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Hunting & Fishing
Hunting:
Duck & Goose
Gunning for sea ducks along the coast of Maine is an experience not to be missed in a  
hunter's lifetime. It offers a unique opportunity to visit and hunt one of the most beautiful
parts of the country at a time of year when it is rarely seen.  Sea ducks in Maine consist
of the American Eider, Old Squaw, and three species of Scoter: the Surf, White-winged
and American. The Scoters are primarily early to mid season birds, while the Old Squaw
usually don't arrive til mid-season. The Eider are abundant throughout the season, but
the mature drakes are more common from mid-season on.
Moose
Moose prefer ponds surrounded by marsh during the summer months because of the
plentiful food supply and relief from insects. During September and October they are  
commonly seen along the perimeter road.  Every year, several moose exceed 1,000 lbs.
Dressed weight. Trophy racks are not uncommon. Preliminary investigations indicate a
new Boone-Crockett state record may have been set in the 2000 hunt with a score of
219. In past years, 10 moose have scored from 190 to 217 to make the Boone and
Crockett record books. The highest score for a moose taken in Maine during the past 5
years was 217.
Grouse
There is no upland game pursuit quite like a day of good partridge hunting behind an
enthusiastic bird dog.  Ruffed grouse are abundant throughout Maine, but their density
varies across the state.  Ruffed grouse are the most widely distributed game bird in
North America. They rank among the smallest of the 10 species of grouse native to
North America with weights ranging from 17 to 25 oz. The subspecies that inhabits
Maine is the St. Lawrence or Canada ruffed grouse.
Bear
With the Maine bear population being at a record high and steadily climbing, there are
great opportunities for the hunter wishing to harvest the elusive black bear.  A Maine
black bear is a formidable animal and a coveted trophy. This creature is swift, elusive,
powerful and has a remarkably keen sense of hearing. Seeing your first black bear in
its natural environment is an unforgettable experience!
Turkey
Wild turkey hunting is a relatively new sport for the state of Maine. Thanks to
conservation and management efforts, the flock has made a tremendous comeback in
recent years. Although sightings are now quite common, seeing a flock of wild turkeys
is very exciting. For many hunters, nothing matches the sights and sounds of a flock of
turkeys at daybreak, or the thrill of successfully calling in and bagging a huge gobbler.  
Turkey population on Deer Isle has largely picked up.  They Recently are seen in
groups simply in peoples back yards.  They are very common in the area now.
Bobcat & Coyote
The coyote is considered intelligent, elusive and vicious if cornered and as a
game animal is definitely in a class by itself.  Maine has no closed season for coyote,
so you can double your hunting adventure while on another hunt or night hunting.  
Coyote & Bobcat  hunting is a real challenge They are a very wily predator and luck-as
well as skill-is necessary to bag one.
Deer
Pre-Hunt population in 1998 was 338,000 deer: 90,000 of these were antlered bucks.
1 in 5  antlered bucks (18,000) was trophy-age 4 1/2 to 15 1/2 years.  Buck-to-doe
ratios over most of Maine are among the best in the Northeast. There are 65  antlered
bucks for every 100 does in the statewide pre-hunt herd.  Mild winter prevailed in
1999. Over-all population and antlered bucks both will be higher in '99 as a
result.Record buck harvests occurred in Maine during the past 3 years (17,925 to
19,660); antlered buck harvest in up 40% compared to the early 80's.  Statewide buck
harvest may break 20,000 this year; harvest of trophy-age bucks may also break
all-time records (=4,000).  During the past 10 years, the number of bucks entered into
the 200 lb club have consistently ranged from 600 to 700. This is higher than during
the "good ole days" in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Every year, several bucks in the 280 to
300 LB range are taken in Maine.  Long hunting seasons, relatively low hunting
pressure, and large tracts of open hunting land plenty of "elbow room".
If you're not a resident of Maine, you might want to consider hiring a Registered Maine
Guide, who have extensive knowledge of the region they operate in.  Click  on Dave's
Guide Service for more information.
Fishing:
Pristine forestland covers about 17 million acres in Maine — holding 6,000 lakes and
ponds and nearly 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, which offer outstanding fishing
opportunities.
Public Boat launches, Parks, Ponds and lakes
Fish species identification
Fish Record Holders for Maine
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The State of Maine is deceptively large for an East Coast State. Its total area is 33,215
square miles - 2,175 of which are water.   Maine is as diverse as can be expected from
a land area as large as it is. The western mountains rise to elevations over 3,000 feet.
The eastern coast is renowned for it's islands, bays, and forests. The abrupt change in
elevation provides numerous lakes and ponds as well as rivers and streams.  Maine
lends itself very well to the many species of fish found in the cold, clear waters and the
abundance of wild life found in the remote spruce forests.
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