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Prime Rut Moose Hunt Available for Immediate Purchase!

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Dave Conley, full time guide, outfitter and owner of Canoe the Wild has a Maine moose hunting package available for immediate purchase! A new law recently passed by the Maine legislature allocates 50 moose permits to Maine sporting camps through a special lottery. We are working for a sporting camp that has a bull permit in Wildlife Management District 1 during the September season which is peak rut. In 2018, WMD 1 had the highest success rate of all the WMDs at 87% success rate on bulls! See report here.

Hunting package is $15,000.00 and includes:

  • 2 shooters, one moose (permittee and sub-permittee)
  • 6-day hunt
  • Private land owner access fees into the North Maine Woods
  • Meals
  • One on one guide
  • Quartering & removing your moose from the woods
  • Caping your moose for a shoulder or European mount
  • Game bags

Additional costs include:

  • Moose Permit ($1500.00)
  • Big game hunting license $115.00
  • For those that are flying to Maine verses driving, we recommend flying in and out of Presque Isle and staying overnight on both ends of your hunt at the Hampton Inn, transportation to and from camp is $200 each way (3 hour drive over tar and mostly good dirt roads)
  • If you choose to use a local butcher to cut up your meat, $500.00
  • Gratuity at hunter’s discretion

Visit our Website for fulls details

Maine Moose Hunting Map WMD

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.

 

Pre season scouting paid off during the October, 2014 hunt. Sydney along with her sister Olivia and Uncle Bill took part in a WMD 3 moose hunt.  After carefully scoping out the chopping on the way in, we set up and did a little cow calling. Within a few minutes a 40″ bull entered the chopping from the west which we past on. Shortly after it left the chopping,  a 50″ trophy bull showed up from the same direction.  Ten minutes later a nice 100 yard shot presented itself, Sydney made a nice shot and her hunt was over but the work which involved quartering and packing out the moose. While calling worked for us on Monday morning, things shut down rather quickly that week as the rut was all but over. More information about moose hunting in Maine and Maine Guide Dave Conley.

It’s 71 degrees and four in the afternoon of day five but that doesn’t matter when the cows are in heat and the bulls are rutting. The air is thick with the stink of rutting moose, a cow moans and is coming to what she thinks is a bull moose raking brush and grunting (us). In tow is a very angry bull ready to fight off the competition. The pair holds up so we enter the woods raking and grunting on a ridge thick with beech and maple sucker growth and you can’t see 20′ in front of you. We can’t find an opening in the dense brush as the bull circles to our left while the cow is coming straight on and about 40′ away. The trees are being torn apart as the vocal bull approaches to within 20′ The bull continues to close in on us as Sean raises his rifle and picks out a patch of black in the thick cover. SHOOT SEAN SHOOT!!! Too close for comfort and I am glad Sean didn’t miss!!!! This was the 3rd and smallest of three trophies we interacted with during the September Moose hunting season in Maine in Wildlife Management district 2. Dave Conley of Canoe the Wild Guide Service guides moose hunts from remote wall tent camps in remote wildlife Districts 1, 2, 4, 5 & 11.

During the fall Moose Hunting seasons, I work for Smoldering Lake Outfitters, Bridgewater Maine guiding hunts in WMD 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6,  11

Above pictures are from the 2012 Moose Hunting seasons

Maine’s 2013 Moose hunt: Maine has three seasons and has allocated 4155 permits in 2013 through a lottery system. According to state wildlife biologists, Maine’s moose population is estimated at 76,000. For the 2011 season, the overall succaess rate for the “traditional” Wildlife Management Districts further to the north had an overall success rate of 71%. 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.

2013 Maine Moose Hunting Seasons: September 23-28, October 14-19, November 4-9

Smoldering Lake Outfitters: SLO offers hunts from their lodge in WMD 6,3 & 11 during the Sept, Oct, and November seasons.

New Outpost Camp for 2013: : SLO has access to several remote cabins and camps for rent in remote wildlife management districts.Plans are in the making for an outpost camp in prime northern Maine moose country WMD 1 & 4. The outpost camp will be a drive to site where you will have the option to hunt close to dirt roads, get off the beaten path on foot to spot and stock, or by canoe on flowages and remote waterways in search of your trophy moose. We can quarter and pack out your animal if necessary. The Smoldering Lake Team is committed to making your moose hunting experience the best one possible!

Special Hunt for Disabled Veterans: 20 permits will be given out for this year’s controlled moose hunt for disabled veterans. Hosted by Smoldering Lake Outfitters, this special hunt is made possible by the efforts of Paul House of House in the Woods Ministry that honors our veterans and their families’ sacrifices and assists them in their journey towards healing the mental and physical pain of loss. Seasons (TBA).

Moose Permit Auction: Ten permits are awarded to the highest bidders through an auction. If you would like to submit a bid in the permit auction, deadline is Feb. 15 for the 2013 season.

Maine Moose Hunting Lottery

Choosing Your Wildlife Management Districts: When hunting with us, we recommend your top seven choices for WMD in this order, 6,3,5,1,2,4, & 11,choose both October & September seasons and choose bull only if you will not accept a cow tag.

Map of Maine Moose Hunting Districts

Resident Applicants: Maine residents can purchase one chance.

Non Resident Applicants: Non residents can purchase 1 chance for $15.00, three for $25.00, six for $35.00 and multiple chances of 10 for $275.00

Contact Us For Help with the Application Process

Applying On Line (deadline for applying on line is May 14th)

Rates: Contact Smoldering Lake Outfitters to discuss rates for guided moose hunts from the Lodge in Bridgewater and our Outpost Camp

Video of Maine moose hunting on You Tube with Smoldering Lake Outfitters

Special Hunt for Disabled Veterans on You Tube

Carson’ November Moose Hunt, zone 6, 2012

Elbridge’s October Hunt, zone 2, 2012

Pictures of early season controlled moose hunt with disabled veterans in Aroostook County, 2012

Moose Calling Video on You Tube

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