Lot Number: 72
By: Luke Frazier
Old mature bull moose are a formidable opponent; they are the hierarchy of the deer family and no wonder, as they can reach upwards of 1600 to 2000 pounds. For the last 25 years, I’ve traveled to Alaska, Canada and the North West in pursuit of monster bull moose. Usually, when big bulls come in contact with each other, they will size up their competition by waltzing in circles all the while lolling their heads back and forth, displaying their massive head gear. Most of the time this comedy of errors ends peaceably; but during the rut (breeding season) from mid September, mature bulls will clash, and an all out war will ensue. The sheer power and agility of these animals is nothing short of “awesome”. As the rut ends, mature bulls are wasted, they have fought off rival bulls and chased cows all over the mountainside. Now beat up and bedraggled, an old bull will become solitary, eating as much as he can, for the snow will soon fall and the cloak of winter will take its toll.