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Eldon Jandreau with his bear

 

Eldon Jandreau and Caribou Antlers

 

Custom Taxidermy

 

Eldon at Horseshoes

 

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• Member Maine Guides Association
• Life Member Maine Bowhunters Association
• President and Founder Portage Lake Arrows
• Member and Vice-President Northern Maine Bowhunters
• Member Sportsmans Alliance of Maine
• Northern Maine's "First Premier Bowhunter"
• Two time winner: "Bowhunter Achievement Award"
• Holder of record class bear and moose in Maine
• Licensed Maine state taxidermist, full service
• First archer to tag a bear, moose and deer with long bow in Maine (all within 21 days!)
• Pope and Young mountain lion with long bow
• Record 153 3/8 moose with long bow
• Record 148 1/4 buck with long bow
• Record 364 caribou with long bow
• Record 20 3/8 black bear with long bow

 

Northwoods Sporting Journal

Eldon Jandreau:
Maine's Master Bowhunter And Guide

by Wayne Selfridge

His Robin Hood accuracy with a handmade bow is not just confined to the range. He has harvested many Maine game animals with string and stick, twice scoring a triple play by downing a bear, moose and deer in the same year--1989 and 2001. Many are impressive specimens that also foretell his wisdom about the game he seeks.

Aroostook County has many famous outdoorsmen, but there's one who stands out above the others. He is known from Island Falls to Allagash, he’s been bestowed with state awards for his archery skills and recently received national recognition for his sportsman exploits. Eldon Jandreau of Portage Lake, owner of Custom Taxidermy and Hunter's Point Guiding Service is that man. Eldon's gentle voice belies his strength that is as equally capable at muscling out a sport's bear, deer or moose, yet delicate enough to demonstrate fine artistry with the skill of a surgeon's hand as he makes the same animal come back to still life.

For 23 years Eldon has performed the magic of reincarnating game that now graces thousands of trophy walls across the country. The displays in his studio range from a mountain lion he arrowed on a Montana hunt, to caribou, moose and small game, and of course his specialties; whitetail deer heads and bear. It doesn't matter that his lucrative taxidermy business is located in a quaint country town away from traveled routes on the edge of the GreatEldon Jandreau North Woods. It's his reputation with scalpel and airbrush that draws successful hunters and anglers from afar to permanently memorialize the memories of a hunting or fishing trip.

What better way to honor a fallen game animal than to forever bestow it as a den and conversation centerpiece. Eldon does just that with a professional flair that he showcases with a word-of-mouth expert reputation. He's not one to show off his taxidermy skills at shows. He's like that good carpenter who lets his work advertise the talent, like each mount that leaves Eldon's shop with a satisfied customer. Eldon's guiding service has put Portage Lake and Aroostook County on the nation's hunting map for 22 years. When renowned archer, Bill Langer, wanted successful bear hunts for his most recent bowhunting video, For the Love of the Hunt, he chose Eldon's guide service. Of the 20 longbow hunts depicted on the video that take place across the country, 8 are bruin hunts--all courtesy of Eldon.

This February Eldon was invited by the West Virginia Bowhunter's Association to give a moose and bear hunting seminar. When he completed his presentation, to his surprise, this organization awarded him with the Outfitter of the Year Award. In spite of all this, Eldon is even more renowned for his archery hunting skills. Not only does he cater to bowhunting clients, which make up the majority of his clientele, he is Maine's Fred Bear of the longbow. He constructed an indoor range on his property where archery leagues from across the state come to compete.

Eldon is the standard to beat, as he has taken past Maine and New England archery championships. Recently he entered the International Bowhunting Organization World Championship Qualifier in Springfield, Massachusetts. He placed second, one point behind the winner, who was the world champion two years ago. His Robin Hood accuracy with a handmade bow is not just confined to the range. He has harvested many Maine game animals with string and stick, twice scoring a triple play by downing a bear, moose and deer in the same year--1989 and 2001. Many are impressive specimens that also foretell his wisdom about the game he seeks.

When I researched this piece with Eldon, it was like pulling teeth for information, for he is a modest man, describing clients' hunts with the excitement as if he was on the hunt himself. Although many of his sports return each year, he always has room for more and feels a special satisfaction when a first-time hunter is successful. Whether drawing a bow or chambering a bullet, if you want the best chance of scoring on a Maine black bear or moose, or are interested in hunting for huge Aroostook whitetails book with Eldon by calling 207-435-2231. You'll get the total package.

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Wayne Selfridge is a seasoned outdoorsman who has hunted and fished throughout the world as a military veteran. He works in law enforcement, is a member of the New England Outdoor Writers Association and serves as the Journal's Northern Sales Manager.
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