Testimonials for Bear Hunting

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Brian & Marlene are the best that there is. We had a great time and enjoyed the great company. They work hard to get everyone a bear…which are plentiful. The food is terrific, the camp is spacious and functional with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Great Experience! Can’t wait till next year. --Tom Foose, Schyllkill Haven, PA.

I had a great time hunting with Brian and Marlene. I just followed their suggestions and advice and it all came together with a fine 200 pound bear. Food and furnishings were good and our hosts were exceptionally honest, knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly. I can’t think of anything that they could have done better.—Darrell Lehr, Fredericksburg, PA


Just wanted to take the time to thank you for your hospitality last year (2011) bear-hunting season.  My 13-year-old son and I had a great time, even though we didn’t get a bear, because of the hurricane that came through and all the berries were still left on the bushes.  I think it had something to do with it…well my son caught the most fish that week.  The river was high because of all the rain but you could still see the bottom, very clear and clean river.  The food that comes out of your kitchen was great and there was enough for seconds and thirds, the talk at the dinner table was great too.  Everyone talked stories of hunting, life, and fishing.  Just a great relaxing time.  The sleeping area was cozy and warm we had to fire up the heater one or two nights, and watched a video.  I really appreciate that Brian sat with my son for 3 days of hunting.  Most places charge extra for that.  You guys didn’t.  Also Brian let him use his 20 gauge.  Baiting was pretty cool too, when we would walk up to the barrel and see it empty from the night before and the tracks on the ground really got your heart pumping.  Next time I would like to leave my trail camera up on the tree.  I know there is still a big one in there.  We seen some moose, pine martins, and other wildlife, and took some nice video.  All in all, we had a great time.  Thanks again.
Mike Morrissey, Springfield, Massachusetts 

“I would highly recommend Antlers Extreme Outfitters (now Grindstone Lodge) for your fall bear hunting.  While I did not harvest one this fall, it was certainly not their fault.  I passed up 3 small ones and got outfoxed by a big one.  Marlene & Brian have a great place and she will put you in the next hole of your belt with her cooking.  The fishing is good, too, as an added bonus.”
Mike Weaver, Hedgesville, West Virginia


In September, we hunted bear with Antlers Extreme (now Grindstone Lodge) and harvested two bears with them.  It was my first big game hunt.  We had a blast, fishing in the morning and hunting in the afternoon.  I learned a lot of what to do and what not to do.  The Badger’s are some of the nicest people to hunt with.  I can’t say enough about the hospitality.  The food was home cooked and great, and the accommodations were great too.  If you want a great place to hunt with knowledgeable people this is the place.  Five of us hunted and three killed bear.  If you pay attention to what you are told, you have a very good chance to kill a bear.
Rene Swing, Newark, Delaware

Antlers Extreme (now Grindstone Lodge) is located in one of the best bear producing areas of Maine.  Baits are set in large tracks of woods that have not had hunting pressure in years.  Your guides will do their part in placing you in active bait sites.  If you do your part, you will get a shot.  Your sleeping area is comfortable and the food is good.  The Badger’s will make you feel at home.  I would recommend Antlers Extreme to anyone without reservation.
Tony Silva, Andover, Massachusetts


I would like to thank you  for a wonderful bear hunting experience this past season.  From the lodge to the great cooking to the hunting sites, your outfit provided a very rewarding hunting experience.  Although I did not “tag out" I had a successful hunt thanks to you.  I look forward to returning to your camp in the years to come.  You have gained a permanent customer.
Joe Andrews, Salisbury, Maryland


Many thanks to Brian and Marlene Badger, guides/owners of Antlers Extreme Outfitters (now Grindstone Lodge) in Grindstone, Maine.  I am a repeat client for their excellent bear hunting adventures, and am happy to report that this year I was the first hunter to harvest a Maine bear out of our group of five.

We hunted the third week of the season and the weather had begun to cool a little so that the daytime fishing was pleasant.  Small mouth bass fishing was good enough to feed us dinner one evening (five hungry hunters and the owners).  We finished the week with 3 bears killed for five hunters, one bear over the 200 lb. mark.

I would recommend Antlers Extreme (now Grindstone Lodge) to anyone interested in hunting for black bears over bait, no matter if they were experienced hunters or just beginning to hunt dangerous game.  The Badgers are excellent guides with very productive hunting areas, both remote and low-impact.

The lodging is very comfortable and you are well fed, maybe even a little too good!  There is usually some activity going on about the camp, and if you're not busy fishing in the early hours of the day, you may get invited to go into the woods and bait the bears.  I highly recommend being part of a bait crew if you get the chance.

Brian and Marlene are both friendly people that will go to any length to make sure your stay is comfortable and you get the most adventure for your money.  The fees are very reasonable when compared to similar outfits, and I cannot overstate the effort that they both put into your hunt.

I will be returning to their camp for the 2011 season to try for another beautiful trophy!
Brian Dennis, Salisbury, Maryland



 Just a few words to thank you for my bear hunt in Maine.  I had a wonderful time, from the hunt to being treated extra well.  Brian, you did a great job trying to get me a bear; they were hitting the bait every night—just not when I was there.  Maybe next time!! I’ll be back!  Marlene your food was great.  Thanks for all you did for me while I was there.  Thanks for the good directions from Pennsylvania to Maine and back.
I highly recommend this hunt to everyone that is interested in a good bear hunt and great food.
Once again, thanks for everything and hope to see you all next year.
Brian Murray, Hyndman, Pennsylvania