Libby Sporting Camps, ME

Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge in Ashland, Maine.

Libby Sporting Camps, ME

Overview

Libby's Sporting Camps is located in the vast North Maine Woods region of Maine. We specialize in fly fishing for native brook trout and landlocked salmon in small ponds and rivers, wingshooting for wild ruffed grouse and woodcock, as well as trophy big game hunting for black bear, moose, and whitetail deer.

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.

Date Range

October 1st to November 15

What is Provided to Customer

Shotguns are available for rent. Guides with bird dogs are available.

Region/Terrain Where You Hunt

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.

Typical Weather by Season

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.

Itinerary

Sample of Typical Itinerary

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.

Activities

On-site Activities

Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and float plane trips available. Sporting Clays course.

Lodging

Lodging, Meals, and Accommodations

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.

Species

Species You Hunt by Season

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.

Gear

What Should Customers Bring?

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.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

Reviews

Overall: Show Rating Distribution 5.0 / 5 based on 72 reviews

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72 of 72 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    Great Libby's Grouse Hunts - 11/18/2014
    By: from Newtown, PA 18940, USA

    In early October, I spent four days grouse hunting at Libby's. My 10th or 11th such adventure without a break I believe. Don't know how one could have a better experience whether it be grouse/woodcock wing shooting chances, food, lodging, guides, dogs, or fellow bird hunters. And of course, the Libby's are always top of the mark. Won't miss a season " til I fall off the perch" Gary Gibson

  • 5/5

    Treasured time with family and friends - 11/16/2014
    By: from Durham, NH

    My son, father, and best friend having been coming here for 5 years. Always a lot of birds flushing. If only I were a better shot. Very knowledgeable guides and friendly staff. If nothing else than come for the food alone. We'll be back.

  • 5/5

    Already Looking Forward to Next Year! - 11/4/2014
    By: from East Lyme, CT, USA

    This year's (2014)trip to the Libby Camps was just as exceptional as those from the past several seasons. We started the grouse and woodcock season with guide Scott, who, along with his dogs, is just the best. As with all of the people associated with Libby's, Scott is incredibly professional and extremely friendly. Whether we see 10 birds or 30 birds, the day is wicked enjoyable. As everyone states, the lodging and FOOD are just superb! How can you walk all day and gain 5 pounds? The North Maine Woods is just so beautiful in October. It just makes the entire experience that much better. Even though the hunting season has just started for 2014, I'm already looking forward to the beginning of the 2015 season back at Libbys. If you enjoy the peace and solitude of the forest, good company, and great hospitality, you owe it to yourself to make a trip to the Libby Camps.

  • 5/5

    Another Great Trip - 11/3/2014
    By: from Lexington Ma

    This was our third trip to Libby. Superb staff and food have kept us coming back

  • 5/5

    Oct. Hunt - 11/2/2014
    By: from Charlestown, RI

    I have been staying at Libbys every Oct. for the past 10 years. From the cabin on the lake with the wood stove and gas lamps to the lodge where meals are served, everything is top notch. The owners and the entire stall go out of their way to make sure you enjoy your stay. I look forward to this trip all year long.

  • 5/5

    Another great Libby experience - 10/30/2014
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    I have been going to Libby Camps annually for 14 years. I experienced other camps and have never had the positive results I share at Libby's. The lodging, food and bird habitat is second to none in Maine. What really drives it home is the personal interaction that the Libby family and staff extends to all visitors. It is worth the trip.

  • 5/5

    3 years and counting - 10/30/2014
    By: from Boston, MA, USA

    This is the only lodge I return to every year. I can't say enough good things about the people, the hunting, and the service - it's all top notch. We've already booked again for 2015!

  • 5/5

    Superb - 10/30/2014
    By: from Englewood, NJ, USA

    My son Philip and I (and Molly the dog!) just returned from our third annual trip to Libby Camps - another wonderful experience! It rained the first two days but no matter, our guide Chuck got us into birds each day; day 3 was clear and sunny and proved to be the best day on woodcock we've ever had - 31 flushes! We look forward to returning next year.

  • 5/5

    Excellent hunting and hospitality - 10/29/2014
    By: from Grundy, VA

    Libby Camps does it right. The guides put you on birds and the staff makes sure you never go hungry. Five stars all the way.

  • 5/5

    Second stay - 10/29/2014
    By: from Chebeague Island, ME

    My wife Courtney and I returned to the Libby Camps again this Fall after a wonderful time last year, and fully anticipating the same this year. We were not disappointed! Yes, the hunting was good, the scenery outstanding, the setting magically rustic (dare I put "romantic" and "hunting" in the same review??), the accommodations retro-comfortable, and the food abundant and tasty... but even more impressive were the folks that run the place and work there. Warm, knowledgeable, and helpful to a fault! It feels like family and makes you sad to leave & return to "civilization", schedules, and cell phones. A few days of that and the rest of the year at Libby's, instead of the reverse, would be highly preferable and healthier!

Libby Sporting Camps
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge
Matt and Jess Libby
PO Box 810
Ashland, ME 04732
207-435-8274

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