Spring moose hunting, my favorite!

     Well, it has been awhile since my last post.  I haven’t written anything in some time.  I actually deleted the website since I never thought I’d do this again, but here I sit.  We’ve had some people ask why we quit it and to be honest, it doesn’t seem like very much happens in our lives up here.  Nothing spectacular anyway.  Nothing to write about.  But it gives our family and friends a few more stories and a few more pictures to see.  And it does feel good to sit, relax, and ‘download’ your day when the sun is low and all is quiet in OUR world (which usually means that Kian is asleep).

He still thinks he’s a BEAR!

     Essie moved from being the Special Education teacher to the new K-3 teacher.  She seems to enjoy it but I’m a little worried about the long hours.  She kind of got Preschool dumped in her lap, so now instead of getting off at 3:30 or 4:00, she gets home about 7:30.   And when Kian is in bed by 8 or 9, it doesn’t leave much family time.  That was one thing we cherished about our life here, all the family time.  Money doesn’t mean much if you’re stuck at work all the time.

     I’m still working as the Head of Maintenance at the school, too.  My day is usually done by 4:00 or 4:30.  I’ll walk to the babysitter’s house, pick up Kian, and sometimes get to take him to preschool to be with his mom and other kiddos his age.  He really enjoys it when he gets to go, and so do I.  These are usually the days when I get to go hunting and checking my traps in the evening.  I’ve gotten 2 moose this year, caught a few foxes, and a couple of otters.  I only have a few traps out at any given time since I don’t have much time to spend checking them.  When I do though, I’ll take along a .22 rifle and keep an eye out for ptarmigan.  Sometimes it’s hard to see a white bird standing in snow…

Out for a ride on the Yukon River

 

My first moose this year. I caught it fairly close to home, so I decided to roll it in the sled and take it home to work it up. I wanted to try it this way so I could get the hide off in 1 big piece. I thought it would be easier, but it’s probably about the same as doing it out in the tundra, wherever the moose falls. The main difference here is when you get cold, you can step in and warm up and have coffee.

I wanted to take the hide off in 1 nice big piece because I’ve been wanting to try to ‘brain-tan’ a moose hide over the summer. I’ve watched 2 YouTube videos on the subject, so naturally I should be able to accomplish this with no trouble at all….

Here lately, I’ve had the opportunity to travel within the school district working on diesel engines for different schools.  I went to Pilot Station a couple of times and LOVED it!  It really spices up the day when the school charters a plane to come pick you up and take you somewhere you’ve never been.  Even better when it’s just you and the pilot and it’s a little 207!

The day after I got back from Pilot Station the 1st time, I got my 2nd moose.  We didn’t need the meat, but some elders and a couple others said they’d be grateful for some.  I enjoy being out in the wilderness even when I don’t have much of a reason for being there.  Having a purpose for going out, that’s just icing on the cake!

I was alone when I caught this moose, so I had to set the phone in the snow to take a picture, which may be why it’s blurry at the bottom. And let me just say, working up a moose by yourself is A LOT OF WORK!
I took this right after I got finished loading the moose on the sled, and got back on the river. It took about an hour and a half to get back home, so it was good and dark by that point. Beautiful ride back, though.
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