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    We booked a moose float with 40 Mile Air, we showed up the day before our scheduled departure and checked in with 40 mile, finished our paper work and weighed our gear. The next day we awoke to nothing but rain, but by 5 pm the weather broke and they started to shuttle us out in a super cub. This would be my second float in the last 2 weeks, the goal for the first hunt was to get my buddy a good bull caribou and some meat for the freezer, it would be the same for this one. One nice bull moose and a meat bull.
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    Day one had us getting our gear set up for a short float to the main river. Water levels were very high and had to float thru some trees and willows to avoid log jams, the Pro Pioneer once again was the ticket

    Getting it ready for its second hunt of the year
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    We saw two nice bulls right off that batt, one with a cow who wouldnt budge and the other we bedded down, but was long gone the next day. On day two we moved camp to an area that had burned and had a nice hill to glass and call from. With in an hour we had two bulls coming in from different directions. The big guy came in with an attitude, grunting and racking the trees. My buddies 350 Griffen dropped him at 100yrds. We continued to call and within 5 mins the small guy came in and done deal, two moose down, goal obtained. 51" and 28"
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    We spent the next 3.5 hours taking care of our two moose, bagged and hanged at the kill site for the night, we spent the next day packing both moose to the river, what a chore
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    Once the rafts were loaded we started our float to the take out. High water had us moving at a good pace.
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    Took us about 16 hours of total float time to make it out, lots of class II and some Class III, the loaded rafts handled it without issue
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    What a year, even though my sheep hunt was a bust due to weather, both the Caribou and Moose hunts were great. Already making plans for next year
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    Nice trip and looks like excellent weather congrats

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    Well done guys, looks like 40 mile treated you right. Thanks for sharing.

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    lovin' the pics of your rig. working on outfitting mine as we speak. Is that one of 450's rowing frames?



    Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing

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    Yes it is, Rob came up with a great design for us, Its really sturdy, brakes down easily, doesnt ware on the tubes.

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    shhhh..... trying to get him to build me one as we speak

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    We work together, so Ill hear one way or the other

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    nicely done, congrats! i, too, would have popped the meat bull. your freezer should be overflowing by now...can't eat the antlers anyway

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    Two bulls at one time from the same spotting hill...not often accomplished!
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    That was a great hunt and killing the 2 bulls at one time was just a bonus. Also having 2 bulls down at the same time was not as bad as I thought it might be.

    The canoes also worked great and handled the loads with no problem. Time to start planning for next year.

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    Great report and nice picture to boot. bulls in 3.5 hrs, me thinks someone knows what they are doing!

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    There wasn't much talking going on for sure plus we were racing against daylight. Best part in that operation is I only stabed my hand once. :-)

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    Congrats guys on a great hunt .2 bulls at one time is really neat for sure.
    Nice pictures . What brand is the green raft ?? Not sure I ever seen one of them.
    Thanks for the story.

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    Great story, and congrats. I'm in Afganistan right now, wishing I was back in AK making some memories of my own. But until I get back in a couple weeks, I enjoy reading post like this, thanks for posting. I would love to learn about float hunting if you ever have time for a few questions thanks.

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