Maine Moose Hunt

Cam's second moose hunt with Reddog Guide Service

Sep 27 2015 - Oct 3 2015

by
Casey Mowers

First posted Jun 7 2016 Last updated Jun 9 2016

The 2015 Moose hunt was Cam's second Moose Hunt with me has his guide. This time around he drew a Bull in Zone 5 for the September season, which is what I consider the best zone to draw in Maine. For two months leading up to the trip Cam and I met to discuss what his idea hunt would be like and I made multiple trips up the region to scout the area and to ensure we had at least five different areas to hunt in mind. Three days before Cam's set arrival date I went up to ensure camp set up and to do some last minute scouting. During these three days I logged over 20 hours of scouting and logged way to miles to count walking in Moose country, leading me to select the three most promising areas to start our hunting adventure. Of all the miles covered I found one prime area where there was really active sign of at least two bulls fighting over a cow. Which lead me to believe this was the area for Cam to get his prized trophy Bull. Cam and the rest of his crew arrived Friday before the hunt, that night we enjoyed a hot dinner and discussed the areas that we would be scouting the following morning. Saturday and Sunday we were up at 4 a.m. to eat a hearty breakfast before heading into the woods for some last minute scouting time. Sunday afternoon we were back at camp early to inspect firing arms, ensuring everything was in perfect working order, and then went to bed early with dreams of waking up and taking that PRIZED BULL on the first day.
Opening morning, everyone was up early, finished off their breakfast and were out of camp and off to our first spot before first light. The chosen spot was down what we in Maine call a winter road (a roadway cut into the marsh but only usable once the ground has frozen) into an area that had been cut six years ago. The area chosen was where there was multiple signs of bulls fighting I had located during earlier scouting. Everyone was set up and ready to hunt at the top of the road way a half an hour before legal shooting time. Now the fun begins: we sat, had our coffee and glassed the area while listing for any movement. Since we were set up about a half mile from the fight area, our plan was simple at shooting time, start calling as we walk towards the area. Once shooting time came we slowly walked down the road about a hundred yards into our journey I started calling and within three minutes we heard our first of many answers it seemed like there were bulls in every direction. We slowly move forward calling and spraying moose in heat scent. As we got closer to the fight area the calls got louder and louder. At this time I could see Cam was getting excited and reminded him to take a couple deep breaths and stay focus at the job at hand. Then out of the blue we hear the PRIZE BULL walking towards us. In what seemed like hours but was

much closer to only a minute we started seeing parts of the BULL through the brush, then just as it appeared he would walk right into a clear shot he is spooked and bolts away through the woods. Not letting this get me upset, I get more aggressive in my calling, add in some raking of alters and spray a lot more Moose in heat in the air. We sit down for over an hour doing this with no luck or response. At which time we figured it's best to cut our loses and move down the winter road a little more to see what we can see or get out in front of the bull. After about covering a mile we sit at the corner to where we could see down to the end of the winter road.

Once in place I start calling and spraying Moose in heat hoping to get some kind of response. With no signing or response from a moose after an hour, we decided to head back to the truck and relocate. As we are heading back about a half mile into the trip, as I come a around the corner I spot our PRIZE BULL standing right where I had sprayed the moose in heat earlier before he was spooked. It seemed he was focused on smelling the heat spray and didn't have a care in the world other that take. I slowly motioned for Cam and his father make their way into shooting position. We range find the MONSTER to ensure our yard is correct and he is standing a mere 134 yards away. After ensure they both had clear shoots, Cam give me the signal he was ready to shot. Within seconds of getting a clear shoot I heard the report of first Cams shot followed by his fathers. The Moose ran off into the great Maine woods, the three of us spent the next hour looking for some kind of sign he had been hit by one of their shots with no luck. It was decided try and track the Bull into and see if we could pick up a blood trail. After covering over 200 yards in a circle pattern we couldn't see any sign he had been hit. So we had no choice but to chalked it up to a miss and headed back to the truck. Once back at the truck we head straight to another winter road that leads into the same area the bull ran into. The mood in the truck is subdued and you can feel the feeling that we lost our chance.

We all know the long road that could be ahead of us because Cam's first Moose permit was a long hard week that finally ended when he took a beautiful young cow on Thursday after three and a half long days of hunting, that was a different zone and he only had a cow permit. Back to the hunt at hand, on the way down to the next winter road Cam decided that he is now going to take any legal bull. Once we at our chosen second spot for the day we, wait call, wait call and you guessed wait and call some more with, no response or sightings. We do this while making our way down three more roads. After each an ever road it seems the mood gets more and more tense and we all get quieter. Finally around 1 p.m., I decide its best for all to head back to camp get a nice hot meal of burgers and some salad, relax for a couple minutes. Then after lunch we can hit hard again closer to camp where I had seen some signs earlier in the week. We walk the Bull into and see if we could pick up a blood trail. After covering over 200 yards in a circle pattern we couldn't see any sign he had been hit. So we had no choice but to chalked it up to a miss and headed back to the truck.
Once back at the truck we head straight to another winter road that leads into the same area the bull ran into. The mood in the truck is subdued and you can feel the feeling that we lost our chance. We all know the long road that could be ahead of us because Cam's first Moose permit was a long hard week that finally ended when he took a beautiful young cow on Thursday after three and a half long days of hunting, that was a different zone and he only had a cow permit. Back to the hunt at hand, on the way down to the next winter road Cam decided that he is now going to take any legal bull. Once we at our chosen second spot for the day we, wait call, wait call and you guessed wait and call some more with, no response or sightings. We do this while making our way down three more roads. After each an ever road it seems the mood gets more and more tense and we all get quieter. Finally around 1 p.m., I decide its best for all to head back to camp get a nice hot meal of burgers and some salad, relax for a couple minutes. Then after lunch we can hit hard again closer to camp where I had seen some signs earlier in the week. We walk the ridge that runs along the river stalking and calling. About a mile into stalking and calling we don't see any fresh tracks so its decided to head back to the truck and over to another possible hot spot down another winter road. As we are headed out to the next spot on our way in as we cross a bog we see a bull lying down in the bog as we drive by. Once clear and in a safe zone we bail out of the truck. Cam loads his gun and we all slowly work our way within shooting range across the bridge, just then we see the young bull start standing up. Cam takes aim, takes a deep breath and slowly squeezes the trigger. There it is the Moose drops within three feet of where he was standing. Now is time for me to earn my keep, after Cam tags his moose I get knives out and start dressing him out. This brings closer to yet another Great State of Maine Moose hunt. Now on to Grouse hunting while they wait for the meat to get processed but that's another story.
Casey Mowers
Reddog Guide Service

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