Libby's is an award winning Orvis endorsed lodge in both Fly Fishing and Wingshooting, the only lodge in the east for both. This endorsement is kept by providing world-class fishing and hunting with exceptional service. This commitment to service and conservation has been recognized with Libby's receiving the 2006-2007 Orvis Endorsed Lodge of the year, 2010 Maine Tourism Hall of Fame award, as well as being featured as one of the greatest fishing and hunting lodges in North America in numerous books and magazines.
October 1st to November 15
Shotguns are available for rent. Guides with bird dogs are available.
Hunting is done on private timberlands with active logging, old growth and recently cutover areas. Old tote roads, alder runs along river bottoms, and edges of fresh cutting are the favorites for grouse and woodcock. Expect lots of hiking on varied terrain. Hiking can be as easy or as challenging as the customer can handle.
Early season weather can be anywhere from 75 degrees and sunny to 40 degrees and raining. As the season progresses, most days start out in the 30's and creep up to about 60 by mid-afternoon. Light snow can be expected in the later part of the season.
Our most popular trip is four nights of lodging and three days of hunting. We request that customers either arrive or depart on a Sunday, since Sunday hunting is not allowed in Maine. A typical day starts with breakfast at 7am, in the truck or float plane at about 8am to travel to the first covert. We will do 1 or 2 coverts in the morning before lunch, which is either over the tailgate or over an open fire, and back at it for 1 or 2 coverts in the afternoon. We head back to the lodge at 5:30 to be ready for dinner at 6:30.
Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and float plane trips available. Sporting Clays course.
Cabin accommodations are lakeside log cabins with bath, including a queen size bed in each, Country dining includes Jess's home cooked meals with Ellen's breads. Fantastic foods.
Grouse hunting is done by walking old logging tote roads and cut over side hills. Pointing and flushing dogs are used. Coverts can range from very thick to small open meadows. Woodcock are found along river edges in tightly woven alder trees or dense aspen groves. Waterfowl by canoe or in ground blinds.
Wet weather gear including rain pants or chaps, waterproof, comfortabe footwear. Must have copy of Hunter Safety completion or a copy of a prior hunting license to purchase a Maine hunting license. .410 to 12 gauge can be used, 20 gauge is ideal with 7½ or 8 shot. Hunter orange hat required in October. Hunter orange hat and vest required in November. Dress in layers with a vest that you can carry water and extra layers in.
Q. Where is the closest airport?
A. Closest commercial airports are Bangor (BGR) and Presque Isle (PQI). Seaplane transportation available.
Q. What is a typical gratuity?
A. Average guide gratuity $100 per day.