Maine Moose Hunt 2013

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Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby tgs » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:01 am

32 years of waiting for a tag all came to an end Tuesday morning. We drove 7 hours to get our zone and arrived at 2:00 a.m. on Saturday, by 4:30 a.m. we had found a vacant site and began to set up camp. By 5:30 we were done and off scouting for the start on Monday. We only found one young bull on Sat. and not a lot of rut sign. Sunday brought rain and wind but around 9:00 we found a little honey hole between to cut off slopes, there we saw a young bull with velvet still clinging to the rack but also saw a cow and better bull. This was by far the best area we had come across and would be our starting area on Monday. Monday arrived with continued rain and wind but we were out and ready. With those conditions it was extremely hard to hear or be heard but we soon had a grunting bull on the way. I called a few more times and heard him coming for an opening...he step out and it was a yearling bull with barely visible nubs, but a great start to our day. we saw another cow and yearling and my cousin saw a young bull and two cows, all from a 300-500yd stretch in the valley. Not wanting to burn it out we left for the day to search other areas but didn't raise another grunt or see another moose. Tuesday arrives, yup still rain and wind, but we were back at the valley crossing. I called from legal shooting time, about 6:00 a.m. until 7:30. It was impossible to hear without the breaks in the wind. I was calling and raking a sapling with a paddle on my last series before I was heading for another spot. As I was about to leave my spotter saw this bull step into a logging road about a 100 yds from where I had been calling, but was now 300 yds from my position. These long shot are not something we practice here in the east as there is simply very little need for them...until now! I held on the top of the shoulder blade and fired, the bull hunched up indicating a good hit, headed for the woods but then turned and started back the way he had come out, I fired a second shot which resulted in him dropping directly in the logging road. He measures 49" inches across and weighed in at 906 field dressed. Very happy to say the least. Tenderloin tonight! Hope everybody enjoys a successful season.



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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby 733SubDucker » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:28 pm

Congrats Troy! Very happy for you.

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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby tgs » Thu Sep 26, 2013 12:44 pm

Zone 2 Courtney. We stayed at Carr Pond which had some tent sites available and is managed by the "Maine North Woods".
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby Bunker » Thu Sep 26, 2013 3:07 pm

Nice Moose, way to go!


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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby MaineHunter » Thu Sep 26, 2013 8:37 pm

Awesome story Troy!! Great pics! Congrats!
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby Seaductor » Fri Sep 27, 2013 6:27 am

Very nice Troy!!

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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby labman63 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:58 pm

Can't wait to eat some of that dude in December! I've had elk but never moose but hear its the best of the deer family.
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby tgs » Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:43 pm

There's a package of tenderloin just for that occasion... And of course lobster for Amy, :beer:
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby DUKHTR » Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:50 pm

Wow!!!!! Nice work, Troy!! :bow: :bow:
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby R-Factor » Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:30 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :grooving: Right on Troy!!! This last week has been like a whirlwind for me, but when I saw this post I had to chuckle. We were up there the same time as you hunting the same zone! In fact, I was staying at a friend's camp about 6 or 8 miles south of Carr Pond (Big Machias). He built a camp there close to 20 years ago, so I've had a lot of opportunity to hunt that area quite a bit- including a number of moose adventures!
Big congrats to you- that's a beautiful bull! :clapping:
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby jperkins » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:40 am

:grooving: :grooving: Effin awesome! Can't wait for my day to come! Maybe next year...
I thought my calling would bring in the ducks, now I realize it's the sound of me peeing that works best...
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Re: Maine Moose Hunt 2013

Postby tgs » Tue Oct 01, 2013 7:31 pm

Thanks everybody... Funny I can hit a moose at 300yds but miss a mallard at 30yds :yes: :yes:

Anyway, Thanks again, It was a great memory maker.
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