Well it all started with a phone call from Bronco asking if I was ready to go on the 20A antlerless moose huntÖ I thought he was going to work on his broke down ford over the weekend but I guess hunting was/more important. So come Thursday after work we are running around on post getting things together. We get one sled loaded up and we take off to my house in Wasilla I realized I forgot to by a tow pintle for one of my sleds so we stop in Eagle River and they have none so we continue on to Wasilla. The wind is howling across the hay flats and the rented sled from MWR the windshield cracked/blew in half. We get to my house and Bronco and another buddy load my sleds on the trailer while I go get ready ie grab my gear and guns and get permission from the wife to go.
So we load up and off we go first stop Glenn Allen well first stop was Wal-Mart so Bronco could get his McDonalds fix. So after McDonalds we are on our way to Glenn Allen. We get there about 1100-1130 that night well maybe it was 12 who knows. We stop at Mod-Elan place because he is going as well. Around 0500-0530 we get on the road stop at the hub for gas and take off for delta jct. We get their around who 0830-0900 I guess. We stop take advantage of fillíer up Friday so we top off the tanks and take off toward Birch Lake. We got to birch lake and go additional mile to the trail head pull off, and we down load the sleds and camping gear. We take off; current temp was cold around -28. We are headed up the little delta river and it is cold but we are bundled up pretty good so we go about 30 miles until we get to the east and west fork of the little delta. We set up camp and relax for the rest of the evening. Before we go to bed, we check the temp and it say -38. I said that cannot be right but everyone but me was in agreement that was the right temp. We get up in the morning and the temps are not improving it is now -44 holy $&!@ it is cold we get the sleds fired up fueled up and off we go moose hunting did I mention it was -44.
So we go about 6 miles up the west fork of the little delta and get up on the high ground with Mod Elan breaking trail we went for awhile and we stopped and started glassing and a moose is spotted bedded down. So Bronco told me to take the other guy down who has never shot anything and try to get a shot on the moose. So we move on down on our sleds we get to about 200yds or so and the moose stand up and another shows up so two moose. I told the other fella to get up next to me and get ready to shoot I have no idea what he was doing I do know he asked me if I wanted him to shoot off hand I told him yes. By then the moose were getting nervous and starting to move. So I said heck with it and touched off my 350 mag next thing you bullets are flying one moose goes down the other is hauling @$$ leaving the county. We hop on the sled get over there and the one moose is trying to get up so I pop him in the head and it is all over with.
So after picture taking we start the task off skinning and I will tell you it is not fun skinning a moose at -44 it took us about an 3 hours to do it, itís funny how a knife will stick to a moose meat like glue ( I know Vince will be by soon and tell us how he skinned 4 moose out in -60 weather by himself in 1 hour) So we got it done all loaded minus a few problems with a sled we had to leave up on the mtn over night things went okay. Next day we went up to recover the other sled and Mod Elan drug it back it work on it while Bronco and I did some moose hunting it was a balmy -30 something on Sunday. We hunted for a few hours and Mod Elan shows up and asks if we want to keep hunting Bronco said nah lets head back to camp. At this point the fun meter was on empty and I was not feeling very motivated about skinning another moose in negative anything weather.