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Spaulding Lake Outfitters - Testimonials

Spaulding Lake Outfitters - Testimonials

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Allan Focht

Allan Focht

Fall bear hunt with hounds - Louisville, Ohio

After arriving Sunday and meeting Jeff and the guides and settled in our cabin we want to the shooting range to make sure the guns were on target. Then we headed back to the main lodge for an awesome dinner of main lobster and steak. After some TV and getting to know everyone we retired for the night in our cabin for some rest before hunting the next day. 4am up and had some breakfast and grab a sack lunch and some hounds and we headed out to check baits. We got after some bears Monday and Tuesday but even though the hounds worked hard we couldn't Cath up to the bears those days. Even so we great food and conservation both nights. Wednesday was a new day. After a 16 miles chase my hunting partner sealed the deal on a nice bear. Thursday it was my turn and after an 8 Mile chase I sealed the deal on a nice bear with a beautiful white v on it's chest. Jeff has a top notch operation. Great guides and top notch hounds. We will be returning at some point. If your looking for a bear hunt with hounds give Jeff a call he and his staff will work hard to make your experience a great one.

Jason Goetz

Jason Goetz

Fall 2019 - Ohio

I’ve hunted all my life in different states and Canada for whitetail, mule deer, pronghorn, caribou, etc. and hunting bear with Jeff and his hounds and staff was the most exciting hunt I’ve ever been a part of. I arrived at the lodge with my uncle on a Sunday and we were greeted by Stevie the guide. Jeff arrived shortly after and he makes you feel welcomed and relaxed. We spent the rest of the day getting settled into our cabin and relaxing in the lodge with the other hunters before a steak and lobster dinner. The cabin was clean as was the shower house. Monday morning we ate breakfast at 5 A.M. then loaded up and started checking bait. We were lucky enough to be guided by Jeff the owner. We didn’t find a bear that we wanted to pursue Monday. That night we watched playoff baseball after an excellent dinner. Tuesday was more of the same, checking bait sites and cameras looking for a good bear. Wednesday morning we found a good bear and turned George loose and it didn’t take him long to pick up the track. This is when things got exciting. Listening to George work in the distance and watching him on the gps gets your heart rate going. He chased that bear for over 15 miles before we were able to catch up to him crossing the road and that’s when Jeff dumped the rest of the dogs. 700 yards later it was game over for the bear. The dogs had him treed and I was able to make a good clean shot. On Thursday we found a good bear with a white V on his chest and again turned George loose with Lady and Sally. It didn’t take long and they caught up with the bear and Jeff turns the rest of the pups loose. It wasn’t long and they had the bear treed. My uncle was able to make a killing shot and just like that we were 2 for 2. I’d like to add that George absolutely hates bears and will not quit until the bear is down. Jeff runs a top notch outfit and Stevie and Chuck are true professionals and make you feel like you’ve been friends for years. Abby makes you feel like you’re at home in the lodge. We will definitely be back for another bear hunt with Spaulding Lake Outfitters.

Lukas Schulte

Lukas Schulte

Fall 2019 - Bornheim, Germany

Me and my twin brother came from across the big pond and spent one week at Jeff`s place. We went out for hound hunting bears everyday in the early mornings. Both of us can`t say enough good things about our stay. Starting with nice and cosy cabins, hearty homemade meals, the friendly and family-like atmosphere, to the hard work the guides Steven, Chuck and Jeff put in, and finally to the great hunting of both packs of hounds, everything was more than we expected it to be. We could even hunt some partridges everyday, wandering through the spectacular colorful woods. We will be back as soon as possible, and look forward to the day we hunt the large Maine woods again. Thank you very much, we had a hunt to remember!

Daniel Hogan

Daniel Hogan

Fall bear hunt with hounds - Lititz, PA

Absolutely amazing!! Jeff, Ernie, Stevie, and Chuck did such an outstanding job putting me on an incredible bear the first day. After missing my first shot, these men persisted along with the hounds for 10 hours and allowed me to get a second shot that sealed the deal on a bear of a lifetime for me!! The lodge, cabins, food, and services were outstanding!!! I loved every second of every minute spent with them and plan on returning next year for another hunt. It was so exciting and exhausting at the same time, but the reward was so worth it!!

Steve Farmer

Steve Farmer

Summer 2019 - Gorham Me.

A friend and I visited the camps this past weekend for the first time to do some fishing. the experience we had was above and beyond what we had hope for. The hosts Jeff and Abby and guide Steve are three of the nicest people you'll ever meet. The cabins were neat clean and very comfortable, The lodge was a great place to meet and tell the canoeing and fishing stories of the day. The meals abby had prepared for us you would have a hard time finding anything better at any restaurant in the state. i highly recommend this place you wont be sorry!

