Moose Season Starts Sept. 25!
Imagine being among the first Europeans to arrive in Maine, in the 1600s and early 1700s. After a few walks in the woods and along the bogs of the New World, you’d assume you had the land-based wildlife pretty well figured out – including beaver, fox, and the occasional flag of a white-tail deer as it bounded off.
And then you run into a bull moose – 1,000-plus pounds of grey-black beast, with massive palmated antlers– and your perception would quickly change.
Today, moose hunting is a big deal in Maine, and it’s here – the first week of bull-only hunting season runs September 25 – 30 for permit-holders in specific WMDs. Various “adaptive unit” hunts are scheduled in WMD 4A, starting in mid-October.
The Maine Sportsman’s September, 2023 issue celebrates these majestic animals, starting with a stunning cover photograph of a mammoth bull moose stepping out of the early-fall woods. In addition, in a special section titled “Moose Hunting Takes You to New Places,” our editorial staff tells the tales of four moose hunts – in the Greenville area, in the Western Maine Mountains, in Washington County, and along the St. John River in the North Maine Woods. Finally, Bill Pierce (“Snaphots in Time”) takes us back to 1897, in a thrilling tale titled “Treed by a Moose.”
And how about this listing of the newest 2022 Moose Patch Club members?
Moose hunters – your adventures await. Good luck.
Maine’s “other” jumbo game animal, the black bear, also warrants coverage this month, with specials by Joe Saltalamachia (“When Our Ethic Costs Us”) and Matt Breton (“Bear Hunting in Vermont”).
And still on the subject of bears, our Southern Maine columnist Val Marquez points to a recent encounter between a Porter woman and a bear in her backyard that resulted in injury. Marquez asks, “Is it time to bring back Maine’s spring bear hunt?”
The issue features additional hunting-related columns, including how to call in fall wild turkeys (Blaine Cardilli), and bowhunting season preparation (Bob Elliot).
Are you into vintage handguns? Then read “Grandad’s Big .44,” in which “Shooter’s Bench” columnist JC Allard tells the tale of a Smith & Wesson Super Blackhawk that was much-loved, then sold, and is now the subject of a search in an effort to repurchase.
So pick up a copy of The Sportsman’s September issue – from your mailbox if you’re a subscriber, at your favorite store, or by calling our friendly office staff at 207 622-4242, and enjoy a full 80 pages packed with content, including informative columns and articles, great letters to the editor, and the best cartoons in print.
Enjoy the cooling weather, as the fall hunting seasons get closer!
Will Lund, Editor
The Maine Sportsman magazine