Maine Hunting Traditions

Maine Hunting

The Maine hunting tradition at Chandler Lake Camps first started in 1902. The area has maintained its claims of being in the Heart of big game and big fish in Aroostook County (Maine’s Northern Most County). The Camp’s location was intended to be central to the abundant population of Caribou, Moose, and Whitetail Deer on the vast Chandler Mountain range. Years have passed, times have changed and unfortunately, the Caribou has migrated to the Happy Hunting Grounds of years gone by.

Chandler Lake Camps now focus our efforts on our abundant Moose, Whitetail Deer, and terrific upland hunting for Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock to keep the tradition of Maine Hunting alive.

We pride ourselves on our location and intimate knowledge of the vast area around us. Moose are hunted in the traditional way. Preseason scouting combined with calling with a handmade Birch Bark Horn and the intimate knowledge of the Maine Moose and their habits that only comes from living among them.

When hunting for the Northern Maine Whitetail Deer at Chandler Lake Camps crossing the track of a Trophy Whitetail is the norm. These big-bodied Northern Maine Deer are abundant and routinely dress over 200 lbs. Adult deer consistently push 140 – 150 inches on the Boone and Crockett scale.
November brings snow which drives the Mature Whitetail off the mountains. We hunt the migration trails, feeding areas, and the edges of their wintering habitat. With our thriving deer population, the Trophy Maine Deer Hunting opportunities are endless. Cold temperatures, fresh tracking snow, and rutting Maine Whitetail Deer equal the Deer Hunting experience of a lifetime!

Upland Hunting for the Ruffed Grouse and American Woodcock is truly our passion! The Fall Colors of Maine foliage while strolling behind elegant Pointers and Setters, fine shotguns, and the many looks of disbelief. The King of all game birds, the Ruffed Grouse, sails through the pattern of both barrels unscathed. How could an upland life be any better? We have a vast area of over 3.5 million acres, numerous age classes of cover, and endless logging roads provide the successional growth needed to harbor such a large grouse population.
Typical days of grouse hunting produce 30 plus flushes of low-pressure birds that hold for a bird dog like nowhere else.