Father, daughter bag moose together

ANDOVER — Brian Ellis of Norway was elated when he got a moose permit this year, but he had more than an animal in his sights when he applied.

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Brian Ellis of Norway crouches next to his 11-year-old daughter, Shyanne, after she shot her first moose on Wednesday in Andover. Father and daughter said they cherish their time together in the Maine woods.

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Shyanne Ellis, 11, of Norway, sits with the bull moose she shot Wednesday in Andover with her father, Brian Ellis. It was Shyanne's first harvest. The moose weighs 400 pounds and has a six-point rack.

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Shyanne Ellis, 11, of Norway, sits patiently in the woods in Andover waiting for a moose. Her father, Brian Ellis, received a moose permit this year and had listed his daughter as a sub-permittee.

Ellis, an avid hunter, had listed his 11-year-old daughter, Shyanne, as his sub-permittee on the application.

"She has been hunting deer and turkeys for two years with no success," he said. "I wanted this to be her first harvest."

Ellis has shared his passion for hunting and fishing in the Maine woods with his daughter since she could walk.

"She has been trucking in and out of the woods with me since she was 4," Ellis said. "I got into trail cams when she was that age, and she started coming along with me on hikes."

Shyanne has been helping her father by setting up deer stands, working on trail cameras (used to monitor game) and target-shooting. She got her first rifle on her 10th birthday.

"When I got my first rifle, I thought it was awesome," she said. "I was so excited."

Shyanne says she loves being out in the woods and finding the beauty in nature. What she cherishes most is spending time with her father.

"It's special time with just me and dad and no one else," Shyanne said.

She began her first moose hunt on Columbus Day. After having no luck Monday and Tuesday, the daughter-father combo set out again Wednesday morning, heading to Andover.

They spotted a moose in the treeline, but were unable to get a clear shot.

Ellis has taught his daughter to aim for the lungs only. Shyanne, who was not in a good position, proved she had more patience than her father and opted not to take the shot.

At around 5:15 p.m. the duo finally spotted a moose tromping behind a pile of rocks. Ellis said the young bull stepped up into an opening, and Shyanne was already poised with the moose in her sights.

"I was really excited and nervous," she said. "It was the first thing I have ever been able to shoot."

The bull moose weighed 400 pounds and had a six-point rack. Shyanne took the double lung shot from 125 yards without a shooting rack.

"It was the most amazing thing I will probably share with her in a long time, if not our lifetime," her father said. "I wouldn't trade any part of it for anything."


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So nice to see some GREAT

So nice to see some GREAT news! Involving your child into a tradition that goes back before any of our time is something that this girl will carry with her for her lifetime!!!Sad to see such ignorance in people's comments that clearly do NOT understand what hunting is about.?"If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the gods must clearly smile on hunting." --Aristotle
As far as the picture goes, making it look like the guns are pointed at Shyanne,taking one at different angles makes for "odd" shots that deceive many.I am sure the picture taker was not a professional;0)~~

Natalie Bergeron's picture

ah thank you brian!

Spoken so beautifully.... Perhaps if the correct eco-system that Mr Fournier describes comes to life and the management of fertility control is established... HA! Come on!!! Really? You think you won't be taking the "Rights" away from animals if you are controling their ability to procreate!!! Sigh... I am glad my head is on my shoulders and yours in on yours.. Mr Fournier! Its called fighting a DEAD argument-

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And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.

The best memories of my Dad were ones when we went deer hunting. Its a way of life in Maine and I dont expect any progressive liberal whiner to understand that But then again what is there about progressive liberals that I understand?

TOM FOURNIER's picture

Your quote is absolutely true & supports my thesis. Case closed.

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
“Dominion” is the operative word. Only a complete idiot would interpret that to mean killing. Surely a compassionate God meant dominion to mean that we should take good care and respect all living creatures. Not kill them! Think as you will, along with “Miss Natalie”. She sounds so compassionate. Such a lady with a big heart…

Natalie Bergeron's picture


I smiled the from the moment I read the headline, clicked the link, read the article AND while I was looking at these photos.... and then I read the comments, and all I could say was "really??" I was absolutely thrilled to read an article about a healthy sport, enjoyed by father AND daughter, and the wonderful experience that this is and always will be for their family. Hunting is a choice we have as Maine residents (my personal view: great way to live off the land, saving the species from over population, AND no hormones in game meat!), not everyone agrees with it, but ultimately it is a personal decision. Much like brushing your teeth, eating fast food, smoking cigarettes etc. So why spoil this lovely article with your toxic comments on where the rifle was pointed!? Do you really think that gun was pointed towards her head??? I very highly doubt it. Peace not war- enjoy these healthy articles when they appear, because we all know it is not often...

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Moose and Any Hunting

People that have never hunted and not born here in Maine should be BANNED from making stupid comments!!

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Now that's American

You're a true Patriot -- as long as everyone agrees with you, I'm sure.

Larry T. Doughty's picture

Moose killing


KRIS KUCERA's picture


Look at the one gun at the photo pointing right at the girl's head. So much for gun safety.

Yeah, those Moose sure put up a fight. They just stand there -- a real tough kill, sure.

Patrick Abdo's picture


The bolt is open and the young lady is behind the rifle.

Heather Gagne's picture

There is such a thing...

So they posed for a picture with the guns. All people that hunt do that. The angle of the gun just doesn't look right but I am sure that the father is not stupid enough to do such a thing without putting the SAFETY button on...besides, this is his daughter! Have some common sense and think before you speak. As for the moose putting up a fight, they are not easy to kill. They don't just stand there, they will run. Shows what you know about hunting. Do some research before inserting your foot in your mouth!

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Maybe revisit rules 1 & 3 . . .

. . . before you chew on your own foot.


KRIS KUCERA's picture

I don't care if the safety's off.

No gun, even empty, should point towards anybody, no matter what. Duh.

And the guns -- aren't they shiny! -- lay there as holy tributes to Freud.

Looks like this moose didn't run. Just got ambushed and shot. Now that's sport for ya.

Heather Gagne's picture

I'm a professional

I'm a professional photographer and though the gun 'looks' like it is pointing at her head, in real life it very well could be pointing OVER her head. You weren't there and I was not there so neither should speculate. And no need to post nssf safety guidelines. I am from Maine, my husband is a concealed weapons holder, and I am going for mine as well. I know enough to know and comment.

KRIS KUCERA's picture

Your comment: "I am sure that

Your comment: "I am sure that the father is not stupid enough to do such a thing without putting the SAFETY button on"

Rule 3: Don't rely on the gun's safety.

Yeah, you know enough. It's aimed "over her head." The Dick Cheney school of hunting. Every lucky fan is a winner.


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