End of the Line. Sort of.

May 29, 2009

Well thanks all for posting and following along with my blog this year. Next year I hope to make it better, with more interactive features, photos and other goodies. Things are pretty green here and I haven’t had any ambition to shed hunt for a couple weeks now. I’m very satisfied with my season, but I don’t think it’s quite over. Next week I’m leaving for Alaska. Planning to return in August or September, but who really knows when! Hoping to add barren ground caribou and Alaska-Yukon moose to the shed list. I would NOT be above hiring a bush plane to fly me over the tundra as I frantically punch coordinates into my GPS with every shed I spot from the air, only to come back and get them on foot. Actually, that sounds like a really good idea. Thanks again all for being part of this. Good luck this hunting season. I may blog sporadically this summer if I find sheds and have Internet connection. Have a great summer!


Still Going

May 11, 2009

dsc_0353Wow, I know it’s been a while since I posted to this blog, but I didn’t realize it had been two weeks since I went shed hunting! I’ve been doing quite a bit of fishing lately. I did, however, get out for a four-day shed hunting and fishing adventure (mostly shed hunting). It was a pretty good trip. On Thursday, I came up with four sheds and a buck skull. The skull had one small antler and the other side was broken off. One of the sheds was a beautiful 4-point side. I think it’s my biggest 4-point ever. On Friday I ventured into moose country. Those moose sheds are so awesome looking! I wanted to find one pretty bad, but I’ve only had limited success so far. I ended up finding one! It’s just a small/medium sized one. It’s not fresh, but it’s in pretty good shape. I also found a 6-point deer rack that day. It was a little chewed up. In the afternoon, I was walking through a fresh clearcut. I reached the end of a narrow part of the cut, and turned around just in time to see two bear cubs dart across the clearing. I’m sure their mother had already passed through, but it must have been less than a minute after I went past. Didn’t want to separate them! That’s the first time I’ve ever seen bears while shed hunting. Saturday was fishing opener. The good news is this year I remembered my secret fish seasoning. The bad news I not only forgot my fillet knife, I also forgot the paddle for the canoe. I used about a 1-foot square chunk of fiberglass as a paddle. Not overly effective, but it worked. Got one nice walleye. That afternoon I went to a spot where I’d seen a big bull moose in January and came up empty again! On Sunday I looked for moose sheds in the morning to no avail. In the afternoon, I was thinking about heading home, but stopped to look for deer sheds for a bit and came up with one more. That puts me at my goal of 35 for the year. I don’t know how much more shed hunting I’ll do around here this season. It’s getting green. I might get out for one more trip later in the month. And I think I have a real adventure slated for later on. I’ll keep you posted. As for now, here is the stringer shot of sheds for the trip and a shot of me with my moose shed. It’s been a good season for me. Hope you all had a great season too. Joe