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Old 01-01-2012, 07:02 PM
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Default New Year Bull moose;

This guy never came close to the house, he hung down in some browse while I stood on the trail behind our house for almost 35 minuets waiting for a good shot. When I finally had a chance he heard the shutter and left on the double. The temp when this was taken, -23 F. I would have stood there as long as it took to get you a shot of a bull but he was not interested in coming up for a close up.

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I would guess this to be a 3 year old, possibly going to be 4 this spring. Body weight looked to be about 1000 and the antlers about 40" This is when he heard the camera and looked right at me; he then left into heavier cover.

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Probably the only way I'll ever get one of those calender moose shots would be to go up to the park and find one that will pose. Every time I have ran into a really big moose in the wild they don't stick around to allow for pictures.
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Too cool Ard! Its amazing how 40" is totally dwarfed by the body mass and head!
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Default Re: New Year Bull moose;

Hi Bill,

I'm guessing that tip to tip not 40 each, until the antlers are about 30" each they look small on a big bull body. I'm no moose expert but I used to have an American Quarter Horse Paint; the horse was a 15 hand size and I've seen bull moose that look bigger than he was.
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Amazing creatures they are. I've only ever seen a handful in the wild and its almost scary in way, when you're used to the average whitetail!
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Default Re: New Year Bull moose;

Thanks for sharing Ard. How far away were you when taking the shot? I understand they can have quite the nasty temperament.

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Default Re: New Year Bull moose;

I was about 50 yards away from him. My experience with them is pretty much the same as with bears, they run when they realize you are there. Were you to run head to head with one in thick cover and surprise it then all bets are off. What I mean is that if you were trekking a moose path beside a creek in the bush and came face to face he would probably still bolt and run but I could not guarantee which direction. They can be defensive when under threat and combative when in the rut. Other than finding yourself in a very unique situation with one I would not feel threatened by one.
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If you sneak-up on him, really, really quietly, I'll bet that you can snip a small clump of hairs for tying, and he won't even notice!!
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If you sneak-up on him, really, really quietly, I'll bet that you can snip a small clump of hairs for tying, and he won't even notice!!
Would pay good money to see that done...

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Default Re: New Year Bull moose;

There's an urban legend in Anchorage about a drunk at a popular Pub located along the shore of Campbell Creek who bet someone he could ride a moose that was browsing on the side of the creek.

City moose are different than country moose. Yep I said city moose, they wander around downtown Anchorage and they are not spooked by people. Anyway legend has it that homeboy carefully approached the moose and figured to mount it (for a ride that is) and the moose responded when he tried to touch it by pummeling him with the front hooves sending the fellow to the hospital in critical condition. I believe this was 2003 or 04, but sadly any such action by a moose may result in its destruction by wildlife officers if they can find the animal in question. I have not heard of a moose in an unprovoked state attacking anyone and I have never bothered to provoke one myself, I ride a motorcycle when I want to ride
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Its stories like that, that remind me why I quit drinking!!
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