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Droppings Question...
Moose
Contributors to this thread:
TMA1010 09-Sep-16
TMA1010 09-Sep-16
Corn bore 09-Sep-16
Mad_Angler 09-Sep-16
spike buck 09-Sep-16
TMA1010 09-Sep-16
Bullshooter 10-Sep-16
Purdue 10-Sep-16
Beendare 10-Sep-16
TMA1010 10-Sep-16
Purdue 10-Sep-16
wild1 10-Sep-16
TMA1010 10-Sep-16
Tonybear61 10-Sep-16
Purdue 10-Sep-16
wild1 10-Sep-16
spike78 10-Sep-16
Huntcell 11-Sep-16
Tao 11-Sep-16
Tao 11-Sep-16
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Fuzzy 13-Sep-16
spike78 13-Sep-16
Glunt@work 13-Sep-16
spike78 13-Sep-16
Allheart 13-Sep-16
sbschindler 14-Sep-16
Pete In Fairbanks 17-Sep-16
Corn bore 25-Sep-16
jims 25-Sep-16
From: TMA1010
09-Sep-16

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I need some help from an expert in moose droppings, just a normal every day request, right?

Anyways, I found a nice meadow area with willows and beaver dams and just looked really 'moosey'. So I was walking around the perimeter looking for sign, saw some big tracks that I think are likely moose, and some nice beds right on the grassy edge of the pine forest and the meadow. Some of the beds had droppings in them, but they looked they came from an elk instead of a moose. I'm familiar with the typical moose "nugget" type droppings, but here's a picture of what I found - seems too big to be from an elk, and the beds were really big as well. So, I'm just curious if anyone knows if moose will sometimes have droppings that aren't like the typical nuggets.

Thanks. Season opens tomorrow and if this is moose I know exactly where I'll be at sunrise in the morning!!

From: TMA1010
09-Sep-16

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Here's what I'm used to for moose droppings...

From: Corn bore
09-Sep-16

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From my poop files. During my Wyoming moose hunt a few years ago I came across this where I got up on a bedded moose. Looks a lot like cattle poop, but I never did see any fresh poop that looked like your second picture. I came to the conclusion that it is from a moose but have always wanted someone more knowledgable than me to verify it? The moose I saw were all eating leaves off small aspen trees....Maybe this is what early season moose poop looks like?

Good luck on your hunt I think your in a moosey area.

From: Mad_Angler
09-Sep-16
I think moose drop pellets in the winter. During the summer, i think they drop piles just like the one you found.

From: spike buck
09-Sep-16
When Moose are heavy eating water plants there dung looks like cow patties. Lots of water. Swamps. Summer & Fall.

When Moose dung is in pellet form, they are on browse. When swamps are frozen and higher ground. Winter.

From: TMA1010
09-Sep-16
Okay thanks guys - I'm going to assume for the time being that it's from moose and we'll see what happens.

From: Bullshooter
10-Sep-16
Maybe change your handle to TMI 1010

Haha just joking. Sorry couldn't help myself.

But back to the question- what would be bigger than a moose?

From: Purdue
10-Sep-16
Looks like bear poop to me. Does it smell like pepper spray? Any bells mixed in it? If so, it's probably griz. If not, it's most likely black bear.

From: Beendare
10-Sep-16
Your first pic looks like our choices in the next presidential election.....

....well no, not really....it needs to be a huge steaming pile!

From: TMA1010
10-Sep-16
No joke about the presidential choices...

Purdue, if this is from a bear it'd be a giant. I'm 6' tall and these beds are longer than that...I'd guess 7' long and 4' wide. Big critters.

From: Purdue
10-Sep-16
You are assuming that the same critter that made the bed also made the poop.

From: wild1
10-Sep-16
spike buck x2

No question, that's moose poop. The moose in that area are eating water plants and tender grass shoots with less fiber and more water. It's a good spot - good luck!!

From: TMA1010
10-Sep-16
Thanks wild1 - I appreciate the info!

From: Tonybear61
10-Sep-16
Big pellets could be from porcupines and woodchucks too.

They have fooled me more than once.

Best way to verify is to see them in action.

From: Purdue
10-Sep-16
TMA1010, Google moose poop and bear poop images and you decide.

From: wild1
10-Sep-16

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TMA - You could compare moose and bear poop, but here's the thing:

Which "type" of droppings would you compare..? People often mistake moose droppings for bear because they don't know any better, or they are misinformed. Moose do indeed crap "pellets", but not all the time - it depends on their diet. Here's a pretty good article from Alaska DFG (along with a picture).

From: spike78
10-Sep-16
Most of the moose poop I see here looks like his second picture in pellet form. I agree with the first picture being from certain foods. White tail deer are the same way.

From: Huntcell
11-Sep-16
"looked they came from an elk instead of a moose. "

Elk would leave a vinegar aftertaste whereas moose leaves more of musky meadow overtones! Well pilgrim which is it? ) >>>>------>

From: Tao
11-Sep-16

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This is what cow droppings look like

From: Tao
11-Sep-16

From: Tao
11-Sep-16

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From: Tao
11-Sep-16
Can anyone see the difference between the bull droppings seen TMA1010's photo and my photos.

From: Tao
11-Sep-16
Corn bore that is from a moose that has been eating aquatic plants. ....but I can not tell if it is from a cow or bull from the photo. .....

From: Fuzzy
13-Sep-16
I'd love to help but I don't know sh!# about moose.

From: spike78
13-Sep-16
I don't believe you can tell a male from female by the looks of the poo.

From: Glunt@work
13-Sep-16
"I don't believe you can tell a male from female by the looks of the poo."

Agreed. The only fool proof way is the taste test.

From: spike78
13-Sep-16
I read somewhere that bucks make those big clumps of droppings and years ago I put out a cam and went to check it. I found a huge clump next to the cam and was excited to check it. What I got on the cam was a doe and never again did I believe that theory.

From: Allheart
13-Sep-16
Ya it all depends on what they are feeding on. Where I hunt moose it is in pellet form 90% of the time in September, October, and November. If the moose have been eating in the swamp/pond then its patty form.

From: sbschindler
14-Sep-16
Yep,, spike bucks got it right

17-Sep-16
At least for AK, the problem is a simple one.

In summer, moose eat leaves and other green vegetation (primarily willow, birch and balsam poplar.) After the trip through the moose's alimentary canal, the result is what shows in your first photo.

In winter, they are eating twigs, branches and other woody vegetation, NOT LEAVES. Primarily "terminal growth" (the tips that grew last summer.) They get less nutrients from this, but they also basically just pass compacted sawdust in the form of pellets. This is what shows in your second photo.

I regularly decide at which time of year moose are using an area by observing the different form the droppings take.

Pete

From: Corn bore
25-Sep-16
Tao, young bull sept. 3rd ish. Your's looks like elk poop.

From: jims
25-Sep-16
Moose poop in Wyo where I've hunted is mushy in the summer and looks like pellets once things dry out in late fall/winter. It's often possible to tell moose winter vs summer grounds by just looking at the poop!

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