Amos Adams

Amos Adams

Fall 2018 - Chesapeake, VA

After having two successful and amazing hunting experiences with Jeff Fay and his team at Spaulding Lake Outfitters on two previous black bear hunts it wasn’t even a question where I would go after winning the state of Maine moose lottery. Jeff was the third phone call I made (after my subs) to lock in my hunt of a lifetime. After 27 years of applying for the tag I had absolutely zero reservation that he and his team were the people I needed to ensure I had the best possible opportunity. Jeff and his team of guides are in the woods beginning in June preparing for the fall season of bear, grouse, moose and deer. The amount of time and effort they spend scouting can not and will not be matched. They literally are in tuned with what is going on in the Northern Maine woods. During a wonderfully prepared meal I discussed the plan and strategy with my Master Guide Ernie Spaulding, a very experienced, confident and capable member of Jeff’s humble team. Goals, capabilities, strategies and tactics were established and the only remaking thing to do was execute as planned. After calling in multiple moose and having several interactions with bull moose my tag was filled the morning of the second day. Not only was my tag filled but it was filled with a magnificent example of a bull Maine moose. He had 15 beautiful and proportionate scoreable points on wonderful palms coupled with a 46” spread. On top of it all he weighed in at 912 pounds, an absolute GIANT!!! The hunt was followed up with great care of the animal getting it out of the woods, to the tagging station and ultimately delivered to the meat processor. I literally can not say enough about what a great experience I had on this hunt and the effort everyone gave to ensure my success and well being. If you are searching for a place to hunt by yourself, with friends or family look no further than here. I assure you any and all expectations will be exceeded by Jeff and his team of professionals. I not only have a place I look forward to hunting every year but I also have a group of friends in Maine.

skip hoechner

skip hoechner

fall 2018 - south hero, vermont

Had a very nice time up in the Northern woods of Maine with Spaulding Lake Outfitters. The lodging was comfortable, clean and rustic. Just what I was looking for! The main lodge was well equipped and the staff did a great job with preparing meals and making you really comfortable. Minus the owner Jeff being a Red Sox fan, he was top notch and really cares about his customers and their experience. The guides were also very friendly and hard working. The upland hunt has all sorts of potential moving forward with a great habitat/covers for seeing a lot of grouse. Thank you.

Garett Dugan

Garett Dugan

fall 2018 - Kyle South Dakota

The 4 of us arrived in camp Oct.7 2018 and were greeted by 2 of the guides Chuck and Steve, super nice fellows.We slowly made our way to the lodge to check-in but finding it hard to get there admiring the beauty of all the fall colors and the reflection of the trees off the waters edge the smells of the trees and clean air outstanding!!! We finally managed to get to the lodge with natures distraction only to be greeted by one of the greatest and straight forward people you would ever want to meet the owner/houndsman/guide Jeff.After a wonderful lobster and steak dinner and meeting some of the other guests we were giving our instruction and whom we would be hunting with by chance I was matched with Jeff and Chuck what an honor it was,they put me on a bear the first day,and what a beauty it was.The dogs were the greatest to watch work on gps and trail and tree my bear and then the 3/4 mile hike into the bush to retrieve it was a whole oter story .I was able to help skin and pack board my bear out what an experience Thank You so much Jeff and the great staff.

Theodore Hardmon

Theodore Hardmon

October 2018 - Dighton

Just spent the last three days in Maine gods country of the east coast. Spaulding Lake Outfitters sure gave the first class treatment of the outdoors. 8 miles off the grid and thats a lot for this city boy from Boston. Each cabin had it own wood stove and the scenery was just amazing. Now to the good stuff ??????. I spent time with four other hunter from South Dakota what a riot they were lol. On Monday two of them got there bears. When bear hunting with spaulding lake everyone is involved . I'm holding dogs while the houndsmen is grabbing the rest . Everyone is pumped up and boom bear down! Time to eat we had the best surf and turf you can get in the states! With some great blueberry pie . Tuesday its go time we get going around 5:30 am..as the sun rises we hit the bait site and lets the dogs go. My favorite pups riggs , benelli ,and russ get it going. Not long we had a bear treed. 492 yards in the wood you see the dogs going and up is there bear. William grabs the dog as Josh and Eric hold them . Steve grabs me show me a small window of a shot . About 10 inch opening with branches in at different angles. 60 feet up I see where i need to hit. I have my Obsession Bows fixation xp with 478 grain Element Archery quake . Leading with a Ramcat Broadheads Diamondback. Drew my bow back with the king b3 release . Stared through my peep it and lined up my sight and executed my best shot ever! Right through the chest out the back ! Smoked him bear come down still has some life for the dogs safety I hit again as the guide and houndsmen yelled . Smoked him through the lungs and shoulder. The bear gave up fight and went to rest. Dropping to my knees with everyone congratulating me many things ran through my head. I accomplished my goal of harvesting a bear with a bow. Will be back here again!!

