Not one to post an awful lot on websites like this for organizations that are simply doing a good job of doing their jobs... BUT... I'm heading back to my home in California after a week of hunting in Jackman, Maine and just can't wait to get back. My younger brother, a resident of Maine, was pulled for an October moose permit - and what began as a simple hunt turned into so much more than expected.
First and foremost, the local knowledge demonstrated by Joe and Erik (our Registered Maine Guides from Lake Parlin Lodge) was exemplary. Between them both, they seemed to know every dirt road and skid trail around Jackman; and more importantly, they spent the time required to understand the behavior of the moose in the area - by doing what they do best: spending time in the woods.
As to attitude, my brother and I felt more like hunting buddies to the guides at Lake Parlin Lodge than clients. We were treated with both respect and a significant amount of good humor for the full extent of our time in Jackman.
Between Joe and Erik, three nice bull moose were tagged during the week (my brother's being the largest, of course :-) and we were provided with good advice for bird and bear excursions as well.
Yet the overwhelming example of the attitude of the Lake Parlin Lodge guides occurred at 8:30pm on Friday evening over dinner. Joe (the owner and operator) mentioned how he had come upon a group of hunters, completely unassociated with any guide service, earlier that afternoon who had harvested another good bull moose and who were unable to remove the animal from deep in the woods. Concerned about both the spoilage of the moose, and the three hunters who had been laboring since 9am that morning to extract their trophy from the woods (and only to successfully move the moose 150 yards during the day) Joe mentioned his interest in helping them out. All we really needed to hear, Joe, Erik, my brother, and I jumped into Joe's truck and an hour and a half later, had the animal and two ATVs successfully loaded onto their trailers. A quick phone call to the tag holder, and they were on their way. A very simple expression of their interest in fostering goodwill, and a love of hunting, expecting nothing in return.
I WILL be going back when it's my turn in the moose lottery... Then again, it may be even sooner than that.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins is an all-new, full service destination in the northwest mountains of Maine. Our Lodge has a beautiful lakeside dining room (open seasonally Jan-March) and we offer Lodge rooms and house rentals, and one and two bedroom cabin rentals. In the summer, enjoy our cabins and lodge directly on beautiful Lake Parlin. Boat, fish (fly fishing only) and relax while taking in the gorgeous mountain and lake views. In the winter, snowmobile from your door into the finest riding in the Northeast. We are located on Route 201 on Parlin Pond, directly on ITS 89, with easy access to ITS 87. ... more less
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