So I'd see how close I could get. The bull was half a mile off when I first spotted him, and I headed out towards the pipeline to get some video of me calling him in. At the first grunt, he switched directions and started my way. At the first cow moan, the antler tipping starts and he is grunting with every step. I am a quarter mile away from the truck with nothing but my camcorder rolling as this rut crazed bull is coming right to me.
At about 40 yards, I yelp out a long desperate cow moan. He comes in with eye's bulging out of his head... litterally. When he was at 20 yards, I stopped him, but couldn't take my concentration off his eye. It looked like it was punctured by another bull from fighting. Then realization set in, I'm eyeballing this bull at 20 yards. Here he comes, tipping antlers, grunting with every step, meanwhile I keep the camera rolling. At 10 yards I had enough, so I step out more into the open and yell, "Hey moose". He stops in his tracks, looks me over, lowers his head and charges full on. I dive behind the one VSM and he cuts to the inside of it. I jolt back to the otherside, briefly getting him back on video. He charges at me again, this time coming within a couple feet, just on the other side of the VSM again. I run behind the other VSM getting a more comfortable 10' gap between me and the bull. If he had come under the 4-5' tall crossmember, he would of had me. Instead, he walked away.
My heart hasn't raced like that in a long time. This is the second bull encounter I've had this month at less than 5 feet away. The first was nearly getting trampled from a spooked bull at moose camp on the 11th.
So, here he is, in all his glory. Just north of pump station 3 off the Haul Road. 2X2 brow tines obviously, but will he stretch the tape to 50"?
How about that close up?