We hunted bear NW of Farmington. I didn't do much exploring because we fished during the day and were put on baits at night. I do prefer Aroostook to what I saw around Farmington.I’ve been to Farmington in the northwest once..Bangor/brewer area twice. Two different worlds for sure. Eventually I’d like to buy a plot of land and build a small off grid cabin around Bangor or north a bit. Penobscot or aroostook counties...
Eagle Lake is 12 miles south of Fort Kent. Most of our hunting was divided between hunting east and west of Rt 11. We did go into the Allagash on occasions but there were more than few places closer that produced.Did some deer hunting out of Fort Kent a number of years ago. Not many deer but what's there are HUGE....almost the size of a small moose!!!! Hunted Allagash Wilderness Area.
That has always been an issue up there. Some locals I knew would brag about taking "sound shots". They would hear a noise in the woods and shoot in that direction.I hunted moose there last year. An experience I would not want to repeat. Beautiful place, but I’ve never been surrounded by a group of hunters with poor sportsmanship then what I encountered.
I’d like to do the fishing more than the hunting but when it comes to the latter it’s most likely going to be more of a subsistence living kind of thing. Mostly small game but putting a deer in the freezer over the winter would be nice to offset grocery bills. I have a dream to be able to farm a small section of land and just live off grid up there. Retirement goals in 30 years? Simple living is what really attracts me to that area. Bangor is like stepping 25 years into the past in small town NwPAYou looking to hunt small or big game?
Most of the population lies along the coast, north of Bangor you're getting into wilderness area, also true of the central and west part of the state. Spent my time around Aroostook and Washington counties in the northeast. To give you an idea Aroostook has about 33000 people and is about the size of New Hampshire. Translation....lots of woods (much of it paper company land with free access) . As far as deer I believe there are more than most people think. But they are in pockets and the shear amount of land and density of the woods make them very difficult to hunt compared to PA.
Tons of bears, many good grouse and snowshoe hare areas, lots of swamp lakes and creeks so I would expect good duck hunting also. Of course moose if you can draw the permit. Haven't done much fishing up there but meaning to get to it.
That concludes our Maine Dept of Tourism tour for today. What am I, an idiot sitting here? Time's a wastin' I gotta get packed to go to Maine!