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Guided Snowshoe Hare (Maine)? - Father's 50th

Hey Everyone,

I'm looking to take my father on a guided snowshoe hare hunt for his 50th birthday. I'm looking to head up to Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire... one of the three. I've done some research on guides up North and found the following website that looks promising : http://www.milleroutdoors.com/huntin...re-hunting.htm

Anyone have any experience with this guide service? Can anyone recommend another guide service they've had a good experience with?

Thanks.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-14-2013, 12:26 PM
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Yep, I was there 2 yrs ago, in Feb. However we tried to contact him this past year to go up again and he didn't return our calls or messages, not sure what the story was there. We will be looking to go somewhere again this year but not sure if we will try him again or not. As far as the hunt 2 yrs ago, we brought our own food, the cabin was fine, not plush but served the purpose. Hunting was very good as far as numbers of hares and his dogs worked very well. He did rotate his dogs using fresh ones after a couple hours or so, which I thought was good because at that time a few of the dogs were older so he didn't run them the whole day. When he thought the dogs were "done" we would head back to camp limit or not which was usually by 2PM or so. Which I was ok with, although a couple of the guys would've liked to keep hunting until the end of the day since we had not limited out. Chris, the guide was a nice guy and good to hunt with. We had 5 hunters, can't remember how many SS we got but everyone got some shots and we came close to a limit both days we were there. We're going to check around a little for this year or we may try him again if we can get in touch with him. I'm heading to maine to my friends place for deer this year, he also does snowshoe hunts so we may go there. If you'd like to call him or check his site for Maine: Wilderness Escape Outfitters, Randy Flannery. There is an article and picture on deer hunting in the Oct. Field & Stream featuring him. Good luck searching.
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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

Thanks, this is exactly the information I was looking for. It's nice to hear from someone who has had first hand experience. I haven't tried contacting the milleroutdoors folks yet but it worries me that they haven't responded to any of your phone calls. However, I am happy to hear the numbers were good (game-wise) and that his dogs worked well. I'm going to give them a call later today, hopefully I can get in touch with them. If not, I'll give your friend a call at Wilderness Escape Outfitters. Thanks again for the information I will let you know how I make out.
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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

Keep us posted, always on the lookout for potential good places to go. First hand experience is best.
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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

I tried contacting Miller Outdoors yesterday and no one answered. Did not receive a response to my phone call yet so I'm still researching new guides/outfitters.

Davy: I was going to call your friend at Wilderness escape outfitters and then realized they are 10+ hours away. I might try to find something a little bit closer, say in the 8 hour range.

I have been hearing great things about Pine Grove Lodge so I am going to give them a call later today. Anyone have any experience with Pine Grove Lodge recently? I've read some reviews and they seem promising. I'll keep you all posted on my findings. Thanks again. Any other help is appreciated.
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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

Yeah it's about 11 hours from the Scranton area. But if I remember right Millers was around that too (time wise) due to going through mountains and small towns and he is at the very top of N.H. I think only about 10 miles from Maine. I've heard of Pine Grove as well, and Oxbow Lodge but I'm not sure if Oxbow does SS maybe just deer and bear.
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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

Been going to Miller's for about 10 years now.
Very good area for hare. quite a lot of hunters around though.

He can be a super pain to get a hold of.
I swear he ignores people on purpose.

As far as the 2PM quit goes, that is pretty standard for him.
We have our own hounds and no longer book "fully guided" for that reason.

E Mail has always worked best for us to get him.
A few of our friends were up there last weekend and he had 2 semi guided groups as well as a fully guided group, so he is quite busy.

But we still go because it is a good area and in NH you can hunt on Sunday, where in Maine you can not.

We also go to Maine but hunt on our own and rent a cabin.

I takes us about 8 hours from Susquehanna County to get to Miller's

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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

Thanks for the information Rabbit Runner. He definitely is very difficult to get a hold of. I called him once more last night and he didn't pick up. I'll try e-mailing him today to see if I can get a response. I keep hearing great things about his services so I would like to book with him.

I wasn't aware that you could hunt on Sundays in New Hampshire that means I could get an additional day of hunting in if I went to NH. Hopefully he gets back to me soon.

Then again I guess most outfitters are pretty difficult to get a hold of, haha. I tried calling Pine Grove Lodge as well and they didn't pick up or return my phone call. Hopefully I hear back from either of these guides soon.

Thanks again.
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Re: Looking for Guided Snowshoe Hare - Father's 50th

RR that explains a few things. It is a good place to go overall.
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Re: Guided Snowshoe Hare (Maine)? - Father's 50th

I went to pine grove lodge back in 2001; near bingham ,Maine...You won't be disappointed. good food,dogs,and nice people.Give them a call. http://www.pinegrovelodge.com/Hunting.html
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