Old Glory 802

(Excerpted from Erin Dunn’s Facebook post, 11/20/14. Thanks Tad, Erin, & Josh!)
Photo by Erin Dunn
Photo by Erin Dunn

“My cousin, Josh, got his cow permit for this 2014 final moose hunt week in Zone 3. He harvested an 802.0 lb cow, and for those that are interested, the Maine state record for a cow moose is 885 lbs., harvested in Misery Township in 2001 by a gentleman from PA on a guided moose hunt. Holy “Cow!” So in perspective, Josh harvested an old glory.

Photo by Erin Dunn
Photo by Erin Dunn

We all drove up during the first storm of the season on Sunday the 2nd. A trip that would normally take 5 hours took us 9. I counted 32 vehicles off the road by the time we hit Sinclair. Arriving after 10 p.m. we were greeted by one hell of a pumped hunting crew and a toasty camp.
Josh harvested his moose at 6:15 a.m. on 11.4.2014 (Maine state election day). The local game warden surely was impressed with Old Glory. We went to the closest tagging station, Quigley’s in Fort Kent, and watched local biologists and students from UMaine Fort Kent collect data and remove ovaries for cow studies for the harvest season.
We headed back to camp where a makeshift hoist was setup. With some thought, labor, and team effort, an 802.0 lb cow moose was hanging from 3

Photo by Erin Dunn
Photo by Erin Dunn

logs ratchet-strapped between two trees at camp by 10 a.m. The pressure was off and we were able to look for birds, deer, and take in nature.
Another one of my uncle’s contacted us and requested the moose head for his buddies who own a brewery as they want to make an authentic MooseHead Ale… I think it should be named 802.
Each one of us were so lucky and proud to share this trip with Josh… as Josh says, “This is a trip of a lifetime.”

(Stay tuned for more on the ale…)