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Maine moose hunt
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:37:16 AM »
My bride has drawn a permit for the 2018 Maine moose hunt! Woo hoo!
I , being her sub-permitee get to go along to be her gun bearer/food cooker/driver/ect, ect,...
This will be her first big game hunt other than local white tails. She is pretty excited about it! This will be my 4th Maine moose hunt, first was mine, second my buddy (who was my sub) third was my dad.
We love going to "The County" for any reason but moose hunting ranks among the best.
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 12:16:20 PM »
 I've never been moose hunting, but I've had some moose stew before.  food6
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 12:17:23 PM »
What area did you pull?  Remember the best place to shoot a moose is in the bed of your pickup, next best is right beside the road, across the chopping, down the hill, through the woods is by far the worst!!   :D
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 06:27:44 PM »
Zone 3. All of my hunts have been in 3 so I know some of the locals so shouldn't have trouble finding a place to hunt.

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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 07:12:37 PM »
OUTSTANDING.  Tell her we said "Good Luck!"

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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2018, 07:05:38 AM »
Good luck.
I miss the Moose meat as I havent been since 1999
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 07:28:52 AM »
How much meat does one yield from an average moose? Must be couple hundred pounds?
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 08:06:03 AM »
Congratulations!!!  Hunting Moose has always been a dream for me. 
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2018, 07:23:31 PM »
I seem to recall about 300 pounds of meat from a huge cow I shot.
this is my second favorite meat after whitetail.
Then comes Elk, Mule deer, caribou and lastly Antelope but all is good.
Beef is good too and MUCH cheaper that wild game meat but not nearly the fun to acquire..
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 01:18:30 PM »
Sounds like a great time.
That's a lot of meat to have to store, let me know if you need any help. ;D

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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 01:47:03 PM »
The first time we went in 1998 I bought a new chest freezer in Presque Isle,  I still have it and will take it with us 
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Re: Maine moose hunt
« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2018, 05:19:00 PM »
Congrats and good luck.  I've been fortunate enough to be on a moose hunt for several years in a row including 3 years ago when I had the license.  Great times with great friends
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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2018, 12:39:21 PM »
We had a very hard hunt. By Friday about 2pm we had seen only 7 moose. Only 2 were shootable cows, only one of them in a legal place to shoot. My wife while getting ready to shoot the one we had a chance at slipped on the ice and dropped her gun and herself in a mud hole. The moose ran off in a fit of laughter.
 By Friday @ 2pm we had given up and were heading back to camp when Mrs. Hunter asked is we could stop by the moose check in station and maybe see someone else's dead moose before we packed up and headed home. Well wouldn't you know that we met a young fellow that in true Maine fashion insisted that he could find us a moose and wouldn't hear of us go home without. So we agreed to go with him. Friday eve we spotted no moose but he was so sure in his ability to find us a moose that we agreed to meet him again Saturdaymorning.  Come day light we saw a HERD of moose, I have never seen a herd of moose before. Must have been near 20 animals. The only problem was that they were running away so no shot was available.
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« Reply #13 on: October 30, 2018, 01:05:43 PM »
Awwww man!!
Talk about a cliffhanger! :o
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« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2018, 01:10:36 PM »
Were they in a broccoli field?
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« Reply #15 on: October 31, 2018, 10:08:16 AM »
Soon we saw another nice cow but being 250yrd away was not a safe shot for her muzzleloader. About 9:20 am we found a cow with two bulls about 110 yards up hill in a recient cutting. Her shot was true and we finally had a moose on the ground! Now how to get 500 lbs of dead moose out of the woods. Again the hospitality of northern Mainers shown through with a total of 7 other hunter showing up to help drag it out and get it in the truck. I can't say enough good things about an entire group of people interrupting their hunt to help my wife complete her hunt.
 So the original plan was to leave for home early Saturday morning. I had the moose skinned,  quartered  and in our freezer by 5pm . A quick shower at Pappy and Gram'S place (ff members and awesome folks) and on the road by 6pm, right into a noreaster with ice, sleet, snow and treacherous roads. Made it to Bangor about 10:30pm, spent the night, on home Sunday around 7pm.
What a trip, what memories! 
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2018, 10:16:07 AM »
 

 

 

 
                                        took this pic Friday midday. My truck has never been this dirty!

 
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« Reply #17 on: October 31, 2018, 10:51:32 AM »
Fantastic ending!

Pappy and Jen are great folks.
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« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2018, 01:55:08 PM »
Does anyone know where I can get a moose hide tanned? We want a hair on blanket. 
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« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2018, 02:09:31 PM »
My truck have never been that clean.  :D
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« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2018, 02:13:45 PM »
Outstanding !!!  Thanks for sharing your Wife's joy.   8) 
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« Reply #21 on: October 31, 2018, 02:29:25 PM »
I recognized Martin's in Sinclair. :)   You get a plate full there. Love that place!
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« Reply #22 on: October 31, 2018, 05:28:11 PM »
That's awesome! You know, one thing I notice in the east is that we rarely quarter an animal in the field, out west they'll hardly move a rabbit without quartering it up first!😁
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« Reply #23 on: October 31, 2018, 06:47:01 PM »
   I'd bet the difference is in how far they have to move the animal to reach equipment to lift and skin the animal. I know I never even field dress my deer because I can typically drag them downhill a few hundred yards to a point I can reach them with my ATV and my skinning rack is designed so I can drive the ATV between the uprights and lift them right off the machine with my hoist. We shot 2 on the 20th and both fell right in my ATV path.
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« Reply #24 on: October 31, 2018, 07:54:25 PM »
That's a fact WV- usually you're way off the road out west, and you don't drag an elk. But I wouldn't drag a moose either, and usually moose don't inhabit real good "dragging" country😊
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« Reply #25 on: October 31, 2018, 07:57:12 PM »
I remember watching the game warden reality show once (can't remember the name of it) there were several instances of moose wrestling/dragging on there. I just kept thinking "quarter that thing!"😊
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« Reply #26 on: November 01, 2018, 06:52:24 AM »
Don't hunt any further into the woods than you want to drag or carry your game!  (old saying) ;D
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« Reply #27 on: November 01, 2018, 09:59:08 AM »
    I know around here with the hills and hollers I have several times seen a game animal and said "If you come on this side of the ridge I'll shoot you but if you stay on that side of the holler I'll let you go as its just too much trouble to take you home." :D
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