the regulations very, very carefully. There are still moose hunts around in October and November in addition to caribou hunts into December.

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    I struck out too so I feel your pain. I took a week off during opener, and then hunted every weekend since including taking the 24th off and going for one last try. I saw a TON of cows and calves (probably at least fifty during the season) and several legal bulls right before season opened. The last two days were awesome as I hunted a very large and very smart bull (I saw him from the side for about three seconds yesterday) but he had a bunch of cows holed up and would not come out. The wind was bad and his cows always got in the way of cutting him off as he moved around to wind me. I learned a lot and I am glad he is going to father a bunch of calves as he was the only bull in that area and had at least 8 or 10 cows with him. All in all I had a great season (worked my backside off and lost about 15 pounds, explored a lot of new territory, spent a lot of time in the outdoors that I love and learned a lot more about moose hunting). I am now going to focus on grouse and bunnies with my six year old and probably try for some caribou later in the fall/winter.

    Thanks for starting this thread. It is good for us that didn't connect to be able to discuss our experiences as we whistfully read all the wonderful tales of folks that were successful. To me, getting out and enjoying the fall and all the beauty that goes along with it is what hunting is all about. Stalking game and learning how they do their thing will eventually help in successfully filling the freezer. Moose season 2010: AWESOME!

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    You could always try a winter hunt, high sucess rates, but there are lots of people too. I usually have a blast though, and you don't have to worry about meat spoiling.

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    dont feel bad...its my 3rd year mooseless....i had a hunter shoot a 56" bull headed my direction last night though....i knew he had to cross the atv trail in the patch of trees he was heading into...and i saw the guy walking it....so upsetting...i went n measured the moose and helped a little bit....im sad

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    I think I spent a total of 4-5 days hunting, saw one sub-legal, and one monster,, 8-10 caribou.. my moose season is over empty handed, but caribou is still on..Ive been striking out since fishing season.. no fish, no bears, no moose, no full freezer.. I learned a lot about the animals, even more about terrain , (its amazing what you'll find past that first hill), and just as much about myself.

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    What gets me is the guys throughout the rest of the year that talk say hey lets do this or go here then when it comes down they are off doing it with other buddies. I often go out of my way to help others weather for them personally or when asked to do for the community I jump in with both feet and follow it through to completion,. But about may or june they will talk of the good hunt thats being planned be invited in and prior to the hunt for one reason or the other if there's no room I'm the one that gets left out. Guess thats just how it goes and you find out the word friend is just a casual saying in passing(or other words a big ***** joke)
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    IA, your welcome up here anytime..I could use some help next year..lol

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    Sorry on the luck! But if we could always get one then it wouldn't be called hunting and we woudnt enjoy it as much! But after all the planning and all the effort that goes into it we would like for it to be as successful as it can be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ret25yo View Post
    IA, your welcome up here anytime..I could use some help next year..lol
    Right on sounds great and you'll be hunting the Koyukuk
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    I am what most of you would consider a "new" hunter. This was/is my third season hunting and was/is my third season not filling the freezer. I have yet to shoot a large game animal. But it is not for the lack of trying. In the last three years I have put in literally hundreds of days into scouting/hunting. I do not have anyone to show me how to hunt or to show or tell me where to go. I have just been out hiking and riding around checking out new trails and looking for new areas, learning what to do and what not to do by trial and error. I have had my cross hairs on one legal bull, and lack of experience/stupidity is the reason that bull walked away.

    As much as I am frustrated sometimes, and as much as I want to be disappointed that I have not shot anything yet, I can't help but come home from every hunt with a smile on my face. The experiences I have had are worth every minute, moose or no moose.

