Maine Upland Hunting FAQ
Q. When is the upland season? Our four week upland/small game hunting season generally falls during the month of October. For details on our seasons please visit our Inland fisheries and wildlife web site www.mefishwildlife.com
Q. How do I get my license and how much does it cost? Moose permits are by lottery draw and can be obtained at www.mefishwildlife.com
Licenses are best purchased on line, at the same link, before you arrive. For the upland hunt you will need a small game hunting license.
Q. What are your hunting methods- A typical day will consist of a hearty breakfast in the morning and leaving with your guide shortly after. Depending on your abilities and physical capabilities you will more than likely be hunting a number of covers that may take 15-30 minutes each to hunt. If you are able to walk longer distances we may cater to your groups abilities and trek a little longer. Mid day your guide will either cook a hot lunch or provide lunch in the woods. The afternoon hunt will continue until early afternoon when you will start heading back to the lodge. Upon return you can relax at our bar discussing the days events, catch up on news watching one of our big screen TV's or sit in front of one of our fireplaces while supper is being prepared(Some will even take the time to utilize our high speed wireless internet access to check in at the office).
Q. What activities are available during down time- We also offer preserve hunts for pheasant, chukka and Hungarian partridge over our pointing dogs at an extra cost. We have canoes and kayaks available if you wish to float the river and wet a line.
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.
Q. What is the total cost of the hunt- Our prices are for a full week. We do on occasion offer 1/2 week packages. You can expect to pay $375 per person per day with a three day minimum for your group. Our 6 day hunt is $1950 per person. There will be no more than 3 gunners per guide. See our rates page for pricing details.
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.
How many people will be in the lodge- Typically there can be 12 people per week at the lodge during our upland hunt
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- On our upland hunts there will be no more than 3 gunners per guide.
Q. What is the average flush count per day- Depending on your ability you can expect anywhere from 5 flushes (a slow day) to upwards of 30. A typical day can yield 10-20 flush averages per day. There are many variables with any kind of hunting, this holds true for upland hunting like any other shooting sport. Weather, bird counts, hunters capabilities and conditions dictate how well we do on any given day. If you are in great shape and not afraid to "go the extra mile" we may put you with a more aggressive dog and guide, if you like to move at a slower pace you may be hunting over a closer dog in areas that may be easier to walk. Most wingshooters fall somewhere in between the two.
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 upland hunt the guide will be with you at all times
Q. Are there any hidden costs- There are no hidden costs
Q. Where will I be hunting- All of our upland 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 50'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? During the upland hunt we provide all transportation during your hunt.
Q. Can I bring my own dog- Yes you are welcome to bring your own dog but in most cases, weather you bring your own dogs or not, we end up hunting with our dogs before the week is over. I would not expect even the most veteran of bird dogs to be on top of his/her game for too many days in a row. These are tough covers and the dogs get "beat up" if we hunt any one of them too aggressively.
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