I'm heading out on my first AK moose float hunt this fall with a couple buddies. We are currently working through the details of the hunt with Mike. I was just thinking of a few items I haven't had a chance to chat with Mike about yet. I am wondering how some of you guys, who have done this a few times, handle the following...
How do you determine the shooting order among a group of 3 guys (2 rafts)? I'm sure something as simple as rock/paper/scissors, high card from a deck of cards, or putting #'s in a hat and drawing can easily determine the shooting order? I would think you could then use that order and change the shooter each day until you run out of days or until a hunter takes his moose? But what about some of the more subtle aspects/scenarios surrounding shooting order? For example... guy in trailing raft behind raft with two hunters (and the hunter with shooting priority that day), sees legal bull on shore but shooter in front raft doesn't see? Take the shot or try to signal shooter in front raft? I'm sure there are many scenarios like that? I've very curious what has worked for guys, what hasn't, etc. I can see where a messed up shooting order could cause some hard feelings on a "1x/lifetime hunt" if not agreed to in advance?
Meat Care Responsibilities
Certainly all parties pitch-in to help a successful hunter butcher and get a moose back to the raft/camp. But what about after the meat is back in camp? Do all parties pitch in on the daily caring for meat(checking temperature, periodically checking the meat, repositioning the meat, setting up shade tarps, moving the meat, etc. or does this become solely the responsibility of the successful hunter? What about loading meat into the rafts? All pitch in or responsibility of successful hunter? I think I have answered this item for myselt... it is important to do whatever is necessary to care for the meat and maximize the chance of getting it out without spoilage. Even though the meat is primarily the responsibility of the successful hunter, if help is needed, particularly if requested, it is provided gladly... with the reciprical expected by the other hunters in group. I can see where this is less of a factor if there is going to be a division of the meat among huntes at the end of the hunt vs. successful hunter taking home what he wants and donating rest to the needy vs. getting processed and shipping home.
Are there other aspects of the hunt where there is a team dynamic that is good to think about and talk about before the hunt? Certainly division of expertise/knowledge building prior to the hunt, providing of shared gear, and equitable division of camp responsibilities. But are there others that a first time group of hunters might not think about, particularly hunters who are use to solo hunts or solo spike camps out of a base camp of hunters?