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September 30, 2001, 11:57 AM
60" bull taken on the Mulchatna river, Sept 13th.
September 30, 2001, 09:28 PM
Nice! Someone told me they don't taste too good, though...:(
What caliber'd you swat him with? Bullet?
September 30, 2001, 09:45 PM
Spectre - You are not supposed to eat those antlers, you just hang them on the wall. :)
Tony N - That is one big beautiful animal!!! Did you go on a guided hunt, or wander around on your own? How was the trip? Come on now, you can't just tease us with a picture like that!
September 30, 2001, 10:05 PM
Spectre, you ever, ever, found any animal whose meat didn't taste good? I sure haven't*. What I have found is folks who don't know how to field dress, butcher, or cook.
*I grant that jackrabbits are tougher'n old boots, but that's entirely different from the flavor.
September 30, 2001, 10:21 PM
Well...... since you asked.
The bull was taken Sept.13th on the upper Mulchatna river in Alaska.
The hunt was a unguided float moose/caribou hunt outfitted by Ketchum Air out of Anchorage.
Fishing was pretty good. I caught about a zillion grayling, 2 or 3 dozen rainbows (some over 20") and two late silvers.
Saw about 20 caribou, but didn't get a chance to take a nice bull.
Before I got this moose, we chased one as big, (if not bigger) two nights in a row at an upstream hunting location.
We called this one with cow calls, grunting and brush rakeing.
Shot him at about 70 yards. One double lung shot spun him around and another slightly higher/farther back anchored him.
Load was 61 grains 4350 under a 175 grain Grand Slam, Remington brass, delivered via a Remington 700 ss 7mm mag.
Tagged him at 11 a.m. and the last load of meat was in camp at 10:30 p.m.
Moose tenderloin roasted over an open fire tastes better than any steak you've ever had.
Boned-out we had 535 lbs of moose burger, moose sausage, moose jerky, moose roast, moose steak, etc......
October 1, 2001, 10:38 AM
Excellent post. We need more like that in this forum.
My last hunt? Two hours of walking the hills. Saw several at long range, but nothing to take a shot at. Finally, on the way back to the car, my buddy and I got decent looks. Two shots, two kills.
Fully dressed, the Hungarian partridge yielded several ounces of nice meat.
The load was Estate 20ga., 7/8 oz. of size 7.5 shot. From a 2-trigger Brazilian SXS.
October 1, 2001, 02:35 PM
Congratulations! Cooler weather, and posts like this, may get me in the mood for opening day (next Saturday-whitetail-bow-me) after all! Thanks for the pic.
October 2, 2001, 12:51 PM
Moose is absolutely delicious! It's right up there with elk, in my opinion. I think the bigger critters are less grainy than smaller deer, etc. They're all good, but I can't imagine anyone criticizing moose unless they got ahold of some that was handled badly.
By the way, everyone seems to be tagging moose in Alaska this year. We had a couple of back to back bad winters some years ago that really hurt the population. Since then, they've had some rather severe antler restrictions (50" or better) but it appears that it has finally paid off. All those younger animals are reaching maturity and well.... see Tony's picture above!
Everyone is getting moose between 58 and 62 inches, which are fine trophies by any standard! Maybe we'll see the return of the 70 inchers in a few years!
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