10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD HUNT MOOSE OUT OF A REMOTE TENT CAMP IN MAINE

Every year we guide our Maine Trophy Moose Hunts out of remote tent camps miles off the beaten path. Hunting out of a remote tent camp can have some significant advantages over hunting from a fixed location hunting lodge. If you can do a week without the frills and indoor plumbing that are customary at many lodges, we feel you will be truly thankful that you did.  Not only does hunting out of remote tent camps offer many advantages, it truly can provide you with many great lifelong memories!!

So…… Here are the top ten reasons to go remote on your Maine Trophy Moose Hunt!

  1. We can set up camp right in the Epicenter of trophy Maine moose habitat. Literally!!
Looks like we have a visitor in our zone 8 remote Maine moose camp…
not kidding when we say “Epicenter” of moose habitat

2. Less driving to begin or end your hunting day

3. Hunting out of remote tents heated by wood stoves, miles and miles away from society, gives many lasting memories on what may be your only chance to hunt Maine moose in your lifetime

The most comfortable remote moose camp accommodations in Maine!
A warm lunch break in camp during a cold October day of Maine moose hunting

 

 

4. A shower with real plumbing feels all that more refreshing after a week without

5. Sometimes its kind of entertaining kicking moose turds out of the way setting up tents

moose turds… a welcome sight in moose camp

6. Falling asleep to the sound of pure wilderness aint all that bad

7. Its challenging, therefore rewarding

Camp after a frosty and snowy October hunt
Guides Mark and Chris packing one out…

8. Sometimes its nice to briefly unplug from society and all of its modern conveniences

9. Walking out of the tent in the middle of the night, only to look up at a sky filled with more stars than you can imagine, forces you to stop and pause for a few moments. Moments that often get skipped by in everyday life

A night under the Milky Way on your Maine Trophy Moose Hunt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. The ability to walk right out of your tent and start hunting if need be. A luxury not found at many lodges

Savannah’s Maine Trophy Moose with Epic Adventures

 

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2017 Maine Moose Lottery – Hunt Maine Trophy Moose with Epic Adventures this Fall!!

 

Epic Adventures - Maine's Premier Trophy Moose Outfitter

Well…. it’s that time of year again. The online application process for the 2017 Maine Moose Hunt is now available. You can apply for the 2017 Maine Moose Lottery here.

Each year we get asked what zones should you apply for? Thats a question that you are bound to hear many different answers, depending on who you ask. So much so, that at times the process can seam confusing. The thing to keep in mind is its a true lottery. Yes you can up your odds some by having bonus points built up from years of not drawing or buying more chances, but realistically, its still a lottery. We have known numerous folks who have drawn their very first year ever applying, including non-residents. Tom from Denver got lucky and drew his first year applying in 2016 and then he got even luckier when he harvested this 57.5″ stud with us last October! Read more about that hunt and all of our 2016 hunts here.

Tom’s 2016 57.5″ zone 1 October Maine Trophy Moose. Tom put two rounds right into the boiler room at about 260 yards!

Then we also know some folks, residents and non, that have been waiting to be drawn for thirty years. I tell everybody just start applying and don’t ever skip a year! If you’re wives, husbands, or friends are willing… have them apply too! You gotta get in it to win it!

Our zone preferences stay pretty much the same each year. Sometimes I may prefer one zone over the other based on the number of permits issued that particular year, but pretty much they stay the same. We have guided hunts in many of the moose zones and that is one of the real advantages of hunting out of remote tent camps versus a fixed location lodge each Fall. We can set up one camp or multiple camps and hunt different zones for different seasons. For the most part, unless we have some non-typical weather pattern, our September season is the best season for calling. Bulls typically respond well to calls. The rut is in full swing. Many of the bulls will have cows, which we love, and the ones that don’t are on the move looking for one. September is also your best option if you wanted to attempt an archery hunt on a trophy bull. Really you can’t go wrong with any of the Northern September zones (1-6). They are all good! Our preference in order would be – zone 1,5,6,4,2,3 with my own personal preference of 1 and 5 in any order. Where we typically guide 1 and 5 is remote and it gives what I feel is an excellent overall experience for a Maine moose hunt and a superb chance at harvesting a trophy bull.  Zones 1,2,4,5 are all located inside the gated North Maine Woods and this is a true woods hunt in the working timber land. You won’t see any paved roads or have cell phone reception during the hunt. Our zone 6 hunt takes place outside of the gated North Maine Woods. Instead of a tent camp, one of our guides has a beautiful cabin complete with satellite TV, that we host these hunts out of. During the zone 6 hunt you will have cell phone coverage, be on paved roads occasionally, and only a short ten minute ride to town if needed. This is a really good October zone as well. The woods have been cut differently in our part of zone 6 versus inside the North Maine Woods. That makes for a great October hunt, but be prepared to walk. Last October, Guide Joel, put his zone 6 hunter in front of roughly thirty bulls throughout the week with three bulls spotted measuring over 50″!! They also logged over 40 foot miles during the 6 days, but the hard work was well worth it.

