Down But Not Out

By Brad Knutson
Colorado, 2009, DIY, Public Land
Down But Not OutDec/Jan 2011 EHJ (Issue 122) - Sitting in my office one rainy day in May, I was pondering what to do that weekend to keep myself busy. Right then my good friend Brad walked in, and I recognized right away that he had one of those unmistakable “something big has happened” looks on his face.

He said he had called the Colorado Division of Wildlife to check on his moose tag that he had been applying for the last 18 years. I already knew by the look on his face there was good news, but he continued on with his story. He told me that the operator asked for his CID number and then said, “Well, let me be the first to congratulate you!” He had drawn a coveted Colorado bull moose tag for a unit he had not been applying for in the past, but switched to because his odds of drawing were a little better. I shook his hand, congratulated him, and as always with Brad, the planning began.

The next few weeks were filled with email after email to and from one another. Some had prospective moose, posed with the question, “Would you take this one or wait out longer?” Many more were about areas to hunt and the gear and supplies needed.

I decided to take a few days off from work to help Brad scout and also to document and photograph the whole experience. Brad found a small ranger station to reserve at the base of the hunting unit that had both heat and bunk beds to sleep in - a perfect base camp for what we started calling “Camp Wack-a-Moose 2009”!

Just about everyone that knew Brad also knew about this chance and how much it meant to him, so it was no surprise when his uncle and a good friend from Minnesota called and offered to help on the hunt. Now we had four people in our party and we were ready to tackle a Shiras moose, the DIY way on public land.

Brad Knutson

For a full account of Brad's adventure, go to page 20 in the December/January 2011 issue of Eastmans' Hunting Journal.