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Big Game Hunting => Other Big Game => Topic started by: nwskier on November 10, 2020, 10:12:27 AM

Title: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: nwskier on November 10, 2020, 10:12:27 AM
From the beginning of the 121 Late Bull Hunt I had been putting in the miles from Four Corners to Empey Mt., Lane Mt., Stranger Mt., and finally to Monumental Mt. in search of a big bull.  With encouragement from several on this site and hunters met along the way I was committed to grinding it out and finding a big bull.  It was a tough road with cows and little ones being all I could find.  Fortunately after first declining but then reconsidering and accepting assistance from Jbanich we headed up to Monumental Mountain Monday morning planning on an orientation that would set up me up for a day hunt after he departed for a morning appointment.  With the extended forecast showing the possibility of getting snowed out by the end of the week I was beginning to be concerned that I might blow the tag.  After glassing 3 or more clearings we slipped into a drainage that was the first target spot I recorded on onX back on July 25th.  Passing a cow on the way in we stopped at the top to glass and stepped right into two young bulls.  The bigger of the two slipped away and I passed on the smaller one which remained in range for sometime. After listening to the snapping of limbs in the bottom of the drainage a small spike bull emerged followed by the one shown in the picture.  At first I passed on both but as I watched the 2nd bull climb out of the drainage turning his head occasionally showing his left branched eye guard I decided this was my bull and took the shot.  When it was all said and done there were smiles and high fives and in Jbanich's words "great memories" created.  This outstanding young man hit the nail on the head.  We are not going to win any big bull contest from this OIL opportunity but for years to come when I look at this mount I will remember what a Blue Ribbon experience this OIL was and a lot of quality people who contributed to the journey.  Thank you all.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: HikerHunter on November 10, 2020, 10:21:35 AM
Sounds like an adventure with a great finish, nicely done!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Widgeondeke on November 10, 2020, 10:44:31 AM
Congrats on filling your tag  :tup:
Thanks for sharing
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Katmai Guy on November 10, 2020, 10:46:39 AM
Congratulations! 
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: elkboy on November 10, 2020, 10:50:23 AM
Awesome!  Congratulations on a moose, meat, and memories!  Great to see members helping members on here. 
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Pathfinder101 on November 10, 2020, 11:19:52 AM
Congratulations.  "The Locals" tell me that tag is getting harder and harder to fill.  I think you did well. :tup:
  Shoulder mount, or euro mount?
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: fishngamereaper on November 10, 2020, 11:27:04 AM
 :tup:

Any bull moose is a trophy.

And they taste so good.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: snake on November 10, 2020, 11:37:37 AM
You did good for that area.  I spend a lot of time in that unit and the population has taken a nose dive the past 5 years. I can't believe they are still giving out cow tags for the unit.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: hunterednate on November 10, 2020, 12:12:39 PM
Congrats!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Stein on November 10, 2020, 12:42:45 PM
Congrats, it's so much bigger than the bulls the rest of us are likely to ever shoot in WA.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Whitpirate on November 10, 2020, 12:55:08 PM
The fact they are giving out any moose cow tags at all is criminal.  That said congrats on a memory made, a dream achieved and a freezer full of delicious family meals!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: RB on November 10, 2020, 01:06:11 PM
Right on nice Bull, congrats!  :tup:
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: huntnfmly on November 10, 2020, 02:21:47 PM
Nice bull congrats and thank you for sharing
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Rainier10 on November 10, 2020, 02:27:08 PM
Cool bull, thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: nwskier on November 10, 2020, 02:32:22 PM
Pathfinder101 thank you for your interest.  I just returned from the taxidermist and given the long time associated with tanning I decided to swing both ways and have a eruo done while waiting for the tannery.  When the tanning is complete I most likely will have the shoulder mount done.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: WAcoueshunter on November 10, 2020, 02:41:44 PM
Pathfinder101 thank you for your interest.  I just returned from the taxidermist and given the long time associated with tanning I decided to swing both ways and have a eruo done while waiting for the tannery.  When the tanning is complete I most likely will have the shoulder mount done.

