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Title: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on August 21, 2014, 02:26:00 PM
Oh with less than 2  weeks to go...lets rev it up.....I am starting the season with the new Kodiak bow that replicates the 1959 Kodiak..(last year I used a QUARTERMOON Mongoose recurve )
My freezer is almost empty of game meat...so the theme in 2014.....

no mercy...

lets hear the stories as they happen...and what bow you use or are planning to use

KODIAK 60# 60 inch (will switch bows after the first harvest)

Ok Albertans lets get it started...the campfire is lit....
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on August 21, 2014, 08:37:00 PM
"(will switch bows after the first harvest)"
Love the optimism!
I'll be using my Quartermoon Red Baron Recurve. 63#
29" arrows, 200gr broad heads, 75gr inserts, 700gr total.
September Elk & Mulies. (bought a Montana cow elk decoy to try)
October Moose.
Whitetail opportunities might materialize as I pursue the others.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on August 22, 2014, 03:10:00 PM
Scott my main hunting area holds mostly mulies and moose,,,,a few whitetails,,,no elk....will start the first week at my close spot with maybe an evening trip to rocky mountain house area..more whitetails there

there are doe tags for both areas....and I am liken doe meat more than bucks....but any whitetail I see I will hunt.....any early season muley...and bow zone moose ..both cows and bulls open,,,

using 600 grain carbons..... 145 grain Eclipse broadheads........no mercy.....

good luck out east and post your pics...
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Bert Frelink on August 22, 2014, 06:47:00 PM
I don't swing as easily as Brad, sticking to the same bow I start with.
It's kind of ironic but I purchased a new bow this summer from a good friend and fellow bowyer Mr John Strunk,I bought one of his newest models a "Mollegabet" , it's just over 50# at my draw.
Here's a picture of the "new" ammno   :scared:  
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on August 23, 2014, 01:24:00 AM
Bert your a bowyer and an arrowsmith...if I could make them that nice I would hate to shoot them!!!!!!
looks like turkey and goose....very nice
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on August 23, 2014, 10:40:00 AM
Nice looking darts! Bert you still giving the "primitive" broad head a go?
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Bert Frelink on August 23, 2014, 12:34:00 PM
Yes Scott for sure, one of these will be "first" in my Quiver.
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on August 23, 2014, 04:42:00 PM
Cool! Did you knap them yourself?
I stole a few minutes today at lunch and shot. Felt good to get arrows flinging! Visualized each one right in the pocket behind the shoulder of a nice bull elk.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on August 24, 2014, 11:50:00 PM
Mark, tucker and old chef went back packing into a secret spot in the mountains last weekend for an overnighter and some scouting because we all have elk task and a couple antlerless whitetail tags.  We had a fun trip but only saw a couple elk, a handful of deer and a grizzly.  Grouse numbers seem to be very good this year so a licence and a judo are a good idea.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on August 26, 2014, 12:03:00 AM
I zipped out to my elk honey hole and put a camera up on the ridge they travel on.

I'm kicking myself for not purchasing the a tree stand for 90 less then the same one goes for here while I was down in Wyoming.

September 1 ill be out on the river glassing for a Mule deer and his girlfriends.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on August 26, 2014, 12:40:00 AM
I'm kicking myself for not putting up a trail cam in the area where I intend on pursuing elk. I prob would have put it over water and got a couple thousand pics of black angus cows but maybe the odd elk would have appeared too.
I'm really enjoying shooting with the 5 arrow bow quiver that Dennis sold me. From the first time I put it on & shot with it I find it adds just the right weight for a perfect cant & a steadier bow arm.

I'm also pumped that I just started scheming to possibly seeing the Caribou migration up close next year with a trad bow in hand, hopefully with a good friend or two alongside!
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on August 26, 2014, 01:54:00 PM
Cowboy!

Ill be back in the Yukon hunting next fall as well.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on August 27, 2014, 11:24:00 AM
Just spotted a dandy buck in my mule deer spot. Ill see him on Monday. Anyone else see any velvet this week?
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on August 28, 2014, 02:11:00 PM
Anyone else happen to be hunting WMU 542 for moose in November...lots of undersubscribed bull tags this year

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on August 28, 2014, 02:16:00 PM
Just checked and there are still 278 tags available in WMU 524...I would have obtained one of those but 542 is closer...should be lots of lease roads for access around Red Earth Creek

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on September 02, 2014, 07:33:00 PM
Just chased mule deer. Wow how much I missed doing that since the draw came into effect.

I had three stalks in the morning to within 15 yards of nice bucks that all resulted in no shot opportunity as the deer used the same cover I had stalked them through to leave with.

Glenn put a dandy stalk on a nice buck and had him at 12 yards. The buck stood and walked away and he missed it low. It was a fantastic sight to see it all unfold my my high vantage point. He stalked another bedded for to 4 yards. Might have been to close as he had to almost jump over here to get from the down wind position to a shooting position. Great stalking and hunting intuition shown by a very junior hunter.

All in all it was awesome and we basically had 100 mule deer around us all day.

Now it's elk and sheep season so see you next year mule deer.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on September 07, 2014, 02:34:00 PM
moose magic (thursday sept 4th)

the wind was steady making the leaves rustle..great for stalking

had a small bull in velvet at 12 yards and could not pull my bow as a tree was in the way to extend my arm...the bull was broadside and then walked two steps as i stepped back to pull my Kodiak recurve and the shot opportunity was lost..then he button hooked and came back but 3 yards further and a small willow covered the vitals....he walked away

then later in the day snuck in on a cow and again at less than 15 yards ..she got up and went to my right where the were trees blocking a clear shot..if she had gon left ..I would have had a close broadside shot..she was with another cow and the bull I had seen earlier was bedded in the willows just to the NE and they fed in front of me at 20 to 25 yards but the willows were their friends that day and no clear shooting lanes to the vitals....great day...I was burnt out from the adrenaline of the morning and headed home

on friday I went out and could not locate any moose....saw mulie doe with fawn...very warm and quiet making stalking difficult...

...will be back looking for more moose in the next week...
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on September 09, 2014, 05:28:00 PM
more moose stories (Sept 8th)

I went out yesterday and thought the trees would still have mostly dark even though it was snowing...the snow was sticky and the trees and everything was white except the off side of the trees where the solar heat could touch the trunks...I was wearing timber ghost plaid which is great when when in the shadows of the forest or even in open areas when there is browns .....

I was walking in the snow and because of the depth of the snow...I could not walk without some noise underfoot...I spotted two bull moose in the open at about 200 yards and cow called to them. It is early for  the best calling ...but they responded and came about 90 yards...they stopped and would not come any closer...I was upwind and tried to light a cover scent and looked up again and they were gone...
Knowing the area I felt they might still be coming....... but using the cover of the trees to the west....I moved to the edge of the trees to the west and waited...giving one more cow call. Although on the edge of the trees I did not have any trees giving me shadows....two calf moose appeared  and came to the edge of the trees at 7 yards..... and out of the corner of my eye I saw the two bulls also coming..they were 40 yards in the trees. I drew on the first calf and picked a spot.....I could see the bulls still coming so I let the tension off the string....the calves moved to the east and one bull with a slight drop point came to 15 yards an was behind some poplars on the edge...the bull looked directly at me and seemed tentative...I waited and the bull started to step out..as the shoulder became exposed I drew my bow and the bull responded by turning to the north as he caught the movement and was already unsure of what I was...he walked north out of bow range....at one point as he turned I may have had a brief moment when the ribs were exposed but the shot would have been hurried...I followed the two bulls but could not sneak up on them due to the noise in the snow...the snow was very wet and I cannot remember being that wet....I moved way north and circled the area to avoid the bulls and tried calling them again ...but they did not show up.

