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Dickinson man bags record moose

Courtesy Photo Nathan Ingman sits on top of the Canadian Moose he shot with a bow near the North Dakota and Canada border. The moose's Pope and Young score came in at 181, which is a North Dakota record. The closest Pope and Young score in the state was 162-3/8 points in 1994.

As for the only moose he saw, Dickinson's Nathan Ingman's moose turned out to a record breaker.

Ingman downed a Canadian Moose, whose antlers width measure 57 inches and the Pope and Young score marked at 181, a couple miles north of the Columbus.

"Nothing really full hit until I got him loaded up in my pickup," Ingman said.

The previous high Pope and Young score for a Canadian Moose was 162-3/8 set back in 1994.

"I thought it was incredible that I got one," Ingman said. "There are guys who have hunted for moose and not even seen any. The fact that I got a moose is terrific for me."

His hunting expedition started around 7 a.m. as he left his house to go to the Lostwood National Wildlife Reserve north of Stanley. He didn't see anything moving, so he traveled up to Bowbells to the grain elevator to ask around.

"They said there are a lot of moose going back and forth between Canada and North Dakota," Ingman said. "I went through Columbus and started going back east through country roads."

After driving past Columbus and on a country road, he spotted the moose lying near a slew.

"I looked over to my right and I saw there was a slew there," Ingman said. "I saw a big dark spot, I saw it move and I saw antlers."

Ingman stopped his pickup and watched. He eventually drove around the side and started to sneak up on the moose, which was still lying down. He sighted the moose within 37 yards.

"He was just kind of dozing off and I was waiting for him to get up," Ingman said. "A pickup came driving along the road and watched the moose. They hadn't seen me until I had shot."

When the farmers in the pickup started watching, the moose got a little hesitant and stood up. He made a couple grunts to stop him. That's when Ingman fire his first and only shot.

Ingman didn't know it was a kill shot, because the moose walked through multiple slews. He tracked the moose in a zig-zag pattern until finally the moose laid down.

The Dickinson resident stopped and snuck up to get into the right position to take another shot at the moose. However, his 30 minutes of sneaking were all for nothing as the moose laid dead in the slew.

"When I walked up to him, I thought he's decent size," Ingman said. "You see all these hunting shows where they are up in Canada and there are these big moose with big paddles."

Steve Goroski, North Dakota Bowhunters Association vice president, said moose numbers in the state are fairly abundant, but it just depends on the parts of the state.

"Not necessarily if you get in the right area," he said. "The moose population in the northwest part of the state in the Minot, Kenmare area has been growing quite a bit."

After Ingman downed the moose, he walked back to the road and some farmers gave him a ride back to his pickup. They helped load the moose into the back of Ingman's truck.

"The farmers up there were extremely helpful in helping me retrieve my moose," Ingman said.

One of the farmers, Mitch Strom, who lives north of Columbus, said nearly everyone up there is a hunter and knew what Ingman, being by himself, was going through.

"If I was in that position, I'd look for some help out of the area," Strom said. "We told him if he needed help getting it out of there and loaded it up to give us a call. All the guys up here are hunters themselves and kind of knew where he was coming from. It's just kind of the North Dakota way and help out a friend or neighbor."