Hunting for whitetail deer in the unorganized townships of remote Northern Maine has been a destination point for deer hunter for many years. By the mid 1970's, well maintained road systems had penetrated into the deepest corner of the Great North Woods which increased the opportunity for the sporting public to utilize the vast landscape of woods, waters, rivers, and streams.
Since that time, the forests and wild life resources have experienced and endured significant changes. Industrial wood harvesting, changes in climates, and public use have all been contributing factors. One could fill pages upon pages describing the transformation which has occurred. In the midst of the, the whitetails, at the northern most fringe of the range, have been forced to adjust their cycle of habits for survival.
The winters of 2007 and 2008 brought a level of severity in both snow depths and extreme cold temperatures causing a significant impact on the deer herd in Northern Maine. Prior to that, many of Macannamac's deer hunters had lost their favorite and productive hunting areas intensively harvested by the management companies fo the region. Couples with the loss of prime winter habitat over several decades, these factors all combined to jeopardize the survival of the deer population.
But not all has been lost, and the hunting season of 2010 is proof of that. There is no doubt that some areas still appear to be devoid of deer, but it is not everywhere. The 2010 hunting season provided quality hunting for hunters both in active sign to hunt over and harvesting success.
The Mild winter of 2009-10 was the break the deer needed. With no severe cold spells and no late season deep snow depths, the deer made it through well. And the over publicized loss of deer in some areas in the winters of 2007-2008 caused many hunters to lose interest and faith in the region which in turn caused a significant reduction in the hunting pressure. The end result has been a door of opportunity being opened wide, allowing a comeback of quality deer hunting for a serious and committed hunter willing to com the distance and put in the effort.
Macannamac has hosted many hunters over the years, but on group stands alone in their technique, skill, and perseverance. Since 1992 this group of men have hunted the area around Macannamac Camps and know better than most of all the changes that have occurred over the years and witnessed the fluctuation in the presence of deer. They understand how inconsistent the deer activity can be from year to year, yet have learned that with determination, and some luck, a deer hunter can have consecutive seasons of enjoyable, challenging, and successful experiences in pursuing the whitetails of remote Northern Maine.
2010 Third week Deer Season 8 pt. 200lbs