Catch and release a "killer" sport

Posted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Well it’s that time of year again. Yup, it’s time to get ready for all those non-residents showing up for the spring catch and release cow moose hunt. For you folks that didn’t know about this, here’s the details. This hunt starts every spring, just before the cows start calving. The boundaries of the hunting area are as follows, west of Skilak Lake and within the Kenai River Special Management Area. Hunters get to go out on their ATV s (which are limited to 35 hp to protect the habitat) and ride up close to the cow moose.

Then they throw a line with a grapple hook over the back of the moose and drive off rapidly, hooking the critter. Once the cow is hooked, (keeping the line tight is real important here) they tow it around for awhile and when it’s bleeding and can’t stand up anymore they get their picture taken with it. Then after unhooking the grapple, the hunter rides off to bag another one. At the end of the season, if all the pregnant cow moose were released, the Sporty Organizations will present the hunter with a plaque (usually signed by Ted Stevens) saying what a fine sportsman they are and thanking them for participating in the Release a Cow Program. Wouldn’t that be nice. Bet you would be proud to have that hanging on your wall.

Now, just in case you’re not the quickest trout in the creek, this is actually a parody of the in-river King fishery.

Erik Huebsch

Kasilof



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