Maine Grouse & Woodcock Hunts

Breaking away

Breaking away

27 FEB 2017

 

After 10 great years of guiding bird hunters for Leens lodge, I have put in my notice and will be offering limited guided Grouse & Woodcock hunts from our own "Wilderness Lodge" . Part of my reason for resigning from Leens is I want more time to hunt for myself with my dogs. I went through 2 great dogs who are retired now and I rarley got a day in the field alone with them and my shotgun during bird season. I don't want that to happen with my younger dogs. Therefore, I will be limiting my bird guiding from my lodge (with another guide) to 4 hunters twice a week. 

Maine Upland Bird hunts

Maine Upland Bird hunts

20 March 2016

 

Here it is the first day of Spring and the Woodcock have returned. A look outside and you would think we were well into May already.

I took Kayden (our 6 yr old male) out to a nearby cover this morning and he found one Timber doodle. If you enjoy Upland bird hunting and never been to Maine, you owe it to yourself to make the trip. We are located right smack dab in the heart of the Eastern Woodcock Flyway. We are also located in the middle of millions of acres of working forest. Woodcock covers are always plentiful and so are the Grouse.

A typical Maine cover for these much sought after game birds is a combination of young Birch and Popple (Poplar) growth as well as alder thickets. I also enjoy hunting a young Beech ridge. 

Be prepared to cover some ground. We generally hit 6-8 good sized covers a day. Some are easy, what I call gentleman's covers and others are tough, what I refer to as hell holes.

A story about Mainer's saving a special part of Maine's wilderness and heritage

A story about Mainer's saving a special part of Maine's wilderness and heritage

 

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BIRD GUIDING UPDATE

BIRD GUIDING UPDATE

5 OCT 2012

 

After just the first 3 days in the field, the total tally of flushes is 96! with day 2 (Tuesday) being the banner day. That day my pointer team broke the Leens Lodge flush record for one cover, 41 Woodcock  flushes ! On two occasions, 3 birds went up from the same point...The old record was 39.

Home for just today then back up to the lodge...

Stay tuned, Lisa will be adding updates as I check in each night.

Matt

Woodcock and Grouse Hunting Downeast Maine

Woodcock and Grouse Hunting Downeast Maine

Starting the season off right with a total of 21 birds, 17 Woodcock and 4 Grouse. Weather was rainy, birds were wet and running on the ground like Grouse. When they did fly they never got above the tree tops. Gunner and Tina's first hunt of the year and they dominated the cover, seasoned veterans.  

Sunrise in Washington County, Maine... headed to pick up my sports, goona be a good day birds should fly today, stay tuned for day 2's report.

 

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