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Trout Bum

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PostSubject: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:40 pm

Greetings, fellow Pipers...

I opened up the back door this morning to go out and enjoy a morning cup of joe and a pipe... this moose calf was there to greet me!




The calf wandered over to the rest of the family and proceeded to hang around. They are still bedded down out there after more than three hours... kinda cool.




Anyway, eventually, after they bedded down for a nap in the yard, I smoked a bowl of Royal Yacht in a Pete 306 system pipe. The Yacht was incredibly smooth and cool, yet was full bodied and had a huge nic hit... tasty! Smoked awesome right to the dottle. Most satisfying, I must say.

Cheers to all,

TB



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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:49 pm

That is one hell of a morning cup of coffee and a pipe. I would have had to make it a pipe full of 4 Blind Moose. Hahaha

Living in Ohio I get greeted by deer quite often. Never a moose though.
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:51 pm

That's too cool!

Years back, while visiting some family in MT, my wife and I stepped out on the deck to have a cigarette. Just below us drinking out of the river was a moose calf. My wife says, "That's the ugliest horse I've ever seen." Laughing

To her credit she wasn't wearing her glasses but damned if that stopped me from ridiculing her relentlessly. No wonder it didn't last...

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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Fri Nov 05, 2010 5:57 pm

Way cool!!

The only thing I get greeted with are coyotes, javalinas, rattlers and scorpions Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Fri Nov 05, 2010 6:14 pm

Thanks for the pics, moose sightings are rare in my neck of the woods!
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Fri Nov 05, 2010 7:07 pm

Cool post Trout Bum. makes me wish i had more to look at here than other peaple.
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 2:11 pm

Thats really cool TB, thanks for sharing bro!
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:24 pm

That's definitely as neat as a pocket on a shirt, brother TB!!! It is amazing to me how the moose seem to be completely devoid of any fear of a human! Just out of curiosity, have you ever had any problems arise from their lack of fear of humans?

Robert
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:37 pm

beebiz wrote:
That's definitely as neat as a pocket on a shirt, brother TB!!! It is amazing to me how the moose seem to be completely devoid of any fear of a human! Just out of curiosity, have you ever had any problems arise from their lack of fear of humans?

Robert

Hell Broom, you couldn't even get membership to the Moose Lodge!
We have a saying in Kansas, Fear the Beard. Believe me a moose would fear you and run! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:42 pm

Falconer wrote:
We have a saying in Kansas, Fear the Beard.
That's because the only thing you guys can grow on your face is those short, stubby sticker bushes!!!!!!!! If you could grow a nice, soft, french tickler liken mine, they would be loved... instead of feared... just like mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

Robert
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 8:49 pm

beebiz wrote:
Falconer wrote:
We have a saying in Kansas, Fear the Beard.
That's because the only thing you guys can grow on your face is those short, stubby sticker bushes!!!!!!!! If you could grow a nice, soft, french tickler liken mine, they would be loved... instead of feared... just like mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

Robert


Good job Brother! You replied in less than 500 words! That's better than a pocket on a bee shirt!
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:06 pm

Falconer wrote:
beebiz wrote:
Falconer wrote:
We have a saying in Kansas, Fear the Beard.
That's because the only thing you guys can grow on your face is those short, stubby sticker bushes!!!!!!!! If you could grow a nice, soft, french tickler liken mine, they would be loved... instead of feared... just like mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

Robert


Good job Brother! You replied in less than 500 words! That's better than a pocket on a bee shirt!
I don't know why word count would matter to you anyway. A narcoleptic Old Geezer like you would fall asleep reading a two word post!!!!!!!
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

Robert
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:13 pm


Blue falcon makes a visit to Tennessee.
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:28 pm

Falconer wrote:

Blue falcon makes a visit to Tennessee.
In your most hopeful, wishful dreams!!!!!!!!!!!

Robert
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sat Nov 06, 2010 9:54 pm

Quote :
No wonder it didn't last...
You must have picked up diplomacy as you went along ! Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 12:13 pm

Believe it or not, we have moose here in the Hudson Valley of NY State.......
A couple of years back, someone hit an adult moose on Route 22 in Dutchess County. It was the talk of the town. The local deli / general store had posted pictures of the moose being taken away in a front loader and the car being hauled away on a flat bed..........

Moose Sighted in Southern Dutchess County
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10/05/2010
Source:Poughkeepsie Journal

Wendy Rosenbach, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation said as of Tuesday (Oct. 5) morning there were no reports that the young bull moose had been captured.
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:52 pm

beebiz wrote:
Falconer wrote:
We have a saying in Kansas, Fear the Beard.
That's because the only thing you guys can grow on your face is those short, stubby sticker bushes!!!!!!!! If you could grow a nice, soft, french tickler liken mine, they would be loved... instead of feared... just like mine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
lol! lol! lol! lol! lol!

Robert
Nice to see Beeviz and Birdhead going at it again!!!!!

Hey Oubaas, define "French Tickler" is Swedish, Olga loves it!!!

.................. Damn you are a bunch of thread jackers!! lol! lol! lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:36 pm

beebiz wrote:
That's definitely as neat as a pocket on a shirt, brother TB!!! It is amazing to me how the moose seem to be completely devoid of any fear of a human! Just out of curiosity, have you ever had any problems arise from their lack of fear of humans?

Robert

To answer your question:

Moose are definitely the nerds of the ungulate crowd. They are tall and gangly, often appear rather slow and indifferent, and are sorta goofy looking. Do not ever underestimate them. They are as common as deer here in Alaska. They can be VERY unpredictable. Especially a cow with calves! (momma instinct) Every few years or so someone up here gets stomped to death by one. In general, they are very docile and kind of geeky.

