North Country Lodge Bear Chili

2 lb. bear meat (ground)                                                                               1 tsp. salt

2 lb. pork (ground)                                                                                           1/2 tap. black pepper

2  medium onions (minced)                                                                         4 tsp. chili powder

2 bell peppers (minced)                                                                                  2 tsp. brown sugar

1-1lb. can chopped stewed tomatoes                                                          1/2 c. maple syrup

1 tsp. Tabasco sauce                                                                                            1 can beer

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Brown meat lightly in heavy skillet.  Remove.  Saute onions and peppers in skillet, then add cooked meat.  Saute for 5 minutes.  Place mixture in large pot.  add tomatoes and seasonings and blend well.  Simmer 2-3 hours in covered pot.  If needed,  add  tomato  juice to thin or water and flour to thicken.

Chinese Vension Stir-Fry

1 lb. venison cut in 1/8th strips                                                   3 tbsp. soy sauce

3 tbsp. oil                                                                                         2 lbs. Chinese vegetables

1 clove garlic, minced, 1 tsp.ground ginger                              1 c. beef stock

1/2 tsp. salt                                                                                      2 tbsp. cornstarch

1/4 tsp. pepper                                                                               1/2 tsp mono sodium glutamate

1 lb. bean sprouts                                                                           1 tbsp. molasses

1/4 c. water

Stir-fry, garlic and ginger in hot oil in wok or skillet.  Add Chinese vegetables and bean strouts.  Stir-fry for 1 or 2 minutes.  Add soy sauce, stock and molasses.  Cook covered 3-4 minutes.  Blend remaining ingredients together and add to hot broth.  Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and clear.

Chinese Vegetables Mix:  Bok Choy, Celery, Onions, Green peppers

Controlling Maine’s Coyotes

Okay, so we all know about the coyote and the trouble they cause.  But, how much is your state doing to control them?  I am happy to say that the people and organizations of Maine are doing their best.  From night hunting to the trapping season to winter bait hunting around designated deer yards.  In the past few months the coyote situation has been top priority in Maine.  There is the average hunter doing his part and there are organizations like the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Maine Trapper’s Association and the Maine Professional Guide’s Association.  Not only are they killing coyotes they are also educating hunters through seminars and DVDs on where and when to do this.  It is one thing to take a coyote, but it is another to take a coyote at the right time of year and location.  This is the best way to cut back on their breeding or to decrease the pack during the winter.  I am starting to see clubs putting on more hunting tournaments now than I have ever seen in the past.  We have to say that the eastern coyote is truly an amazing animal with the ability to survive anywhere.  But, putting that aside they have to be controlled.  I am happy to say that the sportsmans of Maine are finally taking a step forward in the right direction.  We all have to do our part.

Happy Hunting!


Good Bye Snow-Hello Spring Fishing

Sarah - Trophy Pike 2009

Well,  the snow is melting and it’s getting warmer outside,  time to put away the shovel and break out the fishing pole. Spring is in the air and that makes me think of large Northern Pike and Walleye. My brother Bert and I will be leaving in a few weeks to open our fishing resort in Northern Ontario (Flint Wilderness Resort). We have owned the resort for the last twenty years and have made many improvements. From the fully equipped cabins to the 14 ft. Deluxe Lunds. The Arctic watershed has some of the finest fishing in the world. We fish a total of 13 lakes and maintain a newly renovated outpost on Flint Lake, a 14 mile boat ride from the main resort. This outpost sleeps 8 and has electric lights, running water, range and refrigerator. The fishing on Klotz Lake can handle everyone from the serious angler who is looking for the 20 lb. Pike or 10lb Walleye and the kids who just want to put a sucker on the end of a bobber and fish the weed line.  So, I invite you and your family to come north to our beautiful fishing resort and experience the fishing you have only dreamed about.

Hope to see you there!!



1/4 c. flour

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

2 partridge, cut up

6 tbsp. butter

3/4 light cream

3 egg yolks

4 c. white wine

Combine flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag.  Add partridge pieces and shake to coat.  Brown partridge lightly in butter.  Place partridge and wine in dish. Bake at 350 degrees covered one hour or until tender.  Remove to platter.  Beat cream with egg yolks, slowly stir in pan drippings.  Cook and stir over medium heat just until sauce is smooth and thickened.  Do Not boil Pour sauce over partridge.  Garnish platter with sauteed apples.

Sauteed Apples:  Core and slice two (2) apples into wedges.  Put 3 tbsp. butter in skillet and add apples.  Sprinkle with 1 tsp. sugar and cook, turning often until lightly browned.

North Country Lodge,  Ellie Goodman

Little Known Facts About Maine:

The Sun rises on Mount Katahdin first each day.


