Tisa Kenney-Diviney has had a lifelong connection to Maine, still has family here and instilled a love of the Pine Tree State in her son, Devan.

Devan, known as one of the Diviney family Texas "Maineiacs," loves to visit New England's most northeast state, especially to take advantage of its outdoor opportunities.

In fact, Devan had an especially memorable recent visit to Maine as he had a rugged, but highly-successful moose hunt experience.

Tisa, born and raised in Knox, moved to Texas in the 1980s. Her son, Devan, now age 30, has come to Maine each year since he was born and "truly considers Maine his second home. We call ourselves the Texas Maineiacs," she said.

Devan, the grandson of Wanda Kenney, and the late Richard Kenney, of Knox, and son of Patrick and Tisa Kenney-Diviney of Richardson, Texas, is an avid hunter, but had never entered the Maine moose lottery.

This was his first year to enter and could not believe when he was selected. There were 65,634 applicants this year and 3,135 permits were allotted. Devan was one of them.

Maine requires at least 90 percent of the hunters to be state residents, so the odds of a nonresident being selected were extremely slim.

Last year 224 out-of-state permits were allotted. This year about 250.

More than 900 moose hunters entered the Maine woods on Monday, Sept. 28 to pursue the state's most majestic mammal. It is the 40th year of Maine’s modern moose hunt, which resumed in 1980 after being closed since 1936.

While that late-September day marked the first of the moose season in northern and eastern Maine, the hunt continues through the fall and is divided into four segments which also includes the weeks of Oct. 12-17 in the northern two-thirds of the state, Oct. 26-31 in northern and eastern Maine, and Nov. 2-28 in central Maine.

Devan hired OMM Outfitters of Eagle Lake and hunted in Region 6.

On Monday morning, Sept. 28, Devan and his childhood friend, Michael Spaulding, who was his subpermittee, saw a large bull, but did not have a good shot.

For the remainder of the week their guide, Lance Robinson, provided a true Maine moose hunt experience.The group  walked up to 10 miles a day, through rugged terrain, from dark to dark, in 80-degree heat, torrential rain, and 45-mile-per-hour winds, passing on many small bulls in search of the "monster" they saw on day one of the hunt.

Devan, who shot a gun for the first time, as a child, with his grandfather, Richard, and actually shot his first buck in Maine when he was in high school, and Michael learned a lot about the Maine woods, moose, and how call placement, wind direction, scent, sight and sound factor into a successful hunt.

Finally, on day five, the weather cooperated and they bagged the bull, with a 53-inch rack, they had seen on day one. It had a rare drop tine, which is an antler point or tine that grows straight down from the main beam on the antlers.

The guide's guess was the animal weighed more than 1,000 pounds.

It took three shots apiece to bring the moose down. The men were deep in the woods so the animal had to be field dressed, and meat packed out.

The young men agree it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience they will never forget.

And now one of the "Texas Maineiacs" has a true Pine Tree State hunting tale to tell in the Lone Star State.