Hunt northern Maine, near Baxter State Park for trophy game. Some of the hunts that I specialize in are moose, deer, bear, coyotes, grouse and rabbit. The area I hunt is vast wilderness with thousands of acres of timberland, with very few roads. You could walk many miles in one direction without hitting a road, so a compass with an area map is a must. GPS's are also used but don't forget to back it up with a good compass.
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According to state wildlife biologists, Maine's moose population is estimated at 29,000. For the 2002 season, the success rate for hunters was 84.8 percent. Hunters killed 2,545 moose out of a possible 3,000 permits issued. Yearling and older bulls typically account for 75-80 percent (of the "any-moose permit holders") of the harvest. Even in prime age classes, bulls account for about 80% of the "any-moose permit holders". Every year, several moose exceed 1,000 lbs. dressed weight. Trophy racks are not uncommon. Preliminary investigations indicate a new Boone-Crockett state record may have been set in the 2000 hunt with a score of 219. In past years, 10 moose have scored from 190 to 217 to make the Boone and Crockett record books. The highest score for a moose taken in Maine during the past 5 years was 217.
For more information on the moose lottery.
Moose Hunting Seasons:
Applicants may indicate season and WMD preferences, and may check a box if they do not want an antlerless-only permit.
Hunting Districts that I guide in are: 5 - 6 - 10 - and 11
Apply for your 2012 Maine moose hunt permit online!
If you should be one of the lucky winners, let me describe what our hunt would be like.
The majority of moose are taken around logging areas that are about 2 years old. We would start out early in the morning and get to our hunting area before the legal hunting time and prepare for the hunt. As soon as it's legal to hunt, we would start riding the old logging roads in the area, going slow and looking very carefully. Moose are still out feeding at this hour and until about 9am, after that they will go to the back of the logging areas and lay down, making it difficult to hunt.
I usually call a few moose each year, so if we find an area with a lot of sign, we'll probably do a little calling. From 9am-4pm, we'll check out different areas looking for sign, walking old roads and try some calling.
The bulls while in rut, may do a lot of traveling, so it's possible to see one at anytime. Around 4pm we'll start our slow driving again and continue until quitting time.
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A lot of my hunting is stop and go until deer sign is found, then I slow down and do some serious hunting. I could also set you up in a stand overlooking fresh scrapes and rubs and close to deer trails if this is what you like. Their are also many trails and old logging roads, taking you into some excellent hunting areas.
Interesting info. on our White tailed Deer
Starting in the year 2000, I will only be guiding one on one trophy hunts. $800.00 for the 6 day hunts. A $200.00 deposit is required. The $800 includes: full day hunts, full guide service, dressing off of animal, retrieval and loading for transportation to tagging station and if desired, transportation to nearest butcher. Every season this area produces many large bucks 200 lbs. and over. The average running about 175-185#.
Deer Pictures for 2012 Deer Season
Tim Thompson took this 310 pound bear also in 1999.