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Moose Rack

November 12, 2009

Here’s a pic of the rack that I got back from the taxidermist. As you can see, it’s still in velvet. It was a catch 22. Because I shot it in velvet, I feel like I should maintain it that way. But as a shed hunter who devoutly hates velvet and much prefers the polished look of antler, I want a polished rack! The velvet, though preserved by the taxidermist, has suffered some during the trip home. For one thing, it reeks. The blood had started to rot inside. Some areas of the velvet have been scratched off, too, even though I wrapped the rack in game bags to protect it. I think at some point I will peel it all off, but so far I haven’t had the guts to do it. As it is, it is simply sitting in the garage where it can’t be enjoyed.

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Moose Antlers Found … Still on the Moose!

November 9, 2009

It’s been quite a while since I made a post on here, so I thought I’d get around to it. Heck, within a month moose antlers will be hitting the ground and we’ll be back underway! But hey, for right now, it’s hunting season, not shed hunting season. So here’s an update. I spent the summer in Alaska and had a great time. I did a fair amount of searching for sheds, but only came up with two moose sheds, neither of which were in very good shape. I did collect two more moose antlers though … and they were still attached to the moose. I took a 10-day solo trek into the wilderness of Alaska. My plan was to canoe across various lakes looking for moose feeding along the shorelines in the evening. I did not see a single moose until day 5 when I saw a cow and calf moose. On day 6, I was paddling along in the evening and I came around the corner and spotted a bull moose. In that area of Alaska, legal bulls are spikes, forks, any moose with a 50-inch spread or any moose with at least three brow tines on one side. With much examination through the scope, I was finally confident that this guy had three brow tines on the right side. I dropped him at 189 yards with a neck shot. There’s a saying about moose hunting: the work starts when the animal hits the ground! So true! It took me most of the next day to quarter it up by myself. I spent the next two days trying to lug the moose down a creek bed that was too shallow to float my canoe (which meant I dragged it the whole way for 1.25 miles. It took 20 hours!) After the creek, it was an easy 19-mile paddle! Ugh! All told, I covered 65 miles on foot and by canoe in 10 days. It was the most grueling thing I’ve ever done. But hey, I got my first moose! Here are the specs: 8×8, 42-inch spread, in full velvet. I killed it on Aug. 25, the 6th day of moose season.

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