What a start in Alberta
The moose rut seemed to kick into high gear by the end of October and bulls were running everywhere. I had a few nice bulls on camera by this time and was excited for the new hunters to arrive. The Sweeney brothers, Reagan and Kevin, drove up on their own and were looking for Lane to get them some big bulls. He definiteley came through putting multiple bulls in front of them and tagging them both out on Wednesday. Reagan in the morning on a 50 inch bull and his brother Kevin that afternoon on a 51 inch bull with double drop tines that made the book! Needless to say they were thrilled and we cant wait to have them back in camp for elk next year. While that was happening I had Randy and Jacob from Savage Outdoors with me. They were filmimg for their TV show and Randy had a moose, whitetail, black bear, and wolf tag in his pocket and ready for action. We went out the first evening they arrived after some fresh snow. The first meadow we walked into had a bull moose with a drop tine standing on the other end less than a hundred yards. The only problem was he was less than 40 inches and wasnt what we were after. By the end of the first day we had seen 4 other bulls, two big whitetail bucks between 145-160 that never gave us a shot and at least a five hundred pound black bear 5 minutes after dark. I thought we would be covered up with animals but the next three days the wind picked up big time and we couldnt find a critter. After the wind died down we finally got a moose to answer us and came into 80 yards but wouldnt break the tree line and then we lost light. Next morning same thing a bull to 50 yards with no shot but that evening we called in at least a 50 inch moose and unfortunately we never recovered him after the shot. We spent the next three days looking for him or birds with no sign. I am very confident he survived but sadly, Randy never got his bull. We did however manage to pick up multiple sheds looking for Randys bull and Lane found his matching set from the previous year less than 500 yards from where he was shot!
After it was all said and done Lane had a chance to chase after a big bull moose. Im glad I decided to tag along because the first morning found us standing over another book bull after another successful hunt. Even better that I brought my camera with me and captured the whole thing on video.
It was a phenomenal year and we had a blast with a great group of guys. I cant wait for next years adventure!!