Libby Sporting Camps, ME
Orvis-Endorsed Wingshooting Lodge in Ashland, Maine.
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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.
Lunch is soups and sandwiches just the way you like them – with nearly endless options right down to homemade breads and delicious sweets. Typically, you will return to the lodge around 5:30 pm, where you can take a quick shower in your cabin before joining us for happy hour and appetizers from 5:30 to 6:30pm. Hunting stories and humble-brags about the day’s events are welcomed and encouraged. At 6:30pm we ring the bell for dinner, and you won’t want to be late. While most first-time guests visit us for the spectacular hunting, they return for years to come because of the food. Dinner is served in several courses and complimented by our extensive list of wines and beers. Typical dinners include several delicious pasta dishes, prime rib, baked stuffed haddock, giant bone-in pork chops, and a variety of dishes prepared according to family recipes passed down from generation to generation for over a century. Sides, Soups, salads, and of course dessert round out an unforgettable dining experience that will have you asking your guide what’s for dinner while hunting the following day!
Grouse & Woodcock Hunts
Libby Camps is located in prime grouse and woodcock habitat, and is far and away regarded as one of the premier hunting destinations for these species in the northeast. Our Orvis Endorsed upland guides are among the best in the country, and their highly trained dogs wait anxiously all year for hunting season.
The type of hunter who comes to this area is here for its remoteness, cover, and lack of other hunters. There are literally thousands of miles of private logging roads, which can range from gravel superhighways accessible by all vehicles, to grown over roads accessible by 4×4 only. Other unimproved or older roads must be walked. These roads are open to hunting and make exceptional edge cover for grouse. Hunting can be done using a dog or simply walking or driving using your eyes and ears.
Woodcock hunting is best in old clear cuts and along river basins and alder thickets. We are 25 miles from the nearest farm cover, but can access those covers if the need arises. Usually we can take our limits within 5 to 10 miles from camp. Woodcock are very hard to hunt without the use of a dog. These secretive birds will sit tight under an alder or hawthorn bush and let the dog point from as little as 3 feet. The hunter almost always cannot see the bird until it takes flight, with its distinctive whistle and flight pattern. New hunters have difficulty hitting these small birds because of their erratic flight pattern and the appearance of being out of range. There is no better bird to train a dog on. Limits are 3/day/hunter with six allowed in possession.
Grouse are very numerous in our area. The cover ranges from beech ridges to poplar mixed growth to open clear cuts. Like the woodcock these birds are also known for how long they hold out before flushing. There are many stories of dogs pointing the birds so close that they actually catch them in the air when they take off. Limits on grouse are 4/day/hunter with 8 allowed in possession. Guides with dogs are limited, and should be booked well in advance. Hunters are welcome to bring their own dogs as well. Crates should be brought unless otherwise arranged.
Grouse & Woodcock Hunting Package 1
Our self-guided package includes a cabin with full bathroom, three home cooked meals, and daily maid service.
Double Occupancy Rates:
- 2 Nights – Double Occupancy –$750.00
- 3 Nights – Double Occupancy –$1,125.00
- 4 Nights – Double Occupancy –$1,500.00
- 5 Nights – Double Occupancy –$1,875.00
- 6 Nights – Double Occupancy –$2,250.00
- 7 Nights – Double Occupancy –$2,625.00
Single Occupancy Rates:
Grouse & Woodcock Hunting Package 2
Our guided package includes a private cabin with full bathroom, three home cooked meals, and daily maid service. It also includes an Orvis Endorsed Guide and a highly trained dog for each day of hunting.
Double Occupancy Rates:
- 3 Nights/2 Days – Double Occupancy –$1,675.00
- 4 Nights/3 Days – Double Occupancy –$2,325.00
- 5 Nights/4 Days – Double Occupancy –$2,975.00
- 6 Nights/5 Days – Double Occupancy –$3,625.00
- 7 Nights/6 Days – Double Occupancy –$4,275.00
Single Occupancy Rates:
- 3 Nights/2 Days – Single Occupancy –$2,745.00
- 4 Nights/3 Days – Single Occupancy –$3,765.00
- 5 Nights/4 Days – Single Occupancy –$4,845.00
- 6 Nights/5 Days – Single Occupancy –$5,925.00
- 7 Nights/6 Days – Single Occupancy –$7,005.00
Grouse & Woodcock Hunting Package 3
Our premier, VIP package includes a private cabin with full bathroom, three home cooked meals and daily maid service, an Orvis Endorsed Guide, and a highly trained dog. It also includes unlimited clays to use at our range for the duration of your stay, as well as one seaplane fly out for the three day hunt.
- 4 Nights/3 Days – Double Occupancy –$2,670.00
- 4 Nights/3 Days – Single Occupancy –$4,605.00
Libby Camps is located in the North Maine Woods on Millinocket Lake in T8-R9. Ten cabins line the shore with the historic main lodge as the centerpiece. Our historic private log cabins are the perfect combination of classic comfort, rustic charm, and modern amenities. All cabins include at least one queen bed and accommodate groups from 4 to 6 comfortably. Each cabins has a unique and storied history, and we often have regular guests who return year after year to experience each one. Our newest and most modern “cabin” Grey Ghost as built in 2015 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Libby Camps. It easily accommodates larger groups and families with one king, one queen, one full, and two twin beds. This is the first cabin on the property with a fully equipped kitchen, private 24/7 generator, propane heat, and independent WIFI among a large list of other comforts and amenities. For a full list of our cabins, complete with photos, please visit www.libbycamps.com/cabins.
Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and float plane trips available. Sporting Clays course.
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.
Q. What should customers bring?
A. 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.
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.
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