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Mike Horning's Maine Big Four  

From the start of the 2012 season and the luck of the draw for the Maine Moose hunting opportunity, Mike Horning, who lives in Cape Neddick, Maine and one of the MaineHunters.com - Pro-Staff, managed to pull off the "big four" here in Maine! Mike harvested the Big Four with some real nice animals!

May 11, 2012 - Maine Eastern Turkey 18 pounds 9 1/4" beard 7/8" spurs

August 30th, 2012 a Maine Black Bear 144 pound male 

October 9th, 2012 a Maine Moose  53" wide 18 points 739 pounds. MASTC at 162 7/8"......

November 3rd, 2012 a nice 6 point Maine buck 137 pounds in his home town of Cape Neddick.

 Congratulations Mike from us all here on staff!


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Moose Hunting Fun

By Greg Gove- MH's Staff Writer  


 If you have never moose hunted before you probably think it is easy.  In some parts of the world, and on some T.V. shows it does appear to be a lot less of a challenge than hunting deer or other more wary animals.  I am here to tell you that the opposite is true in the state of Vermont.  The season takes place after the rut has happened which has always baffled me. The bulls are less apt to come to a call and the cows are in hiding refueling from the breeding season.  I have been lucky enough to be on three moose hunts in my life and each one has been a unique hunt and a learning experience.  There are those hunters that fill there tag first thing opening morning by a road with little or no effort, and then there are those who like to get into the back country and work for it a little.  I fit into the second category. 

After pulling a VT moose tag a few years back my hopes were really high, but after realizing that I had drawn a zone in the southern half of the Northeast Kingdom with a success rate that is one of the lowest around I knew I had my work cut out for me.  Numerous scouting missions had shown me a lot of moose sign but no actual moose sightings. I did however see sign of one heck of a bull that was marking his territory in a big cut over swampy section of woods so that is where I decided I was going to concentrate my time.


Big Bull Moose Track



Fast forward three days into the season, no moose, only one cow sighting and some major frustration starting to set in.  We headed up an old logging road at first light with the plan of sitting in a clear cut and calling a few hours before striking out for some new territory.  The temps were supposed to get up into the 80’s that day so I knew the moose wouldn’t be on there feet long.  About 2 miles up the old road we came to the cut and we sat down and began to call.  About 15 minutes went by, and about every five minutes I would pull the string on the old can call and listen for any movement or call back.  I thought I could hear something in the swamp a couple hundred yards out breaking some branches, but it wasn’t until about 5 minutes later that my co shooter and guide heard the noise and saw the bull coming out of the swamp.  I raised my gun and from about 175 yards out and a huge rack of horns caught my eye.  My buddy Sean was sitting between my father in law and I with the binoculars on the moose and we were all at full attention waiting for the bull’s next move.  He stood there for a couple of minutes and all I could see above the small pine trees was an ear and the rack.  I tried calling a couple times, but all I could get him to do was turn his head in my direction.  I was unsure of what to do next.  The bull wasn’t coming any closer, I had no shot, and I wasn’t sure if my co shooter had a shot because he couldn’t hear me whispering at him.  I kept trying to whisper “If you have a shot take it,” but he couldn’t hear me.  Later I found out he could see the bull’s front shoulder, but he told me it wasn’t his tag and he wanted me to shoot.  That is a pretty good guy huh?  Sean had the binoculars and kept counting points which was really getting me riled up.  I kept hearing him say “15,16,17,18 points, sticker on the front! Eye guards!” I finally had to tell him to shut up.  After at least 10 minutes the bull was sick of the game and he turned and started to walk away.  My next move was to sprint 20 yards forward, raise my gun and look through the scope and when I did I could finally see the bull’s huge body walking left to right, and as soon as I got a good look at him the crosshairs were behind his shoulder, the safety was off, and I fired a shot.  The bullet had to have clipped a few trees on the way there but I had to try. 


The view from where I shot

The moose disappeared.  My guide Sean said I had missed and my co shooter said that the bull must have ran down a bank and out of sight.  I looked at both of them with a smile and said “I just dropped him right in his tracks.”  Sean stayed behind glassing the area in case the moose jumped up and I headed in the bull’s direction with my co shooter.  After 175 yards of busting brush and slicing our arms on the berry bushes, I rounded a small pine tree and there he was laying there.  My shot had hit him in the back and I told my co shooter to come down and finish him off which he did quickly.  What a moment, we couldn’t be more excited as we jumped up and down yelling and screaming.  We took some pictures and looked at his huge rack of horns and about instantly I knew the bull was going with me to the taxidermy shop.  Our guide couldn’t even believe it and I think he was in shock as we yelled at him to come down and check out the bull. 


