Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Lot of Bull

Another flashback to the awesome year that was 2016...

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Photo Credit: Jeff Rivard


When I met up with Eddie Rivard and clan (father and brother) to fish a beautiful morning on the Tongue River in Wyoming's Big Horn Mountains, we encountered this big boy just before the turn-off to our fishing spot.

It's very common to see moose here.  Five years ago, I stumbled across a juvenile moose in a small clearing amongst the willows you see in the background.  "Hi there, nice moose.  Where's Mama?  I'm backing away slowly..."

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  1. They are truly majestic animals. I crossed paths with one while fishing in Maine. I was surprised I was able to run so fast in waders.

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    1. I take it you don't subscribe to the, "No sudden movements" philosophy...?

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    2. Chris I was in the stream and he was on the bank. He looked directly at me for a few minutes. He then put his head down and raked the shit out of a fir tree. I did not hang around to see his next move.

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  2. Several years ago while fishing Fall River near Estes Park, a large moose took up residence in the river right where I was fishing...and stayed there for the length of my vacation.

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  3. My moose encounters have both been in Eastern Idaho. One who crossed the Warm River within casting range from me (Peacefully!) Another that thought I was getting a little too close on the South Fork of the Snake River, and, another who wandered out of the timber to take a bath in a lake I was fishing from a float tube. They are an amazing animal to take in... (Just not in my float tube!)

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    1. When we first moved to Montana in 1998, we were lucky to find a cabin for rent right on Lolo Creek, just outside of Missoula. One evening while I was away at work in Wisconsin, Mrs. Fading Angler texts me:

      There's a big bull moose in the back yard. He "woofed" at me when I stepped out on the deck to take a picture!

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  4. Had a stare-down and a 5 minute conversation with a big cow in Alaska outside a dining facility. She was busy standing on the sidewalk in front of the door just being a moose. I was hungover and wanting breakfast. I figured I would either get some coffee and eggs or stomped to death. Either way I would find relief.

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  5. LOL!...At the time it made sense. :)

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    1. Chris, you and Ralph, have something here. Really funny to think back at our experiences.......

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