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Curious cow moose surprises North Dakota archery deer hunter

Breann Zietz of Minot said she was hunting in a ground blind when a curious cow moose walked in from downwind for a closer look.

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In this screen grab from the video Breann Zietz of Minot shot while archery deer hunting, a curious cow moose sticks its snout into the ground blind in which she was hunting.
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MINOT – The big buzz on outdoor social media in recent days has been the encounter Breann Zietz of Minot had last week while archery deer hunting in North Dakota.

Writing on Monday, Sept. 26, in a Facebook post, Zietz said she was hunting in a ground blind when a curious cow moose walked in from downwind for a closer look.

The moose stuck its snout directly into the blind, mere inches from where Zietz was seated. Zietz writes that she credits the encounter, at least in part, to the vanilla-scented Nose Jammer-brand field spray she was using.

Zietz shot a video of the encounter that has gone viral, as these things tend to do.

“I will let the video speak for itself, but I will add that I was scared to death, heart pounding, shaking, but excited,” Zietz writes in her Facebook post. “I didn’t know what to do, so I stayed still as if I wasn’t there. I’ll never forget this moment.”


At the very end of the 2 minute, 25 second video, the moose tripped over one of the ropes that supports the ground blind.

“It shook the blind so much that I jumped out of my seat to my knees and accidentally stopped the video,” Zietz writes. “The next sound I heard was the moose scared and running away.”

Remember no ice is 100% safe. Have a plan, carry safety equipment and let someone know where you are and when you expect to return. If possible, fish with a partner.

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