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Maine Deer Hunting FAQ

Q. When is the deer season? Our four week firearms deer hunting season generally falls during the month of November with the week long muzzle loading season immediately following. For details on our seasons please visit our Inland fisheries and wildlife web site

Q. How do I get my license and how much does it cost- Licenses are best purchased on line before you arrive at For the deer hunt you will need a big game hunting license. If you wish to shoot a bear IF you see one you must also obtain a bear permit.

Q. What are your hunting methods- Although we try to cater to everyone's hunting styles we primarily hunt from tree stands or blinds overlooking key areas.

Q. When do I arrive/leave- All of our hunting packages are 6 full days of hunting (Monday through Saturday). You will arrive on Sunday and leave the following Sunday. Check in time is after 12 noon on Sunday and Check out is before 9 am on the following Sunday.

Q. What is the total cost of the hunt- You can view our rates page to see all costs.

Q. What form of payment do you accept- We will accept personal checks for deposit only (unless payment in full is received prior to your hunt). All major credit cards are accepted for both deposit and full payment as well as travelers checks, certified checks, bank checks, money orders and cash.

Q. If I fly in where are the nearest airports? We are located 130 miles north of the Bangor international airport and 40 miles from Presque Isle airport. If you fly in you will have to rent a vehicle from Bangor or Presque Isle or there are car services available from Presque Isle.

Q. How many people will be in the lodge- Typically there can be up to 20 people per week at the lodge

Q. Meat care / transportation- We will skin, quarter, bone, wrap and freeze the meat to prepare for transportation.

Q. Do you have access to the internet- We have high speed internet available at no extra cost throughout the lodge

Q. How many hunters per guide- Our deer hunt will have no more than 4 hunters per guide.

Q. What are the best weeks to hunt- Cold weather and snow dictate our success. That being said the later in the season you hunt the better your chances at snow and cooler temps.

Q. What is the success rate- Success rates vary from week to week and are largely determined on the skill of our hunters. All of our stands will be set up in key locations with deer activity; however we have no control over what hunters do on stand, their ability sit still, quiet and observant. We also cannot control there shooting capabilities. With all that said, we consistently rank much higher than the state average and typically one out of three will pull the trigger on a north woods buck and 1 out of 4 will fill their tag.

Q. What are the cancellation policies- All deposits are non refundable. Deposits are transferable to someone filling your spot but are not transferable to someone else who is already booked in.

Q. Do you sell or allow alcohol at the lodge- We do not sell alcohol at the lodge. You are welcome to bring your own for consumption after the hunt. Anyone found drinking before or during the hunt will not hunt for the remainder of that day. Drunkenness will NOT be tolerated.

Q. What is the customary tip for the guides and cooks.- Nothing is expected but everything is appreciated. Once you spend a week with us and see the effort our staff puts in it is usually customary to tip. Although some can afford more than others a 10% gratuity to be split up by your guide and kitchen/housekeeping staff would be average.

Q. Is the guide with me at all times while hunting- During the deer hunt the guide will drop you off check on you etc. but will typically not sit with you while hunting.

Q. Are there any hidden costs- There are no hidden costs

Q. Are taxidermy services available? We do have a taxidermist that picks up every week. If you utilize his services we will fill out the appropriate paperwork and you can leave the hide here.

Q. Where will I be hunting- All of our deer hunts are done on Paper company/forest industry lands. We are located in Maine's northernmost county, Aroostook.

Q. What is the weather like- Depending on the week you hunt average temps may be in the 20's at night and upper 30's or 40's during the day. However we can and do get unseasonably warm and cold weather so you should be prepared for both.

Q. How far to town The closest town is Ashland Maine (20 miles) and the closest city is Presque Isle (40 miles)

Q. How many years has the lodge been in business? We have owned and operated the lodge for the past 13 years. The lodge was constructed as a hunting lodge in 1903 and has been one ever since.

Q. Do you supply vehicles or will I be driving my own? We will drive hunters to their hunting location.

Q. What kind of stands will I be hunting out of- All of out tree stands are metal ladder stands with a shooting rail.

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