After any encounter I debrief what happened in my mind and always try to figure a better way for future success...but what a great time anyway....
here is my conclusion....with what I was wearing I needed to use the cover of shadows and was essentially caught in normal light....this exposed me and made the bull uneasy,,,here is the difference of using shadows ...look at the two photos...they are only ten yards apart .....one in the shadows...the other in the open...
this is not where I was for the story above ....for the moose I was kneeling on the OUTSIDE edge of the trees in another location and I am sure I was easy to see....if I moved in to the woods 10 yards without detection I believe I could have drawn on that bull undetected....

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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on September 09, 2014, 11:25:00 PM
Great account of your adventure trublx2! I concur with your assessment of the shadow / camo
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on September 10, 2014, 09:54:00 PM
Shoot the calf next time Brad...really a trophy with a stickbow and awfully good eating...plus a lot less work to deal with...and realize that in your situation I would have done exactly what you did...I am a meat hunter only until antlers show up...then I very quickly become a trophy hunter...sounds to me like you are about to harvest a nice moose...may the force be with you

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on September 11, 2014, 12:04:00 PM
Sounds like you had a good day out, keep up the good work and keep us informed.  I'm packing my gear for a little walkabout starting tomorrow.  I think I'll bunk at Tuckers tomorrow night and give 'er on Saturday too.  Maybe with some luck I'll have a good story to tell
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on September 13, 2014, 01:27:00 PM
Well Tucker and I went on Friday, I arrived at his place at 5:30 am and we drove to a special spot to chase elk.  We've got draws for the area so were pretty excited.  We walked about 6 miles and that usually isn't a problem but the snow was knee deep in spots and we had a heck of a time.  I was  pretty tired coming out and if it was another two miles to the truck I'm seriously doubting that I could do it without stopping for a sleep.  

So the final news is, we didn't see any elk or even hear one, the weather must have disturbed them a bit.  We'll be heading out next week for a very serious try and I hope to have some more exciting news.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on September 14, 2014, 10:55:00 PM
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Up at my Dad's farm scouted a bit but when I found some nice sign I setup & tried calling. Big block of bush next to an oat field.
Nothing responded but it was sure fun to try.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on September 14, 2014, 11:01:00 PM
I did see at least a 190" mule still in full velvet. I figured i had an idea where he was headed but he beat me to the spot by 20 min so i just sat & watched him.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on September 15, 2014, 01:29:00 PM
actually Dave..I am a meat hunter too....the bull was probably 3 years old and would have been good eating....I was thinking 300 lbs of meat versus about 90 lbs....but a bird in the hand ...oh well.....you are right ..alot less work taking out a calf moose....

I hope I get more chances...have a friend coming out soon too,,,

good  stories so far guys...lets keep it going
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on September 18, 2014, 12:11:00 AM
I hope the lack of posts the last few days means everyone is out hunting!
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on September 19, 2014, 01:18:00 AM
Brad when I was guiding in 2012 the guys from Michigan ended up weighing the meat from one bull to take back on the plane...there was actually close to 400 pounds, eight tubs at 50 pounds each, of deboned meat on that animal and he only had about a 45 inch rack...a good moose but not huge for the Hinton/Edson area

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on September 19, 2014, 01:23:00 AM
Quote
Originally posted by Cowboy Al:
I did see at least a 190" mule still in full velvet. I figured i had an idea where he was headed but he beat me to the spot by 20 min so i just sat & watched him.
We kind of get used to the smaller mulies being a lot less savvy than a whitetail...truth is a big mulie buck (or doe) is about as sharp as any whitetail...a big old doe busted me three times in one day last fall...and a few days later I got within about 20 yards of a small whitetail buck in the same area, and I am a still hunter simply because I lack the patience or interest to hunt any other way

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on September 19, 2014, 11:46:00 AM
The three amigos had a good couple of days in the mountains, but the elk weren't cooperating yet.  We left them to " get in the mood."  Tucker did see a big black bear twice in the same spot and I'm wondering if I should go after him in the near future.  I don't need a bear rug but I would like a few blocks of bear lard in my freezer to make some biscuits and I figure a bear in that area hasn't seen a garbage dump or been feeding on someone's stinky bait pile.  So not really much to report considering how much effort we all put into our hiking.  It was sure nice to find a hides hole without many guys hunting it.  We've got Tucker to thank for his due diligence.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: albertan on September 19, 2014, 11:52:00 PM
Season has started off well!  I had the antlered mule deer draw at home and knowing it would be almost 30 years before I'd get drawn again (based on current tag numbers and applicants) put in a pile of time.  6 weeks of scouting and getting permission.  The season opened Aug 25th and I had located several good bucks.  With the early harvest there was swathers and combines going which really pressured the deer I had located.  They were moving lots day to day.  I had found a small waterhole along a pea field and decided to put all my eggs in one basket - I placed a treestand in a tree there and decided to sit till I got one (3 shooter bucks were using this area).  The first night (day 6 in all)I passed on 2 small bull moose - not wanting to spoil my chances at a mulie.  Day 2 in the tree I spent 14 hours in the air and watched the 2 bigger bucks feed and bed in the field most of the day but not come to water.  The 3rd morning I spotted buck #3 and his small buddy working their way through the peas in the early morning light and luckily they were thirsty.  The bigger buck made his way to the water and as he turned to walk in at the 20 yard trail the arrow hit him quartering away at 17 yards right to the fletch to the opposite shoulder.  A short 75 yard run and he was down. Great buck!  171 gross/166 net.  Used my Jack Kempf recurve at 51#, 56".  Arrows are 30" Alaskan Grizzly Stiks.  150 gr 2 blade Silver Flame bheads. total weight 703 gr. at 140 fps I get 30.6 ft lbs kinetic energy and 43.7 slug ft/sec momentum.   FOC 21.7%. First animal I have used these arrows on and great performance.  Shaving sharp still.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: albertan on September 20, 2014, 12:00:00 AM
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: albertan on September 20, 2014, 12:01:00 AM
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: albertan on September 20, 2014, 12:10:00 AM
After the success on the mule deer, I shifted focus to try and get a moose before the archery season closed Sept 23.  The wife and I scouted out a different waterhole that I had taken my first archery bull at many years ago.  Is a tough spot to get into but there was lots of sign.  We got the stand up and I returned several hours later to sit.  Just minutes after I got into the tree there was crashing going on and in came a small bull and cow.  He drank broadside at 34 yards which was too far.  He moved back into the bush and bedded.  Bit later another cow/yearling came in, drank and made their way down the edge of the waterhole. The first cow came out and the two women faced off, ears back and then up on their hind legs for a quick scrap.  The lone cow won and chased off the other two.  The little bull came sauntering in and they both went into the water.  He moved around her (fatal mistake) and as he looked back broadside at 22 yards the arrow slid right through him - hanging up on the fletch on the opposite side.  They ran out of the water, stood briefly and then he moved off, went down, tried to get up and couldn't.  For the full story look for it in the next edition of the ATBA "Quiver."  Used the same arrow and bow as I did for the mule deer.  Will be yummy -- all 360#s of him!!  Little but good.
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on September 20, 2014, 09:56:00 AM
Nice work Brent. You need to know how awesome it is that the president of aba shoots traditional. Very cool.

