During the Maine moose hunting season, Dave Conley, moose hunting guide and outfitter, offers guided Maine Moose Hunts from remote wall tent camps in prime northern Wildlife Management Districts (WMD) 1,2,4, 5 and guiding services for WMD 11. Dave’s last eight guided moose hunts over the past four seasons produced 33″, 40″, 40″. 43″, 50″, 50″, 55″ & 56″ bulls, a 100% success rate.
Canoe the Wild is committed to a higher than expected level of service, an uncommon attention to details (five star reviews on Trip Advisor).
Last Year’s September Bull Moose Hunt
This was the 4th bull (pictured below) called into close range and harvested by Sarah and Jon Maxcy. In all we spotted 13 moose, interacted with dozens of others while calling and on spot n stalk hikes.
Sarah’s moose hunt is featured in the 2017 North Maine Woods Brochure (full story).
Your Moose Hunt…..where Passion and Experience Meet!
Providing you with the best moose hunting experience possible, our methods include calling and spot n stalk. The September and October moose hunting seasons coincide with the rut with the September season being prime rut. Much like turkey and elk, moose can be very susceptible to calling. What a thrill to interact with a trophy bull moose as it responds to the call. It’s a heart pounding experience as a thousand-pound moose closes in on you thinking you are a cow moose in heat, a bull that’s just drawn away his cow, or another bull moose intruding on his territory. With the ability to quarter and pack out your moose, we’re able to get on foot to spot n stalk, placing you in the absolute best moose country!
Last September’s Remote Moose Camp
Our remote hunts include top-notch equipment, tents, fantastic meals, dedicated guides, and experienced camp cooks. You will be amazingly comfortable. The main wall tent serves as a community area for meals and meeting, a wood stove keeps it warm and is a great spot to dry out clothing and boots overnight. Sleep tents are spacious 12′ x 12′ Cabela’s Alaknak Ultimate Outfitter tents for your party of 1-3 persons complete with heavy duty cots (Camo cots XL rated for 300LBs), carpet flooring, sleeping pads, and a wood stove (see pictures below). You just might be wakened by a cow moose bellowing, bulls fighting, a tending grunt, owls hooting, or coyotes howling! You’ll make memories and have a few more stories to tell! The outhouse and shower stalls are sturdy and spacious Cabela’s Deluxe shelters (see pictures below). The outhouse is cleaned daily and showers are available with hot water on demand providing an uncommon level of comfort in a remote Maine moose camp.
Moose hunting involves long days. We’ll be up well before day light and return after dark. The last thing you’ll want to worry about is meals. Our dedicated camp cooks (Elbridge & Judy cleaves, former owners of the First Settler’s Lodge), will have the coffee on and breakfast hot and ready to serve when you arise, and a hardy supper to sit down to shortly after returning from a long day’s hunt. Lunches are packed and sent along to have in the field.
For those with physical limitations, we hunt close to dirt roads or shorten the distance we travel on foot. We’ll adapt your hunt based on your physical abilities and desires. We have called trophy bulls into close range for those with mobility issues.
The weather cooperated with cold mornings and little to no breeze making for ideal conditions for moose to move around and for calling. We interacted with dozens of moose (cows bellowing, bulls grunting, and moose jumped while on spot n stalk hikes). Sarah harvested the 4th bull called into close range. What a thrill as we worked and listened to this bull make his way to the call.
Shoot Shawn Shoot!!!
Its 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. 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 we can’t see twenty feet in front of us. 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 fifty feet away. The trees are being torn apart as the vocal bull approaches to within thirty feet.
The bull continues to close in on us as Shawn raises his rifle and picks out a patch of black in the thick cover. “SHOOT, SEAN! SHOOT!” Too close for comfort as Shawn harvested his trophy bull moose.
Justin’s October Trophy Bull Moose Hunt
With a waning rut, calling was a bit of a challenge during the October moose season. We called a nice medium sized bull in opening morning and interacted with several other mostly small bulls that week. Justin held off until day six, passed on a small bull early that morning and harvested a nice 12.5 year old bull mid-morning.
2017 Hunting Rates from Remote Camp
$4750.00 fully outfitted and guided.
Fully Outfitted and Guided Includes
- One on one guide for six-day hunt for you and your sub-permittee.
- Accommodations, all meals, and transportation for you and your sub-permittee while on your hunt, quartering, packing out and loading your quartered moose into your vehicle (game bags provided).
- Hunting License & Moose permit. Non-resident big game license $115.00, moose permit $585.00, (Maine residence license $26.00, moose permit $52.00).
- Gate fees in WMD 1,2,4& 5 for day use and overnight camping charged by the North Maine Woods ($30/day & night for non-residents, $22/day & night for residents. Ages under 15 and 70 and over, no day use charge, only camping fees which are $12.00 per night for residents and $15.00 per person for non resident).
- Extra persons (apart from you and your sub-permittee) is $700.00 per person for meals & accommodations.
- Moose butchering rates (range $350.00 – $450.00). If you are taking your quartered meat to a local butcher and waiting a couple of days for your packaged meat to pick up, you’ll want 3 or 4 very large coolers. We can make recommendations on who does a great job butchering your moose.
To secure your hunt, a deposit of $1000.00 is required with the balance due 30 days prior to the hunt.
Having your moose mounted? We can recommend options where you can drop off your head and cape.
Our guides work tirelessly long days and log many miles with their personal trucks prior to your hunt scouting and while on your hunt. Although gratuities are not required, we suggest you tip your guide much like you would when dining at a restaurant. The guides really appreciate it!
Ready to book your hunt? Contact Dave of Canoe the Wild:
- home 207-448-2743
- cell at 207-551-8729
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Dave is guiding an Allagash canoe trip, June 23-28th and will respond to your call or email the afternoon or evening of the 28th.
Pictures from 2013-16 seasons (including game cameras)