Hunting Report 1539539442

Hunter Information
Hunter Name:james kenny
Contact Information:96 aspinwall st staten island,ny 10307 USA ; Phone: 718-227-7927 Email: jivipkmg@aol.com
Hunting Experience:2 travel hunts/year for 20+ years.
Physical Condition:run 3 miles a day 5 days a week
Date and Time of Hunt
Weapon Used:rifle
How Hunt Was Conducted:
Date of Hunt:10/08/2018 to 10/09/2018
Place of Hunt:Maine - Not Found - 13
Hunting Area:unit 3
Outfitter, Guide and Booking Agent Details
Outfitter (or safari company):OMM Outfitters ; PO Box 342 Eagle Lake,Maine 04739 USA ; Phone: 207-444-7529 Email: info@ommoutfitters.com Website: www.ommoutfitters.com
Personal Guide (if any):Nathan Theriault
Booking Agent (if any): ; , ;
Trip Arrangements (if self-guided):
License Required:
Game Description
Major Game Animals Taken:Moose
Game Sought But Not Taken:
Game Conditions Comments:
Service Ratings
Quality of Outfit:excellentGuide/PH Ability:excellent
Condition of Camp:excellentCondition of Equipment:excellent
Quality of Food:excellentTrophy Care:excellent
Name of Airline:drove from NYCAirline Serviceexcellent
Airline Comments:
Costs
Hunting Fees:Amount:$0.00
Trophy Fees:Amount:$0.00
Permits/Licenses:Amount:$0.00
Commercial Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Charter Airfares:Amount:$0.00
Other Costs:Amount:$0.00
Total:$0.00
Summary Remarks
Problems of Hunt:None
Highlights of Hunt:See comments.
Equipment Recommendations:Standing height walking sticks. Quiet clothing. Knee high boots. Camera handy for the best fall foliage imaginable.
Would You Recommend This Hunt to a Friend?yes
Why?See comments. Every expectation exceeded. When the tag gods smile on us again, we'll be back.
Important Notes
Notified Outfitter?Notified Personal Guide?Notified Booking Agent?
Seeking any kind of restitution or other settlement from agent, booking_agent or guide?
If Seeking Restitution, What is Sought?
Additional Hunter Comments and/or Outfitter/Booking Agent Rebuttals
My wife and I are avid hunting partners. After 30+ years of marriage, it is a source of great energy and passion in our relationship. Taking a quality moose in a place we could drive to has been a dream for quite a while. Every spring for years (decades?), we submit our applications to the New England moose states and hope. The tag gods have not been unkind to us. I drew a Maine moose tag in 2007. I let my wife, Viola, be the hunter. Unfortunately, tag soup was the meal awaiting us at the end of that hunt. In 2013, Vi drew a Vermont moose tag. Although she had an opportunity at a bull, she could not close the deal. She felt she had a New England curse. Maybe something to do with the 1986 World Series, since Vi is a huge NY Mets fan. In 2014, I drew a cow tag. I let my brother-in-law take the moose which proved to be the best game meat I have ever tasted. Last spring, just before the start of the Belmont Stakes, I got a call from Nathan Theriault of OMM Outfitters. Nathan let me know that Viola had been successful in the Maine moose lottery. I met Nathan during the cow hunt in 2014. My guide, Guy Randlett, was retiring, and he was turning his business over to Nathan. Nathan helped us hone into cows right away. I knew if I drew again, he was my man! Nathan was like a kid on Xmas morning on the phone. Apparently, near his camp at Eagle Lake Sporting Camps, he had sighted a monster bull on several occasions for the last couple of seasons. Nathan had multiple pictures of him and even had his sheds from last season! He nicknamed the bull \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Big Louie,\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" and he was to be our quarry. Fast forward to October: we drove from NYC to Portland. We stayed at the very comfortable Holiday Inn with a room overlooking the bay. We spent a day touring and eating and drinking in some fine establishments in Portland. We headed out the next morning to camp. Nathan's guides could not do enough for us. His cooks, Gloria and Lois, interviewed us regarding our food preferences. Dinners were outstanding; the menu included lobster and steak. Fresh Maine potatoes figured prominently on the menu. We hunted out of the Eagle Lake Sporting Camps. The cabins were rustic on the outside and immaculate on the inside. There was running water, a shower, and propane heat. The bed is what I would expect from a 4 star hotel. Nathan and Nick guided Vi and I the next morning. Clearly, Nathan had done very extensive scouting. We did not go after Big Louie since Nathan had sighted him far from camp the day before the hunt, and he couldn't reasonably predict his location on opening day. Instead, we pursued \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Bigger Louie.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Soon after sun up, we walked a short way out of the truck and made some calls. Immediately there was some crashing, but nothing ever came in. Later, we went to a different location. We walked about a mile through bog and blow down and called in a 40+ inch moose to about 30 yards. Vi's trigger finger was itching, but Nathan dissuaded her: \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"too small.\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Early that afternoon, we walked up a logging road and made a call. We were pretty sure something responded, but nothing came in. We stalked up the trail about 200 yds. Nathan looked back. His jaw dropped. He became visibly pale. He whispered, \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"It's Big Louie!!!\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" Vi got the .308 Kimber on the shooting sticks. Nathan dove to a puddle on the side of the trail and started making cow calls and splashing. Louie would walk up 10 yards, stop, and freeze for 5 minutes straight, always maintaining a perfect frontal presentation. He repeated this several times until he was about 100 yards away. Suddenly, he turned slightly to the right like he was about to bolt. Vi sent a Nosler 165 grain Accubond down the trail and Big Louie buckled. A second round anchored him right in the middle of the trail. A 3 foot vertical track: a guides delight! After pictures and field dressing the moose, we drove to the check station in Fort Kent and then OMM's meat processing shop in Eagle Lake. The cooks kept the kitchen open until we returned. I went grouse hunting until the meat was processed the next day. One of the highlights of the hunt was upon leaving, Nathan presented Viola with a framed montage of pictures of Big Louie over the last couple of years as well as his sheds from last year! Vi and I had high expectations going into this hunt, and Nathan and his crew exceeded every single expectation we had. This was a hunt of a lifetime!