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Willis Mattison of Osage and his cousin, Kenny, prepare a pack horse for a five mile trip back to base camp after the two hunters shot a one ton Alaskan moose during a hunting trip earlier this fall.

Moose tracks: Local man fulfills lifetime dream of Alaska hunt

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For Willis Mattison of Osage, a hunting trip to Alaska had been a lifelong dream.

"It began when I was about 12 years old," he said. "I dreamed of having a log home in Alaska."

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Mattison's cousin, Kenny, moved to Alaska in 1963, making Mattison very envious of his close relative.

The two kept in touch, and since Kenny was living there, they started planning an Alaska big game hunting trip.

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