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Old June 12, 2018, 10:04   #1
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Maine Moose Tags

This was my first year putting in for it.

Sadly, as was expected, I was not drawn.

Anyone else been trying for this? Seems to be the cheapest/easiest option for those of us on the East Coast. But the odds aren't great.
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Old June 12, 2018, 10:33   #2
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I have no experience with moose tags anywhere, but every other state I put in for an elk or whatever draw list is apparently similar odds. I've been trying for years to get drawn here at home for a KY bull elk with no success.
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Old June 12, 2018, 10:58   #3
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It takes a lot of effort to figure out the drawings, as so many states and species are different. It's a jumbled mess.

I considered put in for East Coast Elk, but off the top of my head - I think they only do a dozen tags or so.
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Can't speak to any hunting in Maine. Although, moose is on the bucket list before I part from this world. I did just got drawn for my annual cow elk, and mule deer hunt in Colorado.

Crap, that reminds me, I gotta lose 30 lbs.
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I got drawn once for Elk in AZ in 14 years, and got one. My wife got drawn 2 years in a row for cow elk, then I put her in for bull elk since she was so lucky, and I couldn't believe it, she was drawn again. She just had a terrible guide, if I could have fired myself, I would have ..

I once got drawn for a Maine bear hunt, when I was driving there, I saw a sign "BEAR LEFT FOR CANADA". So I went home.
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I wanted to do an Elk this year, but decided to 'dip my toes' by going for some Wyoming Pronghorns instead.

Turns out I know a guy who owns a 3,500 acre spread in an area that is mostly private land with guaranteed drawing for non-residential. Apparently, there's so little access, they never kill as many as they need. (I say guaranteed based on the past years of 100% for 0 point non-res.)

Oh, and the $200 increase in Colorado Elk non-res tags this year was a real kick to the knackers. WY pronghorns will cost me $340! And I put in for a doe tag as well. They are so cheap, there's no reason not to bag one while I'm out there for meat.

I'm pretty excited. I haven't been out west in ten years.
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Did a mule deer hunt in Wyoming once (just outside of Casper). Passed on several muley's looking for a wall hanger that never presented itself. Wished like hell that I had gotten an Antelope tag as those animals were like rabbits out there. They were everywhere. Coulda killed a dozen of them that week. Maybe next time.
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Old June 13, 2018, 18:54   #8
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Not a problem here for us farmers. Plant 200+ acres of Beans, Peas. When the swamp donkeys start raiding your crops get a Warden to assess the damage. Then have Moose tenderloin with the left over Beans and Peas. Total organic
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I had never realized just how huge Moose were until I read this thread.

https://onyourownadventures.com/hunt...4-Alaska-Moose

It's a great read for anyone interested in going on an Alaska 'guided' hunt. It was actually a horrible trip, with a terrible guide, but the guy persevered a bagged a monster.



And holy-moly, look at the size of those tenderloins!



I believe he said it took them TEN trips to haul all the meat/hide/head out.
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Old June 16, 2018, 14:11   #10
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This was my first year putting in for it.

Sadly, as was expected, I was not drawn.

Anyone else been trying for this? Seems to be the cheapest/easiest option for those of us on the East Coast. But the odds aren't great.
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A local guide can increase your odds of getting drawn if you hire them.
A Simplified explanation as I see it:
In the Maine drawing, the hunter may choose a sub-permittee.
The sub-permittee can pull the trigger on the Moose as long as the permittee is present during the hunt.
Guides will apply(aka employ)their friends and relatives to be applicants with you listed as the sub permittee.
You will need to do your own research, but from what I have heard, this is within the legal guidelines.
My dad got a nice cow years back, however he is a resident.
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Not a problem here for us farmers. Plant 200+ acres of Beans, Peas. When the swamp donkeys start raiding your crops get a Warden to assess the damage. Then have Moose tenderloin with the left over Beans and Peas. Total organic
Lol..awesome. I don't know what's better, Shooting swamp donkeys as crop damage or the name swamp donkey itself.
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