Opening day was August 15. Early that morning we rode away from the cabin and eased around the woods, looking for moose around willow and alder thickets. Nothing showed, so we tried a tactic I'd never heard of before. We sat in a tree stand overlooking a mineral lick, but evidently we had arrived too late. When we slipped in to the lick, a torn-up piece of landscape measuring 30 feet square, the water was still muddy from animal activity. It looked like an army of moose had been there. We also saw fresh elk and black bear tracks. Les said that moose often used the lick all day, so A.J. and I watched, but the wind was wrong. We left the lick and looked for animals in willowy areas.