Wojciechowski - 2001 Moose Hunt
brother Kurt, and I had looked forward to our Moose Hunt ever
since the day we booked the hunt with Wild Kakwa Outfitters. We
had both been to Canada before on Whitetail, and Black Bear hunts,
but this was the first time we were to be hunting Moose. We were
unsure of what to expect of the hunt, but had heard good things
about Wild Kakwa Outfitters and the quality outfitted hunts they
provide for Bull Moose.
Houweling owner and guide for Wild Kakwa was very helpful in providing
insight of what to expect of the hunt. He sent us descriptions
of the type of terrain we would be hunting, along with a pack
list of clothing and hunting accessories to bring along. Kurt
and I planned to come back from this hunt with Trophy Moose, and
it was encouraging and exciting to hear of the pre-season scouting
efforts Rick was doing all summer long. We knew we were with the
in Grande Prairie, we were met at our hotel and taken to Rick's
house to meet up with the rest of the camp. This is where we met
Rick and our other two guides Charlie and Jake. Talk about a couple
all the hunts I have been on, Rick and his guides were the most
fun to be around, and it was very evident that their number one
interest and concern was to work hard to provide us with an excellent
experience and trophy moose.
drove to camp on Sunday afternoon. The camp consists of 3 wall
tents with hardwood floors. Two are bunk tents, and the other
is the dinning tent. Each bunk tent contains 2 sets of bunk beds
and a propane furnace. The beds are very comfortable, and the
tent is well heated. Rick's wife Rita does all the cooking in
their camper, and serves the meals in the dinning tent. Rita is
an excellent cook and Kurt and I never went hungry.
settled in camp, we were off hunting already Sunday evening. Kurt
and I went out with Rick, and were very encouraged when Rick called
in two small bulls that first evening. Kurt and I mentioned to
Rick that we were there to shoot a moose with a spread above 48
inches, and we were willing to work for them. Rick obliged.
next morning we were off to some of the thickest brush I have
ever hunted in. Rick had mentioned how he had seen a very large
bull here while scouting. We walked and called the area all morning,
but no luck. After lunch, we headed out again, and while glassing
a far off ridge, we spotted what Rick called a huge bull. We worked
our way down the ridge, and began calling for the bull. My heart
was beating as we could hear the bull getting closer and closer.
Suddenly he was gone, and our hunt was over for the day.
next morning Kurt and I were off hunting with Charlie, and we
headed off to an area where Jake said there were some huge bulls.
We began the hunt by calling in a bull near a beaver pond, but
could never get a glimpse of him. The winds were gusting on this
morning, and we debated if we should cross the valley to the reach
the next ridge. The decision was to move forward. Once we entered
the wood line again, Charlie gave a cow call, and it was answered.
The trees started crashing as the bull moved closer. Kurt ran
up the trail 30 yards to get in position for a shot with his Browning
7mm. The trees continued to part, and all of a sudden the largest
animal I have ever seen appeared. Kurt got off his first shot,
and the bull turned. Kurt's second shot went right up the spine,
and the bull was down. All of us jumped for joy, and I got the
whole event on video. Kurt's bull scored 186 Boone and Crocket,
52 inches wide, and estimated at 1800 pounds.
back at camp, Jake came up to me and said Kurt's bull was going
to be tuff to beat, but it could be done.
the next day, Rick, Kurt and I were off again to the area where
we saw the huge bull. We were going to work for this one. After
walking quite awhile Rick began to call, and boy did we ever get
a response. In one direction it sounded as if a truck was coming
through the woods. In two other directions we had two bulls grunting
back at our call, none of which could be seen. After calling for
45 minutes, the bull at the bottom of the ridge was consistently
raking its antlers over the willows. I said to Rick this is the
one I want to go after. We began to move towards this bull calling
for him as we pursued. As we moved closer, we could hear the bull
ahead, leading us away from the other bulls in the area. We ran
up and down a number of ridges before coming to the top of one
of them, and there he was standing 40 yards away. I raised my
Sauer .338 and shot him through the lungs. The moose ran, and
my first instinct was to run after him to get another shot off,
so I did. After a second shot up the spine, he went down.
the most exciting hunt I have ever been part of. He ended up scoring
206 B&C gross, 196 net. His spread was 51 3/8. He is entered into the
Boone and Crocket record book, and was in fact the largest Bull
Moose taken in Alberta on a guided hunt in 2001. After the experience
Kurt and I had, we cannot wait until we can book another trip with
Rick Houweling of Wild Kakwa Outfitters.