Whitetail Deer Hunts
Maine is one of the few places left in the eastern U.S. where a hunter can leave civilization behind, walk through undeveloped land all day, and potentially not encounter another hunter.
Maine has hundreds of thousands of acres of public lands in wildlife management areas, state forests, public reserve lands and other parcels, all open to hunting. If you are looking for a self-guided hunt, this is a great place to start.
Maine contains several million acres of privately-owned, working forest lands. Most of these lands are open to the public, either for free or for a nominal fee. A vast network of unpaved roads supports forestry operations. Visiting hunters are reminded that specific rules of the road may apply in certain areas, and they should always be respectful of those working in the area. Hunters are also encouraged to seek landowner permission before hunting on private land. At Tucker Ridge, we have access to thousands of acres of local private property for hunters to choose from.
Big Buck Potential
Maine is home to one of the largest subspecies of white-tailed deer in North America. Minimal hunting pressure in the North Woods affords bucks a chance to reach full maturity, where some achieve live weights of nearly 400 pounds.
Every year, hunters take Maine deer with a dressed weight well over 200 pounds, with many approaching 300 pounds. Maine consistently produces more Boone and Crockett bucks than any other New England state.
Maine manages the deer herd to maintain maximum hunting and viewing opportunities. Deer harvests range from a low of .08 harvested bucks/100 square miles in northern Maine, to a high of 2.35 harvested bucks/100 square miles in southern Maine. In 2013, the mean dressed weight of yearling bucks was 120.5 lbs, about 15 lbs heavier than the average for the northeast U.S. Tucker Ridge is centrally located between the northern and southern regions.
In 2013, Maine biologists recorded a yearling buck frequency of 42% and our adult deer, those 2.5 years of older, averaged 162.5 lbs, with a range of 81 lbs-268 lbs. Of the 2,838 adult bucks we sampled, 54% sported 8 or more points, 30% had 6-7 points, with the remaining 16% carrying 5 or fewer points. Whatever your interest, Maine will provide you with the opportunity to harvest a truly exceptional deer.
Snow often blankets the ground during the later part of the deer season, giving hunters a chance to ply the age-old tactic of tracking down a big North Woods buck.
Hunters often drive remote logging roads until they cut fresh tracks, and then set out on foot in hopes of meeting the beast that made them. We recommend our dedicated guide service if you choose to still-hunt and stalk deer in our operational area due to the remoteness of the woods and trails you will encounter.
We offer Guided, Semi-guided and Tracking/Staking with a dedicated Guide hunt options. Both Housekeeping Plan (with hunters providing their own meals) and American Plan hunts (with all meals provided) are offered. Camps are limited to 6 hunters per week.
The cost for a Guided hunt is $850 for Housekeeping Plan hunts and $1100 for American Plan hunts, per hunter (Licenses not included)
The cost for a Semi-guided hunt is $600 for Housekeeping Plan hunts and $850 for American Plan hunts, per hunter (Licenses not included)
The cost for a Dedicated Guide Tracking/Stalking hunt is $150 per day (Licenses not included) See our packet & brochure below for more hunt details.
You will not find a better opportunity to hunt big Maine bucks on a working salary…our motto is “For hunters, by hunters”
Deer Hunt Brochure – Brochure (Coming soon)
Deer Hunt Packet – Deer Packet (Coming soon)
Game Processing – D R Cutting Price Sheet
Taxidermist – DeLaites Taxidermy Brochure
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References are available. Contact us with questions or to secure a spot..
Text and descriptions provided above taken from Maine Department Of Inland Fisheries And Wildlife ‘Maine Deer Hunting’ brochure