Daniel Follett

Baited Bear season - Norfolk, VA

Jeff and his team provide a world class hunting experience. Phenomenal lodging, excellent food, and personal guided hunting. I did a week beer hunt with Jeff and had 100 percent opportunity for killing a bear. I saw bear the very first day in the stand and couldn’t close the deal with bad shot placement. Jeff gave me opportunity to continue to try and get another change on a bear! I will definitely be back for not only bear, but whitetail and of lucky a Maine moose. I highly recommend Spaulding lake outfitters for your north Maine woods hunting experience.

Amanda Parker

Amanda Parker

Fall 2018 - Shapleigh, ME

I would highly recommend Spaulding Lake Outfitters. Everything was great the cabins, bath house, and lodge were clean and the food was delicious. Jeff did a great job of pairing my Dad and I with our guide for our moose hunt in zone 3. He found someone who knew the area and was a lot of fun to spend the day hunting with. Jeff and Abby were very welcoming and they treat everyone like family. I would gladly stay here again on another hunt.

Ron And Nathan Hoover

Ron And Nathan Hoover

fall 2018 - Natrona Heights , Pa.

Nathan and I made our first trip to hunt with Jeff and the gang. What a great experience we had. They make you feel like family and they work extremely hard to make your stay a memory of a lifetime. The scenery and lakes were beautiful and peaceful. We both agree we are going back. The food and cabins were excellent and above my expectations.

Thomas Patterson

Thomas Patterson

Fall 2018 - Dellroy Ohio

I have been an avid outdoorsman all my life, I recently spent a week at Spaulding lake outfitters,The service they provide is second to none, lodging and food provided are excellent, very friendly atmosphere,The guides and dog handlers know exactly what they are doing in the field, obviously spent many tireless hours preparing for the hunting season,I was welcomed to join in on several successful hound hunts,by the end of the week I took a good bear sized to my liking as I requested. Look no further Spaulding lake outfitters will get the job done for you!

Dean E. McNulty Sr

Dean E. McNulty Sr

Deer 2015,16,17,18 Bear 2017,18 - Shelton,Ct

Dear Jeff I’m writing to thank you along with your great staff for your hospitality and a wonderful stay. The trip couldn’t have been better especially the fact that I harvested the bear that I never dreamed of shooting. The food was outstanding and the accommodations were beyond my expectations. Steve took very good care of my needs during the hunt and a special thanks for his expertise. Thanks again Jeff.See you in November for a 6th FANTASTIC HUNT. Regards Deano.

Amos Adams

Amos Adams

Fall 2018 - Chesapeake, VA

I returned to Spaulding Lake Outfitters in 2018 with four of my hunting friends in complete confidence based on my experience with Jeff and his staff from 2017. He absolutely continued his sustained performance and impressed not just myself but all of my friends equally. The location, lodging, cleanliness and meals were nothing short of exceptional yet again. It is the complete Maine experience any person with a love of the outdoors is looking for. Book with Jeff knowing that hard work has been done prior to your arrival and that it will continue to ensure you are satisfied with your stay. I plan on being there again next year!!

Lorri Nelson

Lorri Nelson

Fall hound hunt 2017 - Oakfield Maine

My first ever hound hunt with Jeff, was way more than I had ever excepted. Great experience, and his dogs did an awesome job getting on that bear and trees him. I would definitely do another hound hunt with Spauldinglakeoutfitters. Best time hunting

Cody Mclafferty

Cody Mclafferty

Fall 2017 - Williamstown Ky

Great hunt. Three guys tagged out in four days with hounds. A+ service. Awesome food and lodging. Thanks to Jeff Fay and Brian McKenna on a great experience. Looking forward to doing it again in the future!

Amos A. Adams

Amos A. Adams

Fall 2017 - Chesapeake, VA

My experience at Spaulding Lake Outfitters was absolutely fantastic. The amount of time and effort Jeff Fay puts into making sure everything is right could not be matched. The lodging conditions of HIS HOUSE and cabin are the Maine experience people look for. The location, cleanliness and comfort make it a place you don't want to leave. All meals were home cooked, well prepared, served hot and always on time. Jeff went as far as to share Maine moose meat, from his own previous years harvest, as a testament to his selflessness. Bear meat stew and breakfast sausage with breakfast was also a camp favorite. As a bow hunter Jeff ensured he had "bow hunter stands" available for the week. It didn't take all week to be tagged out however as my tag was filled on day four of the hunt. I had encounters each and every night on stand with multiple bears an experience I will not soon forget. I showed up to Spaulding Lake Outfitters a client but left as a friend.

