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Also, one would always find Black Bear & Ravens @ the land fill. I spent quite some time w/ the Game Warden and so I asked him, What is the difference between a Crow & a Raven?? He replied that is a good question and the Raven is larger. I was still perplexed as Ravens were thick as thieves, but protected. They are huge opportunists.

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Nice Moose & we ate a lot of Moose meat that was given to us. What is the chambering of that rifle, 45-70?

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Yes, it is a .45-70. Properly loaded with black powder and a paper patched bullet.

Moose is the best meat I've ever had, but that particular steak was extra tasty being in the bush and after a week of freeze dried and other stale groceries.

Our "boat". This checked off another item on my bucket list. Always wanted to fly in one of these - in Alaska.

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Where I lived, Bethel, the city dump had numerous ravens and a lesser number of crows, but the dominate bird at the dump was the seagull! Some friends and I started calling them dump chickens! And, I hated the plastic grocery bags! After a big wind, which happened often enough, the darn bags were strewn across the tundra for seemingly miles!

Ravens are very opportunistic and a very smart bird. Where I originally grew up in N ID, our property borders a small rural golf course, I'd be walking the property (mostly timbered) and find golf balls a long way from the course and think...no way someone could drive a ball this far! I asked my dad what he thought about that, and he indicated that he thought they were ravens that would pick the balls up off the course, thinking they may be a food source and when they realized they weren't, they'd drop the ball. I guess as good an explanation as any!

Sounds like a good trip Raimey, glad you had an opportunity to experience the area on a what sounds like a cool trip! Cool rifle Brent and a good-looking bull,,,,congrats!


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we take a battery powered sawsall to help dress out the moose. We never gut one anymore. Saawsall with 4 batteries will do two moose including cutting the antlers off.

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Enjoyed the video Mike! Nice country and it kind of gets the juices running for another AK moose hunt! I have to give you a hard time though for shooting a moose in the water! I always tried to avoid that, but sometimes it works out that way and that's when the work begins!

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Both ended up in the water. We always bring a honda winch. Pulls them right up the bank for dry processing. I've shot 4 or 5 over the years in the water. Have never processed one in the water. lol

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Neat to know on the battery powered saw. I hadn't thought of that.

I heard many things about Bethel & that it was the place to be. Lots of Koreans and Korean restaurants, with Albanian Cabbies and Filipinos brought in as teachers. Seemed to be a thriving metro of 3k folks?

The Yup'ik term for a spent Salmon was something like Methluk or Muthluk??? I heard them use the terms on humans they considered to be in a similar state???

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Another interesting aspect, the older Eskimos refer to White Folks as Cossacks.

I did get to meet the family of a Musher who won the 300 Mile local race, his dogs, etc. That Iditarod is a whale of a race & an event.


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I've been told that Bethel has the most cabs per capita than any place on earth. Not sure if that's true.

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The Yupik word for a white person is gussuk, pronounced how I spelled it and I don't remember if I spelled it correctly or not. It can be used in both derogatory or the opposite manner!

I wouldn't doubt the cabs per capita figure. With Bethel being the hub of the Y-K Delta there were villagers flying in constantly for shopping and entertainment. When I was there Albania and Yugoslavia was still under communist rule and most of the cab drivers were Albanians and Yugoslavians! At the time there was what was called a local option law in AK where the town could vote on wet, damp or dry, concerning liquor sales. Although many of the villages were dry, Bethel opted for damp, which meant one could bring it in for their own consumption from Anchorage, but there were no sales of liquor in town. Many of the cab drivers supplemented their income, by bootlegging beer or liquor to townfolk or those flying in from a local village at a sizeable mark-up! An interesting place, to say the least! Also when I lived there, there was one Korean restaurant that opened a year or two before I moved out and after the communist curtain fell, there were a number of Russians that moved there.

To keep on topic with the original thread, great idea Mike to have a winch along! Definitely sounds like the way to go! I do use a battery powered sawzall for quartering out elk and it works like a champ for that chore!


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