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    Default Do you know what made these holes?

    I keep finding thies all over a area I use to hunt.







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    The first pic, bear maybe? The other three look like a moose ruttin' wallow to me.
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    I believe Tearbear is right on the money!!!

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    I agree....

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    Those are bull moose rut pits. Technically they are not "wallows" in that bulls don't generally wallow in them like a buffalo would. They paw the ground, urinate and continue pawing and stamping their front hooves, splashing the mixture on their forelegs, belly and antlers.

    The same bull will sometimes use the same rut pits year after year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    Those are bull moose rut pits. Technically they are not "wallows" in that bulls don't generally wallow in them like a buffalo would. They paw the ground, urinate and continue pawing and stamping their front hooves, splashing the mixture on their forelegs, belly and antlers.

    The same bull will sometimes use the same rut pits year after year.

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    Very good Mike you're 100% right all 4 pictures were made by bull moose. I could have posted several more all taken in the same area.

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    Thats where Waldo hides......
    If you can't Kill it with a 30-06, you should Hide.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Very good Mike you're 100% right all 4 pictures were made by bull moose. I could have posted several more all taken in the same area.
    So why is it the area you "used to hunt"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkwarthog View Post
    So why is it the area you "used to hunt"?
    Because I can't find anybody that knows how to hunt moose and want to go.

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    pigs rutting out truffles???

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGyver View Post
    Because I can't find anybody that knows how to hunt moose and want to go.
    Well these pics might root out a few prospective buddies I've only found a few of those in lots of walkin where my moose die........must be some action around there.

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    Dig a bit, there might be some toilet paper...........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catch It View Post
    Well these pics might root out a few prospective buddies I've only found a few of those in lots of walkin where my moose die........must be some action around there.
    Well..... that was NOT the reason for posting the pictures. I do believe this is the first time pictures of a moose scrape/pit has been posted on the forum and I wanted people to know what they might look like. I've seen some that were two feet deep but never seen a wallow.

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    Well, now that's been settled, let's guess what rifle that is in the last pic! I say Rem 721!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Strahan View Post
    Those are bull moose rut pits. Technically they are not "wallows" in that bulls don't generally wallow in them like a buffalo would.
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    I was sure that the cow moose 'wallows' in the rut pit that the bull makes...
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    I stand corrected. Bulls will bed down and sometimes rock from side to side in a rut pit (which some consider "wallowing") but they do not roll onto their backs in the process. It appears that they are attempting to permeate their hair with the scent. According to one source, cows can be quite aggressive in approaching rut pits, even to the point of trying to drive bulls away, and yes, cows will wallow in a rut pit. The thinking among biologists is that the urine from larger bulls contains a pheromone that is attractive to cows, and could even prime the estrous cycle.

    (source: "Wild Mammals of North America" by Feldhammer, Thompson and Chapman, pg. 939) If you don't mind spending the coin on it, this is an excellent book on the biology of our big-game species. I have learned much from this resource, and it will help you put together a lot of missing pieces to the critter puzzle.

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    Yes...I have seen cows kicking at each other to be the one in the rut pit.
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    Bigfoot slip in the wet grass for sure.


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    Here's a tip.

    If you find a rut pit, wallow in it. Meaning, lay in it and roll around a bunch. With your clothes on. Continue hunting and don't worry about the wind. In fact it can be your friend. But don't go home to the wife before bathing and burning those clothes.



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    Looks like an old Win Model 70.

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