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Old 04-05-2019, 08:07 PM
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I haven't been to Kokadjo lately - are Fred and Marie still running the combination general store, bar, restaurant, cabin rental and game check place at the end of the paved road where First Roach Pond spills into the Roach River? They are a real pair of characters, known statewide and beyond among flyfishermen.

When you're driving north on 201 into Jackman, about 10-12 miles south of town there's a turnout/rest area with some spectacular views. Take the time to drink it in - if you hit the weather and week right, the colors will make scenery that's otherwise spectacular into something to make your jaw drop.

Last time I was in Jackman the gas station at the top of the hill south of town closed at 5. IIRC, the little supermarket in the middle of town closed at 5 or 6. Having a cooler full of casseroles prepared at home, as suggested above, is a great idea.

While it varies across the state for reasons no one seems to know, best estimate was we had a periodic high in grouse population in 2011-12. It's been coming up the last couple years and should be good this year, though that's a long way off. There's still a lot of snow in the mountains and up north (and we're supposed to get a little more tonight even in Portland).

Driving up from PA, you will be able to stop in Freeport at LL Bean's main store. It is just off 295, which you would pick up just before Portland. Unlike all their other Bean's stores (which pretty much carry only clothes and a little outdoor equipment), this one is a serious hunting and fishing store. There are no locks on the doors - it's open 24/7/365. If need be you can get licenses and ammo there (and anything else you might need, including long guns). For those with older shotguns with short chambers, they are one of the few places in the state that carry RST's short-chamber rounds.

If you fly fish you may want to pack a fly rod and flies. It's possible waters near where you hunt may be open - this is a matter under discussion in Augusta at present.

We look forward to you coming up, having fun, and enjoying what Maine has to offer.
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Old 04-05-2019, 11:05 PM
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I have hunted Jackman the last couple years. I go the opening week of grouse and seems only the PA hunters park and walk in the woods. We were the only ones in camp who didn't road hunt. We eat food we bring up snd usually grouse or woodcock for dinner. We saw some moose that were shot on Indian land but the other moose season doesn't start until after we roll out. Jackman is a working persons town but everyone was friendly and doesn't seem to bother you. Get some maple syrup just north of town. They make it on site. One of the few places you can get the deep dark syrup.
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Old 04-06-2019, 12:14 AM
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"I haven't been to Kokadjo lately - are Fred and Marie still running the combination general store, bar, restaurant, cabin rental and game check place at the end of the paved road where First Roach Pond spills into the Roach River? They are a real pair of characters, known statewide and beyond among flyfishermen."


LOL yes they are still there and that is where we go to talk with the moose check people. A guy that visits our tent camp stays at the cabins in Kokadjo. Did not know they were talking about allowing any fishing after September 30th. Still not bringing any rods, Wardens made it clear one year that if you had them they would watch to make sure you don't use them.


One biologist suggested that a good snow pack was good for grouse as it limited predator travel. No idea but the population is on the rise and the woodcocks made great gains last year from the year before. Great people up that way and we always have fun. Waugh!

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Old 04-06-2019, 07:47 AM
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Bishop's Store stays open until 9 or 10pm. It's a one stop hub of Jackman: gas, hot & cold food, beer, groceries, souvenirs, information & hunting & fishing licenses. And yes, certain streams will still be open to fishing.

The view just before coming into town, as mentioned is spectacular. Stop and take it in. There's a split moose season there so if you go in mid-October you can actually catch it in between the two seasons (check the dates.)

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