Cool, which taxidermist did you go to? 
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Mjensen on November 10, 2020, 02:46:16 PM
Congrates, Great Bull and Thanks for sharing.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: nwskier on November 10, 2020, 02:53:05 PM
Pathfinder101 thank you for your interest.  I just returned from the taxidermist and given the long time associated with tanning I decided to swing both ways and have a eruo done while waiting for the tannery.  When the tanning is complete I most likely will have the shoulder mount done.

Cool, which taxidermist did you go to?

Double Cut Taxidermy in Arden.  I had Cindy do a whitetail euro for me recently and liked what she had in her shop.  Price point seems to be right as well.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: OutHouse on November 10, 2020, 02:58:15 PM
Right on! In the end all we have are the memories
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: bearhunter99 on November 10, 2020, 03:24:18 PM
Congrats!  Every chance you get to hunt moose is a treasure in my mind.  I have never been drawn but assisted on a few and managed to find one in BC on a guided hunt many moons ago.  truly impressive creatures!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Dan-o on November 10, 2020, 03:38:23 PM
Well earned. 

Looks like a beautiful bull.

Tha k you for sharing.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: teanawayslayer on November 10, 2020, 04:20:16 PM
Congrats on your bull! Buddies dad had an Aladdin tag and he filled it yesterday on a pretty decent bull.  The wolves have those moose scattered few and far in between!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: jamesjett on November 10, 2020, 08:19:33 PM
Congrats!!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: stickbuck on November 10, 2020, 08:23:24 PM
Awesome! Congrats on a great bull!


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Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Bango skank on November 10, 2020, 09:12:18 PM
Good luck with a shoulder mount from cindy.  Hope youre willing to wait 5 years.  Michelle nelson 2.0.   :twocents:
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: huntnnw on November 10, 2020, 09:41:37 PM
The fact they are giving out any moose cow tags at all is criminal.  That said congrats on a memory made, a dream achieved and a freezer full of delicious family meals!

 :yeah: I will not put in for a cow tag. I cant even think about shooting a cow in any of the units.
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: blackveltbowhunter on November 10, 2020, 09:55:24 PM
Nice job! Congratz! Way  Bigger than any moose I will tag this season  :chuckle:
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: hawks33 on November 11, 2020, 06:42:38 AM
Nice job! Congratz! Way  Bigger than any moose I will tag this season  :chuckle:

Well said....congratulations on your bull!
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: wheels on November 11, 2020, 10:53:18 AM
congrats
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: nwwanderer on November 11, 2020, 11:24:34 AM
Nicely done, thanks for the share
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Backstrap on November 11, 2020, 12:40:42 PM
Very cool. Congrats on a great hunt!

 I took a small bull with my Hangman tag. I was with my dad, who was getting old, and I decided (in advance) that the first bull we saw was good enough. Dropped the 2 year old, and then a full grown adult bull stepped out of the timber. No regrets at all. It was our last hunt together, him passing away the next year. And the meat was about the best wild meat Iíve ever had.

Thanks for sharing...
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Falcon on November 11, 2020, 07:45:43 PM
Backstrap

Congrats on your bull and a great adventure.  Having had a late moose tag, it can be a tough hunt.
Way to finish strong  :tup:
Title: Re: 121 Late Moose No Big Bull but A Blue Ribbon
Post by: Pathfinder101 on November 12, 2020, 08:14:08 AM
Pathfinder101 thank you for your interest.  I just returned from the taxidermist and given the long time associated with tanning I decided to swing both ways and have a eruo done while waiting for the tannery.  When the tanning is complete I most likely will have the shoulder mount done.

Cool beans.  I think I have done that with almost everything I have taken to the taxidermist; I euro it out and hang it on a wall until the taxi tells me the cape is done.  I don't think I'd be doing a moose head myself though, so I'd probably do what you're doing.  I think the only downside it that your bull is going to make a super-cool euro.  Might be hard to take him down when the taxi calls with the cape... ;)