"Forever Locked Moose"

Forever Locked Moose Antlers

"Forever Locked: The Battling Bull Moose of Fowlertown," is a life-size reproduction of two bull moose that fought to the death when their antlers became entangled in a forest in New Hampshire. This amazing true story occurred in Gile State Forest in Springfield, New Hampshire.

While hunting in October 9, 2003, Ray Deragon (a New London NH resident) came across the carcasses of two bull moose while hunting near Sunapee Mountain. Upon closer inspection he realized that the moose's' antlers were in fact entangled where the moose laid. It's not uncommon for bull moose to fight during the rutting period to vie for breeding privileges with cows (female moose) in the area. The moose fought to the death and eventually died of stress, starvation and dehydration after they became trapped by their own antlers in such a way that they could not free themselves.  Deragon called New Hampshire conservation officer John Wimsatt who followed Deragon back to the scene of the entangled moose and photographed the scene. After much discussion, it was mutually agreed that this unusual natural phenomenon would make an incredible educational exhibit. Both Deragon and Wimsatt removed he moose from the forest and developed the project. They relied on volunteers and donations to complete the $40,000.00 educational project.

The Forever Locked Moose were unveiled on September 24, 2005, at 10 a.m. at the Gardiner Memorial Wayside on the Wilmot / Springfield NH town line. The display is designed to be mobile and travels to a variety of state fairs like Hopkinton State Fair and the Deerfield Fair, outdoor shows, and other venues. It's a one-of-a-kind, museum-quality educational exhibit dedicated to supporting the mission of the NH Fish and Game Department.


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Forever Locked Moose Facts:

  • The Forever Locked Moose have large racks. One moose has a 53 inch rack and the other is 61 inches (approximately 5 feet wide!!).

  • The moose's antlers in the Forever Locked Moose display are the original antlers and have never been unlocked since they were found.

  • The skins on the moose currently were donated by moose hunters in October 2004 as the original skins were badly decomposed or missing from other animals feeding on the locked moose.

  • The Locked Moose were expected to weigh just under 1200 pounds while still alive

Want to have the Forever Locked Moose at your next event? There's a $500 fee to have the exhibit appear at a venue with the exception of public schools. The money taken in goes directly to a fund created to recoup the cost to start and operate the project. The nonprofit organization that maintains the Forever Locked Moose has broken even in terms of starting costs. Now that the Forever Locked Moose project has broken even, all extra revenue will be used to help buy conservation land that will be open to the public in the state of New Hampshire and will also be used to offer scholarships for students that choose a career in conservation.

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