Please folks, don’t go looking for trouble out there.
Nature is wild and unforgiving… these animals won’t think twice about running you right over.
Moose are the most dangerous animals in our forests. It seems surprising, yet not at all at the same time. Ninety nine percent of interactions are completely innocent, ending with the moose heading in the opposite direction of you. That being said, the interactions that are not so innocent have a high likelihood of you getting seriously hurt…
I mean, they are the largest member of the deer family, weighing north of 1,500-pounds in some cases. They strand over 6-feet tall, meaning they got legs the size of most people.
I certainly wouldn’t want to be catching a kick from one of them.
Moose are fun though. They are relatively predictable in their movements, if you get to know a bit about moose you can generally find them if they are around. This can easily cause a moose obsession where all you want to do is find moose, particularly big ones just to watch.
Every moose lover has a strong appreciation for the rut. In the fall of every year moose change and get ready for breeding. If you’ve spent time in moose territory you have likely had the privilege of hearing a cow calling out loudly for bull to come. Moose calling is fairly simple to replicate or use a electronic call for, making moose calling a great pastime.
Calling in a bull is a bit of an art, but it is certainly unforgettable every time you do.
You have to be careful though. Bull moose take their breeding seriously and will fight off any competition. I mean, ya can’t blame them they only get a go at it once a year.
Moose are an easy animal to fool, due to their poor eyesight, which is why they can be dangerous… when you can’t see that well, you’re safer to charge first and ask questions later. Often times putting something up next to your head mimicking an antler is enough to make them think their competition is around.
This man almost got the shit-end of the stick while out having some backcountry fun. A couple hunters came across a smasher of a bull moose on a backroad when they decided to toy with the lad a little bit.
The video shows one antler holding up pieces of bone to mimic antlers as he thrashes around, letting out moose grunts in the process. The ol’ moose can’t help himself and comes to the call. He’s weary as he comes in, but he just needs to know if it’s real competition.
The man stands his ground until the two are literally face-to-face. He then decides to turn and walk away, but the moose takes this as a sign of weakness and starts to charge.
The hunter runs and eventually manages to get his rifle off his shoulder, but the moose thought better of completing the charge.
You know what they say about playing stupid games…