Moose season is over and I didn't get one. Thanks to all who contacted me and gave me information about where they had seen moose. I don't feel bad about it because I gave it 100% and things just didn't go my way. No regrets. I found some great bird and deer hunting spots. I spent 105 hours in the field during the season. I missed three hours moving from place to place a few times. I had fun even though I didn't see any moose during the season. I saw two bulls and a cow during the 50+ hours I spent scouting. I felt pretty confident going into the season. Those moose are still out there. Who knows, maybe I'll get to do it again someday. I would still take a Unit M tag if I drew one. I feel like I would be a little better prepared and I would change the way I conduct my hunt a little. I think I would hunt an area as long as I saw some sign that moose were about. I had so many different places where I had seen moose sign that I might have moved around too much this year.
Sunday was my birthday and I was hoping for a "gift" moose. No dice. I did learn that you're never too old to learn something new. Most of you rabbit hunters and native granitestater's will get a kick out of this.
On my 51st birthday I learned:
1) Just because you've crossed ten other bogs the previous week without getting wet doesn't mean you'll cross the 11th one that way.
2) Just because you're 3/4 of the way across a floating bog doesn't mean it will get shallower.
3) Just because something looks like solid ground, it doesn't mean it is.
4) You can't move fast enough to stay on top of a floating bog.
5) Always look around before you make a fool of yourself so you'll know if someone is watching.