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Moose Trip

May 12, 2013

I’ve been kind of itching to get out after some moose sheds. I usually start looking in mid-May. This year with the late snowfall, I didn’t know if that would be possible, but we found some bare spots. My girlfriend Dawn and I headed out to try our luck over the weekend. Dawn got things rolling right away when she found a gorgeous whitetail shed! This thing is a stud! 6 scorable points, plus a sub-legal kicker on the G-2. It rough scored 64 inches and I think this deer is very young. 2 years old or 3 at most. This is a very special buck. He has the genetics to be a Booner if he can live a few years. The shed was one or two seasons old but untouched. We had quite a dry spell, but in the last hour, I managed to come up with a moose shed that is also a year or two old. This one got hit by squirrels a bit, but not terrible. I’ve never tried restoring an antler, but I might try it with this guy. Wouldn’t take much to have him looking pretty nice. We were pretty stoked with our finds. Dawn’s deer is a very special antler. Not many like that out there. And any moose makes my day. We were thrilled to head back out again today. Dawn showed me where she had found her deer shed yesterday. The area looked a lot more moosey than deery, but you can’t argue where they lie. I ended up finding a medium-sized deer antler. Again, it was old, but untouched. Later, I found a moose antler that I thought may have been a match to yesterday’s, but it’s not, although it looks similar. This one got hit by squirrels a bit too. It looked like Dawn was going to get skunked, but late in the day she came up with an old 4-point deer shed. We were pretty happy, although it took a lot of walking for the sheds we got. Couldn’t help wondering where the matches were. Dawn looked HARD for the match to her deer shed and I hoped to find the matches to my moose in the nearby area, but couldn’t. And where were the fresh moose sheds? Plenty of sign. Still a great weekend. I’ve also found quite a few deer sheds lately, but just didn’t have the time to post. Looks like I’ll be shed hunting around here into June. Excited about that! As a side note, Roger, if you’re reading this, my e-mails to you are bouncing back AGAIN, although I got the ones you sent about moose and wolves.

Joe

Dawn's awesome whitetail!

Dawn's awesome whitetail!

Our weekend tally. 3 deer and 2 moose.

Our weekend tally. 3 deer and 2 moose.

A couple moose sheds, but they're not a match.

A couple moose sheds, but they're not a match.

Because why not?

Because why not?


Finally!

May 3, 2013

Wow, this has been a year I’ll always remember! The winter started out mild and we didn’t have any appreciable amount of snow until late January. But then it just kept snowing! We got 50 inches of snow in APRIL, and as I type this on May 3, it’s snowing once again! Finally finding some bare ground now, although there is still plenty of snow in places. The last three times out, however, I’ve found at least one shed each time. Nothing of any size, but it’s nice to finally find some. I think I’ll be finding them into June the way the weather is going! Saturday I was done and heading back to the truck a beaten man when I happened to find a little one. I had actually found a shed in that exact same spot a while back! I think it was a real late drop. Sunday I scored 5, including a fresh matched set. Found what would have been a really big one but it was old and broken just past the brow. (I swear, I never have any luck with big ones!) Today I wasn’t planning on going, but I was in an area I had wanted to try, so I stopped for a bit. Found a fresh spike in a textbook spot under one of the few evergreens I saw today. Better late than never I guess. Glad to finally get my chance! Hoping to find some more in the next few days.

Little fork from last Saturday. I'm pretty sure I have video of this guy.

Little fork from last Saturday. I'm pretty sure I have video of this guy.

Textbook spot. The match was 10 feet away.

Textbook spot. The match was 10 feet away.

5-shed afternoon.

5-shed afternoon.

Fresh spike found this morning.

Fresh spike found this morning.

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