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