Moose steaks

1 lb. ground moose meat                                                       2 tsp. horseradish

1/2 lb. ground beef                                                                   2 eggs, slightly beaten

1/2 small onion (minced)                                                       3/4 c. dry bread crumbs

2 cans (10 oz, each) cream of  mushroom soup             1 tbsp. dried parsley flakes

1 to 2 tbsp. prepared mustard

4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Combine meat and onion, set aside.  Combine soup, mustard, worcestershire sauce and horseradish to form a smooth sauce.   Remove 1/3 cup of sauce and combine with ground moose and beef and onions.  Add eggs, bread crumbs and parsley.  Shape into 8 patties.

In a large skillet over a medium heat, brown patties on both sides (5 minutes per side).  Remove patties.  Pour off excess grease.  Return patties.  Spoon sauce over each, cover and simmer 10 to 15 minutes, turning and basting occasionally with sauce.  Serve “steaks” with gravy.  8 servings

North Country Lodge, Chef,    Ellie Goodman

Little known facts about Maine:

The Cleveland Indians was renamed from the Cleveland Nationals in of a Maine Indian on the team.

Venison Roast (easy)

1 Venison roast

1 pkg. Lipton onion soup (dry mix)

Potatoes – number according to servings

Carrots – number according to servings

Place venison roast in baking dish and stab with a  fork several times.  Pour dry onion soup mix over roast and add just water to cover bottom of dish.  Cover tightly with foil and bake in a slow oven at 325 degrees until done.  Usually takes 2-3 hours depending on size of roast.  Add potatoes and carrots last hour of cooking.

North Country Lodge, Chef,  Ellie Goodman

Little known facts about Maine: In the 19th century, Maine working men took not coffee breaks but rum breaks- two each day. but not when hunting.


5 lb. bear roast (trimmed well)

1/2 c. catsup                                                               1/2 c. white sugar

1 tsp. salt                                                                      1 tsp. Worcestershire  sauce

1/2 tsp. celery salt (or seed)                                1 tsp, mustard ( prepared)

1/4 c. brown sugar (firmly packed)                   1/3 c. vinegar

1 c. water

Place roast in roasting pan, cook in a very hot oven (425 degrees) for 20 minutes. Turn oven down to (350 degrees) for the reminder of the cooking time: 3 hours, pour sauce over roast and bast frequently.

Sauce:  Combine ingredients, bring to boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.  Simmer about 8 minutes.  Serve with rice or noodles using sauce.  Serves 6 to 8

North Country Lodge, Chef

Ellie Goodman

Transporting Firearms Across State Lines

Teresa Hodge – 2009

Hi Everyone,

One of the most important questions  that we get from our hunters is “What are the laws on transporting my guns across state lines?”.  So, for those of you that are not familiar with federal laws on transporting firearms check out this NRA website for more information.

Here at North Country Lodge our hunters have come from around the world including – Germany, Mexico, Norway and Canada.   And, of course just about every state.  Just this past 2009 season we have had some great people hunting with us from California, Florida and our good friend Teresa Hodge from Texas.  Teresa made her way from Texas to Maine in the third week of the hunting season and was thrilled to harvest her first black bear with us.

Check out our 2009 black bear gallery .

For those of you that harvested a bear with us in 2008 and participated in the Bear Aging Program with the Inland Fish and Wildlife Department of Maine.  Check out their report.  It’s studies like this that will only increase our outstanding population of Black Bears.

So we invite you to join us at North Country Lodge on your next hunting trip.

Happy Hunting,


Welcome to North Country Lodge

Bill Spade
Bill Spade (365lbs)

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to North Country Lodge’s first blog.   We wanted to create this blog so that we can communicate, and keep you up dated with all of the latest North  Country Lodge News.  I would like to start off by thanking all of the hunters, and guests that have visited us over the last 25 years.   We are also looking forward to meeting all of those new hunters, and guests that will visit us in the future. Over the winter months, we have been gearing up for the 2010 hunting season.  We developed a new web site for North Country Lodge along with this blog.  We are also working on an e-letter for those of you who would like to sign up for that in the future.  The e-letter will be coming soon.

This years Bear hunting season will be here before you know it.  The  season will start August 29th and run 4 weeks to September 26th 2010.  We have recently exhibited at the Columbus  Sports Vacation and Boat Show,  and are currently at the Indianapolis Boat Sport and Travel Show in booth #58 and#59. We will be in Indianapolis from February 19th through February 28th 2010, come down and visit us.

Last years North Country Lodge had an excellent Black Bear season.  In 4 week during the month of September we had 42 hunters successfully bag a Bear.  During that time the hunters at North Country sighted a total of 132 Bears on our 500 sq. mile hunting lease.  If you are looking for an fully guided Black Bear hunt check us out on our web site at North Country Happy hunting, Bert

Join us for the Fall 2019 Black Bear Hunt

North Country Lodge
P.O. Box 323
Patten ME, 04765

Telephone: 207.528.2320
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