John Weaver

John Weaver

Fall Bear hunt - New Holland Pennsylvania

I was with a group of 4 for bear hunt with hounds an bait in September. We tagged out in 4 days. 3 with hounds 1 with bow over bait. Jeff an his group r great people to work with. They good food all week . It was an awesome hunt .

Brian Rice

Brian Rice

Bear/Fall 2016 - Sophia, NC

My visit to Spaulding Lake outfitters was like visiting one of my brothers I had not seen for a while. What I mean by that is I was fortunate enough to be the only hunter the week of my hunt. Instead of putting me in the cabin Jeff and Tracey had me stay in their home. We got up early the first day of my hunt and checked at least 15 cameras looking for sign of bears. Jeff and Brian worked really hard to ensure a successful hunt. I harvested a large bear on my first day. For me it was not all about taking a bear. The experience of watching the dogs work brought back a lot of good memories from hunting trips with my grandfather. The hospitality was exceptional. The meals were simply incredible. I was impressed with all of the hard work everyone put into making this a great experience. I am looking forward to my next visit. Spaulding Lake Outfitters will be my go to outfitter for any future Maine hunts.

John Weaver

John Weaver

Fall 2016 - Lancaster PA

Thanks to Spaulding Lake Outfitters , Great group of people . I was there with a group of 4 for bear hunt with hounds an bait . We tagged out 4 bears in 4 days 3 with hounds 1 with bow over bait an we had a 1 miss shot with bow over bait we could have tagged out in 3 days . Lots of fun an good experience . Great food all week. I would highly recommend Spaulding Lake Outfitters to anyone

Troy Tipsword

Troy Tipsword

Fall 2015 - Oakfield, ME

This was a great hunt with an amazing group of folks. Thanks to Jeff and Spaulding Lake outfitters for an outstanding black bear hunt. Over that past few years I’ve been on several different successful hunts, and none can compare to the experience I had at Spaulding Lake. Everything is setup first class. Tree stands were new and positioned well with more locations and choices than I could have imagined. It didn’t matter if you were hunting with bow or gun, they had prime locations set up and ready to go. If you want to book a hunt with your son or daughter this is the place to go! From the food to the accommodations, you couldn’t ask for more. In fact if you could possibly eat half of the great food this place prepares I would be amazed. Everything is taken care of for you. After I took my bear, the recovery, check in, and processing of the meat were all set up. Spaulding Lake works alongside you all the way. I actually had a few open days after I took my bear, and instead of just bouncing around at the lodge, Jeff took me out and taught me how to fly fish!! I for one will be back to hunt with Jeff and Kenny, hopefully for my first Moose hunt. These guys a so passionate about your experience, you can’t help but leave with new friends and memories that will last a lifetime.

Don Alexander

Don Alexander

Fall 2015 - Oakfield, ME

I just want to say I had the time of my life during my black bear hunt! The only thing missing was family and friends I would have loved to share the experience with! Although I didn't get a bear, I have never seen or had the opportunity at three shooter bear during the same week of a hunt! As you told me Jeff, trying to pick me up, "it just wasn't the bears time", I realize how much I was blessed to have had the opportunities and you were the reason why I had a successful experience! As I told you, I will be back next year if the good Lord allows!!! I want to thank Pam and Nora as well with providing some of the best food a hunter could ever imagine being served! I didn't expect to gain 5 lbs when I left home to go hunt but I did! As for as your assisting guide Kenny, a very good help, gentleman, and guide taking ever effort to make things work for each hunter! Thanks to Spaulding Lake Outfitters for such a great successful experience and may any future hunters be as satisfied as I am! Also and most importantly, I know I left there having a new friend and friends! Thanks Jeff and I'll see you and the crew the same time next year! May God bless all of you!!

Lou S

Fall 2015 Whitetail - East Haddam, ct

I had a great experience. Jeff and his staff couldn't have been more hardworking and professional. The food and the accomodations were excellent. The warm weather and lack of rutting proved to be a challenging hunt but Jeff worked tirelessly to try and make it a success. If i'm lucky enough to draw a Moose tag I plan to return to the North Woods and hunt with Jeff and Spaulding Lake Outfitters.

