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Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« on: May 09, 2014, 08:09:49 pm »
Watch this video

http://www.weather.com/video/moose-attacks-snowmobiler-47427

It shows a moose attack on a snowmobiler in New Hampshire.  At the VERY end of the story, the announcer mentions that the man's wife was able to frighten off the moose by shooting her handgun into the air.

I collided with a bull moose last summer while exploring the fire/logging roads in northern Maine on my WR250R.  I was able to keep the bike upright and managed to escape while the elephant-sized animal chased me a short distance down the trail.

If I hadn't kept upright, I would have been in a standoff much like this gentleman faced (only, my moose was a bull ::)).

Which leads me to ask two questions:

1. What do think about traveling armed during backcountry excursions? and

2. If the noise the the only useful feature for wildlife deterrence, why don't we all carry blanks?  Or starter pistols even?


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Re: Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2014, 07:08:47 am »
It's interesting for me to read stuff like this...

In oz, you can't carry a firearm in the manor you can in the U.S.

We also don't have moose here...I did, however, hit a Kangaroo a few years back while giving it some noise on my 300 two stroke.

The 'roo hopped away looking pretty fine. I ended up in hospital with a punctured lung, ruptured spleen, multiple **** ribs and concussion. The bike went straight to the junk yard.

Interesting fact for you American brothers...'kangaroo' is Aboriginal for 'don't understand', and budgerigar is Aboriginal for 'good to eat'. Truly.

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Re: Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2014, 01:35:16 pm »
I ended up in hospital with a punctured lung, ruptured spleen, multiple **** ribs and concussion. The bike went straight to the junk yard.

That blows.  I might take pot shots at kangaroos if I were you.  I was lucky to escape that moose without a scrape, but when you're going fast enough, anything large enough to cause a crash is deadly.

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Interesting fact for you American brothers...'kangaroo' is Aboriginal for 'don't understand', and budgerigar is Aboriginal for 'good to eat'. Truly.

I didn't know what a 'buderigar' is in any language! :-\  I looked it up; in America we call 'em parakeets.
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Re: Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 04:54:52 pm »
I stopped in a logging clearing in northern New Hampshire right between a big mama moose and her bleeting calf,
The look in the mothers eyes gave me the chills down my spine,I couldn't hit 1st fast enough to get outta there.
Those moose sound like a freight train when they come crashing through the trees. No hand gun is going to stop these beast.

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Re: Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 05:19:18 pm »
No hand gun is going to stop these beast.

Not an enraged mother, that's for sure.  I had to work in Montana once, and was issued "bear spray."  We were told it was effective against bears and moose, but were specifically warned NOT to spray moose calves or bear cubs; if we did, we were told that no amount of pepper spray (and very few calibers) would stop an attack from angry mama. 

But an uncommitted moose/bear can be frightened off with a warning shot.  It sure saved that dude in the video.
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Re: Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2014, 11:22:39 am »
Meese are dangerous as all hell. I grew up in AK and used to have showdowns quite often doing my paper routes. One Sunday long ago.... it was like -20 or some absurd temp, early in the morning,  I'm struggling to stuff this fat Sunday paper into a screen door and get it to stay. Nothings working, I'm cold, pissed off and about to give up when the all the guts fell out to my feet. I'm really pissed off now, and i commence to pick up coupons and all the other stuff on the concrete. I now have the paper assembled and get ready to stand back up. Uh oh. Face to face with a moose. What i had presumed to be the dryer exhaust ventilation off to my right was actually the moose breathing. It was there the whole damn time! I didn't scare it, cuz it's ears were still up. U know if they're pissed cuz their ears will be pinned back. Get the **** outta there if u see that. Anyways, i was stuck out on the porch for a good half hour before she meandered off. Peaceful encounter, but it doesn't always turn out like that.   :P
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Re: Moose Confrontation -- Adventuring Armed
« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2014, 05:04:38 pm »
I guess I'm a little confoos-ed.  I'm from Alabama and we always travel armed.  I was taught that if you see something move in the bushes then throw some lead at it and see what jumps out.  So I guess the concept of not being armed is alien to me.  Well, except we all leave our guns at the front door at Church and take turns guarding them during the service.  I would recommend against blanks however.  If a situation is such that you need to shoot blanks, then I'd have to recommend flinging a piece of 44cal lead past moosy's ugly little beak and see if the audio and visual gives him some fresh ideas about territoriality.  There's just something special about a 44mag when the possibility of close encounters with bear or bigger exists.

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