Moose hunters bringing in the bulls in northern Maine
FORT KENT, Maine — The 2019 Maine Moose Hunt is underway and hunters are wasting no time bagging bulls in Aroostook County.
The season began with a weeklong Sept. 23-28 bulls-only hunt throughout 11 wildlife management districts in the state.
Hunter Garrett Albert of Fort Kent shot his moose in the Allagash area of Wildlife Management District 1 on opening day Monday at around 7 a.m.
Albert, 26, dropped the bull with a straight shot to the heart.
“It pretty much fell right where it was,” he said.
Albert, who is an officer with Madawaska Police Department, had about a dozen supporters who joined him on the hunt, including his parents, Dave and Tammy Albert, his sister, Marissa Albert and uncle Kurt Albert.
Hunting has been a part of Garrett Albert’s life since he began engaging in the sport as a young child with his grandfather.
“It’s always been kind of a family thing we always did; it’s kind of a nice time to bond with family I suppose and to go out with friends too,” he said. “It’s more or less just about being able to get outside with family and friends and to make a big thing of it.”
Albert owns a camp in Allagash where his party stayed during the short-lived hunt.
“We got to go up on Sunday and hang out. It was a nice way to get out of town and unwind together,” he said.
Albert made haste when it came to having his moose processed for meat.
“We already have it cut up and it’s all in the freezer,” he said Tuesday morning. Out-of-state hunters also enjoyed some early season moose hunting success in northern Maine.
Pennsylvania hunter Kim Horner felled his first Maine moose 21 years ago. He’s entered the Maine Moose Permit Lottery ever since and returned this year to shoot a 744-pound bull in Wildlife Management District 2 on the second day of the 2019 season.
Guided by Randy Bossie of Dean’s Den out of New Canada, Horner dropped his moose with a .300-caliber Winchester Magnum shot behind the front of the moose’s shoulder.
Like Albert, Horner also intends to stock his freezer with moose meat.
“That’s good, good eating,” he said.
Horner said he will continue to enter the Maine Moose Permit Lottery as soon as he is eligible to do so again in two years.
The 2019 Maine Moose Hunt will see a total of 2,820 moose permit lottery winners enter the Maine woods Sept. 23-28, Oct. 14-19, Oct. 28 – Nov. 2 and Nov. 4-30.