"Deer and Moose Hunting"
For over 35 years, we have been dedicated to good stewardship
of the land and wildlife and committed to making each guest’s
visit one that memories are made of.
Maine Whitetail Deer
Trophy deer hunting in Maine is an exciting challenge for every
hunter. Our deer herd is the highest now than in fifteen years
and there's nothing bigger or smarter than an old Maine buck!
White-tail Deer Physical Characteristics:
Maine is home to one of the largest of the
30 recognized subspecies of white-tailed deer. After attaining
maturity at age five, our bucks can reach records live weights
of nearly 400 lbs. Most adults bucks, however will normally range
from 200 to 300 lbs live weight, and will stand 36 to 40"
at the shoulder. Does are considerably smaller; they normally
weigh 120 to 175 lbs live weight. Newborn fawns begin life at 4
to 10 lbs, but grow to approximately 85 lbs live weight in their
first 6 months of life.
Maine Deer Facts
- Pre-Hunt population in 1998 was 338,000 deer: 90,000 of
these were antlered bucks. 1 in 5 antlered bucks (18,000)
was trophy-age 4 1/2 to 15 1/2 years.
- Buck-to-doe ratios over most of Maine are among the best
in the Northeast. There are 65 antlered bucks for every 100
does in the statewide pre-hunt herd.
- Mild winter prevailed in 1999. Over-all population and antlered
bucks both will be higher in '99 as a result.
- Record buck harvests occurred in Maine during the past 3
years (17,925 to 19,660); antlered buck harvest in up 40%
compared to the early 80's.
- Statewide buck harvest may break 20,000 this year; harvest
of trophy-age bucks may also break all-time records (=4,000).
- During the past 10 years, the number of bucks entered into
the 200 lb club have consistently ranged from 600 to 700.
This is higher than during the "good ole days" in
the 50's, 60's and 70's. Every year, several bucks in the
280 to 300 LB range are taken in Maine.
- Long hunting seasons, relatively low hunting pressure, and
large tracts of open hunting land plenty of "elbow room".
Click here to buy a
Maine deer hunting license online!
Maine Moose Hunting
Since the moose hunting season began in Maine we
have been running
at nearly 100% success. All are trophy bulls!
Moose Hunt includes: Six days hunting with full
guide service for one or two hunters (permit holder and sub-permit
holder or non-hunting partner. Four wheel drive vehicle for the hunt. All gas and
vehicle expense. Land Access "private land" and insurance fees.
Moose Physical Characteristics
Moose are the largest member of the deer family. Calves
weigh about 30-35 pounds at birth and about 400 pounds at five months
of age. In Maine, a typical adult male weighs 1,000-1,100 pounds
but very large specimens may weigh as much as 1,400 pounds (live
weight). A typical adult female weighs 800-900 pounds. Moose are
about 6 feet tall at the shoulder. Bulls grow a new set of antlers
each spring and drop them in early winter. Antler size varies from
spikes or forks on most yearlings to large palmate structures up
to 6 feet wide on exceptionally large mature bulls. An antler spread
of 4-5 feet is typical for adults. The current official population estimate
of moose in Maine is 29,000 and growing. Some experts claim that
Maine now has over 70,000 moose.
Moose Hunting Permit
Maine issues a limited number of
moose permits through a permit drawing system. Applications must
be submitted by April 1st.
Foggy Mountain Guide Service utilizes
two Wildlife Management
Districts for our moose hunts - #9 and #14. When applying for a moose permit
you must list at least one district on your application to be valid.
It is best to list both these districts. Please
contact us if you have any questions.
Click here to get information about the Maine Moose Permit.