For starter I am a BONEHEAD... I have never called moose before and honestly have never heard one make any noise in the wild. Having no field knowledge of moose sounds first hand I have been embarassed about making any noise and prefer just to still hunt or sit and glass. Well I purchased the luv thunder and bull dvd last year and pulled it out the other day bcause we missed a fork horn and I rememberd there was some tips on how to stop them when they are fleeing.
Well I went back to where the forkie was and only managed to kick up 5 different cows. Normaly I hunt with one of my cousin and we take his wheeler in and out but today stuff came up and he wasn't able to make it so I was on foot the whole boring trail in. Well it is getting dark when I make it back to the main trail and I am thinking about the DVD and trying to emulate the sound one bull was making to pass the time while I am walking back to the truck. About 1/2 mile down the trail I hear some brush thrashing and someone emulates my poor moose call sounding just as bad as me. I almost laugh as we are quite close to where I park and I have never seen moose in that area. I figure some goobers either were playing with me or actually think I am a moose! Well I make up a story in my head to cover me for sounding like an idiot and I make a couple calls and then slip into the woods with to meet the joker. I figure if some clown thought I was a moose I would feel good about my calling since at least I fooled something! If they were messing with me I would just tell them that I thought they were my cousin since I was "supposed to meet him' which is a pretty good lie as all are if they have a hint of truth in them. Well as you can imagine the joker with the poor moose imitation that has been playing with me for several minutes is shocked when I poke my head into the bushes and he sees that I am a person, so shocked in fact that him and his 1000lb buddy take off at a galop away from me! Yep you guessed it the guys messing with me were 2 bulls and I had my rifle on my shoulder no it wasn't "shouldered" it was on a sling OVER my shoulder. Well the small bull was likely a spike of fork horn but we were both so shocked seeing each other at 20' that I didn't count points and he wasted no time showing me his hindquarters! I never saw the antlers on the other moose but I think he was considerably larger, likely sub-legal at least that is what I am telling myself. I did get them to pause briefly with a cow call but I never got a decent look at their headgear.
I know you hear it all the time but allwayse remember if you are in the woods you are hunting! When you forget that you will miss a golden opportunity!
The good news is that my call worked in late August in an area that is extremely high preasure and overcalled so maybe I am better than I thought, at least that is something to tell myself as I hit the bed with the picture of that bulls hiney burned into my mind...