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A must watch video for any bowhunter.

Video credit to Don Mealey
"Don Mealey's first Moose hunt was in 1993 with Jay Massey on the Moose John River. It was quite an adventure!"


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Back during the first week in October 1993, I was in Anchorage on a project.  At the time, I was unaware that my cousin who lived in Anchorage, friend, was guiding for Jay. If I remember correctly his last name was Lofton ? Too many yrs  gone by and can't remember.  Anyway, during my time there, I was able to spend an afternoon with Jay, his wife and baby daughter at their cabin in Girdwood. 

I've seen this video before but didn't realize it was from 1993.  When I visited with Jay, he had just gotten back from guiding and hunting.   I was asking him about his current self bow and cane arrows he was using, but everything was still packed up and I was not able see them.  However, I did get to handle and see a lot of Jay's past bow projects and arrows.  Glad I had the opportunity to meet him at his home and talk the craft.  Looking back, It still was a hard one to take knowing that in a little over three year we would loose a great ambassador for traditional archery!!! 
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Jeff Lofton, my good friend and hunting buddy Dennis Daigger was the guide on that trip... What was never mentioned in that video was that they damn near starved to death. All of the food that they had needed to be cooked, ie, beans and rice etc. And everything they had was so wet they couldn't cook it... The tent leaked and they stayed wet and almost hypothermic for almost a week. Denny has nothing but good things to say about Don. They got each other through it.
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Dave, thanks for the reminder....Jeff Lofton.  That's some crazy stuff.  I know there was always a lot of trad bow romance about floating the "Wild Rivers of Alaska".  Jay's book really set the stage, but most forget that it really wasn't always picking daisies.  Crazy river flows, sweepers, grizzlies, weather and potential plane crashes.  However, if there has always been one thing in my hunting I wish I ponied up on was to do that float hunt for moose!!!  
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The biggest problem with floating is that you almost always float past the best spot, and there ain't no goin' back...
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Brings back the memories.  I floated the Moose John twice.  The first time with Jay, I believe in '91.  At that time, we landed on a mountain top 9-11 miles from the river, and we had to pack that distance to the river. Nine miles bushwhacking in a straight line, 11, or was it 13, miles following the ridge tops.  We took the latter, open route.  Even though I was in fairly good shape, that 70# pack started to feel a bit heavy before we reached base camp.  

The second time was 10 years later, some time after Jay's death. Ernie Holland, who flew for jay earlier, had taken over the business. Ernie used the landing on the side of the mountain pictured in the video.  From there it was only a couple of hundred yards to the river.  My partner and I did not get a moose the first trip, though my partner did hit one, but too high and w were not able to find it. We both took nice moose on the second. Rained almost every day on the first trip, bluebird weather most of the time on the second.  

I always thought that little water fall coming out of the side of the rock cliff would be a good place to pan for gold.  Examined it, but didn't pan on the first trip.  On the second trip, we couldn't find it.  I think it was because it was early in the trip, and the second landing area cut about 20 miles off the river float.  

Thanks for posting the video.  Rekindles a lot of memories from two hunts I'll never forget.  
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