Every so often I enjoy going through past hunting pictures that bring up fond memories. This particular picture is of my successful moose hunt in 89. Man, where did 30 years go by. Me on the right posing.
So many great moments where shared around a campfire sharing tales of past hunts and wilderness adventures. Also planning strategy for next days hunt. Here you would lay out your plan of travel and what markers you would use the next day so you could be found if injured or lost. My carry along would be compass, map, waterproof matches, space blanket, few high energy bars and full box of bullets. In my many moose hunts I never had to spend a night in the woods but came close a few times, chuckle. I will also add out in the wilderness I felt closest to God and experienced such peace in my heart, mind and soul.
Next it was time to head into the tent with a small propane heater going. You tucked your next days clothes into the sleeping bag with you to wake up with warm clothing. Then upon wakeup head to the kitchen tent for that first cup of hot coffee. After a light breakfast it was time to pitter patter after moose. Not every hunt was successful but every hunt held a memorable adventure.
Picture are so important . They can bring back such great memories . Looks like a Browning lever . What caliber ? What bullet ? What scope ? Chris
You're right, Browning BLR .308, 200grain Silver Tip and Weaver Scope with see through mounts. When MNR visited our camp site to check licenses they estimated bull was 2-1/2 years old and weight about 900lbs.
I didn't catch the the see through mounts . This was back before everyone thought they needed a Super Magnum to kill a moose . Chris
It's not a good quality picture like today. I agree you don't need magnum fire power for one these animals, just good shot placement. Also never think you missed until you investigate. They don't go down easy. Hit mine twice in the boiler room and he started to walk away for about 50ft before he laid down. While down he was swaying his head back and forth and I immediately put another shot behind his head to put him out of his misery. That's when the chore of recovery began.
You still managed to get the entire carcass back to camp an din the air in one piece. That is impressive. Even with ATVs that is very hard to do.
You are right on the money about ATV's playing a major roll. I was lucky to down this boy about 170yds from a roadway. Four hunters in 2 ATV's came by and offered to help haul this boy in one piece. With a chainsaw I cut a path back to the road for the ATV'S, that hooked in tantum and dragged the moose to the road. There were 8 of us and managed to get him on the trailer. Oh yeah he was eviscerated before moving him. Once back at camp it was a simple matter of building a tripod over the trailer and with a pulley haul him up. The boys that helped were invited back to our camp for some brews and supper. It was a celebration by the campfire for all before the night was over.