Posts tagged: hunting season

The Best-Laid Plans of Moose and Men

By , October 8, 2010

Yesterday, the last day of the Tier II Moose Hunt, was sunny and cool, a perfect day for hunting. Michelle went into town to help a friend and attend yoga class, so Aly and I planned to hunt “the Moose Highway” up the ridge, to see if there were any young, foolish and love-sick bulls around, and/or maybe some mushrooms.

Before we left, I had a few things to take care of, and called Michelle to confer on a point. She told me that a couple of trees had fallen on the trail during the recent storm. One was small, and could probably be thrown off the trail, she said, but the other one had blocked a good portion of the trail at a narrow gap. She described it as being “as big as any we’ve moved off the trail.” Continue reading 'The Best-Laid Plans of Moose and Men'»

Dispatch #1 from the Alaskan Moose Hunting Grounds

By , September 24, 2009

This year’s Tier II Subsistence Moose Hunt isn’t going well. Harvest numbers are down, while illegal kills are way up. If the better hunters are bagging illegal bulls, my chances must be slim indeed!

To be legal, a moose must have the proper antler configuration. This limits the number of bulls that can be taken, and culls non-trophy antler configurations. It also means that once a hunter finds a moose, he or she must spend extra time examining the animal to make sure its antlers are “legal.”  Imagine playing “how many fingers?” with an enemy soldier on the battleground. Continue reading 'Dispatch #1 from the Alaskan Moose Hunting Grounds'»

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