The Place Immediately adjacent to U.S. 2, you'll find classic New England-style grouse hunting in farm country replete with picturesque stone walls and abandoned apple orchards. Although it's technically legal to hunt any unposted land in Maine, common courtesy suggests that you find the farmer and ask permission before putting your dogs down. Once you pass north through the narrow band of farm country, you're in the big woods, where millions upon millions of acres of paper-company land stand open to public access. These lands are, in general, well marked, both with signage and obviously used logging roads. You needn't ask permission to hunt them, although a group of smaller paper companies, known as the Northern Maine Woods, charges modest gate fees for access to their land, which is often prime grouse cover. As always, the best habitat will be found in the young growth around clear-cuts.