A good friend of mine shot his bc grizzly on Wednesday. He doesn't vist these sites so if you're lucky enough to meet him you'll have to enquire.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: brohymn2 on September 20, 2014, 10:56:00 AM
Congrats onthe animals
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Post by: Cowboy Al on September 20, 2014, 12:36:00 PM
Congrats on the mule and the moose! Great recap of your adventures too. I like Adam applaud that the prez of the ABA uses trad gear!
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on September 20, 2014, 12:37:00 PM
I must have go click happy...repeat post
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Post by: Cowboy Al on September 20, 2014, 12:38:00 PM
repeat?
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on September 21, 2014, 02:25:00 PM
Brent//wow great week...nice mule deer....beautiful velvet and nice and wide...any animal with a trad bow is a trophy to me...he will be nice eating at this time of year...and the moose is a dandy..that will be real good eating too..your on a roll...
bet your freezer is full now

I shot a mulie buck in velvet few years ago and those September bucks are delicious eating all the green vegetation...guess your whitetail is next !!!
conratz....lets hear the story on the mulie...
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on September 22, 2014, 03:13:00 PM
It's nice to see folks getting game for the freezer!

mark and I went back to 404 Saturday morning with moose on the brain, there's only a couple days left of the season so we thought to switch gears from elk to moose.  

We had an interesting time on our hike in, all the little things stacked up against us and I was sure we wouldn't get an evening hunt.  By and by we got to camp and quickly set up a tarp to bunk under.  Then we scrambled out into a moose pasture and I called like a love sick cow but to no avail.  The next morning Mark did the same but he wasn't any sexier than I was so no bulls showed up.  

We went for a little walkabout about 10:00 and chased spruce grouse for a bit.  I got an arrow stuck up in a pine tree and it was my only grouse arrow.  So mark and I conspired together and made an arrow out of a sapling, tied it onto parachute cord and after only about half a dozen shots I managed to snag my arrow and get it back.  So a good thing to learn actually, it's a good way to get arrows back.  I was also thinking that the sapling arrow (tip off a small spruce) would probably make a decent small game arrow on its own.  Gonna play with that idea a bit.

So, we only had one cow wander through camp and we have bull tags so I think we need to try a different valley and I'll probably head out weds or thurs this week.  In the meantime I might do some scouting for bears in oat fields. I feel the need for some bear fat biscuits.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on September 23, 2014, 02:39:00 AM
Great harvests Brent! I just got back from a hunting trip north of GP. I was hunting with some friends who also happen to be hosts and prostaff for the show The Replacements on Wildtv. Most of the guys were hunting elk but because of an oversight on my part, I was hunting moose with the bow before it closed.

Day one was spent travelling and setting up camp after which we went for a quick hunt. I walked up to 25 yards of a small, bedded mule buck within the first 200 yards but I didn't have the draw required to shoot him. There was some moose sign in the area but nothing wanted to play that evening.

Day two I went to a different area and there was more fresh sign. I did spot a cow, spike and a mature 5 point bull elk but they were approximately 600 yards away and I had no tag. The evening was uneventful.

On day three I had a good feeling and I made the comment that someone was going to harvest something. I went back to my spot from day two and set up to call. I had just finished my third sequence of calling when I got a reply. By the time I located the direction he was in I realized that he was coming FAST! I quickly setup and he showed up at the edge of the pipeline I was on. He was a young bull, the kind I don't mind eating! He was cautious and stood there for a while checking things out. At one point he stared at me and I was sure it was over. When he did move he started trotting across the pipeline and although he was broadside at 15 yards my window of opportunity was closing quickly. I drew and grunted to stop him but he didn't like that too much and busted outta there hard. It was a close encounter and really got the adrenaline going!
That evening was a bust again.

Day four started with a long hike and a grouse harvested but no big game spotted. That evening I decided to do a little scouting for elk for next year since the wind was blowing at around 60 km/hr. I found a good elk trail and was seeing where it led when I noticed movement on the trail ahead. I stopped and realized the movement was a cow elk at about 15 yards and closing fast! There was some long grass on the trail and I think that's why she didn't notice me right away. She finally did notice me at about 8 yards but the wind was blowing steady from behind her and in fact I could smell her. Well, She stood and stared for about 3 minutes until I felt the slightest breeze on the back of my neck. She busted out hard taking a spike that had been behind her with. Exciting stuff and I did find a heavily used area that I put on the back burner for next year. That evening another cameraman showed up in camp which freed up a cameraman. My friend Dave. He had been itching to sit a stand he had set up that had a lot of elk and moose coming into it.

Day five Dave and I headed into his stand with the deal that if a moose came in he would film me and I would do the camera work if an elk showed up. Near the stand we bumped a moose and called to it to try and calm it down. It ran off and we made our way into the stand. There's lots to set up when you are filming a hunt and it took us about 15 minutes to get everything ready. We hadn't even sat down when I heard a moose grunt. Dave spotted him almost immediately and I grabbed my bow. Well he walked by at 80 yards and kept going so I gave him a couple of grunts at which point he shutup. I thought he must have moved on but soon we could hear some movement in the thick alders and spruce in front of us. The cameras were rolling as we waited for what seemed like for ever for him to make his way closer. He finally committed and stepped into the open. Unfortunately there was a scrawny little alder covering his vitals. He finally moved again and gave me the shot I wanted. I drew and released. The arrow hit right where I was looking and as he turned to leave I knew he wouldn't go far. He didn't run hard and stopped 25 yards from where I shot him when I grunted at him. We watched him go down and started celebrating. He is a very wide bull, as wide as the bull I got last year but with smaller antlers but what really impressed me was the shear size of his body. Biggest moose I've ever seen.

I know many of you don't care much for Wildtv and I mostly don't either but I hope you tune in next summer when my hunt will be aired on The Replacements.

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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on September 23, 2014, 12:26:00 PM
Congrats! nice write up & I look forward to the pics.
Was one of the Replacements Chad? I used to work with him...
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on September 23, 2014, 12:31:00 PM
That’s awesome!!!!

Love seeing a trad guy get it done year after year man. Congrats

I had another chance on a buck last night.

I glassed him bedded in the mid-section of a mile long coulee that dropped down into the river valley. I was able to move down wind of him few coulees down and put the creep on him. Well I came around the boulder I thought he was bedded behind and at 12 yards he stood up behind the next boulder over. Damn.

He never saw me and just stood there at 12 yards. A small rock covered his vitals and no shots were taken.

He walked off with rocks between him and me as two does jumped up and got out of dodge.

Very exciting 30 minute hunt. Best mule deer spot I have and it’s a dandy. Basically a bed at the base of every boulder along the coulee edges.

I closed it off with the best shot I have ever made in my life.

Somewhere between 45-60 yards downhill, from the top of the coulee to the very bottom. A Badger!

Turned into a rodeo as I didn't want to lose it down the hole. I was wearing my sock with no shoes as i had just been stalking that buck and needless to say my feet have more than a few cactus spines in them from the frenzied sprint down the coulee.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on September 23, 2014, 07:11:00 PM
Thanks Adam. Yeah, Scott, Chad was up
for a few days. Never met him before but liked him right away. Seems like a pretty nice guy.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on September 25, 2014, 05:33:00 PM
8 bulls and 30 cows last night. They started calling at 7:30pm and kept going deep into the night. Rut is in full swing, hunt accordingly  ;)  hahaha
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on September 27, 2014, 10:04:00 AM
Wow if this does not get me motivated nothing will...Randy once again I am advocating for a username change to mooseshooter...I think you have that one figured out...great animals all and thanks for posting the pictures

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on September 28, 2014, 01:41:00 PM
congratulations Randy...love to see pics of the moose...making the shot with cameras on is awesome too...hope you post photos


Moose hunting 101 ..the journey continues PART 2


been out of the picture fore a week as I somehow hurt my back and have been healing...but tomorrow the moose hunting starts again...I have a friend coming who has not had much chance to hunt moose before so our goal is to get him one...
where we are hunting is mixed farmland...the moose are not as plentiful as up north...but they are around...you can go three days without seeing one and then on the fourth day have 5 bulls in the area...so we will see how it plays out....We will post as the hunt progresses...likley we will be getting back late each day so will post as we can and  if  we not to tired...
plan for tomorrow is setting up in a known location where there has been success before and calling lightly.....and if no response...a little louder....then of course wait it out...sometimes it takes a moose over 30 to 45 minutes to show...their hearing is Exceptional....likey the best of all ungulates.... so here we go
lets have some Moose mojo ....to be continued
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Hardluck59 on October 01, 2014, 08:40:00 AM
Congrats Randy...great looking moose. I posted your picture on your original post on page 3 for all to see.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on October 01, 2014, 08:38:00 PM
Thanks Cal!

