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 Semi-guided and Tracking/Stalking with a dedicated Guide hunt options.
This is a semi-guided economy hunt for a Maine whitetail buck with the option for black bear and coyote as additional opportunities. The black bear season overlaps with firearm season on deer in Maine and IFW allows hunters to take a late-season, fair chase bear during the deer hunt. While not the primary species on this hunt, every camp usually has at least one hunter come in contact with a black bear while deer hunting here. Big northeastern coyotes are also prevalent in the area and provide added hunting value.
We’ll help get you set up on good sign and you’ll hunt on your own. We’ll also help with field care and tagging if you are successful. We can provide you a stand or blind, or you can bring your own. This is hunt is a popular option for experienced deer hunters looking to save a few dollars.
Camps are limited to 6 – 9 hunters per week.
The cost for a Semi-guided hunt is $850 for American Plan hunts (lodging and meals included), per hunter (Licenses not included)
The cost for a Dedicated Guide Tracking/Stalking hunt is $150 per day (Licenses not included)
You will not find a better opportunity to hunt big Maine bucks on a working salary…our motto is “For hunters, by hunters”
Types of hunts and what they include
Guided hunts are designed for the client who wishes to arrive in camp and start hunting with all preparations taken care of beforehand. These type of hunts include preseason scouting and trail camera monitoring, bait station set up and maintenance where applicable, tree stand or ground blind set up prior to arrival, field care of game, and local transportation to the tagging station, processor and taxidermist if applicable. This type of hunt is most popular for bear and predator hunters. Deer hunters with limited physical ability may also find this hunt useful.
Semi-guided hunts are designed for the hunter who wishes to do their own scouting and find their own sign. We’ll give you a briefing on our operational area and known locations of game and travel routes. We’ll show you where terrain features, water and food sources are on topographical maps and you’ll choose where you wish to hunt. We can provide you a stand or blind, or you can bring your own. This is a popular option for experienced deer hunters.
These hunts are for those who want a Registered Maine Guide by their side. Nonresidents hunting Maine for the first time may find this a desirable option when exploring the big north woods and vast network of logging roads our region is noted for. Your guide will assist in locating, tracking and caring for game in the field after the shot. Clients wishing to get off the beaten path without fear of getting turned around in the remote wilderness often opt for this service. Deer hunters who want to try tracking big bucks in the snow and ruffed grouse hunters wishing to get deep in prime habitat will benefit with this option.
Deer Hunt Brochure – Brochure (Coming soon)
Deer Hunt Packet – Deer Packet (Coming soon)
Game Processing – D R Cutting Price Sheet
Taxidermist – DeLaites Taxidermy Brochure
Returning client or are ready to book?
You can pay your deposit or book a hunt online here.
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