I had the pleasure of two days of guided grouse hunting with Maine Upland Guide service. First, in a year where the state biologists were claiming grouse were going to be significantly harder to find due to a rainy spring and summer, our guides Dave and Mike and their dogs were still able to provide several significant opportunities for the clients to get birds. It is clear that they do tons of scouting, data collection, and analysis to ensure successful hunts. I was lucky enough to get multiple opportunities and harvested birds. This was truly an exceptional hunting experience due to the hard work of these gentlemen and their wonderful dogs.
Second, the accommodations and service stand head and shoulders above much of the other options available. Dave and Mike were outstanding hosts and made sure time at camp was relaxing, laid back, personable, and full of great food and drink.
Third, as someone who is relatively new to upland game, the guides taught me a significant amount about grouse behavior, hunting tactics, and the benefits of certain gear that make everything more enjoyable. To me, part of hiring a guide is to learn, and these guys did an outstanding job of teaching. I already miss grouse camp and cannot wait to return. This was in many respects a dream trip, and one that was reminiscent of how sporting camps from previous eras are talked about. I never one felt like an inconvenience to the guides, I never once felt like money was the primary motivating factor, and I feel truly lucky to have had such a trip.
Hidden away in the deep woods of Jackman, Maine, this hunt is truly a traditional upland adventure. You will hunt through the remote wilderness of Northern Maine where you will pursue ruffed grouse and woodcock with seasoned guides that have over 30+ years of experience alongside their expertly trained dogs. Each hunt day begins after an early morning breakfast where you will hunt from ~7:00 AM until lunch, after lunch you will have an evening hunt which goes ~2:30 PM to dark. After a long day in the field, you will return to a rustic hunter’s cabin where you will enjoy one of many delicious meals such as steaks, roast chickens, salmon, wood fired pizza, and more. For those looking for a great upland hunt where you will pursue truly wild bird in an even wilder place, this is a phenomenal hunt!
Even in a year, such as this, with bird numbers being low due to a wet spring I still had multiple flushes and opportunities to shoot each of the two days I hunted with them. Mike and Dave have access to thousands of acres of private and public lands to hunt which they have scouted and maintain notes on past and present bird activity.
Had a great girls hunting weekend! Food was delicious and lodging exceeded my expectations of "hunting camp" (hot showers, comfortable beds, laundry). Most importantly, Mike and Dave put us on the birds! They'll have you laughing all day. Gorgeous location and area of Maine are the icing on the cake!
Dave and Mike run a top-flight (pun not intended, honestly) guide service for upland birds. I'm a relatively new hunter; before the two days I spent with Maine Upland Guide Service, my bird hunting experience was limited to game preserves in my home state. Shortly after I started hunting, I listened to the audiobook version of Burton Spiller's Grouse Feathers and knew that I wanted to experience a New England upland bird hunt, and I was fortunate enough to discover Maine Upland Guide Service. Dave and Mike made this novice hunter feel at home immediately upon my arrival and worked hard to make my two days with them a success, notwithstanding my lack of experience. I look forward to walking the roads and covers of northern Maine with them again, hopefully soon.
What a wonderful time my son and I had at Maine Upland Guide Service with Mike. The hospitality, facility, and food was above and beyond any expectations. Simply enjoyable and relaxing. My son, Jacob, took his first grouse. What a great experience. This is a place where memories are made and new friendships forged. Thanks Mike and Maine Upland Guide Service.
Such a wonderful time. Dave and Mike are fabulous guides and tremendous hosts. I learned a lot from them about grouse habitat and behavior. We flushed lots of birds. I'm not the best shot, but I certainly enjoyed the excitement and I took two. The lodge couldn't be nicer. Coffee and breakfast, out for hunt, back to the lodge for lunch, back out, then a great dinner and evening chats. This part of Maine is stunningly beautiful, and I enjoyed the walking very much. This was a truly memorable experience. I'm so glad I did this, and truly appreciate Dave and Mike making it a wonderful experience.
All too often there are individuals who take a guide course, pass the state required test and think they are guides.
Well, with Maine Upland Guided Service they KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING! The two guides Mike and Dave are also the Co-Owners who truly love what they do. They believe in preserving the hunting and fishing experience that we all love. Their smiles are just as big as their guest after a successful hunting or fishing experience. Their knowledge of the area is just amazing, that having a successful guide is almost guaranteed.
When you arrive, you are not treated JUST as a client, you are treated more like a friend visiting from away to relax and enjoy the Maine outdoors. The completely renovated camp is welcoming and comfortable, it is home away from home for not only them, but their visitors.
Next year I plan on taking my son as he is new to bird hunting, and I would not trust anyone else with this important experience.
Would highly recommend them!"
I had a great grouse hunt with Maine Upland Guide Service in October! The birds were plentiful and the hospitality was great! The camp is located in a beautiful location and you can be hunting as soon as you walk out the front door. Also, not far from some of the best salmon and brook trout fishing around! I can’t wait to go back!
A super experience! If you want the best upland bird hunting over the best dogs with incredible grouse look no further. Mike and Dave are true professionals, great guides, and outstanding outdoors men. Real honest grouse hunting like it used to be!
Tremendous experience all around. Food and lodging were top notch. Hunting was incredible and guides were extremely well informed and experienced. Can't say enough good things about these guys.
I have used guide services in the past, all have been good at what they do, yet Maine Upland Guide Service is an entirely new experience. They have what it takes to make the trip successful, and you feel like you're on a trip with family. I already have plans for next year with family and friends to show them what a true Maine woods adventure should be!
Thank you Mike and Dave for a great hunt. I am looking forward to my next hunt with Maine Upland Guide Service! Such a memorable trip.
People and places are what make a great experience. Here you’ll find the best of both worlds with people who truly care in an environment that will astonish you!!!