Cow keeps bull

by Carl Kozak

Flehmen - A bull testing the air for the pheromones of a cow in estrus.<br/><i>Photo submitted by Ken Leier</i>

Flehmen - A bull testing the air for the pheromones of a cow in estrus.
Photo submitted by Ken Leier

It is my understanding a cow will aggressively keep a bull to herself if another cow starts to cry for a bull.


a) True
b) False

In other words, it would be hard for a hunter to get the bull to come to me calling, she will not let him go????




Carl the answer is a) True

It is actually a combination of the cow preventing a bull from leaving which I believe is usually done by leading the bull away and the bull not wanting to leave (a bird in hand is worth 2 in the bush) for fear a younger bull or just a different bull might move in.

This is especially true with Taiga moose as they usually only mate once cow at a time. Once selected will bread several times over 2-3 days, then the bull will go looking for another mate.

Now as a hunter who is calling moose, do not give up just because a bull won't come to your oh-so-sexy cow moose call. He will remember where those wonderful sounds came from and will return there to look for a mate.
If the bull you are interested in doesn't come today, he may tomorrow or certainly he should on the third day.

Patience is key!

That's why I think it's so important to not spread yourself over too much country. Concentrate one where you know the bulls are, not where you think they might be.

Thanks for the Question!

Mark
"The Moose Man"

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