Michael Waddell Hunts Alaska

Do You Remember Michael's Moose Hunt?

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Scenic View

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1 | Scenic View

Postcard-perfect views seem to be around every bend in the river.

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Traveling by Boat

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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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Taking a Break

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3 | Taking a Break

On long hunts like this, an occasional break is in order.

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Camera Man

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4 | Camera Man

Always waiting on the camera man!

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Closing the Distance

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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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Taking Aim

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6 | Taking Aim

Shot placement is especially important on an animal the size of a moose.

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Bull Down

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7 | Bull Down

Michael’s bull only went about 75 yards after the hit.

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Hoyt

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8 | Hoyt

Waddell was shooting a Hoyt on the hunt.

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Celebrating the Kill

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9 | Celebrating the Kill

With the big bull down, it’s time for photos and celebration.

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Trophy of a Lifetime

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10 | Trophy of a Lifetime

Waddell admires the trophy of a lifetime.

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The Work Begins

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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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Float Plane

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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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View from the Air

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13 | View from the Air

A view of moose country from above. 

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Editor's Note: This was originally published on November 29, 2010.

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Michael Waddell bowhunted for moose along the Nushagak River in south-central Alaska. Here's the story in photos.