We had an unexpected visitor — 7 Comments

  1. Dave,

    Yep, I know rutting bulls can be dangerous. We walked a couple miles back into a very remote homestead in B.C. that we tried to move onto. (long sad story!) during rut. We carried a shotgun with slugs and the realtor’s husband a rifle. (He had a tag to fill.) We did see a big bull but he was okay. The hunter didn’t shoot him because he only had a yearling tag! That boy was huge. Two of us could have easily sat on each antler!!! We heard them rumble and roar all night and one bull came in the night and “tunked” the corner of the little log cabin several times.
    I still love moose.
    As per the fence; we had a lot of moose on our homestead way up in the mountains in Montana. We kept them out of the garden with a six foot high pole fence. You could also add a hot wire, standing off from the center and on the top, just to be sure. Folks told us we couldn’t garden because the moose and elk would soon clean us out. The pole fence did the trick real well. I’m sure they could have either jumped or shoved through, but they didn’t.

  2. Hi Jackie,

    Your blog post reminded me I have been meaning to ask you about the best way to protect a garden from Moose. We have 20 acres in North Idaho and the “moose freeway” seems to run right across our property. Great to watch all the moose traffic. All our “neighbors” who have lived on our hillside for years tell us not to waste our time trying to plant a garden. The moose will destroy it and there is no fence a moose will not walk right though, knocking it down if they have to. Should we newbies ignore those with years of experience living up here, or do you know a sure way to keep moose out of our garden?

    Yes, moose can be dangerous. Last year during the rutting season a bull moose horned and kicked the heck out of a pickup truck parked at our local general store….”just because”. We figure he must have just been rejected by a lady moose and decided to take out his frustration on the poor guy’s truck, while he was inside the store for simple cup of coffee.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas

  3. Miss Iris,

    I sure wish he’d hang around. I’d feed him lots of goodies! In Montana, the moose ate right out of the same feed tubs as our horses. I was worried at first; would the horses bite the moose or would the moose hurt the horses. Neither happened. They shared very well! We also put out hay for the moose every day. We really enjoyed them! (Yes, I know. Moose can be dangerous but we always were careful and never had an incident.)
    I’m so glad to be feeling better and I’ll sure keep your tip in mind if I have further attacks. At least now I have an idea of what it is from the start and can head it off at the pass.

  4. ken,

    We are thinking about doing an article on milling your own lumber. It’s definitely one of our best purchases of all time. I’d say the marriage license was the best…..

  5. That was some big moose footprint! Bet he might be hanging around somewhere…probably knows good folks live at your house. Glad you are feeling better – I have diverticulosis and drink liquid warm jello in strawberry flavor to soothe the tummy till it feels better. Hang in there and Merry Christmas!

  6. Glad you are feeling better.
    The mill photos are good to see. I can’t beleive how easily he is turning that cant. I would love to hear more about how you chose that one, or any tips and ideas for those of us who are looking. I bet you could do a book on milling alone.
    Thank You