It is often said that the thrill of a hunt lies not in the kill, but in the chase of an animal. So, you can probably imagine how awesome Guy Weaver’s, president of Wasp Archery, 10-day moose hunt in the Alaskan Range outside Denali National Park was. Weaver chased a single elk a full day. He spotted the bull early in the morning and did not take his eyes off of him until his Crossbow Boss broadhead passed through a narrow window of timber from 58 yards away to harvest his first moose with archery equipment.
“We saw the moose at about 9:00 in the morning and I finally killed him at about 4:30 in the afternoon,” said Weaver.
Weaver was glassing from the top of a mountain, scanning the timber below for moose movement. After spotting a bull worth chasing, he came down off of the mountain and set up with a Montana Decoy Cow Moose and began working on the moose with calls. The calls brought the moose to about 75 yards, but Weaver did not think the moose was able to see the decoy in the thick cover.
Only mildly interested in the call, the moose veered off and laid down in the timber for a daytime nap. Weaver once again took the spotting scope out to stake out the moose while it was bedded down.
“After about two hours of just laying there, he finally got up and we started working the calls again, hoping we could bring him into range to see the decoy, but once again it seemed more interested in feeding than following the call,” said Weaver. “I think if we hunted a week later when the rut was full-throttle, the calls and decoy would have made the hunt shorter, but the conditions were just not right for them yet.”
When realizing this, Weaver decided to take the hunt to the moose. He snuck around the moose and got in front of him. Slowly the moose was weaving his way through the timber closer and closer. It came to 60 yards and stalled behind a pine tree. Weaver held the crossbow, which he was using because of his recent shoulder surgery, for 15 minutes in the shooting position as he waited for the bull to step in the shooting lane. Finally the moose showed up in the opening, but not for long.
“Right when it finally stepped out from behind the pine tree, it didn’t stop,” said Weaver. “It went right through the opening really quick and that resulted in a shot a little farther back than I would have liked.”
The crossbow broadhead did hit an artery and the moose crashed 60 yards from where it was shot. Not knowing this, Weaver backed off and gave the moose some time to lay down before tracking it. When he picked up the blood trail, tracking was easy thanks to the large entry wound made by the Crossbow Boss.
“As soon as I shot it, it ran up a bank and stood there,” said Weaver. “You could see the blood pouring from the side of it.”
That is when Weaver knew his broadhead did enough damage to result in a clean, quick kill even if it was not a pass-through shot.
“The bolt did not pass though because of the angle of the shot,” said Weaver. “It hit bone on the exit and, while it crushed through the bone, it stayed inside of the moose.
“I still have the broadhead,” said Weaver. “It is still sharp as ever and I will be using it to hunt deer this weekend.”