Big Bull Down

 Well, as all moose hunters know this is when the work begins.  We were 2.7 miles from the road mostly downhill thankfully, and we were on private land which we had permission to hunt but did not have permission to bring our 4 wheelers into and retrieve the moose.  The decision was made that my hunting partners were going to head out of the woods to get permission from the landowner and I would stay with the moose.  It was getting hot quick, so as soon as they left I tried to start field dressing the moose which is no easy task by yourself.  I had a heck of a time but managed to dress the bull and drag the guts away so they wouldn’t ruin any meat.  I went and washed up in the beaver pond and then found a nice shady spot and sat down and admired the bull.  A total of 4 hrs from the time my buddies had left I finally heard the sound of a 4 wheeler and chainsaw coming my way.  I was really worried because of the heat, and wanted to get the bull on ice as soon as possible.  I walked up to them and they told me the story of how they had to drive all over town to get permission and how they had to drive all the way back to Sean’s house 45 minutes away because he had accidentally left his 4 wheeler keys at home.   They looked as tired as I was, and they were pretty relieved that I had the moose dressed and ready to go.  Quickly we hooked the moose up to the wheeler and after getting stuck a few times we were able to get him out of the woods and down to the road. 


All Hooked Up


Getting stuck is part of the fun. Here I am sitting on the 4 wheeler trying to keep it from flipping over. 


 Getting them out is half the adventure

 We didn’t realize how nice of a bull he was until we got to the local store and the crowd gathered around and began to snap pictures.  He ended up being the highest scoring bull ever recorded for the town of Groton in the VT Big Game Trophy Club and he was also number 32 all time for VT with a score of 180 inches with a 53 3/8 spread.  All I can say is I cannot wait to go moose hunting again.  I drew a cow tag for Maine this year and if that hunt turns out anything like this one we are in for a good time.


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Even with the lowered herd numbers in Maine, we still have big bucks! We still have the toughest coyote hunting in the USA! We have some of the best black bear hunting, moose, turkey and bobcat hunting anywhere! New England hunting is getting noticed for the extreme challenge of success!  

MaineHunters.com's Pro-Staff was started as a New England ONLY Hunting show, we will not sell out by hunting in areas that you typically see on TV shows from the Western & Southern States. We are not knocking what others do, we simply believe that hunting in New England is more difficult in many aspects of the sport from terrain to videoing hunts, what MaineHunters.com stands for is the New England Hunting Heritage of our Grandfathers!! And now others are taking notice! We are true to what we are.. New England Hunters, what we call North Eastern Hunters (Some areas of Canada are included in our hunting range, simply because of it's likeness to USA New England hunting.) our footage and shows will always be everything from rough tracking video to great tripod mounted stand hunting footage! Hunting in New England with no fancy editing, fake footage or re-enactments, footage hunters want to see, real action! 

Having booths at local Sportsmen shows has opened up our ears to what the western folks from TV land are finally catching on to, New England hunting is the ultimate challenge of success and achievement as a sportsmen no matter where you live! New England is the home of "any deer is a trophy", but a 200 lb buck is the dream, big racks are a bonus, but not a requirement for achievement as the 200 lb buck of New England is a creature that can outsmart many men, time and time again and reach proportions of mammoth weights be it's illusiveness! Many of New England's 200 lb plus bucks have never been viewed by a human for more than a second or a flash when the hammer is finally laid down on him! There are very few "pre-photos" or sightings of this class of deer in New England, our deer do not funnel out into standing crops on a daily patterned basis as a rule! Big bucks in Maine get big by being extremely tuned into their surroundings, which in many cases is high dense forest to nasty cedar bogs where most men will not venture!

In 2010 New England is hitting the charts, we are finally starting to hear the feedback we have been waiting to hear at shows... Big name TV hunting stars are starting to look towards New England for the ultimate challenge of being successful as a hunter!  New England hunting is starting to get the recognition it has long deserved by the rest of the USA! The difficulty level of harvesting an animal in New England is the challenge that many hunters have never seen!  Hunting New England is one of the MOST difficult areas of the United States to be successful at accomplishing the goal of harvesting a coyote, deer, moose or turkey in the North East!  New Englanders have said for many years our hunting is more difficult then out west and sportsmen that have never hunted here have always felt new England folk were no better skilled then, let's say, a hunter in Ohio or Illinois!  Hunters from the western and southern States are now starting to understand what it's like to hunt in New England! We have big bucks, big bear, big coyotes, and plenty of turkeys, but there is is a definite twist to all of these game animals in New England, our animals live in terrain and habitat that requires a unique and often times difficult skill level to harvest successfully! Hunting New England is an extreme challenge that only being successful here can one ever understand!

