- Ron Ricciardi - PO Box 123 - Eagle Lake, ME 04739 - 207.444.6108

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Name: Al Larson
From: Niantic, CT
E-mail: larsonallen@sbcglobal.net
I hunted Black Bear for the first time this year with Ron and had a great time. I was able to take a beautiful sow. Ron works hard to put his hunters on bears and works just as hard to recover them. The bear I shot ran down a very steep embankment and across a steam. Ron brought a big tub/sled to float the bear back across so we wouldn't damage the hide. Aside from the hunting, his cabins are very nice also, he even changed his tv package so we could watch football. Thanks again Ron, I'll be back.
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Name: Tom Black
From: Marion, KY
E-mail: tomjunebllack@bellsouth.net
Ron,
Thank you so very much for an unforgettable hunt. I couldn't have done it without you. We are looking forward to returning next season for another try. Thanks again.
Tom Black
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Name: tim wright
From: northdakota
E-mail: poorfarmer2008@yahoo.com
I had another great time this year. the autumn colors on the trees were incredible this year. I am looking forward to hunting with Ron again this year always five star hospitality.It is always a very relaxing vacation for me. I would recommend Ron over a lot other guides very professional and works very hard at what he does. He always goes above and beyond what you expect a guide to do to ensure a comfortable stay and a memorable hunt of a life time. Thanks for another great year and sign me up on another hunt for next year as I know bookings are filling up fast.
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Name: Sid Lark
From: Toledo Ohio
E-mail: SidLark@OhioDU.com
I hunted Black Bear with Ron Ricciardi the second week of September of 2013.

I have hunted with many guides/outfitters over a 40 year period and Ron was A+ all the way. I restricted myself to hunting with a handgun which brings with it a few unique challanges which Ron was more than willing to work with me on.

The area is fantastic as is the camp and the cabin was great with full accomodations. My wife was with me on this hunt and she was delighted with everything that the camp/cabin offered. When she is happy......... I am happy

The area is rich in larger than average Bears and the habitat is some of the best Bear country that I've ever hunted.

I highly recommend North Main Woods Guide Service and Ron Ricciardi. Ron will work hard to meet your expectations and in fact will likely exceed them.

The hunting operation is for "Trophy" quality animals so expect to hunt hard and follow Ron's advice. He wants you to take a trophy animal as much as you do and will do everything possible to make that happen.

Thanks for a great week Ron!!
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Name: Shane Dufresne
From: CT
E-mail: shanedufresne@comcast.net
Another great year of bear hunting with Ron. I brought up my 3rd different hunting partner this year. Like the other 2, he shot a big bear. Although I did not get one this year, I saw a few. Since I shot my state record 536 pounder in 2008, I'm a little spoiled and more picky....lol....As always the food was great and the cabin was incredible. I'll be up in November for deer hunting....
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Name: Joshua Galbraith/Dennis Eckert
From: Pennsylvania
E-mail: checknwings418@gmail.com
Although regrettably this was my first time attending the hunt with Ron my good friend Dennis has been making it a yearly trip for three years and both of us could not have been more impressed with Ron's ability as an outfitter. Dennis has brought down very nice bears in the past two years and has passed stories onto me that fueled my yearning to tag along for his yearly trip to the beautiful north Maine countryside. Due to an outstanding amount of natural food for the bears this season neither of us were able to bring a beauty down but that did not stop us from having the time of our lives. There is nothing that Ron did not try to do in order to attract the bears to us, but there is only so much you can do until its up to the bears themselves. We did see bear, although they came in slightly too late to shoot, which is more than any other outfitter could say for their bait sites. Even without bagging a bear the hunt was intense and exciting the whole way through and challenged you as a hunter to concentrate on bringing your A game and bettering your ability to become scent free to attract the bears. The cabins are incredibly well built and offer all the amenities of your own home! The Eagle lake area is beautiful and offers many possibilities for the outdoor connoisseur. There are numerous trails for riding atv's and dirtbikes along with plentiful fishing holes and trails to hike all around you. All in all my trip to the north woods of Maine was the best vacation I have taken to date and I will be booking my stay there shortly for the next season. Thankyou Ron and of course Nelson as well, you are both great guys and made my and Dennis's stay that much more enjoyable. See you next year!!!
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Name: Luciano Sbroglia
From: Gurupi, Tocantins - Brasil
E-mail: m.subto@gmail.com
Simply awesome!!
Thanks Ron, for receiving me so well in his land and have made every effort to make my hunt was successful! Their dedication and commitment to their customer's that make all the difference. It is no wonder that you are considered one of the best big game hunting guides in Maine.
I left Brazil with a suitcase full of hope and expectation and came back with a beautiful trophy, thanks to his work.
Congratulations and thank you!
Next year I'll be out there to hunt a moose and possibly some White Tail Deer.
Wait for me!!

