Unsucsessful moose hunt this year.
After incredible luck last year I'm skunked this year and kinda glad.
An adventurous moose hunt to a new place. In a tidal slough. No moose or fresh sign seen but slimy gooey slippery mud, mud, mud, mud and more mud. Mud on nearly everything and everywhere. Sucked our boots off.
When we heard the weather forecast of hard rain and gusts to 50, we decided to take down our tent which was on ridge. We got close to the bay hoping to camp in a sheltered area. But we realized the slough banks were too steep to tie our boats (18 footers) without risking rolling or swamping when the tide came back in. (our tides were 15 to 18 feet highs and 1.2 to 6 ft at low) We tied together side by side and anchored in the middle of the slough. Hunkered in my buddy's big skiff which is a heavy wide skiff with good canopy. A phenominally good canopy!
Kudos to Carol McMurray's boat canopy making - she did a wonderful job.
I think we anchored out for close to 18 hours and slept very fitfully until 7:30 this morning in a 7x8 cramped space - and mudy - my buddy is 6'5"! It rained so hard it roared. It blew so hard it whistled howled and the boats slewed around vigorously bouncing but all things held solid and we stayed dry and mostly warm - THANK God!! We spent a lot of time peering into the dark for landmarks to be sure we weren't dragging anchor. We fired up a little gas heater for about 10 min 4 times to warm us a bit.
But now I'm land-sick, I'm bobbing and lurching all over as I sit here. Feel like I just spent a week on the Bering Sea. Had to grab the wall when I closed my eyes in the shower.
This morning rain quit as wind switched from SE to SW and dropped down to under 20. We timed our return just after low slack and rode the breeze and tide back to town while it was dry. There was an easy chop and no more excitement. A very nice ending.
Well -----chalk that hunt idea up to an experience that doesn't need repeating.
Feeling fortunate we weren't trying to care for a pile of moose meat through the adventure.
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