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Now it's real! I got my first moose today

TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula MemberPosts: 356 Member
This morning opened up pretty cold for the time of the year. It was a crispy 10 degrees F when we started our hunting day. It was our first drive and it had lasted for about 30 minutes when I saw a dark shadow passing light between the trees a few hundreds yards away from me. It didn't take long to see that a moose cow with calf were coming towards me. My father was a couple hundred yards from me and I whispered to my hunting radio that a couple of moose is coming right where he is. Soon I heard dad's Tikka's bark and focused to see if the cow comes to shooting distance. (we have a rule that you are supposed to shoot calf first and wait for it to fall until you are allowed to shoot the cow...)
Dad radioed that calf was shot and after about 30 seconds I saw the cow about 120 yards away from me. I took the shot aiming for the lung shot. It was a tight spot between the trees and I didn't see any marks of the bullet landing so I reloaded my rifle and pulled the trigger. I saw it hit the moose and a couple seconds later cow started to stumble. Later when I rushed to shoot the headshot I noticed that first would have been enough alone.

So, I got a big cow and my father got a calf. It was a nice hunting day for both of us. This was my first moose ever and I felt privileged to get an opportunity to hunt and shoot it.









To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
-William Blake-

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  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 356 Member




    To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
    -William Blake-
  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 24,984 Senior Member
    Pretty country, good hunt!
    -Zorba, "The Veiled Male"

    "If you get it and didn't work for it, someone else worked for it and didn't get it..."
    )O(
  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    Beautiful morning!
    That's a big lotta meat.
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  • jaywaptijaywapti Senior Member Posts: 5,032 Senior Member
    Congratulations on a good hunt.

    JAY
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  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,464 Senior Member
    Absolutely beautiful!

    Well done.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    That is awesome! Congratulations.
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  • jbp-ohiojbp-ohio Senior Member Posts: 10,663 Senior Member
    I bet that calf is going to taste awesome!
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  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
    That is great. What cartridge and rifle did you use?
  • RugerFanRugerFan Senior Member Posts: 2,689 Senior Member
    Awesome hunt, beautiful country !!!!!!!
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,364 Senior Member
    Excellent!!!!!

    Great to see that you have your first. Love the look of the terrain and scenery.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 356 Member
    That is great. What cartridge and rifle did you use?

    Remington 798 in 30-06
    To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
    -William Blake-
  • tubabucknuttubabucknut Banned Posts: 3,520 Senior Member
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    That looks like it will get coldern'ell up that way. Congratulations on the moose-s(?). Were you able to drive up close to them?
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    Congrats on a great meat hunt. The 30-06 gets the job done, again.

    D
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  • RocketmanRocketman Banned Posts: 1,118 Senior Member
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,126 Senior Member
    Congratulations on a good hunt.
  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 356 Member
    That looks like it will get coldern'ell up that way. Congratulations on the moose-s(?). Were you able to drive up close to them?

    The cow was on top of the steep hill. Perhaps 50 feet high. All the treese had been cut down a few years ago so there were a lot of stumps that made it difficult to move. We could get a car to about 100 yards away from the moose. Gravity took mostly care of the hill as we use plastic "slead" where we put moose. Rest of the way there were a six men packed with some elbow grease and we pulled the rest of the way. Calf had to be pulled for about 300 yards from the place where it fell.
    To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
    -William Blake-
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    We have used super cheap plastic sleds for dragging deer a time or two. Stobs are never good.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
    Dad 5-31-13
  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Senior Member Posts: 2,725 Senior Member
    Congratulations on your first Moose!

    That is awesomely beautiful country! Any forester who sees these timber stands will immediately want to get in them to marvel at Nature's beauty up close!!
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Congratulations Turdus, well done. That was a nice narrative with beautiful photos. The only thing that would have made it better would have been that used a muzzleloader, if that is legal. You live in a beautiful place but it looks pretty cold. Keep yer powder dry..........robin
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,227 Senior Member
    Congratulations!

    In all my years of hunting, I've seen exactly 2 moose. They were a cow and a calf, and the cow looked huge.

    :win:
    Jerry

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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Wow, man. That's a LOT of meat. Congrats. I can't get over how pretty your hunting area is.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • bullsi1911bullsi1911 Moderator Posts: 12,043 Senior Member
    Very nice! Congrats.

    I think I would rather hunt in that cold than the 81 degrees and humid I had this weekend
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  • TurdusMerulaTurdusMerula Member Posts: 356 Member
    Wambli Ska wrote: »
    Your re-entry into the hunting world has been pretty darn good success I'd say. Congratulations!

    Thanks to you and every one else for the congrats...

    Yes, you are right about my success! During the end of the summer I never even imagined that I would be this lucky. I was prepared to stalk one deer as it was first agreed with the hunting club. I would have been very happy with even that. Now I have got a roe deer, couple of deers and now a big moose cow. And the season is still in halfway towards the end. Anything can still happen. Moose season continues to the end of the December and our "entourage" still have licenses for a total of eight moose. One bull, two cows and five calves. Deer season continues 'til the end of the January. And we still have licenses for at least one for me if I have a chance to shoot it.

    I've been so lucky with my new coming to hunting.
    To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour
    -William Blake-
  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 8,501 Senior Member
    It's always great to fill a tag when it's 10 degrees!! Great hunt!!
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