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Title: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on August 06, 2018, 08:24:01 PM
I was lucky enough to draw one of the fifteen Selkirk Bull Moose tags for 2018. I have been a member of the forum since 2011 and I typically don't write posts.  Instead, I enjoy reading other people's posts and looking at photos from their hunts. 

Since I found out that I drew this OIL tag I have researched the hell out of Shiras Moose. This forum has helped me a ton by giving me some of the best hands on info out there from people who've hunted this area.  I have went back through every post regarding Selkirk moose all the way back to 2007. I have bought maps and spent hours on Google Earth looking at areas. I just spent the last three days over in the unit getting familiar with the area. I also have three more scouting weekends planned in the future. Before I went over I decided to divide the area in half (north and south) there is a definite difference in the country from the top part of the unit and the bottom part of the unit. I was able to find moose sign in all the areas I spent time in this weekend. I was even lucky enough to see a medium size Bull in one of the areas. My hope is that all of this ground work will pay off and help me fill my tag this fall. 

My purpose of this post is to thank all of you who have equipped me with the knowledge I need to make my hunt successful. I hope to pay it forward in the next few years and help others who are lucky enough to draw this tag in the future. I look forward to hopefully adding my own pics of a nice Bull Moose! Thank you to those of you that have shared your own experiences and knowledge for the rest of us.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Brushcrawler on August 06, 2018, 08:30:16 PM
With an intro like that, who couldnít be rooting for you? Best of luck.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: carpsniperg2 on August 06, 2018, 08:31:11 PM
Great post and sounds like you are doing it right and scouting and should have a successful hunt! I am zero help in that unit but I wish you the best and canít wait to see some pics.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: wheels on August 06, 2018, 08:42:44 PM
congrats sound like you did your home work   cant wait to follow the hunt good luck
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: elkrack on August 06, 2018, 09:08:34 PM
Congrats on the draw!  :tup: my buddy also drew the Selkirk bull tag heís pumped!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: X-Force on August 06, 2018, 10:01:01 PM
Congrats! Good luck and keep us posted!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Mfowl on August 06, 2018, 10:13:28 PM
Congrats on your draw and enjoy your hunt! Looking forward to the results!  :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: pd on August 07, 2018, 08:42:47 AM
With an intro like that, who couldnít be rooting for you? Best of luck.

 :yeah:   :yeah:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jasnt on August 07, 2018, 10:15:28 AM
North scookum lake. Pass the resort and take the next left that runs up the east side of the lake and ends up at the dead end gravel pit kinda spot.  Scout that top
Pics a few years old but I often find big bulls up there
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: elkchaser54 on August 08, 2018, 04:30:15 PM
Congrats to you sir, I hope one day to draw this tag.  How would you classify the difference between north and south Selkirk? One is more brushy? or what.  Im heading over there in a couple weeks to scout for elk but if I run in to any bulls I will let you know.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on August 08, 2018, 08:09:15 PM
I found the northern part of the unit to be more timber with fewer clear cuts. The southern part of the unit had a lot of older clear cuts and was more open,  it all is thick with scrub brush as others have stated. This is just what I found in the areas that I covered.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: elkchaser54 on August 08, 2018, 09:41:55 PM
Can you go out on stimson land ?
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: bearpaw on August 08, 2018, 10:19:12 PM
I was lucky enough to draw one of the fifteen Selkirk Bull Moose tags for 2018. I have been a member of the forum since 2011 and I typically don't write posts.  Instead, I enjoy reading other people's posts and looking at photos from their hunts. 

Since I found out that I drew this OIL tag I have researched the hell out of Shiras Moose. This forum has helped me a ton by giving me some of the best hands on info out there from people who've hunted this area.  I have went back through every post regarding Selkirk moose all the way back to 2007. I have bought maps and spent hours on Google Earth looking at areas. I just spent the last three days over in the unit getting familiar with the area. I also have three more scouting weekends planned in the future. Before I went over I decided to divide the area in half (north and south) there is a definite difference in the country from the top part of the unit and the bottom part of the unit. I was able to find moose sign in all the areas I spent time in this weekend. I was even lucky enough to see a medium size Bull in one of the areas. My hope is that all of this ground work will pay off and help me fill my tag this fall. 

