Howard said he gave up hope of ever seeing the ring again until he saw a recent post to the Maine Moose Hunting group on Facebook from a fellow hunter who had found a ring in the same area.
Howard said the photos posted by the other hunter showed the ring's engraving, which confirmed that it was his long-lost item.
The man said he was pleased to find out the ring still fits.
"It certainly is something that you treasure and it's nice to have it back," Howard told WABI-TV.
He said the ring's return coincides nicely with the 19th anniversary of his wedding to his wife, Theresa, on Tuesday.
"I was in tears when I found out. I was just grateful that he found it. Then he took the time which was awesome. I was kinda hoping he'd get a moose as a little reward for him," Theresa Howard said.