Hand Guns and Moose
(Eagle, Idaho )
Getting close to a bull moose. (Photo by Ken Leier)
I live in Idaho, am a fisherman. Always carry a 9mm Glock. 124 gr hollow points. Have a friend who encountered a bull moose last week in a river bed, he was blessed to have the bull leave him alone.
If after retreating, and I have no other option, should I shoot for the head? Can I stop a moose with head shoots? Or will I just make him madder?
Not planning to meet one, but neither was my friend.
Ed, while I would not condone or suggest you take aim at a moose with your handgun, an angry or injured moose should be considered dangerous for sure. Shooting a moose with a 9mm is sure to make matters worse.
That being said...
I read an article last year where an Alaskan fishing guide killed a grizzly bear with his 9mm to protect his clients. Like you, he said he always carried but had never had to use it.
More than likely any moose you stumble upon is going to leave you alone... in a hurry. Moose don't like to be near humans.
I'm pretty sure you will never have to draw, aim or fire towards a moose. In a self defense situation, where to aim? A head shot on a charging moose? Um, not sure I would want to attempt that one.
You would be better off to climb a tree! Stay safe out there.
~Mark - The Mooseman