Luciano Sbroglia - Bowhunter
Gurupi TO - Brazil
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Name: Nelson Neto Junior
From: Brazil
E-mail: nnjcustom@yahoo.com.br
September of 2012, my riend Luciano Sbroglia and I, both comes from Brazil, reached Eagle lake, excited with our most hunting defiance until now!
The American Black Bear hunting!!!!
A easygoing guy full of energy and sense of humor meet us in front the cabin, this guy was Ron Ricciardi, our Master guide.
The cabin was a delight, log home full of deer and bears trophies and the food..........excellent!
Just a couple time after our arriving Ron ask us:
- Are you ready for hunting?
- Sure, of course..........absolutely!!!!!
I got a Marlin model 336 in 35 Reminton caliber and Luciano grab your bow.
- So, lets go!
3 days pass and no one bear for Luciano, for me just a mamma bear and 3 cubs, it was the last week of bears season and of course we
need get our bears!
Whit a lot incentive, good humor, a lot of efforts and professionalism, Ron took us to different baits, so..........its happened!!!
In the penultimate day, I was in my bait........taking a nap and must be woke up by my self snoring (LOL) and I saw that beauty comes
to my bait, my hart starts pumping fast, she ( was a very fat female ) came smelling the air, stops and surreptitiously stars to walk in opposite direction!
She must be felt my smell, for sure!
So.......I hang on my breath and though.........
- Oh my God...........I'm going to loose it!
So, like a dream a tunnel trough the threes , branches and leafs opened, I pull the trigger and the 336 shot!
I herd the bear running a little bit and stops, I put another bullet in the chamber and I went down of the bait.
The bear was just a few yards from I`d shot it, just one shot into the hart, the 35 Remington works fine.
I thing it was near of the hunting ends time because was dark already, I walked until Ron`s truck and try to got him telling I won't has luck!
- Really?????
- Gotcha!!!!!
- I knew, your face is shinning, let's collect it!
Well, for cut a little bit, it was a beautiful female fat like a beer's barrel whit a wonderful fur weighing 245lb!!!!
But my friend Luciano don't had the same lucky.............yet!
Ron put Luciano in a place where a lot of great bears was photographed before, that was the last day of bear's season and back to Brazil
without a bear, would be sad.............a lot!
But Ron does everything right, of course, like a great Master Guide, he knew what Luciano going to got his bear, and the last day and hour
of bear's season, Luciano call us:
- Guys.............I got it, I got it !!!!!!
Ron and I runs to Luciano's bait and the beast was there, lay down on the forest soil a huge bear weighing 340lb!
A single accurate arrow pierced its heart!
Now I could see the same shine in Luciano's face!
Well, if you wants get you premium bear, I highly recommend Ron Ricciardi, with no doubts the best Master Guide I have meet in my life!
Beware moose, bears and deer, Ron Riccardi is the guide who going to put you guys on our ( hunters ) aims!
Thanks Ron, thanks again my friend!

