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Downeast Outfitters
Jerry Richardson
249 Patten Pond Road
Surry, Maine 04684
Tel. 207-460-3891 
           

Located in Ellsworth, Maine, the gateway to Acadia National Park and Downeast Maine, Downeast Outfitters offers a traditional guided outdoor experience. While we believe in the modern technologies for safety, we prefer the traditional hunting and fishing methods passed down from our ancestors. We try to provide an atmosphere of a simpler time and slower pace in which to enjoy a total outdoor experience.. We provide some of the best hunting opportunities that Maine has to offer, whether your choice is Grouse hunting (we locals call them "partridge") over dogs or big game hunting for Moose, White Tailed Deer, or Coyote we have something for you. All full day trips include a guide-prepared traditional "shore lunch" that you will not soon forget. From the reflector oven baked goods to the campfire coffee, our lunches are second to none! If you prefer we can also provide a picnic style lunch if you would rather spend your time on the water or in the woods. All full day trips include a guide-prepared traditional "shore lunch" that you will not soon forget. From the reflector oven baked goods to the campfire coffee, our lunches are second to none! If you prefer we can also provide a picnic style lunch if you would rather spend your time on the water or in the woods.
Black Bear
Black Eagle Outfitters
Chris Read
Box 308
South China, Maine 04358
Ph 207-592-4849
           
Black Eagle Outfitters is located in South China, Maine; part of Southern Kennebec County. We have thousands of acres of private and public land available for hunting. We travel to the Western Mountains to hunt black bears. Black bears are thriving in Maine as we have one of the highest densities of black bear in the United States.Our black bear hunts are in the beautiful White Mountains near the Maine and New Hampshire border. Black bears are tend to be a more nocturnal creature; which is why most hunters pursue their quarry in the late afternoon and early evening hours. However, there are occasions when some bears like to visit the bait sites early in the morning. We use trial cameras at most bait sites to monitor the bear activity and the best times to hunt. We have hunted the bears in this area for years with excellent results. The rugged White Mountains provide the best habitat for large black bears. Maine has one species of bear, Ursus Americanus. Get more information on these beautiful omnivores. I have had the chance to harvest deer, bear, moose, turkey and other Maine species. I have enjoyed guiding others in harvesting their own trophies since 1995. I am also a Lifetime member of the Maine Bow Hunters Association. Whether you are hunting with a bow, muzzle loader, handgun, rifle or shotgun; I like to plan and design a hunt to suit your needs with the weapon of choice. I take only a few hunters per week so I can concentrate on your hunt and give you the hunt you deserve. All hunts take place in areas where I have scouted well ahead of time. We will go where the game takes us, so you can have a chance at that trophy of a lifetime.
   
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Maine Hunting Outfitters and Guides Deer Facts

Maine is home to one of the largest of the 30 recognized subspecies of white-tailed deer. After attaining maturity at age five, our bucks can reach record live weights of nearly 400 lbs. Most adult bucks, however will normally range from 200 to 300 lbs live weight, and will stand 36 to 40" at the shoulder. Does are considerably smaller; they normally weigh 120 to 175 lbs live weight. Newborn fawns begin life at 4 to 10 lbs, but grow to approximately 85 lbs live weight in their first 6 months of life. White-tails have keen hearing, made possible by large ears that can rotate toward suspicious sounds. They have wide-set eyes, enabling them to focus on subtle movements, while maintaining an excellent sense of depth perception. White-tails have a very keen sense of smell enabling them to sense danger, even when visibility is poor. Deer have long graceful legs, enabling them to cover ground quickly by leaping, bounding, turning and outright running at speeds up to 40 mph. Their trademark white tail, when erected, flashes a danger signal to other deer in the vicinity. White-tailed deer communicate using a variety of sounds, ranging from explosive "whooshes" when startled, to the barely audible mews and grunts a doe uses to tend to her fawns. Deer are very expressive; they employ a large repertoire of signals using facial expressions and body language. These postures help to maintain the dominance hierarchy within all deer groups. Deer also communicate using odors, which emanate from a number of scent glands. These glands occur between the toes, on the shins, the hock, the forehead, near each eye, and inside the nose. The contents of each gland, when rubbed onto a tree or the ground, helps deer to know who their neighbors are, and what each deer is doing at any given time. Bucks annually produce antlers, which are made of bone. Triggered by day length and maintained by hormone production, antlers begin growing in April, and are nurtured by a velvety outer network of skin tissue and bloodvessels. Velvet is shed when growth is complete in late August and September. The hardened, polished antlers remain until they are shed in late December to early March. In white-tails, antlers allow bucks to advertise and demonstrate their dominance; hence they play a role in reproduction. A buck's first true set of antlers normally is grown by age 1 ½. Buck fawns, however, begin growing the antler base at 1 month of age. This base develops into 2 or 3 inch velvet-covered "nubbins" by early winter. White-tailed does sometimes produce antlers, but this is rare. Does that do sprout antlers typically are older (5 to 15 years old); their antlers are usually velvet-covered spikes. Most antlered does remain fertile.Each year, deer produce two coats of hair, each adapted to seasonal climate. In late spring, deer grow a coat of fine, short reddish hair.


