Be safe, have and good luck to you all!
Good luck tomorrow!
Following this! Great pics so far. Keep the story coming!
Cool experience for your daughter!!
Thanks for taking us along man,
Good luck, I'll try to pop-in your office sometime while passing through.
As for my daughter and her condition, I appreciate you asking. When she was nine months old, she contracted transverse myelitis from adverse reactions to vaccines. Specifically the Prevnar 9 vaccine. Paralyzed from the neck down as transverse Myelitis is the immune system attacking itself and swelling of the spinal column causing irreparable damage. We didn’t know if she’d ever be able to move again and as you can see from the video she’s got a lot of her movement back. We spent 45 days in children’s hospitals, and she’s had several surgeries including one to put a hockey size baclofen pump in her stomach that feeds her medicine via a catheter drilled into her spine that drips on her spine that helps her legs stay loose. She also had leg lengthening surgery where they release a bunch of muscles and tendons to allow her legs to fully extend. it’s been a crazy long road to get her to this point and say that I had a tear when she was singing on that stage looking back on how much we’ve gone through would be untruthful. I’ll post a video for you guys here as well so you can watch her as a little girl and her progress.. the ending always gets me.. and she has done all of them.. she’s a rockstar and now it’s official..
Good luck with the moose! Keep pushing till the last minute! Persistence pays!
Rooting for you to get that close encounter with a bull moose!
It’s a stark reminder that no hunt is a given.
Seems like you had a great time and you’ll get em next time!
It sounds like you were hunting area where if you had a chance at a moose It was very likely going to be a decent one. I don’t think all Alberta’s like that but you were up in an area where there was that chance so good for you for giving it a great try and working hard at it.
Still, regardless of how great the experiences when there isn’t a kill, there is a period of not disappointment necessarily, but acknowledgment that it was a missed opportunity. Even if the expectations are going in we’re low we still will look back on those trips and say there was a chance, I was there, and it just didn’t happen but that’s OK
On the hunt, that can be a typical moose hunt anywhere in Canada, not just Alberta, especially if it’s thick woods with no good views. Moose hunting is so much unlike say a rut, elk hunt where you at least you get to hear the elk calling or maybe run into a herd. If a bull moose isn’t coming to your calls then it’s crickets day after day, mentally very tough. And it seems like in the places where you have a chance for a bigger bull the moose density is often lower.
I sure prefer to hunt places where you have hillsides to glass, or big valleys, or cutlines where you can see a long way and not just rely on calling to find moose, mentally it’s so much easier than just standing in the woods calling and calling. People on bowhunts seem to think you need to stay in the thick woods and call a bull in close. I would way rather call with a good view, wear black if it’s safe to do it and be spotted by a bull from a long way, then make a move on him while you act like a moose. Or if you have a road system in the area where you can do some driving around to look for moose, or even to cut a track and then call in that area can be another helpful way to hunt them. They may not have had any good viewing places in this area, or maybe just not a lot of moose, but some big bulls?
Overall I’m just saying don’t discount all of Alberta for moose hunting, there may have been ways to up the odds, or just make it a less of a mental grind, that weren’t done or not? But it’s a huge province and the hunting conditions can vary greatly from one zone to another, even with zones right next to each other.
Same with the whitetails, that area is known for its plentiful, big woods deer, and some big ones, other Alberta big woods areas have very few whitetails and you would definitely not want to bowhunt in them, a rifle hunt can be a big challenge, my guiding area included in that.
Again thanks for sharing! Best of luck with your daughter’s health.
Thanks for sharing your daughter’s story.....VERY inspiring for us all!!
Fun times for sure man and memories.
Thanks for sharing about your Daughter, what an inspiration she is.
Good luck, Robb
The best comment from a hunter that was on a Dall sheep hunt that miss a shot and came out empty from the Wrangle Mnt. was, the money I spent for this hunt and didn't succeed outweighs the total experience and the friendship I made with the guide was worth every penny. This was when I was working in an outfitting camp in 1980, that have stayed with me for many years on the priority of a hunt.
The other problem with to late is it gets worse as the days go by vs too early where at least you are heading into it and getting closer.
Sorry about the moose hunt. They've gotta be the craziest animals. Back to back I've had amazing days that make you feel like you won the lottery in sightings saddled right beside totally dead days where you don't think a moose has ever existed. And yet cows can live their whole lives inside a few acres if they have what they need. They're the weirdest animals to hunt....and in part I think it's because they are so dumb. For real.
The one bull you took was a dandy if memory serves me. Were you trying to just get a different experience or save some money?