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SKUNKED!!!!!

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.

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Is it okay if I laugh at the

Is it okay if I laugh at the lessons you learned????? lol

Sorry you didn't get one.  Hope your birthday went well!!! Thumbs up

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feel free

Feel free to laugh. I'm sure the guy and his little boy standing on the power line fifty yards away got a real chuckle. I had to strip down to my skivies and stood barefoot on a rock while I wrung the water out of my pants and socks. I was in over my knees.lol Fortunately, most of the profanities I was spewing were under my breath. I said "most". I felt sorry after I saw them.Censored

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Unlike others I won't laugh

Unlike others I won't laugh at you, well at least I won't tell you that I am laughing at you.  Your summary of what you learned is pretty funny.  Sorry you got skunked.

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I am sorry to here that you

I am sorry to here that you weren't able to get one. I was really pulling for you but hey, thats why its called hunting and not shooting. And hey, you have the right attitude. Maybe you will get to do it again. I am sorry to here about your battle with the bog too. Atleast you are able to laugh about it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

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maybe next time....

I talked with my sub again and he said he had fun too. If he draws, he said again he'll name me as his sub. I might get to go again before I'm too old.Big smile

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Is there a waiting period for

Is there a waiting period for you guys in New Hampshire after you draw?  I believe in Vermont it's 3 years.  My dad has a buddy who got a nice 750 pounder one year, as a non-resident, and then got drawn again the very first year he was eligible.  I am pretty sure it was 3 years anyway.

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Sorry to hear you didn't

Sorry to hear you didn't harvest a moose, but glad your sense of humor held up.I can tell you after 22 years of hunting moose most years the moose win, if your willing to spend a lot of money the odds go up, but taking one of the local moose gives a certain satisfaction. Over those yeas the moose have won better than 50 % of the years ,but I've been in on a lot of kills besides my own,including two made by my sons, an a bow kill my regular hunting partner made , his first bow kill of any kind , and I called it to him.Moose hunting is a kick, until you pull the trigger , shortly after that the work starts and it doesn't end till your sitting home eating steak , then you begin to forget the pain , and start planing the next year.

Alex

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Happy Birthday!

Happy belated birthday and condolences on losing to Bullwinkle.  I struck out on my first moose hunt too.  That was in Alaska and we saw cows and calves every day but not a single legal bull.  So I feel your pain.  There IS hope though.  I drew a Vermont tag last year and 10 years after my first attempt at hunting moose I bagged my bull :)  So don't give up!

Congrats on keeping your sense of humor and counting your blessings.  It is the ONLY way to stay sane!

I applied for a NH moose tag this year (as a non-resident) and didn't even draw one, so you are more successful than I am in at least that contest!

Vermont does have a three year waiting period so I can't apply there for 2 more years.

How does NH work? Can you apply again? Is there a waiting period?

Does the waiting period change if you fill a tag vs. not?

I've heard NH moose licenses referred to as a once in a lifetime.  Is that because the odds are long or is there some restriction against ever filling more than one NH moose tag?

Thanks in advance for any info,

Mike

 

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