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After a long hard day of golf up in Midway, I decided to do a little scouting before heading home.

I got set up about 1/2 mile from where I got my first buck last year overlooking two micro-canyons. About 20 minutes later, I had this cow and her calf meandering through the brush behind me. I was surprised she brought her calf that close, just had to watch her instead of the canyons until she wandered a bit further!

calf ran up behind momma before I could snap a pic, and at this range, I wasn't going to try to get any closer!
 

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You are pretty lucky that it was as docile as it was, moose are confrontational quite often.
 

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I had a run in with a cow once. I walked up on it and she trotted off into the aspens only to return a couple of seconds later. It grunted at me a couple of times and moved a little closer and grunted some more. She did this 3 or 4 times till she was within 50 yards. It dawned on me that her calf was probably hidden in those aspens and hanging around would not be the best idea. I made a very deliberate and very loud exit looking over my shoulder the whole time.
 

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I almost got ran over by a big bull moose on the archery opener I was standing on a trail glassing up some bucks when I heard some crashing in the brush next to me. I got my bow ready just in case it was a buck but out popped a big bull running straight towards me on the trail. I stepped off the trail and he didn't stop until he was 5 yards or less in front of me then turned to his right and ran away. This was probably the biggest moose I've seen antler wise and I've seen a few each year I've hunted. I was shaking after that encounter to say the least.
 

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I have found out personally that when you are that close to a cow and calf moose then you are too close.

I came close to shooting a cow one year on the deer hunt up Tie Fork. She refused to leave me alone while I retreated up the hill and was a good 200 yards away from her calf. She got within 10 yards of me when I decided that if she took another step that I was going to put a bullet right between her eyes. I only had a single shot pistol with me so that one shot was going to have to be the one and only.

Luckily she finally turned around and headed in the same direction as her calf. I hiked over the hill and down to the road just to stay away from her.
 

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Apparently she wasn't as nervous as I usually would have suspected. Last year we had several run-ins with moose but all were pretty ignorant as to us being there. I think I was more surprised that she wasn't snorting at me. They just lazily walked through the trees, although she did keep looking back at me, watching to see if I was a threat.

Just in case, I always carry my handgun in the back woods. Fortunately I have never had to use it.
 

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A friend and I were sitting on a couple of logs by a salt lick one time and a cow and calf came in to it. Momma didn't even care we were there just wanted that salt. Baby got bored and started to wander around until it got right next to me and started smelling me. After that it went back to momma and started nursing. Momma finally got her fill of salt about 20 minutes later and they both walked off. We were both wondering who was going to get stomped.:)
 

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Holy Cow!! (sorry about that)

Glad ya wasn't on a snowmobile.

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Holy Cow!! (sorry about that)

Glad ya wasn't on a snowmobile.

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In reference to that video circulating last year of the guy popping a moose from his snowmobile? Didn't end well for the moose.
 

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NOW THAT'S FUNNY RIGHT THERE!

yeah, I hear they don't like those riders on snowmobiles!
For some reason animals in general hate the sound, seems worse with 2 strokes though. I know that when camping our dogs will bark more at the 2 strokes that ride by than the 4 strokes that are quieter.
 
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