Norm C

Norm C

Fall 2015 Deer - Connecticut

I was part of a group of 7 acquantainces who spent a week at SLO. From the moment we arrived until we left our experience with Jeff was outstanding. He was the consummate professional, making each of us feel as though we were his only client. The facility was super clean and the meals were more than superb. When we left we all had a new friend. Would definitely hunt with him again.

Jerry Burton

Jerry Burton

Fall 2015 - Oakfield, ME.

After my 12 year old son was picked for the fall moose hunt I started a search for the guide or outfitter to make this experience he would never forget. I made the right choice. Jeff made this hunt his. From the moment we arrived till the day we left we felt like family. My son harvested a 84 lbs. 47"spread beautiful moose. Many thanks to Jeff Fay and our guide Kenny Coslet for making memories that will last a lifetime. I will return.

Art martz

2015 hound season - New stanton pa

Thank you Spaulding lake outfitters!! My daughter, father and I were in camp for a hound hunt and had an awesome time. The staff felt like family, jeff and Brian were very professional and a pleasure to be around. They did whatever it took for our comfort and success. It's evident that they live by their motto: come as a client and leave as a friend... we were able to harvest a great bear and appreciate all their efforts. Success is measured differently from person to person, harvesting a bear was a bonus to the professionalism and concern toward my family for our safety and we'll being in all aspects of the hunt . I personally can not wait to return to Spaulding lake and build upon the memories and excitement with my family. This outfitter is highly recommended. See you in 2016

Darren Shiers - Gorham, Maine

Darren Shiers - Gorham, Maine

Jeff and Pam,
Thanks again for another great and successful week of deer hunting. The hunting is awesome, the land and views are spectacular. Jeff's knowledge of the area and deer patterns makes all the hard work payoff. Pam is an amazing cook and the food is five star quality all wrapped in a comfortable and affordable accommodations. You guys make it a very special week that I look forward to all year. I will be back up for the spring fishing as well, that was equally as awesome. Thanks again. - 2014

Nicole Root - Porter, Maine

Nicole Root - Porter, Maine

I would first like to thank our guide Jeff and his wife Pam in their beautiful lodge in Oakfield, Maine.  The hospitality was great and Pam cooked some really great meals.

I was the first in my family to ever be drawn a moose permit, and we had this big plan to head up north to the zone we were drawn a permit in and camping out.   Well come to find out, there was a guide up there that knew my husband and knew more about the area and moose than we ever did.  Jeff agreed to be our guide as long as we needed him.

We went up a few weeks before opening day and Jeff and Pam welcomed us like family.  Jeff made a comment, “you come as strangers, but leave as friends” and I feel that is exactly what happened.

Jeff did a lot of scouting before the season began, and his knowledge of the area and moose behavior was at its best.  Jeff took his time with us and on the second day we took a 600lb bull moose, after passing up on a few we had seen the day before because I was excited and antsy.  He took his time with us and urged us not to rush and take any bull that walked our way.

I did not know what to expect on this hunt, but realized this was a hunt we could not have done without Jeff.   I would highly recommend Spaulding Lake Outfitters to anyone wanting or needing a guide who knows what they are doing and treats you like family and not just another hunter. - 2014

Darren Shies - Gorham, Maine

Darren Shies - Gorham, Maine

"Thanks again for another great and successful week of deer hunting.  The hunting is awesome, the land and views are spectacular.  Jeff's knowledge of the area and deer patterns make all the hard work payoff.  Pam is an amazing cook and the food is five star quality all wrapped up in comfortable, down to earth, affordable accommodations.  You both make it a very special week that I look forward to all year.  I will be back up for spring fishing as will.  That is equally as awesome.  Thanks Again!!" - 2013

Jeff Bragdon Sr. - Casco, Maine

Jeff Bragdon Sr. - Casco, Maine

"My son and I just got our bull moose mount back from our 2012 remote moose hunt.  It brought back a lot of very good memories from the stay in the wall tent.  Good times by the fire, great food, awesome hunt.  I want to thank you for being part of the best time I have ever had with my son.  Him being drawn the first time he entered the moose lottery and taking an 874lb 54" bull moose with your help is something he, nor I will ever forgot.

Thank you very much for making this a trip of a lifetime." - 2012

Jared Ballard - Westbrook, Maine

Jared Ballard - Westbrook, Maine

"I had the opportunity to hunt a bull moose in Zone 1 with Jeff .  Jeff's commitment to pre-season scouting, his understanding of the moose behavior, and dedication to fair chase hunting is unsurpassed.  We took at 49" bull the second day of the season after having seen three mature bulls.  If one is looking for a true off foot remote Maine moose hunt, i would highly recommend Spaulding Lake Outfitters." - 2013

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