If you drew a Maine moose tag for 2015 and you went outside, you probably shot a moose.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) tried to lower the kill by only issuing 2,740 permits, but 2,200 Maine moose hunters were successful. At 80 percent, that's not a bad average.
An average Maine moose weighs about 850 pounds and provides 450 pounds of meat and you don't have to go too far from the road to kill one Even more impressive is that many of the moose killed this year weighed over 1,000 pounds. Here is one giant Maine bull from this past season.
According to MDIFW biologists, the moose population is thriving in the state, and most individuals are in excellent health.
Maine moose hunters get several six-day seasons throughout the fall, combined with a month-long opportunity in the southern portion of the state. The state reduced the number of available tags for 2015 by 12 percent, but the harvest actually increased. That probably wasn't the state's plan, but good weather and better season timing contributed to the abundant harvest.