I wasn't up Bountiful Canyon. I was camped solo in Big Cottonwood when a bull moose woke me up when he laid down next to my tent this morning at 4:00 AM. I slowly zipped the tent door open enough to where I could keep an eye on him in the moonlight while I quietly got my boots on and got ready to run out the door on the opposite side of the tent if he got aggressive. He grunted for a while, then got up, circled the tent, thrashed some branches with his antlers, then headed off down the hill 30 minutes after he woke me up. I grabbed my bow and headed up the hill the opposite direction as soon as I couldn't hear him any more. Every twig snapping in the dark after that made me jump until it was finally light.
Yeah, those stubborn moose can be a real pain sometimes, I would say there are more encounters with moose in Utah than bear and lion/cougar combined. Probably because bear and lion/cougar are naturally scared of humans but moose have few natural predators and just don't feel the need to move for anything.
They are a huge pain in the butt! I've been hunting the same water hole for about 2 weeks and never had a problem but all the sudden on Saturday morning this thing was screaming at me and whacking some trees about 20 yards away from me. Not only did he ruin my elk hunt for the day he scared the crap out if me because all I had was my bow haha.
That's why I'm always packing regardless of what season I'm hunting. Ive got my CCC so if I really think I could run into something I carry my glock 20 if not its my Kahr .380 but either way I'm not only armed with a stick and string.
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