The woodcock, affectionately known as the "timberdoodle", is a small game bird barely larger than a hunter's hand.
Although they tend to hold tight for our pointing dogs, they challenge the hunter when they flush straight up into the air, wings whistling, in a spiraling, tough-to-predict pattern.
Earthworms make up about 60 percent of the woodcock's diet, their long beak perfect for probing the soft, newly defrosted soil for them.
In March and April, they return to Maine after wintering in the southern states. The male woodcock can be heard throughout the woods, making their signature "peeeeent" sounds as they prepare for a mate. That take off into a spiraling, 200-300 foot high flight before settling to the ground again, only to repeat the dance again a few minutes later.
The woodcock is also a wonderful meal, somewhere between dove and grouse. Roasted and prepared with fresh greens and mushrooms, it is truly a meal to experience.
"Maine Upland Guide Service was a great experience. I hadn’t been bird hunting with dogs for years and was able to get in on a trip with Maine Upland Guide Service in Jackman. What an experience! Dave and Mike were great guides and their dogs were well trained. We got into a bunch of birds and had a blast. The food and camp was great also. The camp had everything you would need hot shower, laundry, games and a good view. I would recommend this place for anyone."
We also offer moose, bear and deer hunting trips when we're not guiding birds.
Our best deer hunting is located in Zone 23, where we have heated box blinds for you to sit in. This zone has the highest concentration of deer in the state of Maine, and is just east of Augusta, ME.
We offer baited hunts for black bears at our lodge in Jackman. For those with limited mobility, you can view a bait right from the camp!
If you can get the permit through our lottery, the Maine moose hunt is an amazing experience. Our guides will call for you, and will hit known areas where we've seen moose regularly. We'll provide the quartering and packing out of the meat.