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2008 Deer Season

Wow! What can be said about the 2008 deer season at Oxbow Lodge except that I’m glad to have been on the guide team again this year. Last winter took its toll on our herd and predictions were that we suffered losses of 30 to 40% of the whitetail population. So expectations, for some at least,were low. Tom does not accept low expectations from his staff , however,and hard work, combined with hunting luck, resulted in the customary success rate of 20+%. While deer numbers certainly were down, we found more signs of big bucks, and enjoyed good success in the taking of several fine animals by our guests. The third week found repeat guests (Butch, Bugs, Wayne, PJ and Ray from Pennsylvania) in camp for another hunt for big woods bucks. And the Red Gods smiled on us three times! PJ took a heavy racked nine pointer that tipped the scales at 230 lbs dressed on the first morning. The buck had a scrape line located in an area where there was a profusion of sign amid the beech whips, raspberry and spruce thickets. Ray took a wide racked (21” inside spread) nine pointer on the second day that dressed out at 201. And the week finished off with Wayne scoring on a heavy racked 8 pointer that went 204. Shawn, Tom and I were more than happy to tackle the task of dragging out these heavyweights. And thanks to straight shooting on the part of our hunters. we enjoyed a week that none of us will soon forget.

We began our feeding program in mid December and some good bucks are showing up at the feed sites. We have about thirty right now and hope to have some photographs of them on the website in the very near future, so be sure to revisit the site regularly. The winter as of this writing (January 3, 2009) has been much kinder than last year , at least so far. Although we have had several bone chilling nights (-34 on the Sunday before Christmas and -18 a week later), the snowfall thus far has been 49”, as compared to 76” at the same time last year. And more importantly, we have had a thaw that reduced the snowpack to about 15” and the deer are doing well.

We have no control of the weather and none over what our fish and game department does to manage our deer population. But Tom does have control over how we go to work for you as the client and a top notch experience and effort is guaranteed year after year.

Life is short and that hunt with Oxbow Lodge and experience a real hunt in the finest tradition of the North Woods of Maine.

Jim Bernardin
Registered Maine Guide
Oxbow Lodge

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