Lawrence's Lakeside Cabins and Guide Service is based in Rock- wood, Maine, and offers moose hunting in September in Zone 4, and in October in Zones 8, 9 and 14. Sanford says that there were lots of moose in the area he hunted, and he advises fellow hunters going there to be patient in waiting for a good bull, which he says are there but not easy to find. In a follow-up phone call to Lawrence, he told us Sanford is right about that and the reason is that changing land use policies in Maine are making moose hunting somewhat more challenging. The giant clearcuts of the past have grown into impenetrable thickets, and smaller clearcuts and selective cutting have made it harder to find moose. "We've been hunting this area for more than 25 years, so we generally know where the moose are likely to be," says Lawrence. "Sanford's hunt was unusual in that it took him six days to find the moose he wanted."
The hunting here involves using gravel logging roads for general access to large tracts of private lands owned by paper companies. Moose are called in whenever the rut and weather conditions allow (the quieter the better). Hunting is also done by spotting and stalking with some limited still-hunting at times. Lawrence houses hunters either at his lodge on Moosehead Lake or in a variety of remote cabins closer to the actual hunting areas. He pairs his hunters with guides who actually live in the zone they are hunting.
Sanford found the entire experience recommendable. He says Lawrence is honest and knows both the moose and his hunting territory. Sanford rates the camp and food as excellent.