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Moose hunting in northern Maine during the 2nd moose hunting season in Wildlife Management District (WMD) 2 with Jim and Justin , October, 2015. Remote moose hunts offered from wall tent camps in WMD 1,2,4, & 5 in 2016. Contact Dave Conley for more information including rates, entering the Maine moose hunting lottery, odds of winning and what is provided. We have a very high success rate on Trophy bull moose hunts in Maine.

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

More Testimonials


A True Story from a Maine Deer Hunting Camp

Never should have got this one! I Shot this 217LB, 9 pointer Whitetail deer on Maine’s opening day of the rifle deer hunting season from a  friend’s tree stand…..while he was in it!  My friend Mike was tagged out as he shot his deer during the bow season but decided to hunt from his tree stand with a camera. So after an early breakfast at deer camp on opening day of the rifle season, we headed out by canoe into the ‘bog’ . As always, we proceeded very quietly. I dropped Mike off at his tree stand to do some camera hunting, I continued upstream about 400 yards to my stand. After a 3.5 hour morning sit which produced no deer sightings, I quietly slipped out of my tree stand, headed down stream to pick up Mike so we could head back to camp for coffee. As I quietly approached Mike who was 40′ up in a clump maple, he gave me sign language that I read very clearly, he said with his hands…..There is a buck bedded down in front of me, park your canoe, climb my tree and take the shot. I am thinking, ya right, like thats going to work! I parked the canoe, walked over to Mike’s tree and began the 40′ climb (being very slow and quite all the time). Mike was standing on a small wooden tree stand. When I eased myself onto his stand, Mike said “quick, get  up he’s going!” So I jumped to my feet, placed my Remington Gamemaster 760 pump (which was my father’s deer gun, he has been gone 20 years this fall) onto the crotch of a tree branch and caught sight of the swamp buck bounding away through the Alders at 75 yards out. I  didn’t have  a shot but stayed focused as the deer made it to the swale grass at 125 yards out on its way to the woodsline and safety, Fixing my scope on the buck, it made one leap to the left when I touched off a shot aiming at the neck (the only shot in the tall grass). I turned to look at Mike who was shaking from excitement as he proclaimed “I think you got him, that deer went down!” While I didn’t have time to get excited, I decided to climbing out of the tree and head over to where the deer went down while Mike stayed in the stand as a spotter in case the deer got up and moved. As I made my way to the location where I dropped the deer, I could not find any sign of the deer, looked back at Mike as he was signaling me to head towards the woodsline. Approaching a small stream and beaver dam at the woods line I noticed tracks of  a large deer headed to the woods but no blood. Looking up, my eyes widened and my gun rose to my shoulder as the huge buck was standing just inside the woods broadside to me about 40′ away! I finished off the deer and now it was my turn to get excited!  What a way to share the shot and the hunt of a lifetime with such a good friend! Here is the picture from the tree stand with the distant swale grass. Check out my website for other great pictures and links to Maine moose huntingguided hunts and Maine wilderness canoe trips Fishing for Brook Trout and  Allagash Canoe Trips  at