Welcome to the Hunting in Alaska Series. We join Ian Harford and Steve Wild behind-the-scenes on their epic Alaska hunting adventure.
It’s day nine and after another tough day in the wild, Ian successfully harvested his bull moose. The hard work doesn’t end there, the team had to prepare the meat ready to be moved. Today, they must begin the difficult task of packing out the giant Bull Moose.
As the team make their way to the collection of meat bags, they stop along the way to widen areas that will make their return journey as smooth as possible.
It’s not just the weight of the load that provides the challenge. Balancing on slippery rocks and roots, plus the weight of water in the streams all add to the experience.
After several trips moving the meat closer to camp, Ian must now begin the most awkward part of the puzzle – the rack.
The sheer effort it takes to manoeuvre the rack through this twisted maze of streams and branches illustrates just how powerful a beast the moose really is, effortlessly traversing this rugged landscape with a grace and majesty that is something to behold.
With their working day done, the team retire to the cook tent to dry out and enjoy the fruits of our labour.
However, the day is not done just yet. Another black bear has wandered on the ridge behind camp, offering another golden opportunity for Steve. He sets up his Blaser R8 on its Spartan javelin bipod and waits for the right shot to present itself.