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Life of a Maine Guide - Jan 2015

Life of a Maine Guide - Jan 2015

January 31, 2015 by

The month of January did not have much in the way of snowfall.  At the end we received a storm of 18" the last week of the month, and then on the first of February we received another storm which left another foot of snow.  Today as I sit here writing this the 2nd day of February we have a forecast of another foot of snow arriving tonight and tomorrow.  Snowmobiling should be great for the month ahead.

I have spent the month of January working around the lodge, keeping hounds fat and happy and raising nine new pups. I insulated the bunkhouse and got it ready for the cedar to go up. I installed a new commercial three bay stainless sink in the lodge kitchen and built some new cabinets around it. Finally had some time to organize my garage and weed through some of the stuff I do not need anymore.  Some of the things I used to barter with.  The man who plows for me holds yard sales all summer long we loaded his truck with quite a bit of stuff.

Hopefully in the month of Febuary the temps will start to warm up a little bit.  The days will start to become longer and I would like to get some time to spend snowmobiling around the woods checking on our deer and moose herds and doing some coyote hunting.   I would like to spend some time ice fishing this month also with the longer daylight and warmer temperatures could make some nice days of fishing.

The next three months should be busy for reservations for upcoming fishing and hunting trips.  We should start trolling lakes and ponds right after iceout which will be sometime around mothers day.  The landlocked salmon and native brook trout fishing is always fabulous in the spring of the year.  It will last until the water warms up usually the middle of July. In July I can start training hounds on bear.  We can run bear and get our hounds in shape for the upcoming season which begins in September. Maine Black Bear season hunting over bait will begin on Monday August 31st this year and hunters can harvest Maine black bear over bait until the 30th of September.  The hound season on Maine black bear starts on Monday, September 14th and goes through October 30th.  There are two weeks in September when hunters can harvest Maine black bear over bait or with the use of hounds (only one Maine black bear may be harvested) These two weeks September 14th thru September 19th, and September 21st through September 26th are very popular weeks to hunt a Maine black bear with us.  We can run hounds in the morning and then our hunters can sit on bait in the afternoon. 

Spaulding Lake Outfitters has exclusive rights to 150,000 acres where we manage 50-60 bait sites.  We keep our hunting pressure low with few hunters and we try not to harvest more than one bear from one particular site. Maine black bear hunting with Spaulding Lake Outfitters is a very exciting hunt whether you choose a bait hunt or a hound hunt, or one of the weeks you can hunt either way, you will have a trip of a lifetime.

Our fishing trips are second to none we can fish out of our 21' Scott canoe on some of the most pristine lakes in northern Maine.  The scenery on the lakes and ponds is breathtaking as you can see on our website. We will troll famed flies around like the greyghost, barnes special and the ninethree all excellent streamer flies for surface fishing.  In the spring we will also troll along a mooselook wobbler down ten to twenty feet from the surface.  Thermos' of fresh hot coffee is a must because temperatures after ice out can be chilly.  A shore lunch with a campfire is a special way to spend lunch time on the lake so fill out our contact information page on our website and we can book you a hunting or fishing trip in 2015 hope to hear from you soon

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Jeff Fay

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