MaineHunters.com staff is gearing up for yet another remarkable hunting season, coyotes, deer, bear,small game, turkey are just a few of what can be expected on our next DVD season! Join CoyoteCrosshairs.com and get involved in one of our best hunting opportunities and the ultimate challenge to New England Hunters! Save a Deer..Kill a Coyote! 


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A Black Powder Adventure
By Greg Gove- MH's Staff Writer 
A few years back the Vermont muzzleloader season got off to an extremely cold start.  Sitting for me was pretty much out of the question as daytime temps weren’t even reaching 0.  I spent the first weekend hunting my usual spots on the family hunting grounds and come Monday it was time to switch up my strategy a bit.  I opted to hunt with my neighbor in a spot he had been hunting in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.  Monday morning I was up and ready to go well before daylight, but the weather sure was not cooperating.  It was 15 below with Gail force winds and as we split up to hunt I decided I was going to walk all day and try to find out where the deer were hanging out.
      The first half of the day I scoured the north side of the road as my neighbor Bill and his friend Glenn took a stand on the south side.  There was minimal deer sign, about the most noteworthy thing that happened was I found a fresh bobcat track in the snow and followed that for a couple of hours. It seemed like it was too cold for the deer too. We headed back to Bills around midday to warm up a bit and have some venison burgers for lunch.  It’s funny how a little break in the middle of the day can pump you back up for the afternoon hunt.  The rest of the day Bill and Glenn took their same stands and I switched to the south side of the road and worked above where they were standing.  Each step was like glass shattering on the hard crust so seeing a deer walking was doubtful.  Around dark I made my way on to a nice hardwood knob that was covered in whips and deer tracks.  It had old and new tracks in it and it looked like a place where the deer had been spending a lot of time recently feeding on the whips and young growth.  I made up my mind that the following morning I was going to get up there before light and sit as long as I possibly could.
The next morning I was on the hardwood knob right around daybreak.  I lost my hot seat coming in so I had to use my facemask as a seat and I knew it was only a matter of time before the snow soaked through the mask and pants and got me wet.  It was a bitter cold morning again and sitting for over 2 hours was going to about the max for me and my wool clothes.  It was about 10 below and it was starting to snow pretty good.  About a half hour went by and I was already frozen to the core when I heard footsteps coming up behind me.  It sounded just like a person, so I figured it was another hunter making their way through but I was on full alert just in case it was a deer.  The crunching gradually got louder and louder, and before I knew it the shape of a deer through the tangle of whips caught my eye.  I flipped myself around on the log I was sitting on and instantly the MDM smoke pole was up, cocked and pointed at the critter.  Buck or doe down this one would go as I had drew a doe tag that year, but as my scope zeroed in on the deer a set of antlers above the whips caught my eye.  I saw a definite fork and the antlers rose a nice distance off the deer’s head.  The buck was a mere 45 yards from me when I picked an open spot in the tangle and sent the Hornady 50 caliber sabot towards my target.  Smoke filled the scope, and as is the case most times with a muzzleloader confusion sets in on how good the hit was.  
When the smoke cleared I saw the deer running full speed diagonally working its way towards my position.  I began to reload as quickly as I could throwing the 2 Triple 7 pellets followed by a jacketed Hornady.  All at once the deer stopped and stared in the direction away from me about 40 yards away and I thought I had missed.  I slowly worked the bullet down the barrel with the ram rod as quietly as I could, but as the bullet was seated and the rod came out it made a small metal on metal grinding sound to which the deer heard and jerked his head in my direction.  I still had to put the primer in and I was moving as slow and quietly as I could all the while the deer was staring right at me.  I finally got the primer in and was closing the gun when I noticed the buck was beginning to wobble.  It was then that I knew I hit the buck but figured I was going to give him one more if he was standing there looking at me.  I raised the gun, pulled back the hammer and lined up the crosshairs for the finishing shot.  “Boom.” This time I saw the deer react and he took two bounds around a small hill and out of sight.  All of this happened within a minute, but it felt like a lot longer to me.  
      I called Bill on the radio and told him I had a deer down.  He couldn’t believe it as he said the shots were so close together that he thought two hunters must have fired them and it couldn’t have been me.  He said he was going to work his way up to me to help me with the dragging chores.  I got up, collected my things, and started sneaking up to where I saw the buck last.  The telltale red trail accompanied his track and three steps around the hill showed me the beautiful sight of him laying there.   I walked up to the buck and admired him; it felt really good getting this deer, especially with the conditions being the way they were.  It was 7:30 in the morning when I shot him and by 9 he was dressed, dragged and reported, and I had the rest of the day to celebrate.  I took the buck over to Topsham with my brother to show Grampa Williams as he always enjoyed when we would pull in during deer season with something to show off.  It was a memorable hunt because of the conditions, and because of the fact that I went into new woods and was able to get it right so quickly.  I even found my hot seat on the way out.  It goes to show that even late season can produce results.  Often times the later the season gets the more a warm bed in the morning is harder to get out of, but if you stick with your hunting until the last day you will have no regrets heading into the long winter months.  It’s always bittersweet when the end of deer season comes. 
In some ways I am glad to see it because it saves me from myself, but in other ways I know I have to wait till next year to do it all again.  

