So I have the upper ship creek any bull moose permit and I came across a couple moose today that really got me thinking. It was a sow with a 1st year calf (I'm assuming). I know the hunt allows taking any bull, including calves, but I could not be 100% sure of the sex of the calf I saw today. Here is what I saw.... It was a calf, with the mom, and it had domed, white nubs above it's eyes. The nubs were about the same diameter of it's eyes, and they were perfectly round half circle domes coming out of the head (I would say rising about an inch domed up, NOT straight). There was no way this was a spike-fork, but this hunt does nor require that... only for the moose to be a bull. However, since I have never really prepared to come across a situation like this, or have never really studied calves in depth, I was not sure if some cow calves could have these as well. I was thinking that possibly a cow calf could show the same nubs, but just never really have them grow out. I know I have seen adult cows with plaque-like areas in the same area as a rack would start, so I kept second guessing myself. I didn't want to take a chance not being 100% confident that this moose was a bull, so I passed.
What do you think? Bull? any chance it could have been a cow? I could not see a penis cavity nor did I have a chance to see it pee.
And then comes the other moral question.... should I take an animal that is technically legal, but accompanied by a mother sow?