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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

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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.

 

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 http://www.canoethewild.com/maine-moose-hunting-guide.htm

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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