Congrats on that nice looking moose. I'm from South Texas so the best I can do is hunt moose in my dreams. But I bag one every time. That really is one nice moose.I've been applying for a moose tag in Maine and New Brunswick for 20 years. Finally, after all these years, I was selected for a Maine bull moose tag. I didn't get the best week (the rut) nor the best area for taking a Maine moose but I was grateful for the long-awaited opportunity none-the-less.
We spotted a good bull the night before the hunt and another on the road at 4am as we headed to our sector. It was 22 deg as we started our day and I was highly confident that the freezing weather, calm winds and an opening day for the area would bring me some luck. But as the first day closed I only spotted a cow with her calf before the sun had set.
On the second day as we neared our hunting area a cow jutted out on the dirt road and nearly rammed the side of the truck. We continued along but returned to that area at daybreak hoping that a bull may have still been attending the cow despite the fact that the rut had past. This time luck was on our side as we relocated the cow which was in a clear-cut with two bulls. We let the smaller bull walk as we tried to close the distance on the larger bull. As I approached within 100yds the bull started to walk away and it was now or never.
Hoisting up my 1895SBL I let a 402gr Hammer bullet fly. You could hear the big bullet slap the bull hard but he only walked faster. A second round dropped him at the shot. The bull was dead when I reached him. He took one round in the center of the lungs and another in the shoulder. My 20 year Maine bull moose hunt was finally complete. The bull was officially weighed at the check station and field dressed at 775lbs.
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We use bigger "sledge" made from 6 mm HDPE plastic. You can find info if you search "Puuru hirvenvetolevy". Even big bulls are easy to pull to the road by atv, snowmobile or even with manpower. It glides nice and smooth over rocks, stumps and ditches. We have used it for well over a decade and pulled lots of moose with it, this on going season alone 11 so far.