100 Best Public-Land Hunts: Maine

Frye Mountain Wildlife Management Area
south-central Maine
5,240 acres
ZIP: 04986

Located in Wildlife Management District 23, which recorded the second highest harvest in Maine last year with 2,895 deer, Frye Mountain is heavily forested in second-growth spruce and white pine. A fair amount of oaks produce a good crop of acorns, and lots of reverting farm fields and old apple trees complete the mixed habitat. “The variety offers a very nice opportunity, really quite a pleasant landscape for deer hunting,” says regional wildlife biologist Jim Connolly of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. That helps explain why Frye Mountain is a popular destination for Maine hunters. Getting away from the crowds can be tough: Though it’s fairly hilly, a good road network eases access into even the most far-flung areas.