Here are some more.

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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on October 01, 2014, 08:40:00 PM
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: outdoorsforlife on October 02, 2014, 10:22:00 AM
Wow Brent great job!

Randy Nicely done!

Adam good shot.

I am finishing up two papers for this weekend and the, I can get out next week.  I'm missing it so much.  The thing that is getting me through is reading your stories, and I just got a message from  Jack Kemp in Sherwood Park that he just put something in the mail for me... Kwickstyk 52lbs @28 Inches bamboo with a new style riser. I'm headed to 410 with an nontrophy sheep tag.  Goodly k everyone
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on October 02, 2014, 01:11:00 PM
Well I got an early evening off from work the other day and made a mad dash to the foothills where I have been hunting elk. I decided to go into a bowl I have never hunted before as I felt the area was least pressured. I hiked 12-15 km back away from the nearest point I could get my truck as the old road had been washed out for a while in there. At 3:30 I started to climb into some higher timber in hopes to get into better wind and an area where I could also hear the bulls that may or may not have been in the area. Old faithful blew at 4:30pm, which is basically the same time as years prior for that area. I was approximately 800 metres from the elk when I first heard him. Moments later 2 more bulls started to bugle and I knew I was in them. Fortunately I had the wind I need and I only had to run a short distance to get to better wind and more cover.

The first bull I called into 50 yards and he hung up in some willows while 3 mule deer does walked between him and me at 20-25 yards. I’m not sure if that shut him up or my calling and set up, but he never made another noise and seemed to disappear.

10 minutes later the area seemed to have cooled down and I could still hear the heard bull about 200 metres away but still upwind of me. I quietly moved in his direction with my decoy in front of me. I saw him at 60 yards on the other side of a small 10 metre wide clearing. He walked over the other side and out of sight and I made my move.
I got hunkered down in some talk coniferous trees and setup my decoy on their edge. I was then able to over the course or 20-30 minutes call the heard bull, a 6x6 twice as wide as his body, to 35 yards and a lone cow to 25 yards. The other 2 bulls were off the perimeter and never came into sight. Approximately 15 other cows were feeding another 30 yards past the lone cow and the single bull. No shots were taken on the cow as I felt I had a really good chance on the bull and also the bush was too thick for me to take the shot at the moment she presented me one.

After 20-30 minutes the strong prevailing wind died and for 5 seconds I could feel it at the base of my neck. BOOM they blew out of there and I was busted. I stayed behind the heard for the next few hours and eventually had a nice bull at 60 yards eyeballing my decoy.
I shut the night down early as I was 25 or so km into it already. No elk on the ground, but every time I get closer and closer. Sooooooon!

Recap: I feel my cow calling is letting me down and will continue to practice as I think it needs to be more nasal at the end. Decoys work! Set up in the shadows and in front of cover not behind it as I was restricted by branches between the elk and I.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Dog Walker on October 03, 2014, 08:21:00 PM
Super nice moose, Randy. Congrats!    :thumbsup:
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: bloubow on October 03, 2014, 09:39:00 PM
Well done Randy! Again. Nice bull and story.  
I went out this week for two days. Sat a new stand the second am and had a small bull come in to the call. Well for that little guy presented  me with only two perfect sides  looks at 18 yards or so. But the spruce branches where in the way as I didn't trim it hi enought.  GRRRR!!!!  
First time out this year,  but we had a surprising reminder to play safe. My friend fell out of the stand as he was reaching to get in it. He managed to hug the tree all the way down 12-14 feet or so. He had forgotten his wrench to back off    :knothead:    :knothead:    the bolts that the steps go in to. So he was thinking that his weight would push them in. Well he his pretty cut up in the hands and scraped good in the face and gut. His eago his bruised and he need a new set of hunting clothes as well. But lucky that it was not worst. So all of you out there play it safe and don't take any chances.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: outdoorsforlife on October 04, 2014, 02:12:00 AM
Nice job Adam!

one more paper to go and then I'm making tracks.

Good Luck everyone.


Gord
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 05, 2014, 12:41:00 PM
nice try adam.

that's alot of hiking my friend......wish  I was young again....remember you get one you got to get it out....
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 05, 2014, 01:17:00 PM
moose hunting 101 (week report)
well myself and Dave were out  all week and the results are no meat hangin
we had a good time comraderie wise and being outdoors but the moose hunting was pretty dismal
day one we saw a cow moose at 150 yards at 6 pm and shortly before that a large whitetailed doe and her yearling at about 90 yards....
Dave has  a bull tag only licence and on day two
after some calling a cow moose and a second year calf came in..the cow offered a fine 25 to 30 yard shot but Dave as  previously stated can only take a bull...I can shoot either sex where we were but was in the background aways doing the calling....we also saw two whitetailed bucks and three mule deer bucks...one of the whitetailed deer had bale twine on his left antler and appeared to have an injury to his other eye from the past that prevented him from growing a right antler...we had him at 25 yards but looking right at us....
the next three days we did not see a moose..the conditions were poor except for one day that was ideal and yet no moose....
one day six Kevin joined us and he saw a cow and missed ....Kevin is an accurate bowhunter but sometimes these things happen...
The area we are hunting is hit or miss as it is in the bow zone ....it is becoming more developed and more hunting pressure as well giving a synergistic  negative effect on the number of game over the last 18 years we have hunted it.....it can be good or bad... depending on the day and week
I plan to recharge and go this week a few times...the weather is still too hot here but gotta give it a shot..
I think in the future (2015)  the north is where I anm going for the majestic moose

here are a few pic of the week
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on October 06, 2014, 10:15:00 AM
Thanks everyone! Sounds like everyone is seeing stuff and having fun and that's what it's all about. I love reading all the stories even when there is no "success". Keep posting the adventures!
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 06, 2014, 02:46:00 PM
Brad...there are some good general tag opportunities north of Edmonton but there were also lots of undersubscribed tags this year...I have one for November north of Slave Lake...not as exciting as calling season but still a good chance for one

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 07, 2014, 11:31:00 PM
I don't have a good moose story like Randy but I did find something interesting today.  My spot in the bowzone never has moose, it's just a corner of a farmers field but today I was looking for a new stand location and I scared up a little bull!  I backed off for a couple hours and tried calling him in but to no avail, he's pretty small so maybe he doesn't know what to do with a lonely cow yet.

  I'll go back tomorrow and try again, only problem is wifey is in Edmonchuck on business so I've got to try during the daytime hours while the kiddos are in school.  It's a super thick stand of willows so maybe I can get in there and stalk the little guy, I'm not sure how else to approach this.

