Tag Archives: Maine moose hunt

Hunters hit the woods for second week of moose season

The second moose to arrive at Gate Way Variety, the Ashland tagging station, in 2015 weighed in at 830 pounds. Shot by 16-year-old Jaxson Marston of Harrington, the bull had a 19-point rack with a 42.5-inch spread. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

If you missed out on the tagging-station excitement at the end of September, don’t fret: You can still participate — vicariously, at least — in this year’s moose hunt over the coming days. After a week-long break during which bird hunters had the woods essentially to themselves, the second group of moose hunters headed afield […]

Thoughts from a Maine moose-tagging station

People look at a moose that was brought in to be tagged and weighed at the Gateway Varety store in Ashland Monday on the first day of moose hunting in 2016. This moose shot by Kenneth Hunt of Phippsburg weighed 965 pounds. Gabor Degre |BDN

On Monday, I headed to Ashland on what has become a yearly pilgrimage. Come the first week of moose-hunting season, the parking lot at Gateway Variety fills up and a steady parade of trucks and hunters return to town to tag their moose.   But the crowd didn’t consist entirely of those participating in this […]

Behind the numbers: Why moose permit allocations are decreasing

Fewer moose permits will likely be available to hunters this year. (BDN file photo)

Lee Kantar said he knows newspaper headlines across the state will trumpet the fact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is planning on decreasing the number of moose permits quite drastically this year. Kantar, the state’s moose biologist, said he hopes that Mainers don’t look at those numbers — 600 fewer permits allotted, bringing […]

80 percent of hunters successful during 2015 Maine moose hunt

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Citing good hunting weather and other factors, Maine’s moose biologist said that despite a decrease in moose permits issued by the state this year, more hunters actually filled their tags. Percentage-wise, the success rate soared to 80 percent during the 2015 season. A year ago, just 65 percent of hunters were successful. Overall, according to […]

Moose hunting memories, meat part of a Maine tradition

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

In Ashland and Fort Kent and tagging stations scattered across the northern tier of Maine, successful hunters and curious spectators have spent the beginning of this week trading stories during the first week of the state’s moose hunt for 2015. Some onlookers stop by from just around the corner, while others travel much longer distances […]

Our Maine Heritage: Who drew the first-ever moose permit?

Todd Rogers of Cub Scout Pack 11 in Brewer draws the first ticket in a special lottery state officials staged Tuesday night at the Bangor Auditorium to determine who can legally hunt moose in Maine in the fall.  A total of 39,269 Maine residents applied to be one of the 700 who will be licensed to hunt moose Sept. 22-27. It will be the first moose-hunting season since 1935. Also shown are Greg Palman and Dick Greene, both of the Penobscot Conservation Club in Brewer, and Janet Potter of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY CARROLL HALL

On Saturday, hundreds of Mainers will flock to Bethel for an annual event that will determine which hunters get to head afield in search of moose this fall. The moose permit drawing is a tradition that began back in 1980, when the state sponsored its first lottery for those coveted licenses. In today’s Our Maine […]

DIF&W backs off on cow moose proposal in WMD 9; 2,740 permits up for grabs this year

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

In response to local concern in the Greenville area over a proposal to add cow moose permits in Wildlife Management District 9, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reversed course on Wednesday and finalized a plan that will not allow for hunting cow moose in that district this year. In addition, a proposed […]

Biologists propose slight reduction in moose permits for this year, to 2,815

From left, Michael Walker and his son Billy, 11, of Alabama look at an 803-pound moose that Walker shot near Ashland, Maine, during the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Moose permit levels in most of the state’s Wildlife Management Districts will remain static this year, but slight tinkering in other districts will result in an overall decrease in permits, according to a plan being considered by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Biologists have proposed an allotment of 2,815 permits for hunting […]

65 percent — an all-time low — of Maine moose hunters filled tags in 2014

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Learn About Tableau The state’s moose hunters struggled to fill their tags in 2014, recording the lowest success rate — 65.3 percent — since Maine’s modern moose hunt began in 1980. The state’s moose biologist said a number of factors played roles in a relative lack of hunter success. Still, moose hunters have far better […]

$2,500 reward offered in moose-poaching case

The Maine Warden Service is looking for help in solving a case in which a cow moose was illegally shot during the October moose season, and Operation Game Thief is offering a $2,500 reward. According to a warden service press release, the cow moose was killed in Wildlife Management District 8 — a district where […]