Do Moose and Whitetails get along?


October 27, 2012, 04:09 PM
I have some trail cam pics and only have pics of Moose. 1 good size bull, but can't shoot them here in MA. Do moose and deer get along? Or, are the deer afraid of their bigger cousins? I will move the cameras soon, but should I try a few hundred yards away, or a whole different area?

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October 27, 2012, 04:35 PM
I don't think anything is safe from a bull moose in rut, but other than that most members of the deer family get along just fine.
Whitetails and Moose regularly share the same habitat and browse. Sign, such as scat, tracks, rubs and scrapes should be readily apparent if there are whitetail in the area. If not, the trail cam ain't gonna find 'em.

October 27, 2012, 04:36 PM
I wouldn't say they get along like bosom buddies, but I've seen elk, moose, mulies, and white tails out in front of the house at the same time.
They just maintain some distance apart.
In the winter when we're feeding moose will mix right in with the cattle and horses, the others won't.

October 27, 2012, 08:34 PM
I passed by some deer tracks to move further into the woods, away from the road. I found 2 piles of scat and put the camera facing the piles. They were right along the edge of a swampy area that eventually pools into a pond. I'll move to cameras to another side of the pond and look for some better signs/trails.

October 27, 2012, 09:13 PM
The problem is, the moose eat the browse up so high, it gives deer problems getting it.


October 30, 2012, 06:57 PM
Deer pass brainworm disease to moose. So they don't get along well on that level.
A moose transplant program in MI back in the 1920s or '30s failed partly due to brainworm.

October 30, 2012, 11:01 PM
In areas where they get along too well you'll often find Mootail cubs about.

October 30, 2012, 11:57 PM
I've seen just about everything brosing side by side with deer. White tails are deffinitely not one's to play well with others when in the rut, as are moose, elk, and antelope. But I think it's safe to say that a moose will take charge in any of the above circumstances, with elk placing second.

Although this isn't really relevant to your question, I do know that white tail deer will breed a mule deer, and they dominate in that way. Out here in Arizona we have the little couse white tail which is only about 65 - 100 lbs. max, but just because they are little doesn't keep them from dominating and cross breeding mule deer weighing twice as much. We have a lot of hybrid mule deer out here that have distick white tail racks as a result.


November 1, 2012, 04:03 PM
Where in Western Mass are you?

November 1, 2012, 08:50 PM
I live in Chester. That pic was from Chester/Blandford state forest. The moose there was only about a half mile from the Turnpike between exits 2 and 3. Moose aren't easy to come by, but most people who hunt the area or hike near water have seen them in this area.

November 3, 2012, 06:45 AM
Mootail cubs?!?!?!.... pity the White tail does:-)

November 13, 2012, 09:21 AM
I never see moose and whities in the same area. Something about Alabama I guess!

November 13, 2012, 09:39 AM
My observation has been that they compete for the same food sources in many areas and moose generally win.

Places where I have seen a lot of moose sign have typically held only a small number of deer.

November 13, 2012, 10:47 AM
Everyone knows that a moose's best friend is a squirrel.

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