I did manage to call in three white tails with my lonely cow calling and I got a shot at a great big doe.  I wasn't sure if I hit her or not, couldn't see the arrow or blood on her, after awhile I did a search and found an arrow with no blood and a bent head where it hit the rock it was beside.  Dang!  

It was a great evening even if I didn't score, I had lots of close encounters and it was nice to get out.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 09, 2014, 12:12:00 AM
So this morning I called and called to that moose and he won't come out of his bush.  So I went in after him it took almost two hours of sneaking through the willows to make it a hundred and fifty yards.  But I almost closed the deal, he winded me at about 18 yards and I still couldn't quite see him in the thick bush.  Tomorrow I'll try coming in from the north, I should have thought of that today, we rarely get a North wind but alswas from the other three directions every hour.  The wind here is pretty frustrating.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 09, 2014, 07:09:00 AM
Tracy I really do not think that a young moose has any natural fear of humans...not sure how much time you have or how much hunting competition for that little bull...the Bowzone seasons are long and it is doubtful he is going anywhere soon...if you are patient and only hunt him when conditions are entirely in your favour you will be eating some fine young moose this winter...ask Randy, the big advantage of shooting a small moose is that they are small (for a moose of course)

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 09, 2014, 08:13:00 AM
I'm pretty sure I heard a cow and bull, so either it's mommy or the little guy has his own cow and that's why he doesn't want to leave.  He was coming in though so I'll have to be patient band keep trying, i really would like a moose in the freezer.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 10, 2014, 10:30:00 AM
I went and sat in my newly hung treestand last night, and just as the "witching hour" was approaching I hear a sound....no!  It can't be can it?  Yup, over the hill comes the swather.  So that area is going to be a no go zone until after they're done.

My moose is still in the bush, but I can't get near him.  My plan is to wait for the rainiest  windiest day there is and go in after him.  Maybe the sound and wet leaves will work in my favour.

Also got stopped by the warden, and she was really nice to deal with.  She didn't hassle me at all even though I'd printed the wrong paperwork off of the relm site.  Apparently I've been hunting without a liscence   :) . I purchased everything just fine but chose to print the wrong pages.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 12, 2014, 03:55:00 PM
my moose spot is unavailable for another week so I went hunting whitetailed deer in Rocky..shot a suppplemental  antlerless whitetailed doe on Friday night...offered a quarting away shot at 10 yards from a stand..she went down in 80 yards..watched her lie down .....arrow went into the left side near the back of the ribs and poked out the right front shoulder...sorry about the photo...I rushed and forgot to put my bow in the photo..
it was a new kodiak...#60
here are two photos
the doe by herself....you can see the broadhead sticking out the right shoulder
she was about 230 lbs !!!! biggest Doe I have taken
the second photo is at home the next day with the bow...
I usually do great field shots but this is not the case here...sorry gang
dragging her ourt was difficult over alot of logs and brush....think I am getting old

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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Hardluck59 on October 12, 2014, 05:12:00 PM
Congrats Brad...Yves has also taken a fine doe.  He harvested her with the " Old Clunker", Jack's old bow. 18 meters shot and She ran 63 paces full out and died running.   (http://i1135.photobucket.com/albums/m630/atba/Trophy%20Room%20Photos/2014/yvesdoe.jpg) (http://s1135.photobucket.com/user/atba/media/Trophy%20Room%20Photos/2014/yvesdoe.jpg.html)
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on October 12, 2014, 06:55:00 PM
Congratulations Brad and Yves! Love seeing those pics!
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 13, 2014, 04:28:00 PM
congratulations Yves...nice doe ...good eatin there

After I harvest an animal I switch to another bow...going to use a classic....

a 1970 B riser Bear takedown....I have original #1 limbs but will be using ROSE OAK limbs.. amber colored bamboo limbs that really look nice and perform

here are two pics of the bow...taken it out tonight for a date !!!! I think she is dressed to kill ..LOL

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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on October 13, 2014, 10:05:00 PM
I went north with an antlered moose tag in my pocket. The first day brought strong winds so myself and my nephew covered some miles to look for sign. Much like I suspected the usual spots (from year to year) held the most sign. The wind died a bit so I tried some cow calling & had my nephew break some bush. To my surprise I could see a moose running down the cut lien onward us! The little bull got to about 75 yards and then came to an abrupt halt. With the strong west wind he was getting a big whiff of us. My nephew Cody tried to deploy Bert's Moose Umbrella trick the little bull was interested but he trusted his nose so no shot opportunities were present.
The next day the wind was non-existent so we were on our way to try our luck at that same spot but in the predawn light we spotted a decent sized bull with a hot cow in the middle of a small patch of canola. We crept along the treeline and waited for legal light. Try as I might I couldn't grunt the bull (or the cow) closer than 200 yards. The "Uncle" in me took over and I gave Cody the green light to shoot his second moose (with the 300). That partner option is awesome (in Cody's words).
The realization / disappointment on my part was brief as the smile on my nephews face was reward enough.
We had elk tags too but with the rut over no bow shot opportunities presented themselves & of course once the tag was filled everywhere I looked I saw bull moose in callable / stalkable locations
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: bloubow on October 13, 2014, 11:02:00 PM
Thanks everyone.
Brad, same to you. Wow your Doe was at least twice the size of mine. I tought about switching bow,   but I think I will stay with the clunker for the next two weeks. I really like to get a moose with that bow.....
   :goldtooth:
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 14, 2014, 01:13:00 AM
Scott

 I use a cover scent when I hunt moose in the rut and it works well. It is a stick you light and I put it in a bottle...have had both cows and bulls walk in directly down wind...I will get you info on them in the furture if you like
 its never written in stone when you are upwind but most the time it works...can they smelll you too...likely but they don't seem to care as much in the rut
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 19, 2014, 06:49:00 PM
Brad...that is about as big as a whitetail doe would ever get...truly a smart old trophy...and thanks for the tip on the Kodiak Deluxe...it went very reasonably but I never bid because I was cash poor

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: adamgti on October 22, 2014, 12:45:00 PM
Connected on a doe at 4 yards on Sunday. Quick clean kill and she only went 60 yards.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 22, 2014, 10:26:00 PM
You guys are doing well!  I sat in my treestand for about 4 hours today and I had three nice fat does coming in and the wind was right and I was calm as a cucumber and everything looked perfect.  For some reason all three good a different route and I never saw them again which is actually a bit strange because there was no place for them to come out of the bush.  Oh well, my wool si wash was nice and toasty tonight, just gotta remember to bring a wind stopper next time.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 22, 2014, 11:16:00 PM
My September was pretty much a month of lots of time but no money to hunt...my October has been making lots of money to hunt but no time...thank goodness that means I will have both time and money to hunt in November although I might also fit in a bit of elk and mule deer hunting next week...then off to Red Earth Creek for some late season moose hunting...I sold my Blacktail this week so will be stuck hunting with a Dryad longbow, or one of my 1960 Kodiaks...rough life eh?

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: outdoorsforlife on October 24, 2014, 08:41:00 PM
Hey Adam,

Congrads!

Hey Brad,

 Congrads!

How far away we're they?  Did they have any suspicion of a stranger?  Did they move when the string was released?  How did the broadhead / arrow weight do?  What were you looking for in your setup?  Intersection of trails?  Ridgeline? Funnel or finger?

Nicely done.

