Moose hunt a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ experience
By Annette Tait
Music – voices and instruments – is the first thing that comes to mind when Lacey Hanson’s name is mentioned. That, and the way she can coax the absolute best from her students, no matter their ages.
Last Friday, Lacey excelled in a very different field -- literally – when she brought down a bull moose with a 49-inch wide rack that field dressed out at 840 lbs.
“We found out in May, when they did the drawing,” Lacey said about getting her moose tag. “It was kind of funny, the day they came out J.D. checked his right away. The next morning we were getting ready, and he said, ‘You know, I didn’t check yours.’”
Lacey and her husband, J.D. Hanson, have put in for moose tags for about the last 10 years, never anticipating either would draw a tag.
“We never really expected it, but what’s the worst that’s going to happen?” she said.
In the past, Lacey has hunted deer, geese, and pheasants; in recent years, she has mostly hunted deer.
“I used to hunt more, but not so much in the last few years, pretty much since the little ones arrived,” Lacey said. “We have always put in for [moose tags], because we know it’s that ‘once-in-a-lifetime drawing.’ We always go into every year thinking we won’t get drawn, so it was a surprise for both of us.”
“It was the draw of lifetime for her, and it may be the draw of a lifetime for me,” J.D. said. “I think there’s 130 tags statewide; the odds of getting drawn aren’t that great.”
The Hansons put in for unit M10, which covers most of the northwest corner of the state and includes J.D.’s hometown of Bowbells. Only 60 licenses were drawn for that unit. The evening before opening day, the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish held a meeting in nearby Kenmare to provide information and answer questions from tag holders.