Huge Moose Taken In Kamchatka


Published: May - 2002

Talk about BIG moose! Subscriber Jay Link managed to take a whopper on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia this past December. The animal scores 554 3/8 points SCI and is thus very near the top of the book for the Chukotka moose subspecies. Link booked this hunt through Bob Hudson of Sable Expeditions, Ltd. The hunt took place in a remote area of the Peninsula about 2½ hours via helicopter northeast of Petropavlosk. Link says he and his Russian guide left their rustic cabin each morning around 9 am when dawn broke and scouted about a 30-mile radius around camp on skis. He says they glassed and looked for fresh moose tracks in the snow, then stalked the animals to determine trophy quality. He reports seeing 13 moose during this hunt, while his brother, who was hunting another area, only saw two.

Link says he shot his monster bull about 20 miles from camp, and it took three days to pack him out with his guide. He reports skiing a total of 170 miles during the whole trip, warning that hunters must be in excellent condition for this hunt. He says the region is low mountainous terrain with lots of wooded areas, making the skiing a real "endurance test." Link gives his operator a high rating, and describes the guides as "excellent." He reports that his guide was involved in the moose re-introduction project that took place here almost 20 years ago and was very knowledgeable about the animals and their habitat.

Link says the accommodations on this hunt were basic, with generator power but no running water, and that the food was good, but that the skis and other equipment were in "rough" shape. He gives the cost of the hunt as $9,500 for 14 days, not including airfare, hotel and meals on each end of the trip and charter helicopter charges. He says the helicopter costs about $2,000 to fly from Petropavlosk to the camp and back. By the time he added all the costs, including the overweight charges and shipping for his trophy once he returned........(continued)

 
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