The October season is generally a much harder hunt than September. Although it seems lately even the September hunts have been hard earned hunts, but usually during the October season you can expect to do even more walking than September. Bulls are not responding as well to calls in this later season. Instead of them coming to us, we often have to go to them using a different calling approach than just two weeks prior. Walking 4-7 or more miles a day is not uncommon during October. In the Northern zones the moose have just been hunted and called two weeks prior, so they tend to head deeper in the bush after the hunting pressure. There are bird hunters riding the logging roads in all zones during October and that puts extra pressure that push moose further into areas. That being said, October can still be a great hunt. In 2016 we ran 100% success on our October hunts. We have also harvested a couple of real studs the last two Octobers!!

Jerry’s 2015 52″ 11.5 yr old Zone 1 Maine Trophy Moose! This beast was called into 25 yards during the October Season!

In September we love the Northern Zones, but in October our order of preference starts with the Western Zones. Zones 8, 7, and 9 are stellar October zones. These zones do not have a September season and the bulls have not been hunted yet that year. Overall I would say the numbers of moose is not as high as the Northern Zones, but they tend to respond to calls better in these Western zones than they do in the Northern zones in October. That is the main reason why we prefer to go West in October if we can. Zone 7 and 9 are real sleeper Zones with excellent trophy quality that you don’t hear about as much. Zone 8 is where we got our start guiding and we have been there almost every moose season for the last twelve years. The terrain in these Western Zones is more elevated than the Northern Zones. Some areas are steeper. All of it is logging land, but occasionally you can pick up cell coverage during the hunts and if you need a trip into town its usually never further than twenty miles, versus fifty to ninety miles on our North Maine Woods hunts.

Application Instructions:

-Select as many chances as you want, but we only ever do one.

-Select September and October seasons only

-Select Bull permit only, that you will NOT accept an antlerless permit

-Select that you will accept any zone if your preferences are already filled

-Select zones 1,5,6,8,4,2,7,9,14,3 in that order

-If you would like to have a subpermittee listed on your hunt, you must enter all their information at this time. It can not be entered later. The subpermittee can harvest the moose and carry a weapon during the hunt, but the permit holder MUST be present at all times during the hunt. So if the wife or husband is not planning on being the actual hunter, but instead the subpermittee for an extra chance of having a tag drawn, the non-hunting wife or husband must be present during the hunt and in woods at all times even if they are not going to shoot the moose. You can also list an alternate subpermittee if you’d like, but in the end only up to two people (permittee and subpermittee can carry a weapon on the hunt and harvest 1 moose total) That being said, listing a subpermittee is not required and we actually encourage not listing one, but if you want one listed it must be done at the time of the application. Also to note, if you are applying for a permit in a non-hunting family members or friends name to increase your odds of being drawn with you listed as a subpermitte, the person who drew the permit must be able to obtain a hunting license and have completed a hunter safety course within about a month after the June drawing to purchase the permit.

The drawing will be held on June 17. Applications must be completed online by 11:59pm on May 15. Don’t wait though!! Do it before it slips your mind and it never fails…. if you wait until the last night the website will be so bogged down you may not get your application in. Also of note is no matter what zone you are drawn for, we can always try to get you swapped to a different zone of higher preference once drawn.We have lots of experience with this. The hard part is getting drawn and you should consider yourself extremely lucky if you are! The odds of being drawn are about 2-3%.

Good Luck!!!!

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our Fully Guided Remote Maine Trophy Moose Hunts go ahead and check out our Epic Adventures website at www.EAGUIDES.com

Best Regards,

Brian Donaghy

Registered Maine Guide

Epic Adventures

2017 Maine Moose Lottery Application