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Hindsite Red Deer Hunt Preserve is located in Newport Maine. We offer Trophy and Management Stag Hunts as well as female meat hunts.

This is what a hunter of mine had to say about a Preserve hunt:

My name is Richard Lawson and I've been hunting for over 20 years, never on a preserve, and this was/is a hunt of a life time! From the professional outfitter (Mark Luce), his guides (Mat and Pat), and the quality trophy German Red Stag I took. You'll hunt the thick timber of Maine and never feel you're on a preserve, it's a very challenging hunt.

Rick enjoyed himself enough to want to come back again this year and he is bringing along some friends.

Here is Ricks deer, 12 point 408 lbs.





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This is the article pupblished in the
Hunting Report Newsletter with information submitted
by Richard Lawson


Here's an interesting find. It's a red deer hunting preserve in Maine of all places. Subscriber Richard Lawson brought it to our attention this month in a report he sent us about a hunt he enjoyed there this past September. The place is called Hindsite Hunt Preserve and is located in Newport, about 25 miles from Bangor International Airport. Formerly a dairy farm, owner Mark Luce began breeding red deer on the 155-acre property in 1997 and now offers trophy and management stag hunts, as well as meat deer hunts for hinds. Seems Luce invested in some New Zealand hinds breed to German blood lines, and a stud stag from Yugoslavian bloodline, intending to breed red deer for a variety of markets, including velvet antler production, meat, breeding stock, hard antlers for art projects and furniture and a limited number of hunts. Most of those efforts required the production of large antlers, so Luce has focused on enhancing trophy quality the last few years. So, what is the hunting experience like? According to Lawson, the stags here are the most skittish animals he has ever hunted. After 20 years of hunting whitetails, mule deer and elk, he characterizes this as a challenging and well-rounded hunt. He says Luce placed him and several friends in tree and tower stands near travel lanes and feeding areas around dense timber. He says the property is a mix of hardwood and softwood forest and thickets cut with deer trails. Since Lawson and his friends hunted during the rut, he says they were able to hear the stags roaring and watch them chasing hinds. He says several trophy stags came by his stand before he finally shot a 12-pointer.


He says his two hunting buddies also took 12-point stags. Lawson says the guides provided them with walkie-talkies to call for help when they shot their deer and that Luce took care of all the field dressing and trophy preparation as well. He says he also had a butcher and local taxidermist lined up to take care of the meat and trophies for them. He gives Luce high praise for the operation, writing, "He has set up a five-star preserve hunt, and with his internal drive, it will only get better. Don't hesitate on this. Once the word is out, booking a hunt here might take years." Lawson reports this was a three-day hunt that included lunch and one mature red stag with 12 to 16 points for $2,500. Hunts for management stags of eight to 10 points cost $1,300 and meat hunts for hinds cost $700. As for accommodations, Law- son says Luce lodged his group in nearby lakefront cabins, featuring a small kitchen and a washer and dryer, but no television set. He says a small grocery store nearby made it easy to prepare breakfast and that there were also several restaurants in town just two miles away. Hunters interested in this hunt may contact Luce at

207-368-4957, or visit his web site at http://www.hindsite-deer.com/Huntpark.htm
 

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"Team Murphy Hunting"

Brian Murphy with his 13 point stag that he stalked with his bow . His Uncle Bill is shown with his 15 point heavy beamed red stag. With Bill is niece Holly, nephews Brian Jr. and Tommy. Grandfather Tom took a nice hind


Three generations of Murphy hunters !
"Team Murphy Hunting"

Brian Murphy
Tom Murphy
Bill Murphy
Holly Murphy
Brian Murphy Jr.
Tommy Murphy

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Hunter Kim Finck from Washington Missouri with her 15 point stag she harvested with her 50 cal. black powder rifle on 10/16/04.

Her husband Jon harvested a 284 lb. female with his bow.




