My son with his first moose.
He used a Ruger Mk II 300 Win Mag in the laminate stock. He's 6' 6" and needed a little length so the stock was left as is and a long recoil pad added. We took in 695 # of meat (on the bone) to the butcher so estimate the live weight at between 1000-1100#. 8 of us hunted ended up with 3 bulls which beats normal hunting standards pretty well. My son's bull was a 58", the other was a 50" and one was a smaller one that was legal under an any bull tag. My son had drawn one of those along with two others in the party and that's how we happened to be hunting up there. Alaska is tougher to hunt that most people realize. When I first moved here 30 years ago there were over 250,000 moose. Today there are less than 100,000. But they have some many wolves fish and game are embarassed to talk about those numbers. One of the guys also got a wolf. Lots of wolf tracks up there. A day or so later we heard 4 wolves calling to each other, I guess they found something else to try to kill.
I was sure glad to see him get that moose. What with school and work over the years he's had very little time to hunt and it was certainly his time. Of course I'm proud of him.
The trip itself was a real booger. It was in a very tough location to get to. We were invited by people who hadn't done this trip before. One of the main obstacles was that there is a pretty good size river to cross and you have to take 4 wheelers in to get back far enough. The guys had a great plan, just not one they had ever tried. I was hard pressed to put my ATV on the boat which had a platform for the ATV but wasn't rated for that kind of weight and they used a ratchet strap on the gunnels to make them more rigid. We hauled in 5 ATV's and an Argo (really old one) one of the ATV's an Arctic Cat had to be pulled out, plus we had 4 ATV trailers to haul gear. Some of the people we hadn't met before and will NEVER hunt with again. If we go back there I would prefer we hired professionals to take our stuff across, as it's just too big a deal and too much risk if you get stranded. That time of the year the water gets lower in the river and regular streams virtually daily. That doesn't mean in some of the small streams you couldn't drown a 4 wheeler though and for sure you could drown anything in the river.