Neil Hitchcock - 2007 Moose
This was not only my first moose hunt, but also my first hunting
experience in Canada. And a wonderful experience it was!
Three of my fellow hunters had booked with Wild Kakwa Outfitters
before and thus returned with four new hunters (including myself)
for a moose hunt with Rick and Rita Houweling in early October.
Our party of seven hunters arrived in Grande Prairie the day before
the hunt was to begin. We were met the next morning at our hotel
in Grande Prairie by Rick and a few guides who transported us
and our equipment about an hour into the beautiful Alberta wilderness.
Upon arrival at camp, we quickly arranged our belongings in the
heated cabins and prepared to hunt that evening.
After 4 days of hunting and passing on 2 small bulls, I ventured
out with my guide, Rick Dahl, on Friday morning. At first, the
weather was uncooperative; the wind was blowing loudly, making
Rick's calls very difficult to hear. After a few unsuccessful
hours, we decided to walk a clearcut while Rick cow-called. Slightly
discouraged, we sat on some downed timber and waited. Noting that
the wind had stilled, Rick quietly leaned over to me and said
that he would give cow-calling one more try. He did . . . and
we both heard an immediate response! For the next 15 minutes,
we listened to a 47-inch rutting bull grunt as he made his way
directly toward our position. What a thrill! As the moose approached,
Rick motioned for me to setup near a tree because, according to
his calculation, the moose would be coming out of the woods about
50 yards below our position. Rick couldn't have been more correct!
The moose appeared, stood broadside in the middle of the cut,
and Rick gave me the "green light" to take him. My first
shot hit him in the heart. He quartered away from us, took a few
steps, and started to wobble. I finished him with a second shot.
The whole experience was nothing short of breathtaking!
Rick and Rita have a tremendous hunting camp. The accommodations
were perfect, the food was excellent, the friendships forged will
last a lifetime, the guides were top-notch and the hunting was
world-class. I look forward to returning to Wild Kakwa Outfitters
soon for another Alberta hunt!
Neil Hitchcock, North Carolina