Ed Van Nostrand
2005 Moose Hunt
In the fall of 2005 my friend Rich
Boulanger and I hunted with Wild Kakwa Outfitters. Rich was the
first to score on a nice 40" moose midway through our hunt.
He and his guide, Ricky had quite a hunt. They called to a bull
that responded but would not come in. As Ricky called, Rich moved
forward towards the bull who was very agitated. When Rich topped
a ridge, there he was raking a tree 15 yards away. Rich made a
nice shot and the bull went right down.
I was the last hunter in camp to harvest a moose. On the last
morning I could hunt, my guide, Mel, and I ran across two cow
moose about 450 yards across a clear cut. We got in position to
view the area behind the cows and there he was. Mel stated it's
a (!@#%^) monster! It takes a good amount of horn to impress Mel,
who is a very experienced guide. We decided to stalk into position
because if we called, the cows might take the bull away. We duck
walked and belly crawled to within 60 yards of the big bull. I
shot the bull and after he went down, Mel and I celebrated as
the two cows started to strike each other. What a sight! The bull
scored 183" total!
Thank you Mel, Rick, Rita, Ricky and Kelly and all the guides
at camp for the trip of a lifetime. Earlier Rick Sr. called a
30" bull to within 15 yards and I decided to pass on him,
that turned out to be a good decision. On my trip I saw a huge
black bear, a grizzly sow and two cubs, three wolves, a 6x7 and
a 5x5 bull elk and about 20 cows. A golden eagle, whitetail deer
and mule deer. I am booked to return for my 4th year in a row.
Again I am counting the days.
Ed Van Nostrand, NY - 518-822-9353