My purpose of this post is to thank all of you who have equipped me with the knowledge I need to make my hunt successful. I hope to pay it forward in the next few years and help others who are lucky enough to draw this tag in the future. I look forward to hopefully adding my own pics of a nice Bull Moose! Thank you to those of you that have shared your own experiences and knowledge for the rest of us.

Sounds like you have found your way around. My advice is to save most of your time for just before the opening of moose hunting season and during season. There are no where as many moose as there used to be, you might get lucky and make a kill quickly, but be prepared to spend a couple weeks if needed during season to find a good bull. If your time and finances are not limited disregard my comments, but if you have limitations save most of it for the last couple days before season and during season when you can shoot what you find! :twocents:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Machias on August 09, 2018, 10:36:36 AM
Good luck, please come back and share your trips!!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on August 09, 2018, 05:49:19 PM
Can you go out on stimson land ?

What I was told by the biologist in the area, is yes you can hunt the timber company land. Its mostly gated, so you have to walk into most of their properties. I know there is someone on here who knows a lot more than I do. So if they want to chime in and confirm or deny what I have said, please do.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on August 09, 2018, 06:06:11 PM
I was lucky enough to draw one of the fifteen Selkirk Bull Moose tags for 2018. I have been a member of the forum since 2011 and I typically don't write posts.  Instead, I enjoy reading other people's posts and looking at photos from their hunts. 

Since I found out that I drew this OIL tag I have researched the hell out of Shiras Moose. This forum has helped me a ton by giving me some of the best hands on info out there from people who've hunted this area.  I have went back through every post regarding Selkirk moose all the way back to 2007. I have bought maps and spent hours on Google Earth looking at areas. I just spent the last three days over in the unit getting familiar with the area. I also have three more scouting weekends planned in the future. Before I went over I decided to divide the area in half (north and south) there is a definite difference in the country from the top part of the unit and the bottom part of the unit. I was able to find moose sign in all the areas I spent time in this weekend. I was even lucky enough to see a medium size Bull in one of the areas. My hope is that all of this ground work will pay off and help me fill my tag this fall. 

My purpose of this post is to thank all of you who have equipped me with the knowledge I need to make my hunt successful. I hope to pay it forward in the next few years and help others who are lucky enough to draw this tag in the future. I look forward to hopefully adding my own pics of a nice Bull Moose! Thank you to those of you that have shared your own experiences and knowledge for the rest of us.

Sounds like you have found your way around. My advice is to save most of your time for just before the opening of moose hunting season and during season. There are no where as many moose as there used to be, you might get lucky and make a kill quickly, but be prepared to spend a couple weeks if needed during season to find a good bull. If your time and finances are not limited disregard my comments, but if you have limitations save most of it for the last couple days before season and during season when you can shoot what you find! :twocents:

Thank you for all of the advice you have given on multiple post. I think it is great that you are so willing to help and offer up so much info. I plan on saving my next few scouting trips for the later part of September. I am fortunate enough to have six weeks of vacation on the books to use on this hunt, when the time comes. If I do not need it all for Moose, that leaves
a little time to hunt deer and elk. My finances on the other hand are not unlimited. I just want to make sure I give this tag the time and energy that I believe it deserves. I do not want to leave anything on the table.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jasnt on August 10, 2018, 07:19:41 AM
Yes you can hunt all the timber company land in 113 except inland paper co require a permit.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: buglebrush on August 10, 2018, 07:37:24 AM
Agree with bearpaw about the lower moose numbers.  They have dropped unbelievably in the last ten years.  However, you can be thankful you pulled a tag now as there isn't much hope for the future of moose hunting in WA.   :twocents:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: bearpaw on August 10, 2018, 08:24:48 AM
Yes, stimson, hancock, and most other timber lands are wide open to hunt, just walk in the gated roads. Vaagens and Arden Tree farms are typically posted "No Tresspassing". Just keep your eyes open for signs and you will be fine.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: bearpaw on August 10, 2018, 08:27:49 AM
Yes you can hunt all the timber company land in 113 except inland paper co require a permit.

I forgot about Inland Paper, I think there is Inland Paper land on the south end, but not much up north. Their permit is easy to get, just google the name and you'll find out where to get the permit if you need it. I doubt you need it for 113 though, lots of other land.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jasnt on August 10, 2018, 10:03:03 AM
Yes you can hunt all the timber company land in 113 except inland paper co require a permit.

