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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #25 on: October 04, 2014, 11:40:55 AM »
This is the moose tag I always put in as my top choice.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #26 on: October 04, 2014, 11:43:05 AM »
Tag..... :drool:  Very Jealous!!  Can't wait to see / read the ending to this story. 

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2014, 11:52:33 AM »
Well, I whispered to Jeff that we should wait for the woods to settle. We sat at a spot with a good view of the swamp and just listened. I'd never wanted to hear racket in the bushes so badly, but none was afforded to me. A single branch snapped on the cutbank above us, and one set of moose tracks from the evening headed that direction, but I had convinced myself it was either the smaller bull or the calf... there is no way that bull was leaving that cow.

After 30 minutes of silence, we walked the road until the swamp returned to a stream-like state. No tracks, no noise, no love. I decided we should go back to the set of tracks headed up the hill and follow them; we tracked them to a large bench full of seedlings and saplings, and lost them in the brushy ground. I was at a loss. I looked at Jeff, my patient and supportive hunting partner and whispered, "I think I want to try calling. Let's head up the hill and set up where we can see all of this". I could tell he thought I was kind of nuts, but he played along. We worked our way up the hill and sat with our backs against the large remnants of a logged stump.

Now, I should mention I had pretty much been listening to this YouTube "essential, must-know moose calls" from this gentleman out of Ontario non-stop the last two days. The previous night, Jeff and I had practiced up a storm on our way back out of civilization, laughing and bellowing our way back into the woods. I had adjusted my tone a few octaves higher, and was sounding pretty decent.

So there we were, sitting in the woods feeling like that moose could be 5 feet or 5 miles away and we probably wouldn't have the luck to see him again, when I started my lovesick cow moose calls. No sooner had I ended the two bellows and grunt did we hear the UNMISTAKABLE sound of an excited bull. He was down in the swamp, raking his paddles on anything near him, and splashing our direction. I told Jeff we should get to a spot where we can see the swamp, because I wasn't sure I could talk him out of it, over a road, and uphill. We started to move, and made it about 30 feet when it was obvious we weren't going to make it... he was on his way in, and hot! We sat; me with my back to a 12 inch diameter douglas fir, and Jeff crouched behind it. Moments after we sat down, I gave one more bellow, and tines became visible, swaying above the small saplings. The bull stopped, and for aching seconds stared our direction before starting to orbit us downslope. There was one good opening in the small trees, and I set up over my knees, looking down my muzzleloader waiting for him to arrive. He did, right on cue, and I squeezed, but met resistance... I had been so excited I forgot to take my safety off!
« Last Edit: October 10, 2014, 01:20:36 PM by hirshey »
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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2014, 11:58:14 AM »
Great story keep it coming!! :tup:

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2014, 12:03:28 PM »
I adjusted accordingly but the bull had made it through the clearing and back into the seed-sapling scattered earth. He kept working his way through the small trees searching for the cow that didn't exist. One more opening is all I had to get it done. I set up again looking down my Thompson Center and waited. My king of the woods clambered into the opening and I grunted my best grunt... he stopped, looking our direction, broadside roughly 40 yards. I squeezed off a shot and was rewarded with a thick cloud of smoke. I stood up and started my moose bellows; as the smoke cleared, I saw him standing there roughly 70 yards away. Steam shot out of his side as he sounded like a locomotive train with every breath. I had made a good shot, compromising both lungs. He wobbled, and changed directions. Fearing he was going to try to make it to his swampy castle, I put another shot in him and he laid down, drifting into silence and stillness.

I cursed: "HOLY SH**! That's my moose!"

I walked down to this beautiful animal, grateful for everything that happened the last few days. I couldn't have asked for anything better; the excitement, the company, the beautiful animal, taking it with my muzzleloader, and having the privilege of watching it just BE the day prior. I shall forever cherish yesterday. To be one of the lucky 10... was astonishing. To have lived the last few days... was priceless.
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #30 on: October 04, 2014, 12:04:14 PM »
« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:31:58 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #31 on: October 04, 2014, 12:04:51 PM »
« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:32:28 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #32 on: October 04, 2014, 12:05:17 PM »
« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:32:52 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #33 on: October 04, 2014, 12:06:01 PM »
« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:33:26 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #34 on: October 04, 2014, 12:06:35 PM »




« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:35:11 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #35 on: October 04, 2014, 12:06:40 PM »
That's awesome. Love your stories. Beautiful bull.


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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #36 on: October 04, 2014, 12:07:26 PM »
« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:35:48 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #37 on: October 04, 2014, 12:08:06 PM »
Wow! Hunt of lifetime and great story and pics as always! Great bull!

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #38 on: October 04, 2014, 12:08:18 PM »
« Last Edit: November 02, 2015, 05:37:09 PM by hirshey »
I am not opposed to golf, for I suspect it keeps armies of the unworthy from discovering deer.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #39 on: October 04, 2014, 12:08:50 PM »
Congrats on an awesome hunt and harvest!! :tup:

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #40 on: October 04, 2014, 12:10:38 PM »
great bull and story, congrats  :tup:
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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #41 on: October 04, 2014, 12:14:56 PM »
Nicely done...congratulations young lady!   :tup:
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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #42 on: October 04, 2014, 12:20:48 PM »
A great write up as usual...congrats on a great bull.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #43 on: October 04, 2014, 12:21:31 PM »
Once I had the moose down, my parents quickly came to share in the enjoyment... they missed the fun stuff and got in on all of the hard work!

Thank you Jeff... Thank you mom and dad... Thank you Hunt-WA members for all your support! This hunt was incredibly special.
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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #44 on: October 04, 2014, 12:22:04 PM »
Cool story. Awesome Oil!
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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #45 on: October 04, 2014, 12:24:25 PM »
THANK you!

And with that, I caped him out to the base of the skull. He's in a walk-in cooler (both the cape and the remainder of the hide)

Anyone know a taxidermist interested in a moose cape? Anyone know someone wanting to tan some leather? I'm going to get him European mounted so the cape and hide are ready to head to the right person.
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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #46 on: October 04, 2014, 12:35:08 PM »
Awesome bull & a great story, Congrats on making great use of a great tag.

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #47 on: October 04, 2014, 12:37:17 PM »
Fantastic bull, pics and story!
Thanks for sharing :tup:

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #48 on: October 04, 2014, 12:46:28 PM »
Congrats, that is awsome!!!!  How wide was he???

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Re: Hirshey's Moose 2014
« Reply #49 on: October 04, 2014, 12:50:34 PM »
wow, unreal :) :) :)

 

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