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Old 09-17-2021, 12:29 PM   #1
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Spouse drew a moose tag for Western Wyoming, our 4th moose tag in Wyoming and probably his last.

We leave Sunday for 5 days of hunting and have time to go back in early Oct if needed.
We're staying at a FS cabin, $30 night, with propane heat, bunkbeds, full kitchen with propane appliances, but no running water.
The creek bottom right beside the cabin is one of the areas the biologist recc. for first light hunting.

No cell service so no updates from the field, but I will post the outcome of this trip when we get back.

We are rifle hunting, season opened Sept 15 with a rifle for moose and mule deer, I'm hunting deer and black bear.

Few pics of the cabin and moose country.
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Old 09-17-2021, 04:46 PM   #2
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Congrats, and the best to yall.


Moose was something I wanted to do as a young person, with a pistol, preferably. But never got to, or could afford to. Now that I could, I can't due to health.
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Old 09-17-2021, 04:54 PM   #3
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Old 09-17-2021, 05:00 PM   #4
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Good luck !! That country is so beautiful.
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Old 09-17-2021, 05:26 PM   #5
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Good luck,, that’s a dream hunt for sure!
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Old 09-17-2021, 05:29 PM   #6
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Is that snow from this year or did it stay all summer?
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:06 PM   #7
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That creek bottom looks moosey ! Good luck to both of you !
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:10 PM   #8
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Following! Moose is on my bucket list.
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:11 PM   #9
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:34 PM   #10
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Congratulations on the moose tag, that is some beautiful country. Good luck!
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Old 09-17-2021, 06:39 PM   #11
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Gorgeous country. Enjoy and good luck
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:56 PM   #12
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Jesus, that is incredibly beautiful country !!! I am dying inside !!!
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:58 PM   #13
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Good luck to both of you.
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Old 09-17-2021, 07:59 PM   #14
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Best of luck to you both!
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Old 09-18-2021, 08:24 AM   #15
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We were over in June to scout and learn the area a bit, that snow was from last winter.
We get a good cold front on Sunday just as we arrive and should get our 1st snow of the season next week.
A few wolves roam that country too and can be shot on sight.
It is Region H for deer and fairly well known for big bucks.
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Old 09-18-2021, 09:00 AM   #16
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Old 09-18-2021, 10:44 PM   #17
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Old 09-18-2021, 11:29 PM   #18
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Dang, thsts some beautiful country. Good luck to both. Do you think there arrowheads off that creek?
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Old 09-18-2021, 11:35 PM   #19
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Would live to visit Wyoming one day. Good luck
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Old 09-18-2021, 11:36 PM   #20
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Good luck! That’s some beautiful country
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Old 09-19-2021, 12:50 AM   #21
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good luck! looking forward to the end report
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Old 09-20-2021, 12:34 PM   #22
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Good luck. Bears should be good and fat. Nice Pics.
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Old 09-23-2021, 01:01 PM   #23
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Awesome stuff. Good luck!
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Old 09-23-2021, 01:26 PM   #24
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Knock em down
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Old 09-23-2021, 01:54 PM   #25
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Beautiful country. Staying tuned for updates.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:42 AM   #26
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Back from the hunt and no moose down yet.
I'll post some pics later today.
Saw 16 moose total, mostly small bulls.
I called in a smallish 4 pt right to us, not big enough and I understand that.
We go back Oct 7 and husband will fill that tag then, small bull or not.
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Old 09-26-2021, 09:44 AM   #27
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That is awesome. Hope you folks take a moose down...
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Old 09-26-2021, 12:16 PM   #28
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Arrived Friday afternoon right as the cold front pushed in. It brought some snow flurries and much colder weather.

Next morning we had just a dusting on the ground but much colder, about 19 degrees when we left the cabin.

Much of the hunting is done from the truck, most of the good drainages have roads right along them. We spotted all the moose from these roads.
Spouse took a little walk about one morning and saw elk, bighorn ewes and lambs and mule deer, no moose.

I had good luck on grouse, 2 ruffed and 2 blue( dusky) grouse for camp meals. The old Ruger boat paddle .22 did the trick again.

We're going back Oct 7 and leaves will al be down by then and the rut will be on. Calling should work well then, it worked ok this trip.
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Old 09-26-2021, 12:25 PM   #29
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Part of the area we are hunting was burned about 12 years ago. Now the moose mostly stay on the unburned dark timber side until late fall.

This area is well known for big mule der also but they like the very high jagged peaks, not for me these days. Horses are the way most hunt them.

We did have one nice 5 pt bull elk cross the meadow we were watching right at daylight, it is archery season for them.

We'll set a wall tent camp in Oct for the next hunt, it is bear country- black bears, so we'll have to be careful with food in camp.

Here are some moose we found. 1st two were cows with a yearling. We only saw one cow with a calf. Lots of young bulls but more mature bulls come down from up higher in Oct for the rut. Spouse has already said he will fill his tag on a small bull if it comes to that.
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Old 09-26-2021, 12:28 PM   #30
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The old cabins are from tie hack camps back in the day. They would build a dam on the creek then float them down with a "big flush" when the water was right.
Saw a big badger at these cabins getting a drink in the little creek, no pics though.

