I have been a cons
tant reader of your magazine for some time, although, not a subscriber, but so far have not offered anything to keep it going. Now that the hunting season for big game is drawing to a close, we should have some good fresh stories right from the woods.
On the 25th of October, 1917, I, accompanied by a guide, set out for a moose hunt. We arrived at camp late in the P. M., fixed up the camp and cut wood, so as to be ready for the morning hunt.
We started off at day-break and hunted until noon. We saw but few fresh signs and no moose at all. We ate lunch and started again and arrived at camp at sunset with no success outside of jumping two deer, which we did not shoot at.
We hit the trail early next morning in a different direction than the previous one. About 8 A. M. we found fresh moose tracks. The guide done some thinking and figuring as to where the moose would be after a short spell. He said to me, they will likely be over in that low ground, as they have been feeding here and have gone to lay down (and he pointed to the hardwood valley some distance away).
We took a large circle and came in at the end of the valley and walked very cautiously up against the wind. We had gone about a quarter of a mile when the guide stepped to one side and pointed over to the left of the valley. I looked and saw a nice young cow, but did not want her, just then I saw the bull about 65 yards away. I drew my rifle to my face and fired, bang-bang-bang, three times before he went down. We ran over to where he was and found him dead, with one bullet in his shoulder, a little too high and too far back, one in his neck also too high and one through his heart.
My rifle is a "light weight" 45-70 Winchester, it is a good moose gun for this country, where we seldom get a long shot. I will not relate the getting of him, except it took us the remainder of the day to get him to the road. He weighed 615 pounds of meat and had a fine set of antlers, forty-six inch spread with eight points on each side.
Just a word about guns. I see in the H-T-T questions as to what caliber of rifle to use on moose and deer and the answer generally given, is any rifle ranging in power from 40-40 to 30-30 is suitable for deer, but not powerful enough for moose. As to my notion a deer is harder to get where he stands than a moose. Any of the rifles above mentioned will kill a deer, but they will often run after they are shot and quite often go so far it is impossible to find where they stop to die, and to be devoured by the ravens. I think it is better to use a rifle with plenty oof killing power and get the animal than to shoot it with a light hitting rifle and let it get away to die a lingering death. Of course they will sometimes get away when shot with a heavy hitting rifle, but not so often as when shot with a lighter hitting gun. A 45-70 won't spoil much more meat than a 30-30 and is a better killer so don't think I wish to knock the 30-30 out of the game altogether. I have used both and either will do the trick if held right.
A. M. McNeil,
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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