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Down East Sunrise Trail (DEST) Closed until May 15 OR Further Notice

Effective Today 2/23/2018 – The Down East Sunrise Trail is closed until May 15 or further notice for mud season to all uses, except foot traffic is allowed. Closure signs have been posted at all paved road crossings and parking areas along the trail. In the event that we should get snow again it may reopen for winter uses such as snowmobiling, dog sledding and cross country skiing. Read More…

Committee to hunters: You don’t have the right to feed your family

I have three words for the Maine Legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife – shame on you. By bowing to anti-hunting activists and out of state interests, you have sold your own constituents down the river. And for what good cause?

LD 11, sponsored by State Representative Stephen Wood, proposed amending Maine’s constitution to establish the right to hunt and fish was recently before the committee for a vote.  The result was a split decision with ‘Ought Not to Pass’ gaining the majority vote. Read More…

Book Your 2018 Fall Bear Hunt

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Our 2018 Black Bear over bait hunt packets are now available

Bear Hunt Packet – Bear Packet

Bear Hunt BrochureBrochure

Game Processing – D R Cutting Price Sheet

Taxidermist – DeLaites Taxidermy Brochure

This year we are offering both a Housekeeping Plan with hunters providing their own meals and American Plan hunts with all meals provided by a live in camp cook. Camps are limited to 4 hunters per week. The cost is $1200 for Housekeeping Plan hunts and $1450 for American Plan hunts, per hunter (Licenses not included) See our bear packet & brochure above for hunt details.

You will not find a better opportunity to hunt Maine black bears on a working salary…our motto is “For hunters, by hunters”

References are available. Contact us with questions or to secure a spot..

Returning client or are ready to book?

You can pay your deposit or book a specific week online here.

 

3 things you should never enter the Maine woods without

 

When I first began studying in earnest to become a Registered Maine Guide, my mentor probed my knowledge of the outdoors and experience level. He knew I was an Army veteran with a lot of time logged in the field but noted that guiding clients in the big woods of Maine had its own set of rules and norms. The most important question he had for me was, “What are the three things a guide should always carry?” Here are the answers and why.

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2017-2018 Hunting Laws Released

The 2017-2018 Summary of Hunting Laws has just been released by IFW.

There is also a new Quick Reference Guide available that includes license & permit needs, legal shooting hours chart and the hunting seasons/limit chart. Migratory Game Bird info is included.

The Summary of Trapping Laws will be released at a later date.

Good Bears Are Coming In

I ran the bait line today and refreshed hit baits and pulled the cards on the trail cameras. This year is shaping up to be a great hunt for our sports coming up to Tucker Ridge…

So far, all the bears hitting the baits are shooters. We haven’t seen any sows with cubs unlike last year when we had a sow and cubs take over a bait. We let them have it and it’s paying dividends this year. I have those yearlings and the now dry sow on camera; they look pretty good!

Here are some highlight photos of what you are going to be hunting this fall…As the weather starts to cool in coming weeks, these bruins should start feeding more frequently, and in daylight.

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The Downeast Sunrise Multi-Use Rail Trail Now Open

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry sent this bulletin at 05/11/2017 08:17 AM EDT

One Trail Now Open: The Downeast Sunrise Multi-Use Rail Trail (DEST) from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction is the open for ATVs and other summer uses.

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2017 Fall Black Bear Hunt Packets Now Available

Our 2017 Black Bear over bait hunt packets are now available for download or mailing.

2017 Bear Hunt Packet – Bear Packet

Game Processing – D R Cutting Price Sheet

Taxidermist – DeLaites Taxidermy Brochure

This year we are offering an American Plan hunt with all meals provided by a live in camp cook. Camps are limited to 5 hunters per week. The cost is $1450 per hunter (Licenses not included)

You will not find a better opportunity to hunt Maine black bears on a working salary…our motto is “For hunters, by hunters”

Contact us with questions or to secure a spot..

 

Maine Moose Permit Lottery opens: Here are 5 tips for your first hunt

The chance for a hunt of a lifetime is once again upon us. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced the opening of the 2017 Maine Moose Lottery application process. This year the proposed allocation of 2,140 tags break down like this – 1,815 Bull-only, 220 Antlerless-only and 105 Any-moose permits.  Here are some tips to help make it your lucky year.

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Maine’s ice out vigil begins and how you can help

 

When I checked my email inbox and saw the message from The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry titled “Maine Lake Ice Out Dates Updated” I just about swooned. While I’m sure ice fishermen would disagree, I look forward to this yearly event that signifies the coming of spring. More importantly, I yearn for the approach of the open water fishing season and the pursuit of my favorite spring and summer pastime – bass fishing.

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