PS...............Jon and Kim sent these kind words to us to share with our readers:

posted October 26, 2004 09:16 AM
Kim & I recently returned from a great trip to hunt with Mark Luce at Hindsite and hiking in Acadia National Forest near Bar Harbor, Maine.
The Hindsite Red Deer Hunting Preserve provides a unique opportunity to hunt a non-native species in a very challenging environment. It is also a valuable and TRUE economic benefit to the local community...(off on a tangent here....positive economic growth ONLY occurs when a natural resource is utilized to provide a consumable product.) This kind of entrepreneurial spirit is something I can whole-heartedly endorse.
Mark and Joanne's operation is top notch - beginning with an active herd breeding and management plan. The breeding stock remains wild and instinctively aggressive - prone to fight or flight at the sight of a human. (You better watch yourself around these stags - they WILL attack if they feel threatened.) The hunting preserve area is maintained to provide an over-abundance of shelter, browse and feeding areas. It is much like a person would choose to manage property for a Quality Deer Management program for whitetails, only tailored for the aggressive nature of the Red Deer and the charateristics of the Maine woods. It is SO THICK in most places that you cannot walk through it.....maybe if you got down on your hands and knees, or crawl on your belly there would be some space to squeeze through... The hunting areas/stands are accessed by trails hewn selectively into the forest. There a small areas - 30 to 50 yds. - that are 'thinned out' enough to be able to hunt from stands.
Kim hunted with her muzzleloader from a box blind. I hunted from an open (large 2-person) ladder stand with my bow....more about the hunt in another post.....

Matt and his son-in-law escorted us to and from our stands. This was as much for our own physical security as it was to show us the way. We remained on stand until they came to get us.....now, not to say that we were scared of the stags or anything, but the Red Deer do display a very aggressive nature and the possibility is there for a confrontation. As host and guide Mark and Matt take this responsibility seriously.

When we downed our respective beasts, we communicated by radio for Mark to come and get us out and retrieve our quarry. He used his mighty John Deere tractor with a loader on it to transport them out of the preserve to the 'processing' area. With chain and winch, each was weighed and inspected before the 'fun' began....

Suffice it to say that in every detail our hosts went above and beyond to make our experience one that was enjoyable from start to finish. I only wish we had had a little more time to spend with Mark and his family - they are a lot of fun too. Although, by the end of the day I think we were all pretty well whipped....and bloody....well one of us was bloody...

Being the first time 'out east', the logistics of travel, vehicle space, and keeping the meat frozen were uncertainties that made this trip sort of a 'test'. Our next trip will have fewer concerns after having sorted those things out. We hauled the meat back 'on the bone' so every nook and cranny of the Bronco was packed tight with freezers and coolers and all our other stuff. The skull of Kim's stag was trussed up with twine, the nose of the beast resting on the console between our seats, the antlers directed up and back supported at the top by the pile of cargo behind. Mark even had some water pipe insulation laying around which was applied to the more 'dangerous' protrusions. Mark had expertly caped the skull, shrink-wrapped it and put a heavy platic bag over that. The plastic bag was well sealed with duct tape at strategic places like the base of the antlers and wrapped muzzle-like around the nose. By the time we reached home 2 1/2 days later, it had only a slight, albeit noticeable, odor.... (Thank goodness we had purchased half a dozen balsam fur sa'chets while we were at Acadia National Park
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I was surprised that when we got home, the meat in the coolers was still hard frozen. Two of them 120 qt. coolers with three bags of ice. There was only about 2 cups of melted ice water in each. That is good to know for the next trip.

All in all a wonderful experience which we will look fondly upon until the next time......
 

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Very nice, very nice! :D

Are you aware of our Fall photo contest? You can submit those pics in for a chance to win a free t-shirt.
 

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NAHC member Frank Volnick with his 13 point stag he took with his bow. He booked his hunt after reading a hunting report submitted to the Hunter Report Newsletter. The report was writen by Richard Lawson one of our 2003 hunters.



Hunting Report # 3640
 

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Father and son John and Bradley Roth with Johns 13 point stag he harvested on 10/26/04.

This is Bradleys 11 point management stag in the picture below.

 

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Mark,

I got those pictures you emailed me. I will be putting those up at the site. Thanks!
 

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Missouri Hunter E.Dennis O'Neil with his 15 point stag harvested on 11/19/04

Dennis has hunted Reds in Argentina, Scotland and New Zealand.

