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Moose or Elk?

I am hunting an area that has a resident population of Moose. Does anybody have any insight into how to tell the differrence between elk tracks and moose track and elk scat and moose scat?

Also will moose eat the bark off aspens as elk do? There is a lot of that type feeding in my area and I don't know if I should attrubute it entirely to elk? Thanks for any info.

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Moose or Elk?

RF Hunter, Welcome to BGH! Big smile
I haven't hunted Moose yet but know that mature Moose tracks are a lot bigger then elk tracks. They seem to be more round too. Not sure on the scat difference. Have a great hunt and keep us posted.

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RF Hunter
Hope this finds you successfull from the first or second season! I'm not sure which you were hunting but I'll give your scat question a stab...as long as I have a stick.

Moose scat this time of year will have a tremendous amount of fiber left in the pellet. Moose will primarily eat willows when times are tight but will eat aspen in the spring when the sap starts to rise, this is when elk really get on the aspens also. Overall moose scat will be much firmer (given the amount of bark and twigs they are ingesting) compared to elk this time of year. Moose scat will also dry out much quicker than elk because of the course nature of their diet. The pellet will be a bit larger on average but that's not a very good indication of specie. Hope this helps!

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Not familiar with elk at all so I just ad to do a Google "image" seacrch for moose tracks and elk tracks.
They are some close, but the track pattern of the elk is very "tight" compared to my beloved moose, if the images are correct.

tim
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does anyone know how to tell the difference on rubs between moose and elk?

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moose scat is oblong in shape, elk is round in shape much like deer, but much larger. We call them smart pills.

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Good question Tim. I hope to hunt them someday but with only 1400 of them in Colorado it'll more then likely be a long time before I draw a tag.

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swollen

I undertand what the feces look like. but didn't know if moose and elk use the same type of trees to rub the velvet off of their antlers.

we got alot of moose here in idaho.

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Tim

I would guess they use more of the willow-type trees and brush, but that is just a guess. I used to live in Northern Idaho for awile in the panhandle. Seem like they were in the swampy areas of the rivers and sloughs....................

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Where i was hunting this last year i was spotting bull elk and bull moose in the same area. ie same clear cut, iin this general area i found a 100 yard area that has trees the size of my biceps ripped in half. That is why i was wondering which animal. Both occupy the same exact area.

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Hi moose tracks look more like beef tracks and elk tracks are small and very pointed like they walk on there toes more. Moose like to eat willows and browse as well but they usually stay close to home. In a few square mile area usually way smaller than that. They only move a lot in the rut and go from cow to cow to see if they can get chosen. Elk are way harder to hunt in some ways because they keep way better track of there serounding. They use a warning system like deer and work as a team to stay safe. Big smile

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