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.
September 2016 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. What a great experience for all involved!
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. 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! Our knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking guides are passionate about your success and work tirelessly to put you on top of these rut crazed bulls.
Out of State Hunters Enjoy 99% Success Rate
Quote from the Maine Inland fisheries and Wildlife: “In 2015, out of state hunters enjoyed a 99% success rate as compared to 70% resident success rate. The higher success rate of out-of-state hunters, as compared to residents, may be attributed to the higher proportion of out-of-state hunters using registered Maine Guides for their hunt”. In 2016, the overall success rate for WMD 1 was 84%; WMD 2, 81%; WMD 4, 80%; and WMD 5, 94 %
2016 Remote Moose Camp
Our remote hunts include top-notch equipment, tents, fantastic meals, dedicated guides, and a camp cook. You will be amazingly comfortable. The main wall tent serves as a community area for meeting, eating and sharing hunting stories. A wood stove keeps it warm and is a great spot to dry out clothing and boots overnight. Sleep tents are new and spacious Cabela’s Alaknak Ultimate Outfitter tents for your party of 1-3 persons complete with cots, carpet flooring, sleeping pads, and a wood stove (see pictures below). It’s not uncommon to be awakened 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 generous amounts of 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 cook 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.
2016 Sarah’s Birthday Moose
Sarah, Jon and Richard all had birthday’s while on their moose hunt. 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 from a long distance for over 1/2 an hour. The moose was taken on Richard’s birthday.
Sean’s Trophy Bull Moose Hunt
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 Sean raises his rifle and picks out a patch of black in the thick cover.
“SHOOT, SEAN! SHOOT!”
Too close for comfort. I am glad Sean didn’t miss! This was the third and smallest of three trophies we interacted with during the September 2014 Moose hunting season in Maine.
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. (pictures)
2017 Maine Moose Hunting Seasons
- September 25-30
- October 9-14
Choosing your Wildlife Management Districts
When planning your hunt with Canoe the Wild and entering the Maine moose hunting lottery, we recommend choosing WMD 1,2,4 & 5 in that order and select bull only if you will not accept an antler-less or cow permit.
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 while on your hunt, quartering, packing out and loading your quartered moose into your truck (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 charge).
- Extra persons (apart from you and a sub permittee) is $700.00 per person for meals & accommodations.
- Moose butchering rates (range $400.00 – $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.
- Bringing Your Pickup Into Camp, When bringing your pickup into the outpost camp and parking it there during the hunt. We’ll load your moose quarters, other bagged meat, head & cape, then send you on your way to the tagging station. For a fee of $300.00, your guide will transport you moose out of the North Maine Woods to the tagging station then deliver it to a butcher within 50 miles (several options) then transport you back to camp or your vehicle outside the North Maine Woods.
To secure your hunt, a deposit of $1000.00 is required with the balance due 10 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!
2017 Annual Moose Auction
Place a winning bid in the auction and choose your season, hunting zone & type of permit (bull or cow). Ten permits are awarded annually to the highest bidders. The average winning Moose Auction Bid for 2016 was $13,516.50. Deadline is in February 2017, for the 2017 fall moose hunt.
Pictures from past Maine Moose Hunts, 2013-16