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Maine’s CWD Law As Written... Is An Accident Waiting To Happen!
By Steve Beckwith 

When Maine enacted a Chronic waste law in 2006, I wrote numerous letters to then President of SAM, George Smith and directly to the DIF&W, as did several meat processors along Maine's borders to argue that deer from NH and Canada walk freely into Maine! At that time the DIF&W stood strong and refused to make any changes, being obstinate, not wanting to allow any deer into Maine that was not processed, a 100% nothing crosses into Maine whole law. Totally ridiculous and unacceptable law. But low and behold the law was changed in 2008, to allow NH deer and Canadian deer into Maine whole. No explanation was offered, they just heard all the complaints and changed the law. I am not sure if it was any one entity, SAM or the voice of sportsmen like myself or the butchers on Maine’s borders, but the law was changed to that of this:
(Currently it is illegal to bring the whole carcass of a deer, moose, elk or caribou into Maine except if it comes from New Hampshire, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador or New Brunswick.)

I am still not satisfied with the law as written. It allows animals from Canada that do not border Maine (IE: Newfoundland, Labrador) , but not States that border NH??  Maine's DIF&W has operated for many years as if Maine hunters are a million miles away from VT, or Mass.. Most States in the US require that NO deer can be transported into their State from any state that has documented cases of Chronic Wasting Disease. Which is an adequate requirement that makes sense to me.  The closest state to Maine is New York and the last case in NY was 2005, which was domesticated cervids that caused their problem initially, then 2 wild deer in that same county were found to have CWD. No further cases have been reported or found since in NY.  So why is it that Maine can not allow deer from Mass., CT, RI. or Vermont ? Maine needs to respect New England Hunters and at allow these states deer and moose to cross it's borders and be processed here in Maine on a return hunting trip! 

Hunting trips to areas that can be hunted with a one day round trip from Maine, should be allowed to return home with the entire deer. I doubt if anyone that sits in the position of creating such laws as this one for the Maine hunter has ever traveled from their home in the morning and hunted in VT, or Mass., hunted all day and shot a deer at sunset, then had to spend the remainder of the evening getting the deer out, to a tagging station, stop off in New Hampshire to get the deer processed and then wake the butcher up at 9-10 PM, all to abide by Maine's absurd transportation of cervid law into Maine!  I would dare to say, they have not ever had the opportunity I just mentioned. Most of these law makers live in Central Maine or north and hunting in NH is a far stretch for a days hunt even from Central Maine. Are they even aware that a person from Jackman Region can be hunting in VT, by way of Canada, in just a 2 1/2 hours too, and that hunter has to process their deer before coming home as well!