Gordon
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 25, 2014, 12:47:00 PM
I was out last night in a pit blind that I dug a couple nights ago, the first night I had minimal sucess even thought I saw 11 deer they didn't come cloe enough.  So last night I repositined my decoy with a bit more thought than the first ip night and I had half an hour of pure fun as the deer came and went.  Unfortunately when a big fat doe finally presented herself the correct way at 15 yards I shot right over her back.  That the second time I've missed high this fall and I'm a bit dejected.  Today I'm going out with my metal detector to find a lost arrow so it doesn't end up in the farmers tractor tire.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: outdoorsforlife on October 25, 2014, 07:54:00 PM
Congratulations Yves,

I really relate to missing deer with and arrow this fall.  That is all I'm going to say about that!

Gordon
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 26, 2014, 09:10:00 PM
Gord

Doe was about 10 yards...I was in the stand about 40 minutes and she was trotting from the east and I thought she would trot on by but stopped giving me a quartering away shot...I waited till she looked north away from me and I drew my bow #60 at 28" I draw about 26 or so so bow was about 55#...and the arrow weighed 600 grains....she did not move as the arrow flew...I have string silencers..beaverballs..on this bow and the arrow entered near her last rib and was sticking out barely on the off shoulder,,,,
the stand is about 60 yards into the trees that boarders a hay field...there are many trails but the stand was set up based on where the deer had been coming out and through on previous years,,,the stand has been there for awhile...I think alot of deer will stage up aways in the woods and look out to the field...then move out....not written in stone....
the arrow was a goldtip carbon with 345 grains up front

the broadhead was an eclipse 145 grain two blade
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on October 26, 2014, 11:03:00 PM
Congrats all. I did some scouting for whitetails last Monday as well as a bunch of missing of grouse. Late in the afternoon but with plenty of light left I saw a big 5x5 whitetail. We watched  each other for about 10 minutes until he decided to carry on. A couple of days later I set up a camera and a stand and noticed plenty of sign including buck sign. I went and sat there for 5 hours yesterday afternoon in a cold wind and didn't see a thing. Checked the camera after I sat and three does went through in the morning.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on October 28, 2014, 12:34:00 PM
Went out yesterday with the metal detector and looked and looked but couldn't find my arrow, so it's gone to the arrow gods I guess.  I did find a musket ball, and it looks old and no rifling on it so maybe a trade gun fired it. It's flattened and has struck something.   I've always wanted to find a musket ball on Canadian soil, I guess the gods do  reimburse..  

The funny thing is I had thought about bringing my bow and decided against it, y'all can guess what happened, a nice fat doe wandered out to see what the crazy human was doing.  Deer are funny that way, it seems when we're preoccupied they don't see us as a danger.   I was gutting a deer a few years back and two does wandered out (individually) and checked me out, both were easy shots if I had my bow handy.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 28, 2014, 10:27:00 PM
I was just checking yesterday on the price of tags and what I can hunt in WMU542...cougar season is open and a tag is less than 21 bucks...does anyone carry a cougar tag "just in case"...yes I would love to shoot a moose or a mule deer or a whitetail on the trip but I would hate to have to pass on a shot at a cougar because I had no tag...I know some guys who will pretty much guarantee you a cougar for the measly sum of 4 grand...I would love to tell them how it cost me an extra 21 bucks to be able to shoot mine

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on October 29, 2014, 11:32:00 PM
Stumbling upon a cougar would be a longshot but I've spent a lot more and got a lot less before ;-)

A guy would most likely have to find a kill and camp on it. I don't know if I'd have the stones to do that with just a longbow in my lap.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on October 29, 2014, 11:34:00 PM
Congrats to everyone on their success. I'm still hopeful I can at least creep around my whitetail spot close to home before the snow flies.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 30, 2014, 01:33:00 PM
Scott you just gave me an idea...I am going to take a varmint call along...might as well get some use out of these eyes I have tattooed on the back of my head...hunt is on delay right now...I got a full day of driving truck and staff party on Saturday...I need some snow in my hunting area anyway

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on October 30, 2014, 02:02:00 PM
have a friend in the states who says they were calling in cougars with predator calls and alot of cats were taken...guessing with firearms though.....have a video on calling in bears....with predator calls...you also carry pepper spray and put your back to a large tree so you will hopefuly see the predator from the front or side...if one comes in

my "go to" area is inundated with new hunters..it is very discouraging..the landowner allowed too many new hunters...the area gets no rest and the solitude I enjoyed besides the hunting is gone....
it seems good things don't last for ever...if you have a nice spot..enjoy it while you can...
I met one of the new hunters and he says to me...man there are too many guy hunting this area...I can't help but wonder how he does not realize he is one of the too many...there were basically only a few of us for nearly 20 years...now there is 15 on a piece of land that can support about 4.....
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on October 31, 2014, 02:28:00 PM
Brad as much as I would like to take a cat with my bow I really have nothing against shooting one with a rifle...they seem to be overpopulated...this is going to be a learning experience for me and I need to get started...I still have some pretty nice property in this area for bow season and I am only a couple of hours from you...too late for this year I guess but something to consider in the future...we could do elk, mule deer and whitetail on general tags this year

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: hightop_hunter on November 01, 2014, 07:34:00 PM
HI All
haven't posted on the forum in a while. I got the chance to head back to Alberta for an early season September moose hunt. I had a great 5 day hunt and saw quite a few moose to far of in the bush to shoot. But the land is good and scout now. Maybe my dad will have some luck sneaking in on the 2 bulls that roam around. im going to fly back to Alberta in December for a snowy week of hunting closer to christmas. Hopefully help dad and find some deer on a new piece of land we have never hunted.

Good luck out there you guys
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on November 07, 2014, 12:09:00 AM
Awfully quiet....anyone hunting anything?
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Post by: trubltrubl on November 07, 2014, 03:37:00 AM
as you can see by the late hour...I just got back from a successful moose hunt...details next  week...going to Lethbridge tomorrow so I have plenty to do before I go.....

cow moose ...about 3 years old...will be good eatin...
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on November 07, 2014, 04:04:00 AM
Brad you are having a great year...lots of meat for the freezer

DDave
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Post by: calgarychef on November 09, 2014, 12:08:00 PM
I think I'll go for a sit tonight, this fees snow might have covered up the grassy field the girls aphave been feeding on.  I don't have permission in that field so it's been a bit frustrating.  I've spent so much time on elk I 404 this year that the deer have taken the "backseat." Tomorrow morning bright and early in going after elk again, after this storm I have a hunch I might see some, it won't be a "traditional" hunt but I do badly want some elk steaks.  The magic time for deer hunting is here guys, hit it as hard as you can in the time we have left.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on November 09, 2014, 10:28:00 PM
Well a safety warning for everyone.

  I sat in my treestand tonight, I was wearing fleece  which isn't a problem usually because I've got a fancy "heater suit" that I use to keep warm with.  It usually allows me to wear light clothes for the walk to the stand and then I put it on and I'm pretty warm.  The suit is fleece too and with all the snow on me it got wet, I used some handwarmers but they petered out fast, I think because they're a few years old.  So I sat and was cold, not a big deal usually, it's uncomfortable but not life threatening.

  When I was ready to get out and go home my hands were too cold to even feel my haul rope in my fanny pack, so under my arms they went until I could feel the rope. Then I got it out and couldn't tie it to my bow, had to warm up my hands again, now I was a little hypothermic and beginning to shake.  Got he rope tied onto the bow and dropped it down, kicked my other stuff off the stand and began to get my mitts on.  Once again my hands were too cold to get the mitts on and it took a good 10 minutes to accomplish.  Mitts on, I needed to untie my teather 5 minutes for this.  Wow, things get slow when you're cold. Finally I could climb down and once i got onto the ground and walked a bit I was totally fine and warmed up.  That's when I noticed that my mitts were backwards, I was so cold I hadn't even noticed.

