Maine is one of the premier grouse hunting destinations in the country. The woods are full of the King of Game birds. There is nothing like an explosive flush of a ruffed grouse on a crispy October day. Maine is in the path of the woodcock migration which abound once they start moving south.
Grouse season starts the first of October, and runs until the end of December. There is no hunting on Sunday in Maine, and a Maine hunting license is required.
We are familiar with and hunt the areas near Rockwood and Jackman, Grand Lake Stream, and the Allagash.
The weather varies in October, with cool mornings and evenings, and warm afternoons. Layers that are easily removed is the order of the day. A 20 gauge shotgun, either a side by side, or over and under, is the gun of choice. Shot size and load depends on the time of year and leaf cover. A good, broken in pair of boots is one of the most important pieces of gear to have, as the miles pile up fast.
A packed lunch is included, and we set up a table and chairs and enjoy the beautiful afternoons......some folks like a post lunch cigar with their coffee.
We hunt with our dogs, Duke (GSP), Charlie (GSP), Jake (Lab) and Kaeli (Llewellin setter). We also hunt with your dogs. If your dog is new to the grouse game, we love taking young, inexperienced bird dogs out on their first hunts.