Maine Hunting Outfitters and Guides Moose Facts

 Maine’s northern forests than the moose, as officially attested by its adoption as Maine’s state animal and its appearance on the state seal. With its thick-set body, short neck and inordinately long legs and head, the moose is spectacular, but surely not the most beautiful animal in the forest. But when you see it roam the boggy places, the tangled undergrowth, or the deep snow, you realize how wonderfully adapted the moose is to its environment. The moose is the largest antlered animal in North America, and the largest member of the deer family in the world. A large male, or bull, may be as long as 10 feet, 7 feet tall at the shoulder, and weigh three-quarters of a ton. No lightweight herself, a large cow may weigh nearly a half ton. Only the bulls have antlers, and they are usually palmated, up to 6 feet across the widest spread, and can weigh hundreds of pounds.
In North America moose are found from coast to coast, from the Arctic tundra south into the northern United States. They are distributed statewide in Maine but are most abundant in northern, western and eastern counties, where the climate, habitat conditions, and relatively low deer populations are favorable for moose. Moose breeding, the rut, is in late September and early October. Bulls over the age of 4 are dominant breeders. Cows may have their first offspring at 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years of age. The first birth of a cow is usually a single calf and twins are common in older cows. Moose calves, born in May or June, weigh about 30 pounds and stay with their mother through the first winter.Most Maine moose are younger than 14 years and a real old moose might reach 20. In late spring and early summer, moose often look “scruffy” because they are shedding their winter coats and sometimes rubbing places itchy from ticks. Concerns about a declining moose population in Maine during the early 1900’s led to increased restrictions on hunting until, in 1935, legal moose hunting ended. As the number of moose increased over the next 45 years, so did interest in restoration of moose hunting and in 1980, the legislature authorized a conservative and limited open season on moose. Even though hunting has resumed, the moose population has continued to increase and there are more moose now than in 1980.


Maine Hunting Outfitters and Guides Bear Facts

Maine's black bear population is estimated at 25,000 to 30,000, the largest it has been in 60 years.The population is growing, Vashon said, because of an ample food supply, including berries and nuts as well as protein-rich bark. At the same time, the bear harvest in the fall hunting season has declined to around 3,000, from about 4,000 a decade ago. That's a reflection of fewer hunters in the field, due in part to the poor economy. Maine's bear program involves gathering data from 80 to 100 radio-collared bears, ranging from month-old cubs to mother bears as old as 25. Some of the collars are fitted with GPS devices that provide information on the animals' travels. The largest carnivore that ever lived on land was the giant short-faced bear. Twice the size of the biggest modern bear, it was 6' 5" tall at the shoulder when standing on all fours. Scientists believe it had very long legs and chased antelope on the North American prairies. The most accurate way to determine the age of a bear is to count the rings in a cross section of its tooth root under a microscope. Bear have two layers of fur. A short layer of fur keeps the bear warm. And a long layer keeps water away from the skin and short fur. Bear are very smart and have been known to roll rocks into bear traps to set off the trap and eat the bait in safety. Bear live as long as 30 years in the wild. One captive brown bear lived to the age of 47.Bear are bowlegged. This gives them better grip and balance. Bear can run up to 40 miles per hour, fast enough to catch a running horse. The shape of a bear’s claw differs according to the type of bear. Bears that climb, such as black bears, have claws that are curved and strong to allow them to claw at tree bark. Bears that dig, such as grizzly bears, have straight and long claws.


Maine Hunting Outfitters and Guides Turkey Facts

Once reduced to meager numbers, the turkey is now prospering through the combined efforts of wildlife managers and sportsmen. Turkey hunting is a secretive sport in which a camouflaged hunter attracts the wary bird by use of a call. Success is not always measured in the number or size of the animals harvested, but in seeing, hearing or conversing with this game bird. According to Rob Keck of the National Wild Turkey Federation, "turkey hunting has become one of the safest outdoor activities whether you're talking about team sports, other types of hunting, or outdoor hobbies such as mountain biking. The incident rate for turkey hunting has fallen to 2.95 injuries per 100,000 hunters, even though the number of turkey hunters has increased dramatically."  Effective turkey hunting safety curriculums have been the key to reducing incidents.  It is your responsibility to become safe, ethical hunters, who through example and education preserve the integrity of the sport for future generations.The eastern wild turkey was designated the official state game bird in 1980. The diet of the wild turkey is made up largely of whatever can be foraged from the ground. Staple foods for adult turkeys include seeds, nuts, and acorns while insects and other animal matter comprise a large portion of a young turkey’s diet. The wild turkey can be found throughout most of the state of Maine. These populations of wild turkeys, however, have not always been so prominent. Eastern turkeys and hybrids are found north and west of those counties in the Panhandle. The Osceola Wild Turkey, also known as the Florida Turkey can only be found on the Florida peninsula. This bird is smaller and darker in color than the Eastern Wild Turkey and was named after the famous Seminole Chief Osceola in 1890. Adult male turkeys, also known as a gobbler or tom, average 3.5 feet in height and weigh up to 25 pounds. Juvenile male turkeys, also known as jakes, will typically be half the size of a mature turkey, weighing an average of 15 - 20 pounds. The Osceola Wild Turkey is characterized by dark brown tipped tail coverts (the smaller feathers that cover the larger feathers) and dark brown tail feather tips. The breast feathers usually have black tips, while the body feathers are an iridescence of red-green and bronze. Compared to the “Eastern”, the Osceola Turkey tend to be generally darker in color, slightly smaller in size, and have less white barring in their wing feathers. Female turkeys, also known as hens, can be the same height as males, but weigh about 8 – 14 pounds.
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