Dennis wants to return next year to harvest a bigger 300" Stag.

He shot this stag with a 300 Weatherby Magnum. Dropped him in his tracks. Dennis first saw several females move through the opening followed by his trophy.
 

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Nice pics Mark. I would guess you must be having a pretty good year. Sounds like this guy was happy enough to want to return.
 

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Thomas,

Thanks , We have several people from this year that want to return next year with other family or friends.

We "Aim" to please.........

They "Aim" and squeeze...........


What people are amazed at is how challenging and "Wild" an experience our hunt is..................

From the woods of Hindsite,

Mark
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We "Aim" to please.........

They "Aim" and squeeze...........
:D

It is obvious the amount of success and fun you are having over there. Pictures never lie...

Again, I would like to drop in some time.
 

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Maryland hunter Rick Bunce with his 14 point $2,500.00 class stag. He is with Team Hindsite Guide Pat Caron. This was a Feb. 2004 hunt.

This is what Rick had to say:

What an incredible hunting experience! Once the gate was closed behind me, I could have been in one hundred acres or one thousand acres. This gave me the rare opportunity to watch multiple red deer double-back within 50 yards of Mark and his guides without them ever seeing the deer. With the density of the forest, I could have walked right by a stag & never have known it was there.


Mark and his staff went above and beyond the call of duty to supply an excellent hunting experience. It was a challenging and fun hunt with excellent guides and quality animals. The stag I landed is impressive to say the least! Definitely the biggest little hunt I've ever been on!


I'll be heading back North soon for another hunt with Mark and his guides at Hindsite!



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1/8/05

Ralph Jackson " Two Tail" with his female red deer that he won on the H.H.H. Benifit Auction.

http://www.hhh-usa.org

He saw bigger females but could not find a shot.

We will be auctioning another female meat hunt in Feb. on the North American Hunting Club web site. If you are interesting in bidding on the hunt and helping a great cause , drop an email.

[email protected]




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These are a few words from TwoTails ( Ralph Jackson )

Mark,

I had a blast...any one that thinks this is not a real hunt just needs to look at the back ground...I had to thread the needle to get her... it was about 70yds I would guess...I'm telling you these buggers can hide in plain sight...the morning started pretty uneventfull...at frist...I was thinking I need a cup of coffee so I poured one and had tken a sip was just about to set it down when I saw the stags I about fell out of my seat and nearly spilled my coffee fumbeling for the one thing I forgat back at the truck...My camera...the lead animal was quite the sight..he was followed by several others with a nubby bringing up the rear...I got a good look at them with the binos...even put the range finder on one...84 yards...got evry thing hung back up in the blind and finishe what was left of my now cold partal cup of coffee and saw some movement out in the pines did not see a body but an ear, then a tail, then just the head or shall we say a bit of the head, saw a bunch of pieces of deer on this run but nothing I could ID as a whole deer..they disappeared in the thick stuff..I was watching out the other window when I caugt movement to my right...I turned my head and thee was a nice light colored female...as I turned I hit the ear muffs that should have been on my head and knocked them to the floor..deer gone... she was bigger than the one I shot and a lot closer and in a clear area...but... then I saw more...there were 4 in this group I large female but she was hanging back behind the others in the real thick stuff and I could not see much of her..the one I shot another about the same size and a Male fawn...or at least thats what we dcided it was...it had the start of the mane and just a bit bigger than my female...after the shot I was shaking so bad that I didn't think I would be able to climb down out of the box....THis was the first time I had ever killed any thing with a 7mm Rem mag...the way that deer went down...I'm going to be taking this thing back to ME with me if I can talk the wife into it...That is, if Mark will have me back Thanks again for a most enjoyable weekend..oh BTW, Irvings serves some excelent liver and onions.

Thanks again,
Ralph Jackson aka TwoTails
 

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Great story!!! Thanks for sharing
 

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When a red stag comes in, you take notice. This 15 point stag had several females and a 10 point subordanate stag with him.



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These stags waisted no time crossing this woods road.

I was walking out from one of our stands when I heard them approaching. When they saw me they were gone in an instant. Disappearing into the heavy cover.
 
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