Bull Moose, HVA 30-06

Bull Moose, HVA 30-06

The morning of October 01, 2006 found me and my hunting partner reacquainting ourselves with an area in north-central British Columbia we hadn't hunted in five years. We had arrived the night before in the upper Sukunka River and over a quick coffee that morning opted to set up camp after a tour to see what had changed over the years. About an hour into the reconnoiter we stopped for a leg stretch and, for no apparent reason, my buddy let go with a cow moose call. I had being standing across the road and when I returned to the truck he said ''Grab your rifle; I just heard a bull grunt.'' Over the bank we went and into the bush below. He called again and in the distance a bull moose answered back.. He seemed to be some distance off, but moving, so we set up. A few more calls back and forth and after about half an hour he caught a glimpse of the bull. ''I'm about 95% sure he's legal'' he said. The area we were hunting has a general open season for bull moose but they either have to be a 2 point immature bull or have at least 3 brow tines on one side (tri-palm). Now we could hear him working his way towards us and at about 100 yards out he stopped behind a large bush. I put my binoculars on the bull but all I could see were the tips of his antlers and great clouds of steam coming out of his mouth and nose. After a few minutes he stepped out and turned directly towards us. He was indeed a legal bull, with 3 brow tines on one side and 4 on the other. The bull quickly headed towards us, on nearly a collision course. I didn't want to shoot him through the shoulder and ruin a large portion of meat so I sat tight until he was almost broad side. He was now 30 yards away. My ''50's era .30-06 Husqvarna is topped with a 3X9 Bushnell ''Elite'' and I settled the cross hairs just behind the crease of his shoulder and sent a 180 grain hand loaded Woodleigh into him. He stood still for a second then took a few tentative steps forward and I put another round into him. After the second shot he turned and started to trot away but he was noticeably staggering and I felt he was going down soon. He made it about 20 yards before collapsing. Game Species: Canada Moose Rifle: 1953/54 Husqvarna, model 640 (I think) in .30-06 Brass: Norma Powder: 56 grains IMR 4350 Bullet: Woodleigh 180 grain This one of my favourite rifles and will group under an inch at 150 yards.

 

Richard Christiansen

Sidney, BC