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Red Stag Hunting in Maine

Discussion in 'Advertise' started by Mark Orion Luce, Feb 21, 2004.

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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.


  2. www.huntingreport.com/current_issue.cfm?id=74

    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. [​IMG]

    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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    NAHC Member Rob Calafell with his 17pt. stag he harvested on 9/18/04.
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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
    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......
  6. 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.

  9. Mark,

    I got those pictures you emailed me. I will be putting those up at the site. Thanks!
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    Craig Wallace from Braintree Mass. harvested this 15 point stag on 11/11/04