I am not the only hunter from Maine that has the convenience of hunting Maine, NH, VT and Mass. from my dooryard!  I can be in VT in 2 1/2 hours, I can be in Mass. in 45 minutes, I can be in NH, in 15 minutes and I can be in Augusta in an 1 1/2 hrs. But because of this inconsiderate law put on Maine hunters by those in control of writing the wording of this law, I am greatly inconvenienced when I harvest a deer. Two examples are,  One in 2007 when the State would not allow even NH deer into Maine whole, I shot a deer in Portsmouth, NH just at dark, I spent that entire evening finding a butcher. The deer was shot only 10 minutes from Maine's border. but I spent an entire evening getting this deer to Strafford, NH and then had to return to retrieve it after it was butchered two days later. The second one was last Saturday, Dec 10th, 2011, I shot a doe in Mass. and was only 20 minutes from Maine's border and had to repeat the nightmare of 2007, because this deer from Mass. again requires de-boning and processing before entering Maine, I again brought this deer all the way to my butcher in Strafford, NH for processing and had to return on Monday to pick up the processed meat. It takes me just as long to drive to Mass. as it does to Strafford, NH from my door yard!  

Until any State has a known case of Chronic Wasting disease, no State's cervid animal should be treated like it has the plague. Maine DIF&W and the law makers of this State need to change this law, require hunters to check this website, http://www.cwd-info.org, before going on a hunting trips to determine how their game needs to be handled before returning to Maine. The list is easy to read, and very easy to see there is nothing wrong with a deer from VT or Mass, CT or R.I.?   Alberta, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin,  and Wyoming. CWD has been detected in 19 states and two Canadian provinces. My point here is that Maine could end up on this list, just as well as Mass, CT or VT. But it is not on it yet! The making of absurd laws like we have will not prevent this disease from coming here. In all actuality, I am a very rare case, I abide by the law as currently written and I am not implying that I am the only law abiding hunter, there are many more like me. But I would dare to say, there are more not like me that simply do not and will not obey “this” foolish Maine law!  Read this DIF&W Bulletin on the last page, it plainly states that hunters are not abiding by the law as written, they have confiscated deer this year (2011) from two States on the pre-mentioned CWD list!  So what does having a law preventing “ALL” deer from other states, except NH, from entering Maine accomplish? NOTHING! When will the DIF&W learn that only law abiding hunters, follow the laws that are set before them! More hunters that hunt outside of Maine, break this particular law then abide by it! It’s a fact and I hear about and see it every hunting season. Ask any butcher or taxidermist in Southern Maine if they see this! If they don’t tell you they see it, they are most likely covering it up because it will only hurt their business to do the correct “law abiding” thing, which is, to turn in the hunter to the game warden! Not too good for business don’t you think?! These businesses not only loose that particular business transaction, but the hunter looses his deer and probably is fined too. Then...when word of mouth soon travels through the hunter's personal list of buddies, no one will use that taxidermist or butcher for being the local rat fink!  Right or wrong this is another reason, the DIF&W’s CWD law is not helping Maine’s deer herd as it proposes it does!    

If Maine really wants to protect Maine’s deer herd, they would require all processors and taxidermists in Maine to dispose of any deer waste in a proper location. (Incinerated may be that option?)   With that said, evidently the DIF&W disposed of the confiscated deer that came from known states to have had CWD “some place in Maine”?  I doubt they trucked them back to VA and NY’s border and put them back on the land they came from, now did they!?  Seems simple enough for me, that if the DIF&W has a safe place to discard those such animals, then the remains of yours and my deer could safely be discarded there as well. In the Statement below the DIF&W Say’s  “ Deer with CWD that die will also infect the area where the carcass decays since the infected proteins (prions) that cause the disease may persist in the soil.”  May persist in the soil?  Is it actually “known” that dead animals infect the soil?  In another report I found on the NY Dept of Health website say’s “Experimental evidence indicates that infected animals probably transmit the disease through animal-to-animal contact and/or contamination of feed or water sources with saliva or bodily waste material. There is experimental evidence of environmental contamination of the soil through decomposition of infected deer carcasses as well as from feces or urine from infected deer. The transmission may be enhanced when deer and elk are congregated, such as around man-made feed and water stations”  Giving the hunter proper direction to take care of the possible threat, is a better course of direction, then to make laws that are so easily broken and encourage improper handling and sneaking game in for back door processing!  Maine law as it is written for CWD is a law that will shoot the Maine deer herd in the foot! If  CWD should ever arrive in Maine, hence putting Maine on the ill fated list, this will be because some person or persons were not properly educated in how to handle this situation, and I personally hold the DIF&W and lawmakers of this State accountable for their lack of proper guidance and direction to Maine’s hunters. Simply creating a law like they have is NOT the answer!

