I finally bit the bullet and booked a self-guided AK moose hunt for 2017 with a transport service to fly my Dad and I into the heart of moose country SE Alaska. I was dropped of first and was very happy to hear the pilot saw a couple nice bulls within a couple miles when he circled around before landing with my Dad a few hours later. This unit requires a bull to be at least 50" wide or have 4 brows on either side to be legal for a non-resident to harvest, so not just any bull was going to do for us. That night I glassed up a big griz about 1.5 miles up the drainage and what appeared to be a legal bull moose with 3 cows in the foothills of the mountain behind our tent, I was a little excited to say the least! The next morning was our first chance to hunt and we headed to the location I'd glassed the bull the night before. As I was looking over 2 miles away I wasn't positive he was legal yet, but after a short glassing session we found him with another smaller bull just 600 yards away. The thick brush made a prone or sitting shot impossible so we cut a hundred yard off and started calling. We lost sight of both bulls in the brush as they came in to check out the sexy cow I was trying to be and after 15 minutes finally saw antlers and eyes at a mere 150 yards staring us down. I must no have looked as good as I sounded and we lost sight again of the bulls until about 370 yards when the bigger bull crested a small hill. We judged him to be legal based on width alone and my dad sent a 200 grain accubond his way with a standing shot resting on my spotting scope tripod with his 300 win mag. The bull absorbed the first shot and stood still long enough for a second bullet to arrive and crumple him. The tape confirmed he was 55" and we had our first bull down by 9am day one!!! I've boned and packed a lot of elk before, but a mature AK moose makes an elk look like an antelope! Two days and 600+ lbs of meat and antler later we were off again but now looking for my bull. We headed across the creek from camp the morning of day 3 to an area the pilot spotted a BIG bull on the flight in. I had high hopes with 6 days of hunting left I would be able to set up on a good calling location and entice the old guy my way. Well, fate was with us on this trip because on the way to our chosen calling location we crossed paths with a cow moose and a small bull, followed by 2 more cows and a really big and wide bull tailing the herd! All of this happened in a matter of seconds and at under 300 yards. The herd was moving and quickly out of sight between the brush and spruce trees so I moved up 10 yards to a dead spruce for a rifle rest and my dad stayed 80 yards back to call. In what seemed like an eternity, but likely only lasted 20 minutes, we played cat and mouse with the cows and small bull disappearing and them magically reappearing but slowly and very cautiously closing the distance. I spotted the old bull only once in this time and for just a second. Finally, just when I thought the lead cow was going to make it down-wind and bust me I saw the old bull through a small opening way in the back of the herd and in brush tall enough to only see the top half of his vitals. I was already calming myself with some deep breaths and let a 200 AB pill loose from my 300 mag. I thought I saw him lunge forward when I got the scope back on him but couldn't be sure as I watched the rest of herd scatter. We watched intensely for the big bull through the spruce and brush but couldn't find him anywhere. After 15 minutes I couldn't handle it any longer and we pushed forward about 250 yards to where I mentally marked the shot. After some brush stomping I found a stump to crawl up on and finally saw the tip of a big rack sticking out and called my dad over to walk up to my bull with me. I couldn't believe my luck or eyes when my tape maxed out at 60" and I still had an 8" air gap to the other antler!!! The hooting and hollering started as we knew whispering was no longer necessary. Two legal bulls was our highest hope for this trip, but two incredible bulls and one at 68" wide was never even possible in my mind and we accomplished just that in 3 days!!! The meat packing was intense, but a couple days later we had roughly 1100 lbs of delicious moose meat hung and laying below a very stout meat pole. The experience was amazing, the hunt incredible, and the memories unforgettable!