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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. Dave teams up with Smoldering Lake Outfitters for this endeavor.
Our Methods: Providing you with the best moose hunting experience possible, our methods include calling and spot n stalk. The September and October moose hunting season's coincide with the rut. Much like turkey and elk hunting, 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 1000 pound moose closes in on you thinking you are a cow moose in heat, a bull thatís 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 hard working guides are passionate about your success and work tirelessly to put you on top of these rut crazed bulls.
Moose Camp: Hunt from remote wall tent camps in the heart of prime moose hunting country. Wall tent camps are placed off the beaten path away from heavily traveled dirt roads. Staying in a remote Maine moose camp means you don't have to spend excessive amounts of time driving to and from the heart of your WMD or zone. 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 telling lies (hunting stories). A wood stove keeps it warm and is a great spot to dry out clothing and boots overnight. Sleep tents are rugged Eureka six person outfitter tents used as spacious 1 or 2 person tents complete with cots, self inflating sleeping pads, lantern, heater and a carpet runner. Its not uncommon to be woken up by a cow moose bellowing, bulls fighting, a tending grunt or coyotes howling! You're making memories and have a few more stories to tell!
Small Numbers of Hunters in Camp: We'll keep the number of hunting parties to no more then five in camp with 2-3 parties being a more realistic number of what you can expect in camp.
Meals : 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. The pot of coffee will be 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.
Physical Limitations: 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. See pictures 5 & 8 from the top of a bull called into close range for a gentleman with mobility issues.
Moose Hunters Enjoy High Success Rate in 2015, Approximately 2,200 hunters harvested a moose in 2015, an 80% success rate for the 2,740 permits issued. This is up from 2014, when 2,022 of 3,095 hunters were successful for a 65% success rate. With approximately 12% fewer permits issued in 2015 than 2014, approximately 180 more moose hunters were successful in 2015.
2015 Parker's September Trophy Bull Moose Hunt, While we had a challenging week with warm weather, wind and rain, Thursday morning turned off cold and the wind died down making it an ideal morning for moose hunting. We interacted with 4 bulls that morning, did a spot in stalk on the 4th moose that held up and were able to bring Parker's bull right into his lap (45'). What a thrill to see Parker age 14 make a clean shot and harvest his 1st Maine moose! Parker's moose is pictured 2nd from the top. (pictures)
2015 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 bull mid morning, pictured top of this webpage. (pictures)
2014 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 (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 canít see 20' in front of you. We canít 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 2014 Moose hunting season in Maine in Wildlife Management district 2. Sean's moose is pictured forth down from the top.
2014 Sydney's Trophy Bull Moose Hunt, Pre season scouting paid off during the October, 2014 hunt. 18 year old Sydney along with her sister Olivia and Uncle Bill took part in a WMD 3 moose hunt. After carefully scoping out the chopping on the way in, we set up and did a little cow calling. Within a few minutes a 40" bull entered the chopping from the west which we passed on. Shortly after it left the chopping, a 50" trophy bull showed up from the same direction. Ten minutes later a nice 100 yard shot presented itself, Sydney made a nice shot and her hunt was over but for the work which involved quartering and packing out the moose. While calling worked for us on Monday morning, things shut down rather quickly that week as the rut was waning. Sydney' moose is pictured 2nd from the bottom.
2013 Richard's Trophy Bull Moose Hunt, Taken with a muzzle loader and called into close range for a hunter with mobility issues during the October, 2013 season. It ranks 20th all time muzzleloader kill with Maine Skull and Antler. Pictured 5th from the top.
2013 Kirk's 56" Trophy Bull Moose Hunt, Harvested during the October season. Kirk's moose was paired up with a cow. Reading the situation and getting it right provided Kirk with a quick but well placed 80 yard shot down a twitch trail as the cow bolted from the brush with her bull in tow.
2016 Maine Moose Hunting Seasons:
2016 Maine Moose Hunting Lottery
Applying On Line Deadline for applying on line is May 16, 2016
(Contact Dave for Help with the Application Process)
Resident Applicants: Maine residents can purchase one chance for $15.00
Non Resident Applicants: Non residents can purchase 1 chance for $15.00, three for $25.00, six for $35.00, ten chances for $55.00 and as many multiples of 10 as you would like. Contact us to discuss recommended number of chances to purchase and estimated odds of winning.
Choosing Your Wildlife Management Districts: We recommend your top four choices in this order, WMD 4,1,2, & 5 for remote outpost hunts. Choose both September & October seasons and choose bull only if you will not accept a cow tag.
2016 Hunting Rates: $4995.00
Includes: One on one guide for six day hunt for you and one other (sub permittee), accommodations, all meals, transportation within the North Maine Woods and while on your hunt, quartering, packing out and delivering your moose out of the North Maine Woods.
Not Included: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 for day use and overnight camping charged by the North Maine Woods ($150.00 for non residents, $110.00 for residents). Extra persons (apart from you and a sub permittee) is $700.00 per person for meals & accommodations. Rates to have your moose butchered (range $375.00 - $425.00). 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. Having your moose mounted? We can recommend options in northern Maine where you can drop off your head and cape.
Gratuities-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!
2016 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. Winning bids in 2015 ranged from $11,611.99 to $13,000.00 Deadline is February 16, 2016, 5PM
Swap Moose Hunting Permits
Moose permit winners are allowed to swap their moose permit with another moose permit winner. There are no restrictions on swapping other than only one swap is allowed, and both moose permits must be paid for before swaps can be made.