Posts tagged: moose hunting

Hunting Haunts

By , September 22, 2012

The Tier II Subsistence Moose Hunt has begun in Haines, and, unlike last year, I have a permit.

This year I resolved to change my methods. Normally, I hunt moose here on the peninsula, usually an excellent place to meet moose, whether we choose to or not—except during the rut, with which the hunt more or less coincides. Once the hormones start to percolate, the moose seem to head off to the moose Riviera or other romantic getaways to do their honeymooning. Every year I see evidence that they actually do mate here, but it seems to take place almost exclusively after dark, when hunting isn’t allowed.

So, I had not intended to visit the places I often go to hunt moose near the homestead. Then, my strategy changed again.

Just before the end of the hunt, we will leave the homestead for an important two week trip. That means that the homestead must be ready for winter before we depart. Moose hunting has to accommodate this preparation, which includes filling the firewood shelter, gathering compost biofilter, and a lot of other activities.

The solution seems to be to haul my rifle along on my errands. Keeping it handy while I buck up a deadfall or cut beach grass seems like a good idea; there’s no telling when a moose might happen along.

So it was that, camo-clad and lugging my favorite rifle, I wandered through the woods with a pack to carry biofilter, and my mushroom bag.

sacred space

One man’s sacred space is another man’s hole in the ground (Photo: Mark Zeiger).

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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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