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    This is my 3rd season without getting a moose. Had a super dooper hunt trip planned last year which was spoiled by a babysitter not showing up. Try and do what ya can when ya can. I even have a plane to spot with. Had a good bull pin pointed last weekend of season and no one to go help (this years season). Also 2nd year in a row with failure on my quickie bou hunt. I know how you feel.
    Other seasons are available, just gotta find them...................and of course, the critter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironartist View Post
    What gets me is the guys throughout the rest of the year that talk say hey lets do this or go here then when it comes down they are off doing it with other buddies. I often go out of my way to help others weather for them personally or when asked to do for the community I jump in with both feet and follow it through to completion,. But about may or june they will talk of the good hunt thats being planned be invited in and prior to the hunt for one reason or the other if there's no room I'm the one that gets left out. Guess thats just how it goes and you find out the word friend is just a casual saying in passing(or other words a big ***** joke)
    Yeah... I remember those days as well. Those same guys that try to pin you down on a hunt back in May, are doing the same thing with several other guys too. Ultimately they end up going in the fall with whoever they talked to last that claims to have a great spot. I've been left hanging before as well. I quickly learned to say (I don't know what I'm doing yet) as a standard response when asked about my hunt plans. It's amazing how many people want to buddy up with you when your eating moose at lunch. That time in the fall is too precious to waste on just anybody so I found its sometimes better to go it alone than to spend your vacation watching over idiots. When you do find someone you can trust and enjoy spending time in the field with, hang on to them because they can be hard to find at times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskanassasin View Post
    Yeah... I remember those days as well. Those same guys that try to pin you down on a hunt back in May, are doing the same thing with several other guys too. Ultimately they end up going in the fall with whoever they talked to last that claims to have a great spot. I've been left hanging before as well. I quickly learned to say (I don't know what I'm doing yet) as a standard response when asked about my hunt plans. It's amazing how many people want to buddy up with you when your eating moose at lunch. That time in the fall is too precious to waste on just anybody so I found its sometimes better to go it alone than to spend your vacation watching over idiots. When you do find someone you can trust and enjoy spending time in the field with, hang on to them because they can be hard to find at times.
    Yes it is, but seems to me I've tried to get guys from the black gun group to go shoot, months ago but gave that idea up. And again I am just looked over, again such is life. Oh hey and to you ya might check your p.m.'s cuz I sent you one to. Guess I've always been the outsider
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    I didnt get to pull the trigger (again) this year, but I was still successful in getting (half) a moose. Despite some disadvantages, having a good hunting partner with the same goal (meat) is a terriffic way to double your odds...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironartist View Post
    What gets me is the guys throughout the rest of the year that talk say hey lets do this or go here then when it comes down they are off doing it with other buddies. I often go out of my way to help others weather for them personally or when asked to do for the community I jump in with both feet and follow it through to completion,. But about may or june they will talk of the good hunt thats being planned be invited in and prior to the hunt for one reason or the other if there's no room I'm the one that gets left out. Guess thats just how it goes and you find out the word friend is just a casual saying in passing(or other words a big ***** joke)
    The fix for that is to stop waiting to be invited on a planned hunt and do the inviting. You be the big dog on the hunt and let the others be the tag-a-longs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironartist View Post
    Yes it is, but seems to me I've tried to get guys from the black gun group to go shoot, months ago but gave that idea up. And again I am just looked over, again such is life. Oh hey and to you ya might check your p.m.'s cuz I sent you one to. Guess I've always been the outsider
    I must have something set wrong because I saw a notification but when I went to my inbox there wasn't anything new. Go figure. I'll try and shoot you one. As for the subject of this thread I should have mentioned I crapped out this year too. Life got in the way..
    "If your not the lead dog.... the view never changes"

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    Frostbitten is defiitely right. And HTL, the fact that you're self taugt (I'll bet you read and watch the dvds though) means you haven't picked up bad habbits. Let's face it, there are lots of "hunters" who will tell you tall tails of hunting adventures. Then they confess they haven't had much, if any success. Learning from the wrong person can be worse than having to self-teach. That being said, I have gotten some great advise from a few of you in this forum. You know who you are. And I really am thankful to you. I have already started planning for next August hunt and a separate hunt in September. So I'll be hitting the books and possibly PMing some of you for pointers.

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