HUNTER: Cody Kuck
HUNT: Unguided Moose Hunt in Alaska
CONSULTANT: Russ Meyer | OUTDOORS INTERNATIONAL
Sept. 18-Oct. 1, 2015
Our first trip to Alaska could not have went any better. One 58.5 inch bull moose down, one black bear, and a missed black bear. Not to mention all the other opportunities we could have capitalized on, yet didn’t because I was being pretty selective.
After arriving into Bethel, Alaska from Departing Denver, Colorado earlier that morning. Brian, one of the guys who works for the Outfitter met us to pick us up from the airport along with another moose hunter and get us to the Bed and Breakfast. As expected, even though we were prepared for our unguided hunt, anticipation was extreme and we were more than ready to get after it. We were a day late getting in due to backed up flights in/out of the bush from bad flying weather a day or two prior, so as each hour passed without us heading out…we became more and more eager like school kids waiting for the longest recess session ever. Finally, we caught wind that it was our time to take to the skies to head to the bush for 12 days of Alaska adventure hunting moose.
Upon arriving and setting up our drop camp, we began to call as we cooked our evening meals and watched the sun disappear. This was the rut so we were calling at camp every calm chance we had as recommended to. The first day was slow for seeing moose, but heavy on the sign. I never would have imagined that place be as littered with moose sign as we seen and admired daily. Trails, rubs, scat, every ten steps (no joke either). If I was a big Alaskan bull moose, I’d be right where we were. Not to mention the moose we seen flying into our camp days before, we were in prime country and we knew it and thrived off of it.
Second or third day was the day (couldn’t pinpoint while writing this, all blurred together on me here). We ate breakfast in the sunlight along with having a good cup of coffee and decided to venture over to a good trail intersection we had seen the day prior that made out to be a decent vantage point to glass from (4 foot higher in elevation). The vantage point is approximately 200 yards from our camp. Upon getting to the spot, I start adjusting some layers and getting ready to start glassing. My dad then looks back toward our tent and sees the giant Alaska bull moose he killed standing less than 100 yards from our tent. Without hesitation or confusion, I set him up on his Vangaurd Shooting Stick and my dad made some of the best shots I’ve seen him make with his .300 Weatherby and the bull tipped over exactly 106 yards from our Cabelas Guide Motel Tent. Holy Smokes, I still have to look at photos to believe it. I’m thinking the calling paid off.
As this bull appeared about 150 yards from us initially, we knew we had a shooter on our hands but didn’t realize what this guy had going for him. Again, holy smokes. He measured in at 58.5″ and yes I’ll count that 1/2″ all day long for the rest of my days on this planet. This was both of our first moose hunt, first trip to Alaska, and first moose on the ground! Needless to say, we spent 5-6 hours admiring and butchering him up for the flight back to Bethel.
Dad’s Black Bear
A few more days go by, we called in some moose and also saw some off in the distance but no shooter bull like my dad’s. We did see another CRANKER of a bull and I pursued him hard for 2-3 hours then he worked into some alders well away from our camp. Far enough away I wasn’t going to drop him for my pleasure to make it a painful packout….like way painful of a packout. While I was pursuing that big old slob of a bull, my dad was back hanging out at camp doing his thing that afternoon. Funny thing was, that afternoon “his thing” was killing a beautiful black bear that came into the moose gut pile 106 yards from the tent! Holy smokes times two now!! I’m off busting butt trying to drop a bull and he’s lounging at the drop camp punching harvest tickets and locking tags!!
Overall, I could write for hours and hours about our 12 days hunting moose in Alaska through Outdoors International and this outfitter. This is just a short summary of what happened between my dad and I, and believe me, we could carry of for a while. My recommendation to anyone interested if you’re looking for a cost effective, DIY, moose hunt, these are the companies you’ll want to connect with to put it together for you or your group. I’ve never been more appreciative of using two great companies and the knowledge they share to put together this hunt for my dad and I. Thanks for everything! This outfitter is the go-to guy when wanting to hunt Alaska.
With this being our first trip, we did an unguided Moose hunt to keep costs down and experience cranked up.
When going from zero to 100 like that you want to make sure you’re in good hands from start to finish, and we were. From Russ Meyer sharing his experiences up there from the year prior, to Nate and Brian busting ass in the hanger to help the outfitter coordinate guys in and out of camps, everything was as spot on as should have been with killing that many moose in the window we were up there.
Guys and girls waiting to get flown out were jacked up with enthusiasm and excitement and the folks arriving back in from their hunts had nothing but positive vibes and stories, not to add some very great trophies.
Our first trip to Alaska could not have went any better. One 58.5″ bull moose down, one black bear, and a missed black bear. Not to mention all the other opportunities we could have capitalized on, yet didn’t because I was being pretty selective.
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