Northeast Moose Hunting Offers More Than Trophy Opportunities


Published: February - 2010

Subscriber Ralph DiMeo sent us a gentle reminder that our report on Northeast moose hunting opportunities in the January issue (see pages 6-8) so focused on the needs of trophy hunters that we missed a couple of critical details for people more interested in the hunt than the antlers. He writes, "Perhaps I missed it, but I think the article omitted an important piece of information: The moose permits in all three New England states are two-person permits. Each tag entitles two people to hunt together, and either person may kill the moose. This buddy system enhances the hunt and effectively doubles your chances of getting a tag if your buddy also applies. Another point: It is my impression that hunters willing to accept an antlerless tag can greatly improve their chances."

DiMeo also tells us that, though the draws are difficult (he waited 16 years to be drawn in Maine) lightning can strike more than once "My sons and I applied a total of more than 50 times before ever getting a tag -- but we've drawn five tags in the last five years, and we've had some great times. (DiMeo has chronicled his hunts in detail on his web site: http://www.kingofthe mountainonline.com/field.htm.)

DiMeo is absolutely correct about the licenses in all three states allowing either the permit holder or a designated subpermittee to fill the moose tag. Since most hunters in these states do not use a guide, the subpermittee system is primarily designed to help hunters get their animal out of the woods -- a daunting task for a solo hunter. This is an ideal situation for hunting with a family member or close friend. It does indeed increase your odds of being drawn for a permit. However, the regulations in all three states are designed to make sure that the subpermittee policy does not double your chances of filling the tag. The two hunters are generally required to stay within direct (voice or visual) contact of each other. They are not allowed, for example, to separate and hunt in different areas and keep in touch by........(continued)

 
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