Luis H. Izquierdo
Bruce Young, GA
Luis H. Izquierdo - 2008 Moose
Dear Rick & Rita,
Once again, I want to thank you
and express to both of you what a great adventure and hunt Bruce
and I had.
As you can imagine, after having
booked my hunt a full two years before, it was safe to say that
I was eagerly anticipating my first day out with our guide Mel.
Unfortunately, the first two days of our hunt were under torrential
rains, nevertheless Mel kept us going, kept our spirits up and
made sure we were always seeing moose.
With the cooperation of the weather
on the third morning, Bruce and Mel were quickly into bulls and
due to Mel's intimate knowledge of the terrain and some fast and
furious leg-work Bruce was suddenly staring at a gorgeous 52-in.
bull. For some reason Mel knew exactly where this bull was going
to cross thus giving Bruce a chance to set-up. When the bull finally
stepped-out at a distance of 200-yds. all Bruce had to do was
pull back on his 338 and down he went. One down, one to go.
That afternoon as we were returning
from taking Bruce's bull to the meat processor, Mel pulled off
the road and pointed to a clear-cut area that he had a "hunch"
about. At this point Mel had our undivided attention and promised
me that we would be walking into that clear cut first thing in
At first light next morning, the
first of the really clear and cool mornings with light frost on
the ground, Mel pointed to what looked to be a big stump and whispered
that it was a cow. After quickly taking cover behind some bushes
Mel let out a cow call sequence which quickly produced a small
bull, pulling him as if on a string to within 30-yds. Deciding
to pass on this bull we proceeded to carefully move through the
clear cut seeing several other animals, again passing them up.
After a few hours of this Mel mentioned that for the afternoon
hunt we would be returning to the same place.
I could not wait to get back to
that clear-cut as there was moose sign everywhere and we had seen
several animals that morning. Our strategy for this hunt was to
be different from the mornings. Rather than move about and call,
we decided to sit atop a large pile of tree limbs and glass the
vast cut-over area. While sitting there we saw mule deer and several
elk, but there was no moose activity whatsoever.
As the afternoon turned into early
evening, Mel whispered that there was a small area at the bottom
of the clear-cut that was hidden from our vantage-point and that
we should quietly sneak into it. After a quick walk down one of
the trails, we eased around a small aspen strand to see a cow
,a calf and a beautiful 44-inch thick racked bull standing at
a mere 70-yds. Mel very calmly asked me if this is the bull I
wanted and upon my approval motioned for me to rest my rifle on
an uprooted tree. One well placed shot later and I was standing
next to the largest and most regal animals I had ever seen.
Out of an eight day hunt, we ended
up hunting a total of 4.5 days, during which Bruce and I saw 20
moose, 11 of which were bulls. The camp staff was friendly, the
accommodations were great, the food was outstanding and you are
operating in one of the best trophy-bull areas in all of Canada.
Lastly, our guide and new friend Mel was amazing. He worked us
hard, really hard, he is a "man of the bush" and he
has complete command of a second language, the cow-call. He made
it all happen for us.
Anyway, the deposits are in and
we're headed back, only this time there will be five of us. Until
then I will wear-out the picture-album of the hunt and endlessly
stare at the majestic European mount of my trophy knowing that
I will once again experience this amazing adventure in 2010. I
Again, many thanks,
Luis H. Izquierdo, FL