Rich Boulanger, 2005 Moose Hunt
I had an awesome moose hunt with
Wild Kakwa Outfitters in late September, early October 2005. I
will never forget the fun I had with Rick, Rita, Mel and Ricky,
Rick & Rita Houweling's son.
Earlier in the week, my hunting partner, Ed, and I were guided
by Mel (aka-the guide who will walk your tail off) into the "Valley
of the Big Bulls", a moose paradise. It's also the location
of my first unplanned "swim" of the week using the quad
as a spring board.
While other hunters in camp had gotten their moose, I was still
waiting for my opportunity while hunting hard with Mel and Ed.
Then, it finally came. Ricky, having taken a weekend break from
his college studies was guiding me. On Friday morning, Ricky spotted
a moose on the edge of a clear cut. We assumed it was one of the
bulls we had grunted in the night before. We quickly set up on
the bull. I moved three or four times to get a clear shot at him.
However, I did not succeed. Why you ask? Because, I cut brush
with only three bullets that I had taken into the clear-cut with
me! The bull stood broadside at 60 yards looking at me with a
quizzical look. I was looking at him with a dazed look! I could
not believe that I had not taken more ammunition with me.
In recounting the story back at camp, Jim and Tim, two co-hunters
from Wisconsin who had already tagged out, came to my rescue.
They fashioned a necklace for me that would hold five bullets
so that I would never run out of ammo again. I wore that necklace
on Friday p.m. when Ricky and I set off. What a lucky charm!
Just prior to sunset, Ricky and I heard the unmistakable grunt
of a nearby bull. As light was fading, Ricky called and raked
a tree to keep the bull in position. As I crept over a knoll,
the bull was approximately 20-30 yards from me and I took my first
moose, confident I had enough ammo, but needing only one shot
to bring him down! Jim and Tim who had fashioned my luck-filled,
custom, bullet necklace, couldn't wait to assist in the retrieval
of the moose. This was a phenomenal hunt! I have had "several"
offers from major outdoor equipment suppliers and other hunters
for my bullet necklace, but needless to say, it is not for sale!
I now wear it for good luck on all of my hunts!
Thanks to Rick and Rita, Mel and Ricky for a wonderful experience!
Again, my thanks to Jim & Tim for changing my luck!
Rich Boulanger, Massachusetts - 508-839-5991