I forgot about Inland Paper, I think there is Inland Paper land on the south end, but not much up north. Their permit is easy to get, just google the name and you'll find out where to get the permit if you need it. I doubt you need it for 113 though, lots of other land.
agreed
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: gutsnthegrass on August 10, 2018, 02:36:52 PM
This is a good friend of mine.  I couldn't have been more excited for him when he told me he drew the tag.  He hunts hard and I have no doubts he will leave it all on the mountain.  Good luck brother!  Can't wait to hear the story on this one when it's all said and done. 
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: benhuntin on August 10, 2018, 03:23:02 PM
Moose is all about being lucky.


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Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: kellama2001 on August 13, 2018, 02:40:57 PM
Tagging to hear the success story of this hunt later.  So jealous on this tag! Best wishes for you on this incredible opportunity!  :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Hunter Dug on August 21, 2018, 09:44:55 AM
I too drew the Selkirk bull Moose tag. A lot of my research has been via internet and word of mouth.  But one thing stands out biggest to me an that's the success rate for this unit.  WDFW reports 100% success rate for bulls in this unit for the last 5 years minus 1 year 2015.  I plan to scout the unit on Labor day weekend to get to the know the roads and such but will not be hunting the unit till November.  Ill keep you posted on what I see.  Good luck to you.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on September 10, 2018, 03:37:52 PM
Well scouting trip number two was fairly successful. We saw four moose, two cows a calf and a small bull. I killed a nice bear, so that added to the fun. Plannig on a couple more scouting trips before the opener. I am  getting to know the area better each trip over. There is so much country and it all looks good for moose to me. This trip I found out I need to up my running program a little.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: HUNTINCOUPLE on September 10, 2018, 03:56:19 PM
Should be a great hunt! Hopefully you hit prime rut! :IBCOOL:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: X-Force on September 10, 2018, 03:59:20 PM
This thread should start heating up soon.

Good luck permit holders
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Stein on September 10, 2018, 04:21:00 PM
Good luck, this thread is the closest most of us will get to hunting moose.

Post stories and pics please🙂


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Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on September 10, 2018, 06:02:40 PM
I will most definitely post the story and pics, if all works out. And updates of future scouting trips.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: BLDtraLR on September 10, 2018, 07:39:18 PM
This is a good friend of mine.  I couldn't have been more excited for him when he told me he drew the tag.  He hunts hard and I have no doubts he will leave it all on the mountain.  Good luck brother!  Can't wait to hear the story on this one when it's all said and done.
:yeah: :yeah: :tup: :tup: :chuckle: 8)   My words exactly          :hello:  Go get the big one.   Big Game Hunter
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: CAMPMEAT on September 12, 2018, 07:31:54 PM
A LOT of the forest circus land in Washington is controlled by IDAHO on the border. You can ride ATVs/ORV on those lands FYI. You'll need them licensed and insured .Also, check out Kings Lake.

Kaniksu National Forest is the name.

You might call the USFS in Nordman or near there and ask about moose in Washington State sightings.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on September 26, 2018, 11:31:35 AM
Well scouting weekend number three was a success. We met some more great people in the area, that had info. We also located a very nice bull. Still no sign of any grouse though, not sure where they are? We covered several miles on mountain bike. Keeping fingers crossed for next week and already starting to lose sleep, thinking of moose. Question for the group, what works best in calling moose start with cow calls or bull grunts. I have watched several videos on calling moose and they are all different. Any tips would be greatly appreciated. And hopefully more to come, with a couple days left to scout before the opener. Come on Friday......
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: steeleywhopper on September 26, 2018, 05:54:36 PM
My gramps drew that permit in 2013 when he was 85 years old and he killed his bull in the first 30 minutes of entering the legal hunting area. I don't think you will have a problem.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: opdinkslayer on September 27, 2018, 01:10:19 PM
I too drew the Selkirk bull Moose tag. A lot of my research has been via internet and word of mouth.  But one thing stands out biggest to me an that's the success rate for this unit.  WDFW reports 100% success rate for bulls in this unit for the last 5 years minus 1 year 2015.  I plan to scout the unit on Labor day weekend to get to the know the roads and such but will not be hunting the unit till November.  Ill keep you posted on what I see.  Good luck to you.

