In light of the threads about atv's and game, the moose hanging in the powerline, moose in town, moose in my yard in downtown Fairbanks, etc. What do you think about moose and machines in general?
To me they don't seem to be too concerned about anything once they set thier mind on something. Any animal that will swim the Tanana has no fear. I don't think the sound of an engine bothers them much. One year I went along with a guy hunting in what I would call high use atv area. We each were riding our quads, this was a "motorhome by the highway ride the quads around" kind of hunt. The guy I was with has some health issues and can't get around too good so we were basically "road huntin" from our quads on flat hard well traveled trails. We rode back in a couple miles, stopped, shut of our machines starting blowing a cow call right away and 10 minutes later I had a bull down.
One year another friend and I were floating the Chena in my riverboat with the motor off when an inboard comes roaring up the river right on by, we continued floating around the bend and right there in the willows was a little bull reaching up as high as he could to eat the tops off the willows. The inboard blew right by him. He ended up in my freezer.
I have more stories about moose and machines. I don't think they are very machine shy for the most part. Even bigger ones. One year we got a 50 and 60 incher on the same hunt and the bulls weren't bothered by the sound of our engines.