So the moral of the story is be careful out there, bad things can happen faster than we think.  If I was much colder I'd still be in that tree...stuck.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on November 09, 2014, 10:29:00 PM
I forgot to mention, I saw a buck a ways away and he had his host to the ground cruising!  I love to see that, it means they're gonna get goofy and careless.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on November 10, 2014, 04:02:00 PM
Tracey
when I am in the stand I get out as soon as I think I cannot get a crisp release off the string...no sense being in the stand if you cannot pull your bow easy and release the string....I usually check this every 15 minutes...if I spook something...oh well ...but everyone should remember you have to be funcyioning close to 100 percent to climb down your tree safely
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on November 10, 2014, 04:07:00 PM
Moose story

I decided to hunt a half day as I had a very busy weekend ahead of me playing in a hockey tourney out of town and wanted to  have a little energy left for it.  I had to decide whether I do the morning hunt or the evening hunt. We had just received about 6 inches of snow two days prior and each day the temperature was up around 10 celsius ( 50F)  and the snow would melt during the heat of the day...making walking in it  quiet. I decided to hunt the afternoon hoping most the snow would be gone and the ground damp making the leaves less dry and quiet.
I left the house at noon and was hunting by 1250 pm . The wind was out of the SE and i worked my way south of the place I parked....
  The landowner was riding her horse right in the area I was planning on spotting and stalking . So I decided to sit in my tree stand hoping she would push game past me. I saw three mule deer does  trot east from where she was riding through the willow and then a large bodied deer...likely a mule deer buck as he was very big in the body but I could not see the head of the deer...After the owner left the area I headed south.
I walked just under a  1/2mile  to the south end of the property and set up a hammock seat and put on some leafy camo and waited . The area holds moose mule deer and a few whitetailed deer   . I saw a cow moose run out of the trees south of me into a clearing and into a set of trees to the west  that are  run north south for 400 yards and east west for about 90 yards...we call it the west finger.  I quickly snuck into the west finger hoping to intercept the moose... I waited on my  knees  arrow  ready for 25 minutes and the moose did not come  through. Either it got past me before I   arrived ..or  bedded south of me in the trees and out of view. I decided to sneak   south  and see if I could spot her. After about 75 yards I spooked 3 mule deer does up at 25 yards I did not see bedded in a depression and they fled south. This would put the moose on alert if she was still in the finger so I decided to go back to my original position...I stayed there for awhile.  As the afternoon progressed I decided to go back to my stand for the evening. Moose will walk through at times or even bed in this area in the late afternoon and they head to a spring sometimes to the east.  The wind stayed out of the SE but picked up to about 16 kph... The tree I had my stand in is not big in girth so I decided to stay on the ground...besides this whitetail deer I was planning on making a BBQ out of was always skirting to the east and north of me while in the stand . Deciding to stay on the north edge of the trees I thought I might get a crack at the deer if it followed the route from the previous times I sat. The sun set and after a period of time I looked at my watch. Itr was 528 pm and I figured I had two minutes left to hunt.  As I faced north I heard a twig snap behind me. While on my knees I slowly turned my body south and saw a cow moose coming   from the west... because the wind was SE I would be okay till she passed me....  picked an opening in the trees and waited for her to walk into it .  I looked  for  a line behind her shoulder as the lighting did not give me a “spot” .  The shot would be 30 yards. I released and the arrow looked good and settled in right behind the shoulder best I could tell...she took off like a shot and head straight east down the coulee behind the stand and I watched for her to appear on the hill on the other side of the coulee...She did not. Thinking this is either real good and she did not make it to the bottom of the coulee or bad she turned south at some point and ran towards the back and much thicker willows and trees.  I marked the spot she was at when I arrowed her and waited ten minutes as I was confident of the arrow placement. I walked to the edge of the tress and looked down the coulee and saw a brown patch of something halfway down the hill. Pulled up the binos and saw an ear....YAHOO....the bbq will be getting some use .... I called Kevin a good friend and he and his fiancé came out and helped me bring the moose home   and skin it.
The equipment I used.
1970 B riser bear takedown with #53 lb bamboo limbs by Rose Oak. The arrow was 610 grain carbon with an eclipse two blade . The arrow hit the center of the vitals and broke off inside her leaving about 12 inches of arrow and the broadhead  inside as she ran. She went about 75 yards   in all.
Fate is a funny thing. I cannot help but think is she did not step on that twig she would have passed me unheard or I would have seen her too late to get a broadside shot.  I have a few bows I really like. All my Quartermoon bows and my original bow I bought and a couple  of self bows I have made are special to me. This bow is a piece of archery history. I bought it used and I wish I knew of its journey before I bought it...has it been hunted with before.. where and the stories ????.... it now has another to tell.... and will stay with me till I cannot hunt anymore.

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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: albertan on November 11, 2014, 01:21:00 AM
A few years ago I started to use a lifeline rope on every treestand I set up - have one for all eight treestands.  No one sits one of my stands unless they have a full body harness and use the lifeline.  No exceptions.  You are tied into this lifeline from the time you leave the ground till you get down.  The majority of treestand accidents happen getting in or out of a stand.  Only takes a second to have something serious (or deadly) happen.  Being that cold like Tracey was makes it even tougher to move and descend safely - especially with bulky cold weather gear on etc. I have a similar suit but have found that it bulks up if you need to turn to shoot and make the shot.Bin there, dun that lol. I now use Cabelas Stand Hunter bibs/parka and they work awesome.   Be safe and be hooked in all the time -  gives you added insurance.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: albertan on November 11, 2014, 01:47:00 AM
Sat a stand this afternoon where I rattled in 2 small bucks yesterday.  Got into stand at 2pm (-18C but sunny and clear) and after getting everything organized (rattling horns, grunt and can call, Ozonics up in tree, handwarmers in muff, electric insoles at the ready) I did my first rattling sequence. Nothing.  Two series of grunts had the same result.  I was looking at my iPhone and taking a few pics when I looked up and a buck was walking down the cutline.  When he hit the trail the one buck from yesterday had used he turned and headed towards my stand.  As his head went behind a tree, I shifted and started getting tension on the string.  As he cleared the last tree at 10 yards and took a couple of sidesteps, I hit anchor and released.  The hit was high as he ducked but I got great penetration.  He took off hard but only made it 75 yards.  No more sitting in the cold!!Caribow Slynx longbow - 51#. Grizzly Stiks/150 gr Silver Flame broadheads (total 703 gr).  Worked great!
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Post by: albertan on November 11, 2014, 01:58:00 AM
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Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Hardluck59 on November 11, 2014, 01:48:00 PM
Congrats Brad and Brent sounds like you guys are having an awesome year. I'm sure it is a result of many hours spent scouting, walking and sitting. Time well spent.
Tracy...Glad to hear your OK. Been there done that myself. A good lesson for all.
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Post by: damascusdave on November 12, 2014, 12:22:00 AM
Brent I am guessing you will get that buck scored...I would love to know what it scores as it looks very uniform...I have a special interest in entering an animal in the Pope and Young records as the current President, Jim Wilhems, and his brother Dan, hunted moose with us near Edson back in 2012...Brad we definitely need to get together this winter to do some exchange shooting...I have a very interesting string on my lefty 60 Kodiak that you will like the (read lack of) sound of...and I still intend to pick up a Takedown riser and have Brandon Stahl build me a set of limbs...kind of put buying on hold for a while as I still have a Robertson Wolfer to pay for...sorry the Wolfer is a righty

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on November 12, 2014, 03:50:00 AM
nice buck Brent.....got to like it when they go down quick like that ..crongratz
great season for you..
 abd Dave
never met a lefty bow I didnt like ....
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on November 12, 2014, 10:53:00 AM
Congrats Brad and Brent! Man you guys are kicking butt this season!
Took my 85 year old dad out yesterday and while he was rifle hunting, I did miss a grouse with my recurve so technically I can call it a trad hunt. Lol.
Late in the afternoon while driving down a rough trail I spotted something on the trail ahead. I stopped and put up the binos and was thrilled to see a cougar. While I was addmiring the first one, two more walked out. Dad and I watched them for about 15 minutes while they groomed themselves and enjoyed a bit of sunshine. My dad had never seen cougars in the wild before so it was a real treat for the both of us. Made the lack of game the rest of the day ok.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on November 12, 2014, 12:40:00 PM
Some fine vittles being taken lately, it's nice to see!  Brad and Brent seem to be the prolific killers this year and its nice to hear talk on bbq steaks. I followed a set of cougar tracks into my hunting spot a few days ago,  it's nice to have apex predators around and it quickens the spirit and enlivens the step knowing that we aren't the only ones skulking the bushes.  


