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Urban Moose Bloodtrail Challenge
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Contributors to this thread:
Pete In Fairbanks 14-Sep-22
Pete In Fairbanks 14-Sep-22
Pete In Fairbanks 14-Sep-22
Pete In Fairbanks 14-Sep-22
Straight Shooter 14-Sep-22
Murph 14-Sep-22
t-roy 14-Sep-22
ahunter76 14-Sep-22
orionsbrother 14-Sep-22
Nick Muche 14-Sep-22
Corax_latrans 14-Sep-22
Rut Nut 15-Sep-22
fuzzy 15-Sep-22
standswittaknife 15-Sep-22
drycreek 15-Sep-22
Beav 15-Sep-22
tobywon 15-Sep-22
iceman 15-Sep-22
fdp 18-Sep-22
IKE220 27-Sep-22
WhattheFOC 28-Sep-22
Bowboy 28-Sep-22
Rocky D 28-Sep-22
elkmtngear 28-Sep-22
Medicinemann 28-Sep-22
Blue Buck 28-Sep-22
Pete In Fairbanks 28-Sep-22
Ermine 28-Sep-22
Smtn10PT 28-Sep-22
14-Sep-22

Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
Up here in the "wilderness," we urban, road hunting moose hunters are an anomaly. But when in the market for meat instead of antlers, one does what one has to do. In the Fairbanks Management Area, a number of permits are drawn by lucky bowhunters to harvest cow moose. The objective is to reduce the number of moose/vehicle interactions around town.

Recovery CAN be an issue because of proximity to houses and businesses...

#2 son Peyton drew that permit this year and we hunted four days before seeing a cow in a decent location. By which I mean where she probably would not keel over in someone's yard AND would be pretty accessible to the road.

At 8:50 pm on September 12, he let loose an arrow wearing a lovely G5. Everyone knows that a frontal shot on moose is no good. But at 10 yards, there is plenty of target. We immediately took up the blood trail. As you can see, it actually was NOT really a challenge...

14-Sep-22

Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
The ol G5 had clearly done the trick. Stevie Wonder could follow this blood trail.

Spots of blood? Turning over leaves to check for splatter? Nah... more like a gusher!

14-Sep-22
Moose took off along the side of the road for 15 yards, then crossed the road (no one was coming...) and tipped over in less than 10 seconds!

14-Sep-22

Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
Pete In Fairbanks's embedded Photo
With apologies to all you wilderness moose hunters who have had to pack moose meat for miles through the tundra.... we urban moose hunters don't believe in suffering. We backed the truck to within 20 FEET of the kill site.

By midnight we were home!

Pete

14-Sep-22
Wha the hell?? I didn’t know this was an option. Thanks Pete!!

From: Murph
14-Sep-22
My kind of hunt cool story

From: t-roy
14-Sep-22
Good stuff, Pete!

One suggestion, though. If you’re gonna do anymore of these Bloodtrail challenges, maybe give us the questions BEFORE you give us the answers;-)

From: ahunter76
14-Sep-22
Now that is a freezer filler.. Congratulations.

14-Sep-22
Ha!! Congratulations. Enjoy that meat. Wish I was a neighbor and could hit you up for a roast.

From: Nick Muche
14-Sep-22
That’s awesome! Congrats Peyton!

14-Sep-22
That would work for me! One day my mom walked out to find moose scat sprinkled all across the front porch. That’s a moose that could be removed ;)

From: Rut Nut
15-Sep-22
LOL! Your freezer thanks you! ;-)

From: fuzzy
15-Sep-22
Awesome!

15-Sep-22
Lots of amazing meet and a great story

From: drycreek
15-Sep-22
In my old age, I enjoy Pat’s interenet bloodtrail challenge immensely, but in real life yours would be much better ! A freezer full of moose venison at the end……….

From: Beav
15-Sep-22
Meat mission accomplished!

From: tobywon
15-Sep-22
Nice!! Congrats!! That type of hunting has challenges in itself. Home at midnight seems like a long time until you see the shot was at 8:50 pm :)

From: iceman
15-Sep-22
Ha! That is awesome!

From: fdp
18-Sep-22

From: IKE220
27-Sep-22
That first clue almost tricked me. I got a 100% Congrats on pile of meat!! More fun than work.

From: WhattheFOC
28-Sep-22
Pat’s blood trail question would have been… On a properly executed frontal moose shot, is it possible to get blood on the shoulder??

Answer… YES. (See Petes first picture).

From: Bowboy
28-Sep-22
Some good meat right there!

From: Rocky D
28-Sep-22
Cool, reminds me of when I hunted moose on Ft Wainwright!

28-Sep-22
Now that’s a blood trail.

From: elkmtngear
28-Sep-22
Awesome!

Some nice perks, to living up there !!

From: Medicinemann
28-Sep-22
Pete, How much meat do you expect to get off of a cow that size?

From: Blue Buck
28-Sep-22
By examining the blood spoor, did the moose cross the road from left to right or right to left? Awesome thread but I think you should start over with questions:)

28-Sep-22
Jake,

We cut steaks from the backstraps and TL's. Then got a couple huge rump roasts from each side. None of that was weighed.

But ultimately just over 400 lbs of boned meat went to be ground up for burger and sausage. pb

From: Ermine
28-Sep-22
That’s awesome

From: Smtn10PT
28-Sep-22
This can only be truly be appreciated by someone thats packed a moose out the hard way! Well done.

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