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Old 09-23-2021, 11:13 AM
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This season was to be a bow zone combo: whitetails early, moose during the rut. Having seen moose on the property 4 years in a row I was somewhat confident that it would happen. Thing is, every 3blade moose hunt is a clufster duck: been charged twice, almost drowned, almost froze, stuck in the mud, wolves circling the tent, vehicle mishaps etc etc etc.

5 big mature bucks showed up in August so I was completely focused on a PR whitetail. Shot a doe on the first day, meat in the freezer, now I can be picky. Passed fawns and forkies for three weeks with only rare far off glimpses of the big guys - even when you do everything right, they just know whatís up. Last couple sits were very slow and nothing interesting on trail cams.

Yesterday I decided to switch it up, went in and moved my ground blind to a pinch point that had plenty of tracks, put out some scent wicks, and settled in to call. At the 15&45 min marks I did a series of grunts, at the 30 and hour marks I cow called. 7 pm I heard thunder in the distance, started packing up, something stopped me mid step told me to wait. I no sooner sat back down than a cow, calf and bull trotted 2 FEET past my blind - I would have met them head on had I opened the door - dang it stop! let out a loud UGHHHH! and the bull turned back. Draw30aimreleaseTHUMP the lighted nock disappears right where I was looking. He bolts, I scramble to get out of the blind, round the corner just in time to see him drop 80 yards away - HELL YEAH!! FIRST BULL MOOSE!!! Well 5 seconds later it starts raining and flashing so I duck back in the blind. The storm closes in, thunder shaking the ground, hail, blinding flashes, whatever, Iím happily calling family to let em know. Itíll blow over right? It does in a few minutes. So I get out in the field to tag and take pictures, only to be greeted by the second, much bigger storm on the horizon and closing fast. Ohhhh crap. I donít wanna do this in an open field. Call the landowner, in minutes he graciously brings out the bobcat and drops the moose nuts guts and all into the truck box. Start driving home and hit the second worst storm Iíve ever been in...torrential rain, nonstop lightning and hail, 4x4 and 60 km/h on the henday. Thought the hail was gonna come through the windshield. Got home and looked at the drowned, very large critter in the box. Well I can tie it to a tree and drop it, but everything is soaked and muddy - just do it where itís at. FWIW, cutting up a moose is not any easier in the box of a truck - I do not recommend. But itís better than no moose. Plenty of help from my poor mom, laughing, swearing, blood and moose puke later (gutless method - he over pressured - head off the tailgate so no meat damage but what a smell), 3:30 am heís on the makeshift meat pole, itís 3 degrees and windy, and Iím done. What a day.
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Old 09-23-2021, 11:54 AM
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Awesome story! Congrats
Great tips there as well. Experience speaks volumes.

That was a heck of a storm. I caught some great slo mo lightning video east of Ardrossan. Then the hail came thundering down.
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:06 PM
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Great story, thanks for sharing and congratulations on your first Moose.
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:09 PM
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I am sure you got a few looks making your way back to edmonton....awesome bull!!!!
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:10 PM
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awesome stuff 3Blade. Congrats!
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:11 PM
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Congrats on your moose. Enjoy those steaks and burger this winter.
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:34 PM
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Hard earned
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Old 09-23-2021, 12:51 PM
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Good for you! That's the perfect sized critter to make some fine table fare. Enjoy!
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Old 09-23-2021, 01:09 PM
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Congrats! All of that hard work will make the meat that much tastier!

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Old 09-23-2021, 01:18 PM
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Congrats ! way to slug er out.
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Old 09-23-2021, 01:31 PM
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Good job, great story! Congrats. I imagine doing that in the box of a truck would have been awful. I got a bull about that size 3 seasons ago. All I could see was the back of his head so that's where he got it. And then he dropped right in a big pile of dead wood. Couldn't roll him, move him, just stuck right in there. What a bloody nightmare. So, a truck box sounds just about as bad.
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congrats! i hope its my turn next thursday, just without the rain and puke
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That is so awesome. What a story! One that you'll remember for a lifetime.

Congratulations on the bull!
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Congrats! Nice little pygmy Moose.
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Old 09-23-2021, 03:05 PM
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Old 09-23-2021, 05:11 PM
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good eats congrats
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Old 09-23-2021, 05:35 PM
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Old 09-23-2021, 10:06 PM
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Great pic & write up. Thanks for sharing. Well done!
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Well done! And a great read. Thx for sharing.
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Old 09-23-2021, 11:30 PM
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Terrific read. Great hunt. Congrats
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Old 09-23-2021, 11:51 PM
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That's a great hunting story. Well done.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:06 PM
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Beauty Critter bud!!!!!! Congrats!!!!

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Love a great story, congrats!
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