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Just curious if it was possible to do a self hunt(if hell froze over and a non-res got a moose tag). I noticed on your guide thread, Maine is trying to drive out the everyday joe, for the rich hunter by passing the alien/outfitter law. I don't mean to offend anyone, but that seems very unfair. I'd love to put in for Maine moose, but not if I have to hire a guide, just don't have the money for fees, travel, and a guide.

Heck, I don't even know if you have public ground hunting, or what area would be good to put in for!!
 

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Yes it is possible to do a self hunt but do yourself a favor and bring a crew with you. It is not a one man job to retrieve a moose from the woods!

I am also INSULTED when people suggest that folks from away should have to hire a guide. Some people just don't make the money to hire one and others know more than a lot of these new era guides!
It is pure near-sightedness and greedy.

If a guide is worth his salt, and a good businessman he doesn't need a law passed to babysit him!

Put in for that tag and don't worry about what area, there are moose everywhere. It is a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.
 

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Yes go ahead and put in for the moose lottery. Zones 5 and 6 are great zones to apply for as they have miles and miles of paper ground to hunt on. We have moose everywhere up here and it is no problem finding one. The true trophy bulls are getting harder to find and get as they have been hunted enough to be wise of hunters. But you would be hunting them in the rut and you know what the rut does drives the crazy and makes them do stupid stuff so you never know when one of the monsters will walk out in front of you. Also you can use electronic calls here now so calling one out is not that hard to do anymore. I do not like the electronis calls, I have one but don't use it. So go ahead and apply and good luck.
 

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Montanaman - first of all the proposed law to require a guide would only pertain to an alien and I don't mean ET. You would be non-resident. An alien is from another country.
Secondly, Maine has yet to concede to the laws that all land is closed and you have to obtain permission. All Maine hunters educate each other that it is good practice to seek premission to hunt private land but technically, if it is not posted closed, that means it is open for hunting.
The north country where the most moose are, is pretty wide open - big country.
 

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I agree with Cap'n Jack, if you are a hunter and put in your time you can do a self hunt. In most areas talking with the right people will put you in a good area. The issue for the people I have taken is the logistics of retrieving such a large animal. That is where experience helps. For the record I do not support any mandatory hiring of guides period. If you put in and get picked it will be the hunt of a life time.
 

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Hey Montana... don't worry if you put in for a permit and get drawn....let me know. I'll not only help put you on to a good one... I'll help you get it out. The law allows you to quarter it if you have to..... but a4 wheeler and a trailor usually do the trick. Need a good winch on it and long cables.

For me the purpose of this forum and those like it is so we can help each other......that includes finding hunting ground in unfamiliar areas.
 

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Hey there Montana just a quick note before you decide to apply for the Maine moose lottery. You will be looking at a price of $1500.00 to $2000.00 for a self guided moose hunt.
 

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If anyone thinks they can come here from away and hunt for less than that they are not being realistic. MG07 has broken it down to all the fees and costs....... it ain't cheap.
 

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First, I didn't mean to offend anyone!! Sorry. Thanks for the offers, I know no hunts are cheap now days. I'll put in, even if I don't draw, it goes to a great cause.
 

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"Secondly, Maine has yet to concede to the laws that all land is closed and you have to obtain permission. All Maine hunters educate each other that it is good practice to seek premission to hunt private land but technically, if it is not posted closed, that means it is open for hunting.
The north country where the most moose are, is pretty wide open - big country." as quoted from Kenton6

Up here the paper companies don't post their land and they own 65 to 70% of the acreage up here. Especially in Zone 5 where mooseguide07 suggested.
If you come here to hunt the first thing you won't see is as many "posted" signs as they have south of the Kennebec.
A self guided hunt is great if you are experienced... if you aren't play it safe and get some "local" assistance....... make sure your "guide" hunts where he's sending you. Knowledge of an area is critical, experience must be too!
 

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Montana you have not offended us at all. Just wanted you to know around how much it would cost you for the hunt so you would not be disappointed. This hunt is not cheap mainly due to the size of the animal. When you get ready to apply PM me and I will help you chose the zones that you would have the best luck in.
 
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