Nelson Neto Junior
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Name: John Lynn
From: NH
E-mail: samlem@charter.net
Lucky enough to get a tag my first year of trying....yeah VERY lucky!!! Did my search of guides and Ron's name came up. Immediate response, great website and fantastic reviews. As I am a fairly new hunter I knew I needed the help of a good guide and I was NOT disappointed. I cannot say enough good things about Ron and his service. Accommodations outstanding, location great and Ron has more energy than any one person should have. He had to do a little hand wringing with my less than stellar shooting but I never felt anything from him but his desire to get me on a good moose and take home some meat for the freezer. Already thinking about another hunt with Ron. Highly recommend Ron without reservations!!!!
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Name: Claude and Jennifer
From: Maine
McMoose 2012
My wife Jennifer and I have enjoyed two great weeks in The Great North Woods of Maine Moose hunting. The hunt really started weeks ago with all the planning and prep work. After checking inventory Jennifer and I made long lists of things we needed. We made many trips to Cabelas and the grocery store for supplies. Of course in our travels we always included a favorite restaurant to have lunch, talk through our progress, and regain energy loss from all the shopping. Jennifer.... who is a person with refined and discriminating taste....and who is very knowledgeable in the craft and art of food and food preparation....went into her gourmet cooking mode. She first prepared a menu for 14 nights of tasty, healthy dinners. She then cooked each meal and packaged it in a disposeable aluminum containers. After labeling the container she placed it in our freezer. This cooking plan allowed Jennifer free time in the evening after a long day in the field and still serve hot delicious meals. On our morning of departure we transfered these meals to our plug in car cooler for our trip to Eagle Lake Maine. It was a beautiful blue sky sunny day that found us driving north on I-95. Once we got past Bangor the foliage started showing fall colors and a car was rarely seen. After 315 miles of stress free scenic driving we arrived at North Maine Woods Guide Service at Eagle Lake Maine. Our guide/outfitter and good friend Ron Ricciardi greeted us and showed us to our home for the next two weeks. Ron's cabins are clean, comfortable and fully equipped with all the housekeeping essentials. The wide screen TV with many channels to choose from was great. We appreciated the two comfortable chairs where old guys like us could sit and view the lake and distant mountains and have a sundower while waiting for dinner to heat up in the oven. One of our favorite views was the evening sunset when the mountains would silhouette against the fiery sky with flocks of Canada Geese flying just above them. About Ron....Ron Ricciardi is truly a excellent representative of the outdoor fraternity. His experience, hunter ethics, honesty, integrity, hardwork, patience, dependability, and persistence is as good as it gets. To sum it up ....one could say "this is not Ron's first rodeo". The first week of our hunt mornings found us in the mountains scouting for Moose and enjoying the rapidly changing fall scenery. We did this with Ron at the wheel driving the many logging roads that crisscross the area. There are logging trucks hauling on these roads 24 hours a day. Truckers for safety reasons inform other truckers as to their whereabouts by broadcasting on their CB radios the number on the road mile marker signs as they pass. There is a mile marker sign every mile on these haul roads. For example....if we were at mile marker 7 going up (towards mile marker 8) and over our CB we hear a trucker say he was at mile marker 8 going down (towards mile marker 7) we would pull over and wait for him to pass. We sighted moose every day and gave most of them names. There was " one horn willie " "chicken head" " pretty boy" ....just to name a few. In the afternoon after lunch Jennifer and I would relax and relive the morning scouting events....sometimes going into the town of Eagle Lake to pick up milk etc and talk to the locals who are very friendly. The week of September 24th started Moose hunting season. We were up at 3:30 am and out the door at 5 am at which time Ron would pick us up. The first 3 days we spotted Moose everyday but nothing I was interested in. The fall foliage was now near peak and was truely spectacular. Finally on Thursday at 3:30 in the afternoon we spotted this big Dude chasing two cow- female moose. at 284 yards ( according to my rangefinder ) I ended my hunt with one well placed shot from my 30-378 Weatherby rifle. As happy as I was I was also sad....because now my hunt was over. Well Jennifer and I have finally settled back in here at home after two wonderful weeks at Eagle Lake Maine. From force of habit we are still looking down all the side roads and into the fields around here ( for Moose ) as we drive to the grocery store. We can still hear the logging truckers announcing over the CB which mile marker they are at. The grunting of that big Bull Moose as he slowly came in to Ron's cow call.... then hung up just out of sight 50 yards into the trees until shooting time was over is as clear now as it was that evening in the clearing at mile marker 8. Ron's command...Shoot that mother.... the roar of my 30-378 rifle and the slap of the 180 grain X- bullet are events that are still echoing in my mind. These are just a few of the many great memories from Moose season 2012 that Jennifer and I will relive over and over............Thanks Ron.
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