Before I start, let me say I'm not looking for someone to tell me where to go or to give up the gps coordinates to one. I'm just asking "how hard" will this hunt be?
I checked my family application history last night on the dwr website and discovered that my dad has drawn the Ogden west cow moose tag with max (11) points. Awesome, but the kicker is he has already drawn a multi season bull elk tag this year as well. I told him to apply for a point for moose, but he went ahead and applied anyways. The season dates seem to match up pretty close to what his early rifle muzzy elk seasons are. I'm hoping we end his elk hunt on the early rifle, but things never go as you plan. I've never set foot in the Ogden west unit before, so I have no idea how tough this hunt will be. I plan to go scout and find the access points if he decides to keep the tag. He's 69 years old and I don't know how much longer he can continue to climb mountains, so I'm hesitant to have him turn it in, but at the same time, I don't want to have him have a moose tag in his pocket while he's spending the whole season tryin to fill an elk tag he's waited 21 years for. We've got a couple weekends in October where we might have a day or 2 to go hunt (worst case scenario). So I ask, how tough will it be to find success with this tag? Is it a 1 day deal? Or is this something that might take several days to kill a moose? We've got horses, atvs and motorcycles, so we should be able to access areas away from roads, just don't have a whole lot of time to actually hunt.
So for anyone with experience, do you suggest he turns it in? Or should he keep it and go hunting? Are there quite a few moose that finding one shouldn't be an issue? If you have any info on the hunt that you'd be willing to share, that would be awesome and I'll return the favor anyway I can, but I'm more so just curious if we are biting off more than we can chew this year. Thanks!