The camps are closed, the boats have been washed and tipped over.  Our season is done.  The Otter is still at the dock, my only remaining flight is to put it away.  It was a good season overall.  The weather was great for the most part.  A little trying at the beginning and at the end.  Thank you to all of our new guests and old friends who came through our doors this summer.

Moose Hunting 2012

This year started out with a bang.  We had moose calling on the first night of hunting.  Moose were active.  After harvesting a couple of nice Bulls early in the hunt and our hunters at the Cobham harvesting a cow, the Moose went quiet when the wind began to howl. john blog

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Moose hunting is a hard adventure to go on at the best of times.  This hunt is not only physically demanding but also mentally.  You should not be going on a hunt of the largest animal in North America thinking that it is going to be like deer hunting where you see animals everyday, taking your pick of the biggest one you see.  Most of our moose hunters are return hunters and know how hard it is to get close to one and how rewarding it feels to get a shot at one of those elusive beasts.  If they do not want to talk to you or come out in the open it can be very frustrating.  It takes a patient hunter to slow down and figure out what the next step should be.  The moose are all around us out there.  You either love the solitude of hunting moose or it will drive you crazy from frustration.  You can never give up.  I have shot many moose on the last days of a hunt.  The most memorable was at 7:07 on the 7th day of the hunt!

I do get to see some great sights spending so much time outdoors. john blog

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Then one day, I noticed the squirrels were putting their feed up in the trees. you could feel the weather was going to change....

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It changed, it snowed for 24 hours. A cabin day, making fire, playing cards and maybe having a few cocktails.

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There was around 14 inches of snow. Hanging heavy on the trees. It made getting around even more difficult. The rocks became even more slippery and the trees and holes were hidden.

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It was a tough hunt as always, and if you are one of those hunters who loves the hunt, you will do it over and over, if you are successful in tagging a moose or not.  The time spent in this pristine country is time well spent.  A true moose hunter will be back next year.