Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Moose Hunting

This was my first experience hunting in Alaska. My friend Brad talked to some people and got the best info on where to hunt. We hunted near a town called Delta Junction. It will be on a map if you Google it. We were out hunting for about 2 hours when we saw this moose from a ridge. We went down after it, and after a small chase I had a shot and took it. My first shot stopped it, and my second dropped it. It has a 55 inch spread with 4 brow tines on one side and 5 on the other. After we shot it, it took us 10 1/2 hours to get it back to my truck. Needless to say the work begins once you shoot a moose. An average bull moose weighs 1200 lbs. We almost didn't make it out with everything. It was one of the hardest days of my life! I am going to have it mounted!! Rachael is so thrilled about that!

Here is my Field and Stream pose.

Here is my friend Brad going over the hunting regs to make sure we take all the meat we are supposed to. My trusty Polaris Ranger is in the background as well. If it had not been for it, we would have never made it. If you are in the market for an ATV/UTV, I strongly suggest this model. Polaris made a beast of a machine when they made this one!!

This next picture is a little graphic, but it shows just how much the Ranger can hold. We had the entire moose as well as our gear in the bed of the Ranger and made it through swamps, muskeg, over trees, and through rivers. The Ranger is king of quads!!


Kayla said...

Oh my....don't think I could watch that. That thing was massive! Will you have to buy a another freezer just to fit all that meat into!?

McKinney Madness said...

Did the meat not spoil like that? I didn't even think about how in the world you'd get it back to the truck after killing it. Kudos to you!! I guess that Polaris did come in handy!