Tag Archives: Maine moose hunt

DIF&W’s moose permit lottery sign-up now open

Want to go moose-hunting this year? Want to go on the hunt of a lifetime? Want to make lifelong memories with family members and friends? Me, too. But you can’t win if you don’t play. And the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that it is now accepting applications for its annual […]

Hunters tag record number of Maine moose in 2013

Moose hunters again enjoyed a successful season in 2013, with a record number of participants tagging an animal. In all, 2,971 of the 4,110 permit-holders shot a moose last year, a 72 percent success rate, according to a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife press release. The 2,971 successful hunters topped the previous record […]

Lack of permit doesn’t hinder catch-and-release moose hunt

For 33 years, Maine’s moose hunt participants have been determined at a popular lottery. After that, celebration … Or disappointment. You don’t win a permit, you don’t hunt. Or do you? My buddies and I got tired of waiting. We missed hunting camp. Wool jackets hung on nails … cutthroat games of cribbage … lonely […]

Catch-and-release moose trip a success

Later this week, I’ll tell you more about a trip some pals and I enjoyed late last week. Consider this a tease. And for now, let’s just say that the Third Almost Annual Catch-and-Release Moose Hunt (Birds Not Necessarily Included) was a huge success. Friend Chris Lander came up with the idea a few years […]

3 hunts, 3 hours, 3,000 pounds of moose

Thirty-three years ago — just about the same time that Francis “Frank” Roy began applying for a Maine moose permit, he gave his two sons gifts that neither have ever forgotten. “He had an Ithaca double-barreled shotgun and took it to a gunsmith in Winn,” one of his sons, Travis Roy, explained. In exchange, Frank […]

Moose numbers in: 78 percent of hunters successful

The numbers are in, and Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials have announced that a record number of moose were taken by hunters during the 2012 Maine moose-hunting sessions.   According to a DIF&W press release, 2,895 of 3,725 permit-holders — 78 percent — were successful in 2012. The department says that’s a […]

Musings from a moose-tagging station

Thoughts from a tagging station … A trip to Ashland on opening day is all it takes to remind one that Maine’s moose-hunting tradition is still thriving. Blaze orange caps abound in the dirt parking lot of Gateway Variety, the town’s tagging station. Five trucks sit in line, hunters waiting for their moose to be […]