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TV Host Steve Rinella Gets Charged by Moose

by PH Online Editors   |  January 28th, 2014 5

Think moose charges aren’t a big deal? Ask TV host Steve Rinella what he thinks and you might get a different opinion.

While hunting moose with a guide in British Columbia, Rinella, host of Sportsman Channel’s MeatEater, shot a bull moose and proceeded to track it. That’s when things got interesting.

Rinella approached the downed moose for a final kill shot, but when he pulled the trigger the round didn’t go off. Instead, a loud “click” spooked the bull and sent it in Rinella’s direction. Watch the dramatic scene that followed:

“That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever done and I’ll never do it again,” Rinella said, reflecting on the incident. “But here, now, as a guy who’s not messed up [from the charge], I’m so glad it happened. It just wakes you up. You just got charged by a moose.”

As Rinella learned firsthand, this incident reminds us all to put safety first and to keep a reasonable distance from wounded game. It’s also why you always bring a second gun into situations like that. You never know what can happen.

Watch MeatEater Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

  • Mark Brooks

    Dear Steve, your first shot was at a really bad angle and the shot should never have been fired, shame on you.

    • Wafarmboy

      Steve a saw you rack a round after the first but not after the second. Maybe the film didn’t pick it up.

      • Wafarmboy

        Sorry after the second round. I couldn’t tell if you racked another as you approached the bull

  • KATO

    ‘As Rinella learned firsthand, this incident reminds us all to put safety first and to keep a reasonable distance from wounded game. It’s also why you always bring a second gun into situations like that. You never know what can happen.
    In response to this; I don’t know if the author means a sidearm/another firearm or a hunting partner with a second firearm. If the author means carry a second firearm I would check the hunting regulations as in most places in Canada you aren’t allowed to have two firearms ready to go on your person. A second one unloaded and in a case is allowed but of no use to you in this situation. And sidearms (pistols) are a big no-no for hunting in Canada, c’est la vie. Be smarter about you’re encounters with dangerous game and it shouldn’t be a problem

  • somsai

    Why the misfire is my big question.

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