Welcome to Moose Look Outfitters
We at Moose Look Outfitters are proud of our guide heritage. We are located one-and-a-half hours northwest of Portland in the Mahoosuc Mountains of Hanover, Maine. We specialize in guided excursions in the Western Mountains however we have contacts throughout the state. We take our business seriously and are members of the Professional Maine Guides Association, representing 800 of the best guides in Maine. We want your outdoor adventure to be special and will do everything possible to make it memorable. Whether you are hunting, fishing or floating a river, we encourage you to bring your camera; as my daughter Kim will attest to, you never know when there will be a sighting that needs to be captured while on your adventure. Western Maine is home to moose, fox, deer, turkeys, bald eagles and a host of other critters that you may see while outdoors.
Western Maine is one of the best kept secrets in the United States, and a Maine Guide will enhance your experience immensely. Maine Guides have a long and proud history. Please take the time to read about Cornilia "Fly Rod" Crosby, the first Registered Maine Guide. I have provided her story below.
Make your next vacation Maine, "the way life should be".
Please contact us for you next outdoor adventure. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Jeff and Lynn Watts
Moose Look Outfitters
History of the Maine Guide
History of the Maine Guide:
She Was Maine's First Licensed Guide
Cornilia Thurza Crosby, or "Fly Rod", Maine's first Registered Maine Guide
On March 19, 1897, The Maine legislature passed a bill requiring hunting guides to register with the state. Maine registered 1316 guides in that Ist year. The honor of receiving the first Maine guiding license went to Cornilia Thurza Crosby, or "Fly Rod", as she was affectionately known to friends across the country. Crosby first discovered her love for the wilderness when, on the advice of her doctor, she left her job in a bank to seek "a large dose of the outdoors". This prescription brought her to Rangeley, Maine, where she found work housekeeping in some of the large hotels in the area. She became friends with the local guides, and from them she learned the lore of the woods and the pleasures of camping, hunting, and fishing.
In 1886 a friend presented Cornilia with a five-ounce bamboo rod. She became so adept at fly-fishing that she once landed 200 trout in one day. She began to write up accounts of her fishing adventures and submitted them, under the name "Fly Rod", to O.M. Moore, editor of the Phillips Phonograph. "That's mighty good stuff!" responded Moore. "Send some more right away" "Fly Rod's Notebook" became a widely syndicated column appearing in newspapers in New York, Boston, and Chicago, and the new name stuck.
Although she shot the last legal caribou buck in the state of Maine, "Fly Rod" Crosby's most remarkable and enduring contribution to her native state happened far from the North Woods. In addition to being its first licensed guide, she was Maine's first public-relations genius. She arranged an elaborate hunting display at the First Annual Sportsmen's Show in New York's Madison Square Garden, starring herself, rifle in hand and wearing a daring, knee-length doeskin skirt.
Her sensational appearance at the Sportsmen's Show, together with the popularity of her column, helped to attract thousands of eager would-be outdoorsmen-and women-to the woods and streams of Maine.
100 years later, the MPGA is carrying on "Fly Rod's" love of the wilderness by promoting conservation, education, and the traditions. The MPGA sponsors conservation camps for children, landowner relations and legislation to protect our heritage.
Ever since "Fly Rod" was awarded the first guide's license in 1898, Maine guides have been available for ever outdoor activity.
In The News
Double Lung Receipient Bags Trophy Moose
By Jeff Watts,
Posted Oct. 01, 2013
Jamie Lapole and her father Tony arrived at Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins late on Saturday night from Baltimore, MD, two days before the start of the September moose season in zone 4. Jamie had a double lung transplant 11 months ago as a result of cystic fibrosis. She has always wanted to go on a moose hunt since the age of 10 when she watched a hunting show about moose. Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation sponsored her hunt. Hunt of a Lifetime is a non profit organization that provides free guided hunting and fishing trips to individuals with life threatening diseases.
Jeff Watts, Moose Look Outfitters in Hanover, ME and Joe Kruse, Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins donated the guided hunt. Joe and his wife Liz provided lodging for the group. Savage Arms provided a free .308 rifle with a bushnell scope, Nosler provided the ammo and Al Cowperwaite from North Maine Woods provided free access to the hunting party through the Kelly Dam road gate. Hunt of a life time gave her $400 to spend and Cabela's gave her the employee discount to stretch her dollars at the store. Hunt of a life time also provided the rental vehicle and money for gas and food. We hunted 16 hours a day including travel time to zone 4, and although Jamie saw plennty of bull moose, she just couldn't connect. We had several close encounters but she never complained and never got discouraged. Then on the last day of the hunt, at 8:10 in the morning we spotted a beautiful moose on the side of the road, Jamie jumped out of the truck, disregarded the shooting stick and shot her trophy moose in the heart. It ran about 40 yards and dropped in a clearing. She was thrilled beyond explanation. Her moose weighed 870 pounds and sported a 44 1/2 inch rack with 15 points and a white nose. A beautiful moose. Butchering is being provided by Herring Brothers and taxidermy by Jim Gieb.
