North Maine Woods

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Welcome to the North Maine Woods - Multiple Ownership - Multiple Use Management Area. The private forest landowners and state governmental agencies cooperating in this program are pleased you have chosen to visit our web site. It is designed to help you have a safe and pleasant trip in the area, plus provide you with valuable information on forest resource management and recreational use.

The area provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for over 100,000 visitors each year while at the same time providing renewable forest resources which are a major part of Maine's economy. Harvesting wood products and providing recreation are compatible if managed properly. Providing proper management of day use and camping is the main goal of the North Maine Woods organization.

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Excellent Year for Grouse Hunting

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Thus far the North Maine Woods office has received numerous reports of good grouse sightings throughout the fall season. Hunters during the September moose hunt reported seeing numerous grouse and flocks with multiple birds.  October has shaped up to be another outstanding grouse year for hunters.

This is a great time to take advantage of those lower gas prices in pursuit of the ruffled grouse. Please remember to be safe and give all logging traffic the right-of-way.

 

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Suggestions for hunting moose in the North Maine Woods 

            Moose season will be upon us soon and the following information focuses on helping the lucky folks that were drawn for moose hunting permits in zones 1, 2, 4 and 5 that are within the North Maine Woods boundaries.       

             If you are hunting in the North Maine Woods (NMW) please realize that you will have to enter this region through one of our checkpoints and pay land use fees.  Information about this process can be found on this website.  NMW suggests looking at this information beforehand which will streamline the process and time it will take for you to register once you arrive at one of our checkpoints.  We also list the hours of operation of each checkpoint should you plan to stay in accommodations located outside the region and enter daily.

             Accommodations.  There are about 18 sporting camps within the region and many more in communities that surround the region.  About all provide housing, many provide meals and most also can arrange guiding services, if desired.  Most of them are listed on this website under the "Business Links" tab found on this homepage.  Overnight lodging fees and services vary so it is worthwhile to contact more than one to find a place that matches your needs and pocketbook. 

             We also maintain about 350 authorized campsites available for public use, plus we add more temporary campsites in zones that have more moose permits than we have campsites.  These temporary campsites are marked with special signs.  This year zone 4 has 350 permits issued for the September season and we have been finding and marking places to camp this summer.  Even so, anyone hunting that zone during the September hunt should do some advance planning on where to camp before leaving home.

             Blocking roads.  By Maine law it is illegal to physically block a side road in order to prevent others from accessing or hunting from it, even on private lands and roads within the North Maine Woods region.  If you are hunting and are prohibited from driving on a side road, please record the registration number, time and location and report the incident at one of our checkpoints or notify one of the wardens if you meet them.

             Extracting moose from the woods.  The private landowners in the North Maine Woods region have a 40 year policy of not allowing the use of ATVs or personal tractors in the region.  The reasons are 1. Safety concerns related to the use of these vehicles on the private logging roads used by overlength and overweight logging trucks. 2. Remote fire dangers that might come with someone getting off the main road network and starting a fire that would be difficult to access by traditional firefighting equipment.  3. Liability concerns of someone getting hurt or killed while riding these machines on private property.

             There are many ways to get moose out of the woods including the use of winches and partial butchering.   Maine is about the only state where hunters plan to extract their big game animals out of the woods in one piece.

             Please know that in July I met with some of Maine’s Game Wardens who reported their experiences during last fall’s moose hunt.  Several hunters either shot moose in the wrong zone and left them or shot more than one moose and left one or more behind.  It does not take long before another hunter comes across the remains of illegally shot moose and it also doesn’t take long for ravens to circle a dead carcass.  Please be aware that the odds are very high that anyone that makes an illegal kill is likely to be found and convicted.

             As you may also know, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department has an extensive section for moose hunters on its website at http://www.maine.gov/ifw/licenses_permits/lotteries/moose.   There is even a section that shows a map of the townships where moose were taken last season.  This is a good starting point to locate good moose habitat before heading into the woods on a scouting expedition.

             Lastly, please feel welcome to contact us via email or telephone if you have any questions about your upcoming moose hunt or other hunting plans.  We want you to have a safe and enjoyable visit to northern Maine this fall.

 Bridge Construction / Road Warnings

  • Wilderness Island Road:  Please be advised that due to rain, the Wilderness Island Road has areas that will require a 4x4 to pass through due to soft road conditions.   
  • Carr Pond Road:   Due to a large hole in the bridge on the outlet of Carr Pond in T13R8 WELS, the road has been blocked and the bridge is now impassable.  It is our understanding that the bridge will not be replaced until next year.  
  • Daaquam Bridge:  The bridge crossing the Northwest Branch of the Daaquam River ~3 miles from the canadian border on the Realty Road is temporarily passable by vehicle.   
  • Northern Road:  There is a new permanent detour located 6.5 miles on the Northern Road (see image below)

Northern Road Detour

 

NEW FOR 2014:  Check out the new information video series for  the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (click on link):     www.maine.gov/allagashwildernesswaterway

 

 

 

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