Moose on the Yukon

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Aknative
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Moose on the Yukon

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(Going to be a multiple post entry, picture heavy"

So Uncle Dan came up from MI again to go moose hunting. I thought all the issues with the 25 horse were fixed...

Take one...all loaded up with too much food, too much gear, hopefully enough gas, planning on burning gas and eating food until we have enough room for meat.
Take 1
Take 1
Other brand mud motor had issues right from the ramp. I tried to village it, and got it to run %90 percent right, but just couldn't trust it.

Luckily I had a spare!
17.5 Frontiersman with 212 Predator on the small kit
17.5 Frontiersman with 212 Predator on the small kit
We went home, decided to pare down our gear, save twenty gallons of gas, pored the rest into the truck, threw the canoe on the truck and bombed back to the river. We slept in the truck that night after making it back to the launch, and were making all possible speed up the Yukon by day break. I brought the GPS and the SPOT. According to my GPS we averaged 4.5 miles an hour up the river...at wide open throttle. I learned that we got about an hour and 20 minutes out of a gallon tank at WOT. So we stopped about every hour and ten or fifteen minutes to fuel up, stretch our legs, snack...we did this for 14 hours by my poor math, my wife says the SPOT showed us to be travelling for 16 hours...either way it was a long day, especially since we didn't make it to the public use cabin we were aiming for.

Our camp the first night after we ran out of gas in the river in the dark and had to fuel up in the river as the nearest back was a vertical cliff...not ever going to do that again, I really should not have pushed that last tank.

After the harrowing experience of fueling the motor in the dark, we hit the first beach we could find and made a rough camp.
Slept in tarps
Slept in tarps
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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We were up against the rock, not sure how we missed the gravel bar in the dark.
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We realized at daylight the next morning we were within sight of our destination. This pic is from the bank at the cabin looking at the island we slept on.
Slept on that island.
Slept on that island.
We checked out the cabin to make sure we knew where it was, BSed with the guys staying there who didn't mind the company if we were stay, and carried on...averaging 4.5 MPH...stopped for fuel....FINALLY, we could see the valley that the target drainage has formed, but it's still a long way off. Not much else to do at 4.5 MPH but look at the right bank, the snag in the river, the island, the left bank, the island, the snag, the right bank, swiveling our heads back and forth.

Uncle starts screaming "Moose! Moose! BIG FRICKIN' MOOSE!" I'm searching the right bank thinking it's got to be there, he's cussing me for looking the wrong way, and I finally realize the snag is moving! Heading from the right bank to the island on his way across the river! So I turn us, and head for the left side of the island, trying to cut the moose off. Uncle's screaming "Faster FASTER!" "I CAN'T GO ANY FASTER!" We hit the beach leap out of the boat and I'm yelling "Don't you shoot that thing in the water!" We also hade to make sure the antlers were big enough, so I'm telling him to wait...hang on. We're both scoped in on it, and it looks monstrous! It's on the gravel, trotting for the other side of the island, glancing at us. Uncle says "He's legal, I know he is!" "Plug him."

Unc's first shot was almost perfect, right behind the shoulder, smidge high (we later looked at the heart, first bullet just nicked the top of the heart) and the critter flinched and kept going. I'm watching through my scope and waiting for Unc to plug him again...and waiting...and waiting. I look at Unc and he's just standing there slack jawed. He's used to white tails falling over when you hit them with a 300 Winchester and he's boggled that Bullwinkle is trotting on like nothing! "Plug him again!" I say. In the neck, lights out! It seemed. We start celebrating and the moose got up to his knees, then to his feet. Unc told me to hit him, I did, moose didn't take another step but took his time laying back down!
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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Unc cutting his ticket! He was shaking so bad I was worried he'd cut himself!
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Perspective. 52.5 inches wide, 4 and 2 brow tines.
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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We planned on just camping there, considering all the work we had ahead of us.
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"This leg is like our deer!"
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Heart, it's what's for dinner!
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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Tyson drums sticks.
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It started to rain just as we got the dam cape in the bag, so we threw everything in the canoe..barely. Half hour at idle to make it back to the roadhouse, with so much boat in the water that I had trouble steering in the eddies!
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Spent a whole day there trimming fat, fleshing the cape, making jerky, BSing with the room mates.
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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And then it was time to head down river.
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Hoping we don't die. We gave away some gas, the roomies offered to haul some stuff to town for us, made sure we each wore the life jackets and had empty gas cans handy for extra flotation devices.
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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We averaged 9 MPH going down river at idle, and probably would have made it without fueling up. But if your stopping to eat or stretch your legs there's no reason to not put some gas in the tank, especially with the memory of fueling up in the dark on the river fresh in my mind.

I was singing "Just around the river bend."
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Whew!
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Truck seat sure looks comfy.
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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Just about ready to hit the road.
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Turned out to be a great trip, despite a rocky start.

We all cut meat for days, Unc was able to bring a bunch home as well as the antlers and cape. Hoping for a good safe trapping season, rebounding marten prices, and rising critter populations...and a larger kit to power my flat bottom!

Be safe out there!
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Re: Moose on the Yukon

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That is one of my dream hunts right there!

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