2015 was the fire year when I had the tag so success rates are skewed. It made for tough hunting having most of the middle of the unit closed & burnt. Still a great hunt considering!👍🏻 Good luck everyone!😎
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: daddysprad on September 29, 2018, 04:10:17 PM
Quick update that could help.  I saw a very respectable bull today with a cow between north and south baldy.  PM me if you want more info.  Good luck.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on October 02, 2018, 04:44:43 PM
I killed a bull one hour into opening day. It was a bull we had found on one of our scouting trip. I will post pics and the story when i get home and have better internet service.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: elkoholic1 on October 02, 2018, 04:52:39 PM
 :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: lokidog on October 02, 2018, 05:13:49 PM
Congratulations!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Birdguy on October 02, 2018, 08:18:56 PM
Right on! Looking forward to pics and story soon. 1 hour, well done!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: X-Force on October 02, 2018, 08:20:40 PM
Very cool. Canít wait to read about the adventure.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: CedarPants on October 02, 2018, 08:29:46 PM
If that was you rolling Westbound out of town on I90 about 5:20pm, my wife saw the rack and said it was a nice bull.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: BLDtraLR on October 03, 2018, 10:22:18 AM
 :tup: :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: grundy53 on October 03, 2018, 10:27:48 AM
Awesome! congratulations! Can't wait to see some pictures.

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Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: boneaddict on October 03, 2018, 10:30:04 AM
It was a once in a lifetime hunt, I hope you enjoyed the whole hour. LOL Just teasing you.   Congratulations!!!  Looking forward to the pics
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Machias on October 03, 2018, 11:24:22 AM
Wohoo, nice job!!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: lastmk8 on October 03, 2018, 11:51:18 AM
I killed a bull one hour into opening day. It was a bull we had found on one of our scouting trip. I will post pics and the story when i get home and have better internet service.

Nothing like saving six weeks of vacation and dropping the hammer in the first hour..... look out Deer and Elk, somebody still has plenty of time off this hunting season!!  Congrats also.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Widgeondeke on October 03, 2018, 11:56:40 AM
   

Nothing wrong with the actual hunt only lasting 1 hour. We know you spent days scouting and hours processing  :tup:

Congrats  :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jennabug on October 03, 2018, 04:39:50 PM
Congrats! Looking forward to pictures!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: wheels on October 07, 2018, 11:26:51 AM
congrats
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: BullMagnet76 on October 07, 2018, 11:42:50 AM
Congrats, cant wait to see pics
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: teanawayslayer on October 09, 2018, 02:15:21 PM
Pics  :dunno:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: elkrack on October 10, 2018, 08:54:29 AM
Another bump for pics!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Pathfinder101 on October 10, 2018, 12:23:46 PM
Looking forward to seeing him :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Wanttohuntmore on October 10, 2018, 05:53:30 PM
Pics!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: blindluck on October 10, 2018, 08:30:21 PM
Come on, not cool. We neeeeed pics.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on October 10, 2018, 08:54:16 PM
I am trying to get it posted. Spent the last hour and a half typing and trying to select photos. Not being user friendly.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: carpsniperg2 on October 10, 2018, 08:59:37 PM
Probably need to resize them a bit. I do mine in paint program take it down like 50% and they should post up.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on October 10, 2018, 09:07:03 PM
Its telling me I posted it. But nothing is showing up. I am leaving tomorrow for a week deer hunting. Still have lots to do for that trip and people are getting restless. Hope it post. I am trying and hear you guys. 
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on October 11, 2018, 04:31:34 AM
I apologize for the delay, between processing moose meat and doing what needs to be done around the house and work for a couple days before I am gone for another week deer hunting, I have been a little busy.

Thanks to many of you on this sight and a few people I met while scouting, I was fortunate enough to get what I set out for.

When I drew this tag, I didn't have any idea how much this tag would mean to me..both as a hunting opportunity and an opportunity to spend valuable time with my dad.  My Dad is the one who taught me everything I know about hunting, he helped me develop the passion and love I have for hunting and the outdoors.  I believe I will cherish the time with my dad more than the memory of the actual hunt. We don't get to spend as much time together because life keeps us very busy.

I started this journey in early August with my first scouting trip.  My wife and I set off to Ione for a weekend camping trip with my in-laws.  Our goal was to get a lay of the land and explore areas I read about in my research.  I then returned 2 more times to narrow down the area I would focus on during the hunt. 

