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Maine moose hunting September 2018 season in WMD 1 with Adam and his father in law Kevin. It’s 24 degrees opening morning and nothing is coming to the moose call. Reading the situation right and getting in on a paired up cow resulted in a fine trophy moose for Adam. With over 97% success rate on 30+ moose hunts, Dave Conley, moose hunting guide and outfitter of Canoe the Wild offers guided Maine moose hunts from comfortable remote camps located in Wildlife Management Districts 1,2,4, 5 & 11 in prime moose country. 2019 moose hunts are $4500.00 for you and your sub-permittee including meals, guide, private outfitter tent, transportation while on the hunt, quartering and removing your moose from the woods (game bags provided), caping your moose for a shoulder or European mount.


Our September & October hunts were from a remote wall tent camp located in Wildlife Management District 1 well away from the crowds and trucks closer to the urban areas. We have hunted 2,4, & 5 as well and are very familiar with all these remote WMDs. FIGHTING BULLS-our September hunt started out with 3 days of record heat so we opted out of trying to harvest a moose for fear of it spoiling before we could could pack it out of the woods. We did some heavy scouting (picking up 5 moose sheds along the way) and made a plan for when it cooled off. Thursday morning and five minutes into the morning hunt, fighting bulls could be heard in the distance. As we hiked, every few minutes the sounds of clashing racks could be heard as our adrenaline was up while honing in on fighting bulls. What a thrill to approach, hear and see these magnificent animals fighting for the right to breed the cow that was close by. Andrew stepped out into the clearing, too aim and harvested a beautiful bull at under 20 yards! Andrew and Denise not only went home with a nice trophy and four large sheds, but memories of a hunt that will last a lifetime! The October season started out warm and cooled off by Wednesday. With a waning rut and calling not being very effective (typical of the October hunt) and only a few moose encounters, we decided to head for choppings with better opportunities to see moose feeding. David and his Son Rick harvested a nice 51″ moose Thursday morning just in time for David’s 75th birthday! Our WMD 5 hunt with Howard and guided by Josh Haines was an exciting hunt with 10 interactions with bulls and Josh calling in 4 bulls (video) some in the 50″ range. Howard held out just a little to long and went home without a moose.  Many thanks to Elbridge and Judy Cleaves, our camp cooks for the fine food that was prepared and served up always hot and on time. We look forward to what 2018 has in store in Maine’s northern Wildlife Districts WMD 1,2,3,4,5 & 6. Please visit Maine Moose Hunting with Canoe the Wild for more details and contact information.


Guided Maine moose hunting from remote outpost wall tent camp, Wildlife Management District (WMD) 4  September hunt in northern Maine, 2015. Contact Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild to discuss a remote Maine Trophy bull moose hunt in 2016, Maine moose lottery, and odds of winning.

Congratulations to the 2014 Maine Moose Lottery winners!

Are you looking for a camp or cabin to rent in northern Maine during the annual Maine moose hunt? A Maine moose hunting lodge to stay at? Why not consider a guided moose hunt with Smoldering Lake Outfitters?

During the fall, Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild works for David Hentosh of  Smoldering Lake Outfitters, Bridgewater Maine guiding moose hunts in Zones 1,2,3,4.5 & 6.

Above are pictures of moose hunts during the 2013 season in northern Maine from our remote outpost camps with a high success rate on bulls over 50 inches. We utilize calling, and spot & stock techniques to give you the best opportunity at trophy bulls. Outpost camps are located in northern Maine Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) 1,2,4, & 5, are drive to sites where you can hunt close to dirt roads, get off the beaten path on foot or by canoe on flowages and remote waterways. We can quarter and pack out your animal if necessary. The Smoldering Lake Team made up of dedicated Maine moose hunting guides are committed to making your moose hunting experience the best one possible!

2014 Maine Moose Hunting Seasons

September 22-27, October 13-18, November 3-8

For the 2012 season, the overall success rate for the “traditional” Wildlife Management Districts further to the north had an overall success rate of 82%. Every year, several moose exceed 1,000 lbs. dressed weight. Trophy racks are not uncommon. The rutting season is a great time to be in the woods as moose are most active and responsive to the call.

Contact me for more information about our Maine moose hunting packages from our outpost camps and the lodge in Bridgewater, Maine. Tel 207-448-2743, Cell 207-551-8729, Email

What a fantastic time we had in remote Maine hunting zones this 2013 season! A three day photo hunt produced exciting photo opportunities for amateur photographer Richard Maxcy. When it came to the hunt, Richard Bator shot a nice 54.5″ trophy bull moose with a muzzle loader. This moose had to be called into close range as Richard had health issues that prevented him from getting in the woods on foot. We were persistent and patient. What a thrill to call this moose from 160 yards out to within 50 yards!

Here is what Richard had to say “Maine, the way life should be. My two sons and I travel to Maine from NJ since the early 1990’s. Ron harvested two bulls, in 1998 and 2006. First with a bow and then a muzzleloader. Jon harvested a cow with a shotgun in 2002. I never drew a tag but always applied, year after year………… In 2013, it was my turn. I drew a bull tag. The three of us headed up to Smoldering Lake Outfitters for the hunt. Once there, our guide Dave Conley led us to an outpost camp. We arrived to a log cabin on a lake during the changing seasons. What a great way to experience zone 2 in the Northern Maine Wilderness. After all these years of applying for the permit, the trips with my sons, I wanted a record book moose. The first day of the hunt went well. I saw so many moose but they weren’t what I was looking for. On the second day I had that feeling all of us get when we know we’re going to get one. Three hours into the hunt we spotted a big one. Dave started calling. Ron readied the range finder. Jon, muzzleloader in hand and I was set. The moose headed off into a thicket. While we were looking for a shot, Ron spotted a second moose. Then he drew our attention to it. The bull’s enormous rack glistened in the sun as it drew into Dave’s cow call. The bull swung his rack back and forth, wow, what a sight. At 50 yds, he turned broadside. Three shots later he was down, field dressed and back to camp. As I look back on it, it was a trip of a lifetime, my sons, Maine, the outfitters and the record bull. Maine, the way life should be. The bull ranks 20th all time muzzleloader in Maine Skull & Antler!” Richard Bator, NJ

Kirk Sherman’s moose hunt involved many miles on foot with a map and compass to spot, stalk and call his moose. Kirk spotted numerous moose in the upper 40″ range and took a long shot on a large bull on Monday. In the end, it was the team approach that paid off with a large bull spotted resulting in a spot, and stalk, reading the situation correctly and setting up for the shot. His bull measured 55.5″ inches. Maine has increased the number of permits for remote Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) 5,2,1 & 4. Visit my website for more information, links to pictures, and how to apply on line for the 2015 season at

“As an amateur photographer living in Maine I contacted Dave and asked him for help in locating and calling in some large bulls during the fall rut. Well that he did, several bulls responded to him and some came as close as 15 yards! It was a thrill for me and something that I won’t soon forget. We got several photographs and I will be utilizing his services again.”
Richard Maxcy

Richard hired me for a three day camera moose hunt during the rut. These pictures were taken on that three day photo hunt. Most were taken by Richard but I took a few of these as well! While I really enjoy guiding moose hunts. it is just as thrilling to interact with these magnificent animals and capture the moments with a camera. We were careful not to call these moose in an area I would be guiding hunts the following week as we didn’t want to wise them up to the call. For more pictures and information on hunting moose with a rifle, muzzle loader, bow or camera, visit my website at Canoe the Wild. Guided Maine Canoe trips during the summer can also produce good moose viewing opportunities on Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway.