What's up with moose???

Discussion in 'Maine Moose Hunting' started by ambushhunter, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. Never seen one in person. Do they spook easily? Will they charge you? How do you hunt'em....on ground or from a treestand?? Probably will never get the chance to hunt one in my lifetime, just curious. Regards, Mark :wink:
     
  2. kenton6

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    You've asked some intruguing questions. I personally have not shot one before but I've encountered them more than I would like to while deer hunting.
    How easily they spook depends on many things but as a whole they spook quite easily. But their eyesight isn't as keen as a deer and therefore I have had them walk right up to within a few feet of me while I stood still - wind at my face.
    If prompted and you piss them off, they will charge. I suggest you give them the right of way. I've seen one circle in behind a hunter, who wasn't paying very close attention and get charged from behind.
    Don't believe some of what you hear about how moose are innocently slaughtered. They can be a clever and difficult animal to hunt.
    I believe that the more they are hunted the more difficult it is becoming to bag one.
    Many hunters will road hunt in remote woods roads, until they spot one in a clearing etc, and give chase from there, but more and more you hear about hunters persuing them the same or nearly the same as deer.
    Hope this helped some, ambush
     

  3. Like most flatlanders, I'm not very educated when it comes to moose. I have heard that they will stand there and let you shoot them. I never really believed that though. That's one reason I really didn't have an intrest in hunting one. I would never hunt an animal that wouldn't have a chance and or desire to escape. I've heard that about buffalo, you can almost walk right up to them and they'll stare you down as you pull the trigger. I don't know. Like I said, I'll probably never get the chance to hunt either moose or buffalo (not too many of them critters here in NJ). If I were deer hunting and a 10 foot moose charged me from behind, I don't know what I'd do (after I crapped myself that is). That's kinda weird how that moose would actually circle around behind that guy to attack. Must have been exciting for him :shock: . Thanks for the reply!!
     
  4. kenton6

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    Oh it was exciting all right! But the outcome was some different than he thought it would be. The moose was in the path of where he wanted to go. He had quite a time to get the animal to move and I guess he pissed him off - thought an indirect approach would be more effective. It was! He gained a bit more respect for the big animal.