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Old 10-16-2020, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I drew the Morgan South Rich cow moose tag this year (had max points) and while scouting, realized that this might not be a one day hunt. It turned out to be very difficult, with almost all the moose on private or barely out of the unit. We saw them on Deseret, Skull Crack and even three cows fifty yards out of the unit on the wrong side of highway 39 near the top of Monte Cristo. After five days of walking and glassing and more walking and more glassing, we were out one last time yesterday morning and struck out (again) after a five mile round trip hike just above the campgrounds outside of Huntsville. Thought we'd take one last crack at it up by the border of Deseret. And wouldn't you know it, on the way there, about a mile after we crossed from the private onto public ground, there they were - three cow moose, standing less than a hundred yards off of the road, this time, on the side I could hunt. We walked in about thirty or forty yards, got a clear shot and dumped a big cow. The pack out, if you can call it that was 120 yards. I guess you just never know.
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Congrats, that is the best way to get a moose. A very short pack is always welcomed on a big animal

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Congrats! she will make some tasty roast's !
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Awesome man!!! I killed mine in 17' with max points and it was fun! Glad you worked hard and got er done. The meat was wonderful and I enjoyed it all year long. Great job and glad you found success--ya know you are a serious hunter when ya have max cow moose points!
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Congrats man, and that's the way to do a pack out.
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Awesome, that's is what hunting is all about. Perseverance is the most important lesson hunting has taught me. It was the last morning of hunting at 9:30am when my old man asked me if I was ready to head back to camp, pack up, and head home. I said we should sit for 30 more minutes and wait until 10:00 am before we left. Fifteen minutes later a group of elk were running full speed across the meadow straight for me and that is how I got my first elk. That first elk taught me such a valuable lesson, not only for hunting but life in general. Never give up, it doesn't matter if you fail at something 100,000 times, you only have to try 100,001 times to succeed.
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Congrats on the cow!!
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Good deal! That is how cow moose should ALWAYS die...close to a road!

I shot mine in '08. Got lucky and drew the East Canyon-N. Davis hunt with 3 points, I think. Saw cows every time while scouting and then when the hunt came around, could only find bulls. Had a couple cows in the cell compound at the top of Parleys, but they went the wrong way after waiting on the FOREVER! After that it was the same old to the end of the hunt. Finally, with 2 days left to hunt and a pregnant wife ready to pop any moment, I made one last play up in the Little Dell area the 2nd weekend of the general deer hunt and came up empty...until talking to a couple hunters in the Little Dell parking lot that said they had seen a cow up near Big Mtn. That was all it took, and we were off, and sure enough, there she was - big, dark and beautiful! I can still picture one of my buddies with a front quarter lashed to both ends of a sturdy stick. He didn't have a pack at the time, but wanted to help out. Priceless memories.

My packout was not yours though. It was about a mile...one of the tougher I have endured. But very much worth every bit!
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Any pack out with a moose is not easy but it looks like you did good.
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