Bob Thomas - 2008 Moose Hunt
"As you can see from the smile on my face (wife commented
that she'd never seen me smile like that before) I was very happy
with the way my hunt turned out. My buddy Jay (left) and I booked
this trip 18 months in advance and patiently waited for October
2008 to arrive, not really knowing what to expect when we got
to Wild Kakwa's camp. We had many long discussions about what
we hoped for and what we'd settle for towards the end of the hunt.
This discussion continued further during our drive up to Grande
Prairie from Washington.
Upon arriving at camp we were both thoroughly impressed by Wild
Kakwa's set-up. The cabins were very nice and the large mess hall/kitchen
was a great place for regular discussions about how everyone's
hunts were going and just generally getting to know one another.
The same can be said about the nightly campfires. We had a great
group of guys from all over the country and I thoroughly enjoyed
meeting them all. Additionally, be prepared to eat and eat a lot.
The food that Rita put together for us each day was simply amazing!
After three days of hunting and passing up a few smaller bulls,
Jay and I were split up so that we could have one on one guiding
to improve our opportunities since some of the other guys had
already fill their tag. Jay ended up shooting his bull on the
morning of the fourth day. When my guide Matt (middle) and I returned
to camp, Jay gave me the thumbs up. He said that he had shot a
bull a little over 40 inches. I said "Hey, that's great,
how much over 40 inches?" He said fourteen! I couldn't believe
it until I saw the old beast he had taken. I told Matt that we're
eating lunch fast and getting back out there since now the pressure
was on. Matt and I had tried a few different places and then he
decided we'd walk into a spot and call until dark. All the while,
I'm thinking about Jay's bull and how I'm going to be hearing
about it on our 15 hour drive home.
On the way into this spot, Matt grabs me and we duck behind a
log deck. He tells me there is a good bull in an adjacent clear
cut. I ask him how big it is and he tells me it's a little over
40 inches. So I'm thinking to myself whether I'm ready to take
a low 40s bull or if I want to wait since I still had four days
of hunting left. I tell him that a low 40s bull might not be too
bad. He says "No, it's a little over 40 inches!" I tell
him that I heard him the first time and he repeats himself again.
Took awhile, but the light bulb finally came on. I was able to
use the log deck as a solid rest and pulled the trigger. He wasn't
fourteen inches better than 40, but he was eleven and that was
certainly good enough for me! Both Matt and I were ecstatic.
All in all, the experience could not have turned out better. Jay
and I each took a bull bigger than we could have reasonably hoped
for. The people we met, including everyone involved with Wild
Kakwa, were simply great. The atmosphere in camp cannot be topped.
Our discussions on the way home involved how fortunate we both
were to have been able to go on this hunt and meet all of these
people. It was a quick ride home."
Bob Thomson, WA