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That looks like fun. No fishing?
We fished a bit but didn't catch anything big. We will try a bit more this fall.
Always enjoy your videos David. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.
Looks like you had a good time thanks for sharing!
Nice video, guys! I’d moose hunt every year, if I could!
It was a tough hunt, but still a great time. I thought I should give some context to this years hunt.
We went for 12 full hunt days. On day 3 Carcus and our buddy Greg got into some great action and almost sealed the deal on a potential B&C bull. It was a cat and mouse game and they got close, but just no shot opportunity due to the thick growth. They finally saw it at 100 yards in the wide open. Maybe we need to start practicing to 100 yards?
Then 2 days later I went there with Carcus and it was a clear calm morning with some frost. An hour into calling we got a bull responding, this is one of the best sounds that nature can produce. He took 20 minutes to come in and would rake along the way. Carcus backed up 100 yards and kept calling with hopes to draw the bull right past me. I had a good shot out to the lake and some nice shooting lanes on land.
My heart was pounding to its max. Hearing him breaking branches and grunting the whole way was thrilling then at 40 yards he stopped coughed and stopped grunting. He waited for a bit then briefly entered a suspect shooting lane, turned and sauntered off. I tried a desperation cow call, but that just made him take off harder.
We learned at that spot the wind swirls, if I would've backed off with Carcus we would've increased our chances greatly. Oh well, it was disappointing but we learned where to call them from for next years and the years to come.
4 days after that Carcus and I were calling from a different spot and a beautiful day, this time we had some wind, which is good to give a consistent direction. We probably had been calling for 2 hours when I noticed that young bull in the video feeding. He would not cross the lake. The closest we got was 350 yards. I would've taken him as we only had 3 days remaining in the hunt.
The next day Greg and I go to the far end of the lake. I had only been there once, but never called from there. We found a nice spot with an old snowmobile trail. The people up there can get anywhere in the winter time, it looked like no one had been there in a very long time. I had been calling for 1.5 - 2 hours when Greg and I both stop all our movements and listen. I asked Greg what he heard. He said he thought he heard a grunt, but was probably nothing...
...I asked him what it sounded like. He re-enacted the cadence exactly what I thought I heard. I told him that's a bull. Then self-doubt crept in. We laughed and agreed it was nothing, then it happened again, but just a little louder. This time we knew it was a bull. Greg got the decoy ready. I thought for sure the bull would cross the trail to get a look then attempt to get downwind. The plan was working out perfect!
I was expecting the bull to come from our right to left, but he just hung up. It sounded like he was 50 yards in the bush. I was prepared to walk to the lake if he decided to head downwind to the lake. I'd call soft and he wouldn't respond, but when I called into the horn he would grunt. We were now at a stand-off. I had tension on the bow just waiting, then Greg felt a gust of wind push the decoy. That was it, not more calling from that bull...
The next 2 days were uneventful. We definitely learned this trip. I've always liked calling close to water, but from now on I'll get some distance, not much but some. It seems that the wind likes to swirl at the water's edge. I learned gun guys have it way easier. Could've had 3 moose if we played the gun game, but we don't.
I hope you enjoyed the more indepth recount of our hunt.
Ended up watching a few of yours
Thanks for sharing!
Awesome hunt and great video! Always enjoy these!