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    Default A 2017 Moose Hunt

    We set off to explore new country, and had 18 days to do it. Moose is what I like to chase, and my son had a hard on for Caribou. I first took him caribou hunting at age seven, and now after twenty years, chasing moose, he wanted his first bou. Access to back country is by moose buggy. Our rigs are built to handle mud, float bogs, cross rivers, but they can get stuck.
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    We are in a beautiful place!
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    After setting up camp for a long stay, typically find a place to spot from.
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    Blue berries are ripe. Pan size pancakes.
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    We have a rule. He who first spots game has first shot. Kyle finds this guy,
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    And verifing over 50", we call, scatch him up
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    Moose down a nice 60" bull
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    To be continued...
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    Keep it coming!

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    I'm going to need to see a separate thread on that ride you have. Looks impressive

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    This is getting me fired up for Sept.!!!!!!!!

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    The hike back to camp was about two miles. Now late afternoon, we gathered up the moose recovery gear and headed back. After more photo's, it was decided that we should get closer to camp befoe dark. Kyle built his moose buggy over two years, and this was his first hunt, with it. He wanted to haul moose, with the new truck.
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    I picked his moose and set it hooves in the air, for a better pick.
    Happy boy, moose loaded.

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    Got back near camp just after sundown, where we field dressed and skinned bullwinkle.
    Next day quartered and hung on the meat poles.

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    Weather changed, socked in! Visability was poor the next few days.

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    Flip'N for moose
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    September is prime time for hunting Alaska. Love the fall colors.
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    Young bulls

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    Awesome picts. Being a Floridian can you take moose vehicle any ware or just designated areas. Just curious and thanks for the post

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    great stuff

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    Monster trucks and hunting.. perfect combination! Cool story so far.

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    Awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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    It's good you had that truck. I'd get worn out carrying those antlers.

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    rlmmatt,

    Designated areas are in the hunting regulations for each Game Management Unit.
    Areas "closed to motorized vehicles"
    "restricted to vehicles less than 1,000 lbs. GVW"
    "restrict off-road vehicles to designated trails"
    Alaska is blessed with countless miles of trail. ATV's, SxS, 4wd, tracked rigs, and big off road trucks are common. Each summer we explore new areas.
    Hunting has everyone making mud in August & September

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    Moose is work! Gets easier with mechanical assist.

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    Sometimes the clouds drop to the ground, fog rolls in, usually wet. Wind can blow hard, making spotting or just sitting misrable. It's a good time to sharpen knives, clean rifles, tidy up camp. Nap. Sucks when it carries on for days.

    Finally sunrise.

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    We climb a hill for better spotting. Three of us scanning 360*, usual caribou about.

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    Light is getting better and I spot a cow moose with the binos. Zoom in by scope, find another. Then he steps out. Same bull we saw days earlier, hanging with a larger buddy. I already know this one is legal. Time to move, we got a mile to cover. Brush is chest high, we skirt a beaver pond, now within several hundred yards. Morning Tempratue is just below freezing, frosty, but I'm sweat'n. Took this picture

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    On the edge of trees, in heavy brush, he is steps away from being gone.
    I instructed Kyle to begin a brush scrape, bull grunt challange. The bull had cows and it wasnt expected that he would leave them. Plan was to draw his attention, while I slipped down a draw to get closer without notice. Moving through brush makes alot of noise.
    Got as close as the terrian allowed, aways off yet. To get steady, dropped the pack, set up the scope tripod for a rest. On my knees, high enough to clear the brush, I got loose, held the breath, then sqeezed one off.
    There is a first time for everything! Maybe a bit to loose.


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    The guys came down and my brother ranged it at 360 yards. Then that bull stood up, started making a hard limp toward the trees! Second shot put him back in the brush.
    I did mention thick brush. It took quite awhile to locate Mr. Big.

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    Looks like a hot sunny day coming on, bugs starting to fly. We hike back to camp.
    Lunch, Moose Jalapeno cheese dogs, beans with onions. Not just for dinner any more.

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    Then back to give this moose a lift.

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    Great pics thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BearFoot View Post
    rlmmatt,

    Designated areas are in the hunting regulations for each Game Management Unit.
    Areas "closed to motorized vehicles"
    "restricted to vehicles less than 1,000 lbs. GVW"
    "restrict off-road vehicles to designated trails"
    Alaska is blessed with countless miles of trail. ATV's, SxS, 4wd, tracked rigs, and big off road trucks are common. Each summer we explore new areas.
    Hunting has everyone making mud in August & September



    Thanks for getting back and adding a little knowledge to the toolbox

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    Great pictures great hunt!

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    A few more pics as we load him up. Had a bear come clean up Kyles pile at night, thought we would dress this one out in the same spot.

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    He is very pleased with the trucks moose hauling capabilities.

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    Moose Buggies

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    After what I went through to get my Alaska/Yukon moose, I'm having a tough time wrapping my head around this thread.

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    I'm thoroughly enjoying your story. Those trucks are pretty awesome, I can see how they'd be great tools when used responsibly.

    Keep the story coming!

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    It would SURE be interesting if you could integrate a scale on that "moose lift".

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    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

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    Very cool! How about a little more on those trucks? You running Rockwells under them? Can't get a very good look in those pics. That, and Alaska is HUGE! Whereabouts are you from/hunt?
    Guns don't kill people. Dads with pretty daughters do!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave N View Post
    Very cool! How about a little more on those trucks? You running Rockwells under them? Can't get a very good look in those pics. That, and Alaska is HUGE! Whereabouts are you from/hunt?
    Rockwells they are.
    Living 40+ years in Alaska, hunt off the road system. Early days by boot leather, horse, then 3 wheelers, 4 wheeler, 6x6, now the ultimate side by side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gary View Post
    It would SURE be interesting if you could integrate a scale on that "moose lift".
    Scale would be fun. Moose are heavy=moose is work.

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