The Bethel Citizen
Local guide helps fulfill young hunter's dream
By MARIA HAGIGEORGES HOLLOWAY
Oct 17, 2013
Just north of Jackman, Maine in Hunting Zone 4, Jeff Watts of Hanover and fellow Maine Guide Joe Kruse of Norridgewock recently fulfilled a young girl's dream of a lifetime.
Twenty-year-old Jaime Lapole, of Maryland, who has battled life-threatening cystic fibrosis since she was born, waited 10 years for her first moose hunt. After five 16-hour days of hunting, with barely four to five hours' sleep each night, Jamie got her wish and shot her first moose. It was an experience that both Jaime, and Watts, will never forget.
Since 2001 Watts, a Registered Maine Guide, has been a member of the Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation, a non-profit organization that grants hunting and fishing dreams to children and young adults with life-threatening illnesses. Watts owns Moose Look Outfitters, based in Hanover, and leads hunting and fishing trips in Maine for lovers of the outdoors.
The Pennsylvania-based organization, Hunt of a Lifetime, was founded by Tina Pattison, President and CEO, whose son Matthew was diagnosed with incurable cancer. When Make-a-Wish couldn't grant Matthew's dream of hunting a moose, Tina took action and founded the organization.
The selection process for participants is based on two major criteria - the person must be under age 21 and have a life threatening illness. A physician submits certification of the illness and then the application goes before a review board for approval and selection. Depending on the participant's health and availability of guides, there is often a wait, and trips may even be postponed until the person's health improves.
Typically the participants come from families who enjoy hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. They are knowledgeable regarding the use of firearms and have been taught firearm safety. In Jamie's case, she hunts deer with her dad at home.Last year the organization provided 108 children with hunting or fishing trips.
Last months' trip with Jamie and her Dad was Watts' first with the organization. When asked what inspires Watts to volunteer for Hunt of a Lifetime, he explained, "I want to be a part of providing a family, in a difficult situation, the opportunity of a lifetime. Jamie had her long-awaited lung transplant 11 months ago. She never thought she would make it to her 20th birthday, much less go on a moose hunt that she had waited 10 years for.
"She never complained once during the long days. When she saw her first bull moose she got 'Moose Fever' and the expression on her face was priceless. However, when she finally shot her moose after five days of waiting, she was in disbelief and so happy! My tear ducts are still dried out from the moments I cried. Jaime, her dad, Tony, and I, got to know each other intimately. It was a hunt of a lifetime for me as it was for them and I would do it again in a heartbeat."
Maine grants two tags a year for these hunts, which are above and beyond those given out by the state's lottery. There are 20 registered Maine guides who participate in the Hunt of a Lifetime trips. The second Maine hunt this year has been granted to Joe Reed, a 19-year-old, who is paralyzed from the neck down. He will use a rifle that is activated by blowing on a mechanism which fires the rifle.
When asked about the feedback Watts receives from the participants and their parents, he explained, "The families are so appreciative of the opportunity to fulfill their child's dream, a dream they might not be able to afford on their own. To have a professional guide provide housing, food, and the experience, is in itself, a dream come true. For all of us involved, the time spent with the families is priceless and for those supporting the organization, they can be assured that the child is going to have a great experience in the outdoors with their parent. When you have a child with a life-threatening disease, this is a one time where everything is normal and they are living their dream."
The Hunt of a Lifetime Foundation is supported by monetary contributions and donations of goods and services. For Watts' recent hunt with Jamie, support was provided by Moose Look Outfitters of Hanover, Herring Brothers butchers of Guilford, Jim Gieb, taxidermist of Solon, Joe and Liz Kruse of Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins of Parlin Pond Township, and Cabela's, a national retail outfitter.
For more information or to apply for a hunting or fishing opportunity, visit www.huntofalifetime.org. For a complete account of Watts' hunting trip with Jamie and her dad, visit www.MooseLookOutfitters.com.