Maine: According to state wildlife biologists, Maine's moose population is an estimated 29,000 animals. During the 2001 hunting season, hunters enjoyed an 84.8 percent success rate, bagging 2,545 moose out of 3,000 tags awarded through the lottery. On average, hunters take three Boone and Crockett bulls each year in Maine. During the 2000 hunt, a possible new state record bull with a Boone & Crockett field score of 219 was taken. If that score is confirmed it will top a bull that scored 217 in 1997.
Hunters may take moose in Maine with a rifle, shotgun, muzzleloader, handgun or bow. The hunts take place in 18 Wildlife Management Districts, which cover more than 21,000 square miles. No single zone in Maine is better than all the other zones. Some of the traditional hotspots for big bulls include zones 2, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9. It's not that these zones have bigger moose, just that they have more moose, have more quality guides and outfitters, and hunters here are more likely to hold out for a bigger bull.
The tougher zones tend to be the ones on the southern edge of the region where moose hunting is allowed. Zone 1 in the far northwest is traditionally a hard hunt, as are zones 10, 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 28 and 29. If you draw these zones, the odds are still in your favor for getting a moose, but you will have to work........(continued)