On a side note: Since the discovery of CWD in two free-ranging deer in Oneida County, NY  in 2005, over 6,500 deer in the CWD containment area and almost 27,000 samples statewide have been tested. No additional cases of CWD have been detected in the State of NY to date. This goes to show the stigma that is placed on NY, and currently has no known cases in six (6) years of testing. Does this make VT and Mass. a threat to Maine? Only if NY starts bringing truck loads of manure,soil and cervid carcasses to Maine, that might carry prions in it from CWD's past issue in NY back in 2005! The likelihood of this being done would have to be a terrorist attack by NY,on Maine's deer herd!   It's ok to bring a deer in whole to Maine from Quebec, and parts of Quebec border NY, kind of a double standard in this law as written!!  

It is not the problem it was in Colorado, Wyoming, and Wisconsin's CWD epidemics of years ago, here in New England it’s not that great of a threat to Maine’s deer herd. In fact it is rather a miniscule threat at best! Prevention is the key to it arriving here, and prevention starts through proper education of those that are involved, taxidermists, game processors, hunters and captive cervid farmers,by  simply creating a law that everyone is going supposedly to abide by will not stop this disease from coming to Maine! How about trying to encourage and educate proper handling of cervid animals instead. An inch of respect goes a lot further then shoving a law down a hunters throat!  

A  “No Hunting” signs tells the non-law abiding person, “Hey.. there’s a lot of deer in this piece of woods, it’s ok to hunt here!...As long as we don’t get caught!”   A law requiring hunter orange is for your own safety they say! That law does not stop the senseless shooting of another human being simply because it’s the Maine law to wear hunter orange! There is no difference in the law about cervids, it is a law in place to prevent an accident, we all know education and proper guidance is the key to becoming a safe, ethical sportsmen, not just making a bunch of laws and expect un-informed, un-trained, un-educated people to abide by them, because it’s a law! If Maine’s DIF&W is as genuinely concerned about CWD entering Maine’s deer & moose herds as they imply in their documentation, then they will listen to suggestions, and make the right decision for Maine’s deer & moose herd!
December 13, 2011
Inland Fisheries & Wildlife - Press release


284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333

www.mefishwildlife.com Main Number: (207) 287-8000

AUGUSTA, Maine – Are you hunting out of state? Maine hunters should know the regulations surrounding bringing harvested deer, elk, moose or caribou back into the state of Maine.

Currently it is illegal to bring the whole carcass of a deer, moose, elk or caribou into Maine (except if it comes from New Hampshire, Quebec, Newfoundland, Labrador or New Brunswick).

Already this fall Maine has had hunters bring in whole carcasses from Virginia and New York, both states that have identified Chronic Wasting Disease in their borders. These deer were confiscated and destroyed.

Since the fall of 2006, it has been illegal for hunters who harvest any cervid (members of the deer family) including deer, moose, caribou or elk, in any state, province or country to bring whole carcasses back into the state of Maine (except NH, QC, NL or NB). This means hunters must have their animal processed outside of the state and can only bring back boned-out meat, hardened antlers, skull caps that have been cleaned free of brain and other tissues, capes and hides with no skull attached, and finished taxidermy mounts.

Why has Maine enacted this law?

The threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) being introduced into our deer and moose population is serious. Chronic Wasting Disease is a lethal disease that affects the nervous system of cervids and always leads to the death of the animal. An infected cervid can pass on the disease to other cervids. Deer are most likely to contract the disease because they are social, group together, and travel widely to feed, to mate, or to wintering areas. Therefore the potential to transmit the disease over large areas is great.

Deer with CWD that die will also infect the area where the carcass decays since the infected proteins (prions) that cause the disease may persist in the soil. Maine and its neighboring states have been testing their free-ranging deer herds for CWD for many years, and have found no evidence of the disease to date. Thus, it is critically important that we do not introduce the disease by importing an infected carcass.

For hunters:

    If you hunt out of state the Department recommends planning ahead of time to have your animal processed in the state where it was harvested.

    If hunting in any state west of New Hampshire, or hunting in Nova Scotia or a Canadian province west of Quebec you can only bring back boned-out meat, hardened antlers, skull caps that have been cleaned free of brain and other tissues, capes and hides with no skull attached, teeth, and finished taxidermy mounts.

    If you bring a harvested deer, moose, elk or caribou back from out of state, and you were not aware of the importation rule, you must contact your local Inland Fisheries and Wildlife District Warden to report the importation of the carcass.

You can call the IFW information line at 207-287-8000 for your District Warden’s phone number.

The Department asks hunters to help protect Maine’s deer and moose population by being aware of and complying with the transportation rule. The rule was created to ensure the health of our native deer and moose populations.

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