Well, after such a long wait of getting out there to hunt, here is my report back to you all.
Monday- Saw nothing for moose, not even a track. Did see three partridge, about a dozen hawks, bald eagle, weasle and that was all.
Tuesday- Changed areas, saw two moose first thing in the morning. Unfortunately, someone came a long and scared them off. Not even sure what they were. Saw three partridge, hawk and a realy nice black bear. A good 325-350 pounder (I used to work in a bear camp- I ussually got the guessed weight pretty close- but they can be deceiving) Saw a few moose taken. BUt we went home empty handed.
BY Wednesday, the riding around on bumpy roads was getting a little tiresome for us all, especially me being seven months pregnant. Fog was unreal. Well, there was a road we went up and around in the area the day before, on that road was a short little distance that went through a potato field then hit on to an old cut that was grown back up. Looked like an AWESOME moose hunting area but so darn rough and just a short little trail that turned into private property. Well, I hated that road and my father wasn't too excited about it either but for some reason we decided to go up in there. Once we got in that cut a little cow (wouldn't have been 300 pounds dressed weight) run through the brush and out in the road. We got out, that little thing was in the sites but I couldn't do it, luckily, up to the right of us was a bunch of trashing and beating around around, look up, to see a real nice cow standing there. One shot, she was down. The calf stuck around most of the time, real nice bull down to the left of us too. He was getting pretty upset that we were there but it took us two hours (including changing a flat tire and calling everyone we knew). The moose was 150 feet off of the road, quite a clear stretch, just some brush and stuff from where it was cut. Her dressed weight was 575 pounds. I was happy- not a bit of fat. We got a lot of meat off of that moose.
I just have a hard time wondering how her little one done. Think that the little one made it alright if it wasn't shot? Will it be able to survive on it's own out there? I know this happens all the time but I am pretty sensitive, maybe just from beign pregnant. Kind of bothered me to think we were leaving that little feller out there.
Needless to say, we got our moose! And boy she is good eating. I did look at the signs that were up for weights in Zone 1, 2 and some of 3. The moose being taken aren't too monsterous. The biggest bull was 880 biggest cow was 630. Lots of younger bulls. Sad part is there were some on there being taken as antlerless that were tiny. Suppose they were real tender but too small. Saw a few that were around 250 and someone even shot a 150 pound bull calf (tagged as antlerless). Sad that folks don't let them grow up a little.