In Maine subscriber Joe Weiss drew a moose permit for the September hunt in Zone 4, after 10 years of trying. Weiss hunted with Bob Lawrence of Lawrence's Cabins and Guide Service (207-534-7709) and reports taking a 43-inch bull, though he saw bigger ones. "We saw moose each day, had a number of bulls coming to the call but wind, cows etc., buggered us a few times...very exciting." Of Lawrence, Weiss says, "Bob is a great combination of intelligence and woods sense. He quarterbacks the hunt, and his staff is well up to the task of taking good care of you and getting a moose. I've been in lots of camps and own several service companies. This guy gets it!!!"
We called Lawrence, and he tells us he would be eager to guide more moose hunters this fall if they can obtain a permit. He recommends the September hunt in Zone 4, when the bulls are usually most eager to answer calling, but he also does the October hunts in Zones 8, 9 and 14, and can take hunters in Zone 1 at a remote camp he leases. Maine allows swapping of lottery permits among zones, and auction tag purchasers can choose both zone and season.
For current application deadlines, see our Import Deadlines column in this issue; for more background on lottery and auction tags in Maine, see Article 2628 in our online database.