One time I was hiking with my dog on a narrow, steep, heavily foliaged mountain trail. I surprised a HUGE bull moose who was apparently feeling a little froggy. He chased my dog and me off the trail, and proceeded to aggressively rush at us at any attempt to get back up on the trail. This went on for almost an hour! This bull was over six feet at the shoulder, and his monster rack easily spanned over five feet. (I had plenty of opportunity to admire his size) A trophy bully moose that is upset with you is really something to behold. Eventually, he wandered off, but there was a moment or two when I thought I might have to spend the night in the brush!

Alaskan Tactics For Evasion of Aggressive or Charging Moose: Do not ever try to outrun them -- get behind a tree. You're golden if you can put an obstacle between you and the moose; they can't run around stuff very well!

During a heavy snow year, moose come down out of the mountains and into the Anchorage bowl to feed on easier to access vegetation and trees and stuff. Sometimes, I see them in my neighborhood, literally, daily. And I live smack in the middle of downtown!

In closing, I would like to add that pockets on t-shirts are indeed neat-o.

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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 2:59 pm

Interesting read here TB, as you know we do not have those here in RSA. Good to learn new things!!
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 5:12 pm

TB, I know moose can be odd... to say the least. I've never encountered one... personally. But, years ago, I drove a tractor trailer for a company that made many trips to Jay, ME. And, they told me stories about moose that had been standing in the middle of the road, a trucker blew their horn at the moose for it to move, and the moose then charged the truck... ramming it until the truck was totaled out!!! I was also told by the folks in Jay, ME that occasionally a train would attract attention from a moose. Upon hearing the train's whistle at a crossing, the moose would attack the train. Fortunately for the trains, the moose couldn't damage it the way it did a tractor trailer. But, they told me the damage was still extensive.

I was also told that if I were ever confronted by a moose to do as you say and hide behind a tree... or, climb it. I was told that sometimes standing very still also works; because a moose has such poor eyesight. But, I was told that just because a moose appears to have given up and left... it isn't necessarily so. I've been told that they have an excellent sense of smell... and, don't give up easily. I was told that they will sometime go off into an area where you can no longer see them and wait for you to move. Once they hear or smell your movement, here they come again!

I don't know if any of what I was told was true or not. But, if even half of it is true, I would just as soon not meet a moose face to face!!!!! Those are still some very, very neat pictures, though!!!!!

Robert
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:24 pm

Robert,

Generally, they are quite stubborn, and there are many stories of odd behaviors... that said, 99% of the time they simply ignore humans. They are just too busy to be bothered, taking care of important moose business, like munching on leaves and dropping turd nuggets. They are actually pretty cool to have around, it's just wise to be aware and not get lulled into a false sense of complacency.

Bears, on the other hand, are in a completely different category. Even though it's generally pretty neat to see them, you are immediately hit with the impression that one swipe from a brownie, and you'd be dead meat, period. I carry bear spray on the hip at all times when fishing, and for the most part I do not feel a gun is necessary. (I am probably in the minority on this one, but don't get me going!)

99% of the time, as soon as they catch wind of you, off they go, crashing through heavy brush.

It's the 1% that can be worrisome. But if you are even half-way intelligent, and generally respectful while in bear country, everybody gets along pretty darn well.

By the way, beebiz, you'd fit right in up here with that burly ol' beard. In fact, up here, yours would be a bit on the not-even-worth-mentioning side of things, as far as beards go. Some of the old school duffers around here got 'em down to the belt line!

Cheers! -- TB
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PostSubject: Re: Moose Encounter with Coffee and Pipe   Sun Nov 07, 2010 11:29 pm

Brother TB, that's very interesting information, indeed!! Heck, the way things were explained to me, a bear and a moose were quite similar in the way they would act... and attack!! From what you're saying, it still doesn't sound like a moose would qualify for the "cuddly puppy of the year" award. But, it don't sound like they are nearly as bad of an unpredictable attacker as bears are... or, have been made out to be!!

So many folks think that just because an animal lives in the wild, its sole purpose for existing is to attack and harm humans. And, they think that just because they are domesticated and cute, dogs, cats, and such wouldn't hurt you for love nor money. But, I've been around domesticated and wild animals all my life. And, I've learned that for the most part... wild animals will leave you alone as long as you leave them alone. Of course, all bets are off if they have been injured, have rabies, or are hungry... and, you just happen to smell like lunch!!! By the same token, I have got a four pound (1.8 kg) Yorkshire Terrier who is one of the cutest little guys I've ever seen in my life. Wags his tail all friendly and such. But, if you were to try to pick him up without getting to know him very, very well first, he'd tear your arm off!!!

As for the beard, I used to have mine down to my waistline!! I had hair half way down my back. And, I had three earrings in each ear... with dream catchers with long feathers dangling from them in the lowest holes!! But, I got tired of scaring the crap out of people with the way I looked. So, I cut my hair short, got rid of the earrings, and started keeping my beard cut "short!" And, I keep it cut "short" more out of respect for my mother than anything. She hates facial hair. But, says she can deal with my beard as long as I don't let it get longer than it is now!!! Laughing

I've no doubt that many of the fellows in your neck of the woods finds a good, thick, wooly beard to be quite nice to protect their skin when the harsh winter winds blow. I know I used to love the warmth that mine furnished when I would go hunting in the winter! But, I've got to admit that in our southern summer months, it became somewhat of a furnace under all that hair!!! Shocked

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