Tom Shtaida - 2003 Moose Hunt
Early October of 2001, I am sitting
at the airport in Edmonton, returning from a terrible, guided moose
hunt in Alberta. I hunted for seven days and never saw an animal.
It was the hunt from hell. Besides having equipment that did not
run, and tents that leaked with mud floors, there was not a moose
within 50 miles of camp!
As I am waiting for my flight home, I started talking to 2 guys,
who are on the same flight, returning to Milwaukee. They are also
returning from a moose hunt, but they can't stop talking about their
success and the great time they had, hunting with Rick Houweling,
and Wild Kakwa Outfitters. It turns out they both shot 50"
+ Canadian Moose, (one bull turned out to be the largest moose shot
in Alberta on an outfitted hunt that year) And, while showing me
pictures and film footage of their hunt, they could not stop talking
about what a great camp Rick ran, and how this was truly, the hunt
of their lifetime.
So, the day after I am back home, I'm calling Rick Houweling, and
booking a moose hunt for 2003, (he was already booked for 2002).
It turned out to be everything that one expects, (or dreams of when
booking hunts with outfitters). Wall tents with wood floors and
LP heaters, (no rusted out barrel, wood stoves), great food, and
just nice people trying their best to make your hunt enjoyable!
And, the best part, there were moose all over the place! I had told
Rick, that I wanted a bull moose over 45", and he delivered.
I passed on 7 bulls, before I shot a 45" on the 6th day of
the hunt. I saw bulls ranging from 200 yards out in the bush, to
a pair of twin 36" bulls that were within 10 yards. (it was
great, Rick was calling behind me, and there was a cow moose calling
in front of me. The 2 bulls could not decide which way to go! What
a rush!) Besides moose, we saw bears, elk, and deer, with no other
hunters! There were 6 hunters in camp, and everyone shot a bull,
the largest was a 48", the smallest was a 32". It does
not get any better than that!
In life the only things that are for certain, are death, taxes,
and maybe a moose hunt with Wild Kakwa Outfitters
phone number : 262-968-3996
Wild Kakwa Outfitters
RR 3 Site 3 Box 13
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada T8V 5N3
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