Do You Remember Michael's Moose Hunt?
Michael Waddell bowhunted for moose along the Nushagak River in south-central Alaska. Here's the story in photos.
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1 | Scenic View
Postcard-perfect views seem to be around every bend in the river.
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2 | Traveling by Boat
Michael and his guide, outfitter Nick Pierskalla of Northern Wilderness Adventures, covered mile after mile by jet boat, searching for rut-crazed bulls.
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3 | Taking a Break
On long hunts like this, an occasional break is in order.
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4 | Camera Man
Always waiting on the camera man!
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5 | Closing the Distance
On the eighth day of hunting, Michael finally closed the distance on a big bull.
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6 | Taking Aim
Shot placement is especially important on an animal the size of a moose.
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7 | Bull Down
Michael’s bull only went about 75 yards after the hit.
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8 | Hoyt
Waddell was shooting a Hoyt on the hunt.
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9 | Celebrating the Kill
With the big bull down, it’s time for photos and celebration.
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10 | Trophy of a Lifetime
Waddell admires the trophy of a lifetime.
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11 | The Work Begins
Long hauls to the float plane don’t seem too bad, even with 150 pounds of moose meat on your back.
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12 | Float Plane
Float planes and Super Cubs are the major modes of transportation in the Alaskan bush. Without them, good luck getting anywhere.
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13 | View from the Air
A view of moose country from above.
Editor's Note: This was originally published on November 29, 2010.
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