I've been hitting the mountains pretty hard the past week, so taking a breather from hunting although I'd like to get out tonight I'm physically tired so need to take a break.  Tomorrow I'll be after deer and I think things have the possibility of turning out well with a bit of luck and trickery.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Cowboy Al on November 20, 2014, 09:55:00 PM
Congrats Brad & Brent! You two are indeed flag bearers for the rest of us this season.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on November 24, 2014, 11:38:00 PM
6 days left for general hunting season in Alberta...good luck gents..may your arrows fly where intended and your  critter drag out of the woods go easy and your coffee be warm at home...
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on November 25, 2014, 09:54:00 AM
Thanks Brad...hoping to shoot a big stupid whitetail sometime today...or a smart mulie doe that is not paying attention...I got beat by the weather on my Slave Lake hunt...never got past Edmonton

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on November 27, 2014, 06:15:00 PM
aweful quiet out there..any stories ??????
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Post by: damascusdave on November 29, 2014, 08:01:00 AM
This weather is sure not helping our end of the season hunting

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: trubltrubl on November 30, 2014, 12:29:00 AM
yup weather is brutal...I am done...been sick all week and don't think I will go out on the last day ...I think in the last 18 years I have missed the last day only once...this makes two....
one of my hunting partners was out there today and saw  a fair amounr of critters...one very very large bull moose and one very large muley buck ..but not close enough to loose an arrow...
was a good season and alot of guys got nice critters..now we hope to hear a last minute success  story.....
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on November 30, 2014, 01:07:00 PM
I was going to go out today but I'm gonna wimp out and stay home.  I'm just so tired of being cold....   A high school friend of mine was found outside her house a couple days ago, frozen to death and it's got me a bit spooked.  I've pushed the boundaries a lot this year with the cold I might have used up my seasons worth of luck.

Next season, I'm gonna shoot straighter, think more about stand placement and hopefully get access to some better spots close to home.  Maybe we should share a hunted group near calgary and really concentrate on  tying up a decent spot for ourselves.  I don't know how to accomplish that but it would be a dream.

I had a fantastic season and I've hunted more than I ever have.  Now it's mgoing to be coyotes and bunnies I think.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on November 30, 2014, 02:33:00 PM
And the foam hunting season will start soon...hope to shoot in Calgary quite a bit this winter...and do my part to help get things ready for the NALS

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on November 30, 2014, 02:34:00 PM
Our friends from South of the border think they are hunting in the cold when it is just a bit below freezing...that is pretty close to shirt sleeve weather for us

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on December 01, 2014, 01:16:00 PM
It's interesting isn't it?  The more we're exposed to the cold the more we can tolerate it.
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Post by: Dog Walker on December 01, 2014, 11:43:00 PM
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Originally posted by calgarychef:
It's interesting isn't it?  The more we're exposed to the cold the more we can tolerate it.
As I grow older, I find I can't take the cold as I could when I was younger.  Three years ago, up a tree, frozen solid, with 3/4 mile to cabin, I came close to buying it. I was weak, disorientated and very scared. Thank God I stoked the fire before I left! I pulled a sleeping bag over me, lay on the floor in front of the fireplace and basically, passed out.  I lived (obviously).

Did research but it was a guy at work, a cross country ski racer, who told me the secret.......FAT! Yep, fat. He eats 4 eggs,  6 slices of bacon, 6 pork sausages AND 1/2" slice of pure lard, before a cold weather race.

I couldn't come close to eating that amount but I tried the heavy fat breakfast many times and you know what? It works!  You have to eat just before you start your walk, or you may decide to just have a nap instead.    ;)   If you study what the Inuit eat, it makes sense.. High fat diet. Although older, now, I feel I can "give 'er more".  Don't worry about putting on weight, it doesn't happen, you burn this fat fighting the cold combined with the excersise.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on December 02, 2014, 10:47:00 AM
You're right about the fat I think.  I made a batch of pemmican this fall for hiking and hunting and I think it's just about the perfect hunting food.  Sitting without moving is a tough way to stay warm though, and as our bodies slowly cool our extremities become very prone to freezing.  I really think that an additional heat source is a good idea.  This year it's been lots of hand and boot warmers.  Next year it's going to be something else that I've been thinking about . A feller had lots of time to think of ways to stay warm while he's freezing in a tree  :)
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on December 02, 2014, 02:27:00 PM
Had the last two weeks off. First 5 days were spent bowhunting big bush for whitetails. Let's just say I should have had two deer down. I missed a doe the first day. Shaved hair off her back. The third day I had two bucks come in at the same time. They were walking fast and I stopped the second one with a grunt. He looked right up at me in the stand and ducked when I released the arrow. I called another buck in an hour later and passed him up as he was just a spike. I had a camera out in front of the stand and got a lot of pics. I can't wait to hunt this stand next year. Hopefully it'll be good agian. We packed up and went east to hunt mule deer for the next 5 days but I was packing a smoke pole for that so that is a story for a different forum. When we got back I was hoping to get out some more with the bow but between the weather and funerals etc. I didn't get out. I didn't get out as much as usual early in the season and the deer numbers were definitely way down in my hunting areas but I feel like I had a good season. Gonna practice more in this off season and hopefully nail that Whitetail buck next year.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: damascusdave on December 02, 2014, 08:40:00 PM
I am looking forward to seeing all of you over the winter

DDave
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: calgarychef on December 27, 2014, 08:08:00 PM
We all know that hunting never ends.  Today I went to pull a treestand and thought what the heck, I'll bring a coyote call.

  I had a stinky whitetail hide that I  tied onto a string and dragged behind me on the walk in then I put it not too far from the base of my tree and climbed up.  I use an old bellows style rabbit in distress call and within 5 minutes had a coyote show up.  He could smell me obviously but the deer hide had him interested, just not interested enough.  He wandered away but awhile later he was back on the edge of the bush so I called him back in.  This treestand doesn't have a long shooting lane and things have to be pretty close to the tree to be able to get a shot off and he didn't come close enough.  I called a second one in about 10 minutes later and the same thing.

So I didn't get a coyote but I still had a fun couple of hours.  I did see a pretty nice whitetail buck that I didn't see at all during hunting season.  I might go out tomorrow with the binos and see if I can get a better look at him, he's pretty nice.
Title: Re: 2014 Hunting season stories and pics
Post by: Sheepshooter on July 03, 2015, 06:06:00 PM
Hey guys, The new season of The Replacements starts this week on Wildtv. Episodes are also available on Wildtv.ca but you must subscribe. I'm not sure which week my moose hunt will air but keep watching! I'll keep you posted.