Monday, June 14, 2010

Moose Antlers for Sale! Check them out!

I know what you are thinking, 'Why would anyone want to sell these things?' Well now is your once in a life time opportunity to purchase a matching set of moose antlers measuring 64 inches across at the widest part. 48 inch shovels, 39 inches straight measurement from bottom of the brow tine to the tip of the top. They weight 41 lbs! How would you like to have those things attached to your head? Now they might not be a record, but they are trophy sized even by Alaska standards! How did I come by these things you ask? Well here is the story, I might have mentioned it once before in a previous post but I love telling it because in this case, fact is stranger than fiction. I was assigned special duty in the Army at Bolio Lake, Alaska, just down the road from Ft Greely. The day before we arrived, two bull moose had a sparing match inside the fenced area! During the fight, they damaged one of the shuttle vans, a section of chain link fence, and broke off several brow tines. After we arrived, we could sometimes see the victor standing close to a couple of cows. I snapped a picture of him one Friday before we were sent back to Fairbanks for the weekend. ( you just didn't see many moose of that size very often) Upon our return on Monday, the bull had dropped one of his antlers! I was excited at this and after work, i put on my skis ( the snow was about 4 ft deep there, you really need skis to walk around in that stuff or else you get bogged down fast!) I skied up to the moose and found his trail and started backtracking him, but after a few hundred yards, it became too thick for skis to travel ( too much brush) My next thought was maybe I could get the moose to drop the one antler left on his head! I skied up to him as close as I dared. You see...Moose are VERY big and are not afraid to charge people. He stood up and towered over me! I thought, "if this guy charges, I'm done for! The snow is deep and I can't run fast enough in these skis." So I looked at the moose and told him flat out, "give me that antler and I'll leave you alone!" He looked at me, shook his head, and with a bone chilling snap, it popped off! I could not believe it! Now I'm sure he did not understand me or anything. It looked like it was difficult for him to keep that think on his head so I just thought I would ask. After he trotted off a bit, I picked up the antler and dragged it back to the barracks. The major told me I had to find the other half so that night I went out with snowshoes and looked for it. I found it, not far from where I turned back with my skis. So..without killing any animal, I was able to acquire a matching set of antlers. Now this is the true story....The story I tell my nephew and niece is a little more dramatic with me wrestling the moose to the ground and yanking the antlers off his head! That one is only slightly less believable, but much more dramatic ( and still lots of fun to tell!) You can find these antlers on Ebay for Auction.

3 comments:

Stunning said...

Wow - those antlers are huge... Just in time for Father's Day...

the felt bird said...

I know a moose is a large animal but WOW! Those antlers are large..and beautiful!

ArtSnark said...

impressive. cool story too

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