How old are the bucks harvested on average up in the northern part of the state? What size are they? I've heard that the average is 4 1/2 yrs. How many guys shoot anything and how many hunt for something with a decent rack?
I have already hunted up in N. maine and am very familiar with what one could see in a weeks time. The last time I was there, I hunted for 6 days and saw 2 deer. That was a good week for me.
Here in PA, I hunt on the state gamelands in the northern part of the state. It's the closest thing to Maine that we have. There are a lot of swamps, softwoods, and very FEW deer. However, there are a few slammers roaming in this area. It consists of about 60,000 acres. This is one of the few areas in PA where you can get back off the beaten path a few miles in and never see another guy. That's the way I like it! I do hunt some other areas that have more deer, but they also look like a pumpkin patch with all of the hunters around.
You are correct on deer body size. Our average bucks go about 115 to 140 lbs. Many guys here post their pics in the newspapers and always overstate the weight of the deer. If they shot a Maine bruiser, they would probably post it at 450 lbs! LOL
I am interested in coming to Maine to learn how track a decent buck. I am really not interested in shooting a small buck or doe up there. It would be a waste of 600 miles for me. I don't shoot 1 1/2 yr old bucks in PA anymore either for that matter.
I wouldn't call it an excellent place to hunt, but like I said earlier, it's the closest thing to Maine. I've hunted this particular area for about 8 years now and have yet to figure out a pattern on the deer. There just here and there. There are no defined pockets of them. I have been fortunate enough to shoot an 8 two years ago(not a slammer), and my buddy shot a 10 last year with an 18" spread.
I can't even really find a good feeding area. There are some food plots planted by the PGC, but the deer don't hit them too hard. There are no acorns in this area because of the elevation and the beech crop has been horrible the last few years.