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Double lung receipient bags trophy moose

Posted Oct. 01, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.
Photo from Left to right, Jeff Watts, Joe Kruse, Jamie and Tony Lapole
Photo from Left to right, Jeff Watts, Joe Kruse, Jamie and Tony Lapole

Jamie Lapole and her father Tony arrived at Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins late on Saturday night from Baltimore, MD, two days before the start of the September moose season in zone 4. Jamie had a double lung transplant 11 months ago as a result of cystic fibrosis. She has always wanted to go on a moose hunt since the age of 10 when she watched a hunting show about moose. Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation sponsored her hunt. Hunt of a Lifetime is a non profit organization that provides free guided hunting and fishing trips to individuals with life threatening diseases. Jeff Watts, Moose Look Outfitters in Hanover, ME and Joe Kruse, Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins donated the guided hunt. Joe and his wife Liz provided lodging for the group. Savage Arms provided a free .308 rifle with a bushnell scope, Nosler provided the ammo and Al Cowperwaite from North Maine Woods provided free access to the hunting party through the Kelly Dam road gate. Hunt of a life time gave her $400 to spend and Cabela’s gave her the employee discount to stretch her dollars at the store. Hunt of a life time also provided the rental vehicle and money for gas and food. We hunted 16 hours a day including travel time to zone 4, and although Jamie saw plennty of bull moose, she just couldn’t connect. We had several close encounters but she never complained and never got discouraged. Then on the last day of the hunt, at 8:10 in the morning we spotted a beautiful moose on the side of the road, Jamie jumped out of the truck, disregarded the shooting stick and shot her trophy moose in the heart. It ran about 40 yards and dropped in a clearing. She was thrilled beyond explanation. Her moose weighed 870 pounds and sported a 44 1/2 inch rack with 15 points and a white nose. A beautiful moose. Butchering is being provided by Herring Brothers and taxidermy by Jim Gieb.

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