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and whatever else he didn't already eat.
We know he isn't feeding just now but
assume he's somewhere close.
Yeah, the Mossberg in my hands feels
good in this country. Back home in the
woodlots and mountains, sure I like carrying a gun, but in this grand and perfectly wild country the rifle has a different
significance.
Brian calls but no moose.
The morning whiles away with more
setups. Noon comes and the sun is cozy.
We ride the boat out of the slough and
upstream to our camp beside the Stewart
River. The whiskey jacks want my whole
lunch for their long winter, but only get
the crust from a sandwich.
That evening we try a tributary but it
dead ends in a bog so still and black not
even beavers are there. So we go back into
the slough and call for two hours while
standing in willows. A cow answers twice.
We move on. Brian is a little uneasy. "The
heat is a bit much for these moose," he says.
He is a little troubled but I have days and
days left and am just starting to get into the
wonderful rhythm of this hunt. So when a
tree limb cracks  yards off after Brian
calls I don't even react. Not for a second

8

anyway. I'm in the comfortable doldrums
of the beginning of a wonderful hunt.
Another crash wakes me. We'd talked
about clients who came all the way out
here and then passed on a giant early in
the hunt for the only reason it was early.
Then the weather blew into a storm or it
got hot and the bulls stopped responding. After a few days of this the hunter
panics. He could have hunted wolves or
grizzly. He could have fished and enjoyed
the scenery so far away from cell phones
and bosses, but no, he passed up the bull.
I wouldn't be that guy.
Another crash and then we hear this
musical grunt repeated every few seconds.
It isn't the deep grunt I'd listened to on
YouTube videos while preparing for this
hunt. Maybe this is an immature bull.
I can't see the bull. I can only see 
yards into the bush. A small tree begins
to shake. I can see its top shuddering, yellow leaves falling. Soon others small trees
are moving and feet are pounding. Like
a scene from "Jurassic Park" all I see are
trees parting. Maybe it's not a small bull.
We see his antlers for a moment.
Brian hisses, "Kill this bull."



Moose Killers

I used a Mossberg 4x4 bolt-action rifle
chambered in .300 Win. Mag. and covered with "Marinecote" so it would stand
up to whatever the Yukon might blow at
it. The 4x4 retails for $624. Its Lightning
Bolt Action (LBA) trigger system is adjustable from 2-7 pounds with a screwdriver.
Most people compare the LBA trigger to
Savage's AccuTrigger and the concept is
the same. Both mechanisms block the
sear from releasing the striker until the
blade is fully depressed. The primary
purpose is to eliminate trigger creep,
so I was pleased when it did just that.
I was even happier after I sighted it in
and I settled it down on a bench to see
what it can do at 100 yards. After three,
five-shot groups I found it averaged .92
inch. Not bad. (mossberg.com)
I topped the rifle with Nikon's Monarch 2.5X-10X-42mm scope. As it turned
out I was glad I chose it. My first shot on
the moose was from about 15 yards.
The bull was in a full run when I put the
second on his chest at about 25 yards. I
threaded a third to his vitals back in dark
timber at about 40 yards. I did all that in

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