My grouse were all right along the road, easy meal for 2.
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Old 09-26-2021, 12:38 PM   #31
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If I were 30 years younger I’d be your neighbor, not too close mind you, but still your neighbor. I love the state of Wyoming ! Ten four on taking a small bull, to me the meat is at least 50% of any hunt for game animals. Headgear rates last on my list.

Very nice pics BTW.
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Old 09-26-2021, 02:08 PM   #32
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I'm right there with ya Drycreek, on the hunt part. Wyoming might be nice at certain times of the year. But I had plenty of cold for a lifetime when I lived in Ohio.


Now, I've got trouble with the heat too.


Hope ya score a bull Wytex!
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Old 09-26-2021, 02:20 PM   #33
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I'm right there with ya Drycreek, on the hunt part. Wyoming might be nice at certain times of the year. But I had plenty of cold for a lifetime when I lived in Ohio.


Now, I've got trouble with the heat too.


Hope ya score a bull Wytex!
TG, when it’s cold you just stay in the house and drink Jim Beam and coke. I made a winter in ND when it was from teens to 25 below every night for two months ! I could certainly make one in WY ! And the summers at any elevation at all are great.


I will say this, in archery antelope season be prepared for 95* or 45*, maybe even in the same week !
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Old 09-26-2021, 03:15 PM   #34
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Yah, stay-n indoors dur-n Jan and Feb up there, is why I had 3 kids . And I did my share of drinking back then.



Coldest it ever got: one night -25. And the wind chill took it down to -80. I had ice on the inside NW corner of the house next morning. I saw several days where it never got above +8F in that farm house. And snowed in a few times cause couldn't get the car to the road. Got run off the road by a snow plow one time, that was plowing the county road. Didn't even bother to stop and help me out. Had to walk couple miles back to the house.


Edit: I lived and worked there for 3.5 years.

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Old 09-26-2021, 05:49 PM   #35
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That first old cabin, heck, I'd put some boughs on the top and call it home. Wonder if one can squat there. Probably get away with it for a year or two. I figure that's the kind of place I'll meet my final end. Ifn the wife don't do me in first. Settin in a chair. Dead old guy lookin at an old dead fire.
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Old 09-26-2021, 05:52 PM   #36
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And them pictures is pure Bliss. Don't get me wrong. I love Texas, but after 55 someodd years, I've sur got a hankerin for a little geographical diversity. Anything but north Texas.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:46 AM   #37
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Second and last trip west for spouse's moose, success on a young bull.
Pics to come later today.
It's hanging and aging in the garage right now.
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Old 10-12-2021, 09:52 AM   #38
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Second and last trip west for spouse's moose, success on a young bull.
Pics to come later today.
It's hanging and aging in the garage right now.
Congrats...I have been trying to get the wife back to WY for a couple ofnyears and she sent this to me, saying NO WAY. She is a warm weather city girl.

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Old 10-12-2021, 09:59 AM   #39
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looking forward to the pics
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:13 AM   #40
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Yes good luck, following

Hereís a far off moose pic I took last week near Dubois/Shoshone natíl Forrest
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Old 10-12-2021, 10:23 AM   #41
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That is Beautiful. How is the fly fishing around there?
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Excellent! Congrats on the bull to your spouse. Cant wait to see pics.
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Old 10-12-2021, 11:09 AM   #43
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great pics
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:20 PM   #44
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Congrats...I have been trying to get the wife back to WY for a couple ofnyears and she sent this to me, saying NO WAY. She is a warm weather city girl.

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This storm is why he settled on a young bull. We packed up after getting the bull packed and loaded in the truck and headed home to beat the storm.
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:34 PM   #45
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What a blast! Beautiful country. Almost total isolation. Abundant wildlife. Sounds like Nirvana to me.
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Old 10-12-2021, 04:37 PM   #46
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Some glory pics first then some fluff.

The rut was not started just yet, young bulls were staging with cows but mature bulls were still up in the dark timber. Made for tough hunting on mature bulls, we saw one 2 evenings before he shot his bull.
He decided to hunt the ridge where we saw the more mature bull and had only cows come out that evening.
Next morning at first light we were back, he climbed back up while I spotted from the road below.
I spotted the young bull and gave him the signal. He stalked across the ridge to about 50-75 yds of the bull before it sighted him and got spooky. A grunt call made it pause for a successful shot, one shot kill.
The bull died about 900 yds above the road and the truck. The pack out was steep but not terrible. 2 trips for the spouse, I pulled the sled and both packs up to the bull and carried down the straps and tenders. Spouse packed out a front shoulder and the head 1st trip and sledded down the 3 remaining quarters on the second trip.

It was a brisk morning with intermitted snow while we were working on the bull. Took 2 hrs to get him quartered and trimmed up and we had him back at camp by noonish.

We packed up camp and got on the road home by 3:30, pulled in at 9:30 pm.
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The ridge and cows he had below him one night and the pack down.
Spouse was glassing from the scraggly tree at the top of the ridge.
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Old 10-12-2021, 06:45 PM   #48
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Congrats on a great hunt and bull!
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Old 10-12-2021, 07:09 PM   #49
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Awesome pics! And thanks for letting us tag along!
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Heck yeah! Congrats
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