During my 2nd scouting trip, I was lucky enough to take a nice black bear while out looking for moose sign.  While skinning the bear, we met a gentleman who was bear hunting.  He found out I had a moose tag and he gave me all kinds of information about the area we were in and made all kinds of marks on my map.  We exchanged information and later he emailed me several Google Map locations of moose sightings and wallows.  He also told me the local loggers were a good source of information.

On our 3rd trip over scouting we got into the hills and caught the loggers as they were heading out of the woods for the day.  They gave me information and told me of a nice bull they'd seen hanging around their landing for several days.  They had pictures of the bull...he was an alright bull.  They offered to help load the bull into the truck if I happened to take that bull during the hunt.  I cannot say enough about how nice the people were and how open they were to share information they had about sightings or known whereabouts of moose or names of individuals with information that would help me. 

On the last scouting trip my Dad and I found what I thought was a very nice bull in an old clear cut.  We spotted the bull at first light on Sunday morning and did not want to push him out of the area so we moved on, but kept in the back of our mind that this might be the area we'd want to start with on opening day.

After all the scouting trips, I decided I would spend the first part of the hunt around Bunch Grass Meadows.  We went over early Friday morning before the opener to set-up camp.  While scouting with my Dad on the previous trips we discovered using mountain bikes behind the gates was a much better way to get around then on foot.  Saturday morning before the opener, my Dad, Brother-in-law and I, rode in behind a gate and found many scrapes, wallows and rubs in an area.  The bull tracks in the area did not appear to be as large as other bull tracks we'd seen in other areas.  With that in mind, we decided to go after the bull we found on our last scouting trip.

Opening morning, the 3 of us sat in the truck drinking coffee anxiously waiting for 6 am to roll around.  We headed in behind the gate, on bikes, a half hour before shooting light.  We got into the area we last saw the bull and there was no sign of him.  We were getting ready to go in a different direction when I decided to let out a cow call.  No sooner did I finish the cow call, we heard a deep grunt coming from down over the hill at the edge of the timber. This excited all 3 of us!!  I spent the 3 nights before the opener looking at Shiras moose on the internet trying to judge what a nice bull looked like.  My Dad and Brother-in-Law promised to be my conscious, not letting me shoot a small bull the first few days of the hunt.

I worked my way down into position to get a better look at the bottom of the clear cut.  I let out a couple more cow calls and the bull responded immediately!  I spotted a cow standing at the timbers edge, but did not see the bull.  I let out a bull grunt and he responded.  I found him off to the side standing between 2 large fir trees.   I gave my brother-in-law my video camera and asked my dad to range the bull.  I set up on my shooting sticks and looked the bull over with my binoculars.  It was the bull we spotted the week before.  He was at about 200 yards.  I looked back at my dad and told him I was going to shoot the bull.  He smiled at me, nodding, giving me the thumbs-up! 

The bull was facing towards me so I continued to call and rake brush, drawing him closer to me and presenting a better shot.  I shot the bull at 163 yards, quartering towards me with one shot.  It was 7:28 am, 58 minutes into my once-in-a-lifetime hunt!!

The bull had everything I told my wife I was looking for when I drew the tag.  Nice paddles, lots of long points and at least a fork on one side.  He is by no means the largest moose in the Selkirk, but he is a very nice representation of a Shiras moose.

As we took pictures and celebrated, my brother-in-law told me he was so excited about the moose, he forgot to push the record button on the camera!!  I told him he was lucky I loved him and I was just glad he was so excited and that he and my dad got to share this experience with me.  We then quickly learned how large a moose is as we skinned and quartered him to pack him to the truck.  We reached the truck at 4:30 pm.

I cannot thank the people that I met during this journey and the people on this forum enough for all the information they gave me to help fill this once-in-a-lifetime tag and make so many great memories.  As everyone has said, it was absolutely awesome!!  Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!  And if anyone has any side-work I'm looking for taxidermy money...a bear and moose aren't cheap to mount.

Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: coonhound on October 11, 2018, 05:18:17 AM
Fantastic story, thanks for taking us all on your journey and congratulations on a successful hunt.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Skyvalhunter on October 11, 2018, 05:24:11 AM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Chadrick60 on October 11, 2018, 05:48:34 AM
Roobugsdad's bear
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Chadrick60 on October 11, 2018, 05:52:00 AM
Roobug's moose
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Chadrick60 on October 11, 2018, 05:54:10 AM
Roobug's moose.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: CaNINE on October 11, 2018, 05:55:05 AM
Nicely done!  Congratulations  :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Chadrick60 on October 11, 2018, 05:55:46 AM
Roobug's moose
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jasnt on October 11, 2018, 05:57:49 AM
Awesome
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on October 11, 2018, 05:59:22 AM
Thank you chadrick60 for the assistance..
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Widgeondeke on October 11, 2018, 06:19:08 AM
 :yeah:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: trophyhunt on October 11, 2018, 06:21:04 AM
Very cool moose and bear, what a great year for you! Congrats man.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Widgeondeke on October 11, 2018, 06:26:11 AM


 And if anyone has any side-work I'm looking for taxidermy money...a bear and moose aren't cheap to mount.

That right there is funny!   :chuckle:

Congrats again
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: fishngamereaper on October 11, 2018, 06:58:17 AM
 :tup: nice job.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: grundy53 on October 11, 2018, 07:04:10 AM
Great write up! Congratulations on a fantastic hunt!

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Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: CedarPants on October 11, 2018, 07:10:52 AM
Great write up!!! Congrats!! 
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: elkrack on October 11, 2018, 08:31:47 AM
Awesome hunt! Congrats  :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jennabug on October 11, 2018, 11:09:41 AM
Wow! Beautiful animal!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Pathfinder101 on October 11, 2018, 11:54:53 AM
I've gotta say, if that bull would have stepped in front of me, my season would have lasted an hour too...  Nicely done   :tup:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: huntindoc on October 11, 2018, 01:05:58 PM
What a great story of a great hunt/ process!  Many congrats!  Very happy for you.

I drew a moose tag this next month in unit 1-3 in Idaho, north east of Sandpoint.  Been up there twice, looking again next weekend (with a deer and wolf tag in the pocket).  Your story has me absolutely fired up!

Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: mdbuck5x5 on October 11, 2018, 01:39:51 PM
Good job
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: jasnt on October 11, 2018, 02:17:29 PM
What a great story of a great hunt/ process!  Many congrats!  Very happy for you.

I drew a moose tag this next month in unit 1-3 in Idaho, north east of Sandpoint.  Been up there twice, looking again next weekend (with a deer and wolf tag in the pocket).  Your story has me absolutely fired up!


good luck to you on those 3 tags!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: BLDtraLR on October 11, 2018, 06:10:51 PM
 :tup: :tup: :drool: :drool: :hello:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: huntindoc on October 14, 2018, 02:44:03 PM
What a great experience and a great story told.  I've been looking at every moose I can find, and I would love one as good as yours.  What did he measure outside?  Thanks and congrats!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: kellama2001 on October 15, 2018, 08:54:46 AM
I've gotta say, if that bull would have stepped in front of me, my season would have lasted an hour too...  Nicely done   :tup:

 :yeah: What an awesome hunt, congrats! Even better that you got to share it with good company! Thanks for posting!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: SuperDave on October 15, 2018, 07:44:07 PM
Great story and nice looking bull, congratulations!
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: redi on October 15, 2018, 08:25:37 PM
Great job on a nice Moose and story. Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Blacktail135 on October 19, 2018, 10:08:18 PM
 Congratulations. Nice write up and pictures.
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Roobugsdad on June 03, 2019, 08:33:20 AM
Just a FYI, got my tooth info back on my moose. He was 11 years old. That was a surprise to me, I was thinking 5years old..
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: boneaddict on June 03, 2019, 08:38:38 AM
Id have put him about 4.  I wonder if this is a case of "getting someone elses tags in the mail"....(mix up) so to speak.   I guess it is what it is. 
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Boss .300 winmag on June 03, 2019, 08:45:19 AM
Id have put him about 4.  I wonder if this is a case of "getting someone elses tags in the mail"....(mix up) so to speak.   I guess it is what it is.

 :yike:  :yeah:
Title: Re: Very thankful to have drawn a 2018 Selkirk Bull Moose,
Post by: Karl Blanchard on June 03, 2019, 09:03:11 AM
One thing I've learned about ages since I've started tooth aging is that we are all pretty much worthless at it. After 4.5 it's all a crap shoot. Tooth wear is the best indicator we have but that is heavily effected by food sources.  I encourage everyone to send teeth in. It'll blow your mind at true ages.