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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.

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“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.

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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