We have shot just as many moose in the water as out of the water. I don't find it a big deal to quarter it up in a couple of feet of water. It's way easier to get it in the boat if you can pull right up beside it. We have all the tarps, ropes etc, and its a pain to carry quarters over dead fall ,creeks and swamps. I'm not getting any younger. Best part of the hunt is trying to shoot the wolves, when they come into camp trying to get the meat off the hanging pole lol.living on the lower yukon river, there is no telling where you spot and drop a moose. along river / creek banks, meadows, bogs, marsh, edge of lakes and sand bars.
along with traditional hunting gear. there's a few item's we do not leave home without. two or three 8' x 10' poly tarps, heavy 100 ft rope and a come-along winch.
these are a few trips over the years where these items came in handy;
a 13 point on one side bull (massive bull) rolled into a deep and narrow creek along a lake, we split the rope into two pieces, tied one end up on the base of many brush and the other around the head and antlers connecting the ends with the come-along winch and cranked that monster out of the water.
one ran out into a lake and had to tow the bull into the slough, find a spot on the beach where the gradient slope was flat and tied the head to the bow of the boat and used it to drive the bull out of the water.
another was in a narrow creek which the banks were soft muck. half of the moose was out of the water, butchered top half then spread out a tarp and flipped the other half onto it on the muck. also did this on another trip where the bull dropped on a sandbar, tarp kept moose clean of sand.
now i'm not saying for you to bring these on trip's and try them, that's at your own risk. these are a few item's I don't leave home without.