A BIT ABOUT OUR GUIDES
Paul Sannicandro – Millinocket, ME
Chief Principal and Registered Maine Master Guide
Some of Paul’s earliest memories are of fishing with his father at the old Mill Pond at Nipmuc Rod and Gun Club. The early years spent on the club’s archery and firing ranges, as well as fishing and hunting there, were formative to his interests in outdoor pursuits. Having the opportunity to attend the Massachusetts Conservation Camp in Spencer, MA, sponsored by Nipmuc, also provided him with the naturalist foundation, in his teens.
After graduating from Unity College in the spring of 1996, Paul gravitated to the “Greatest Mountain”, Katahdin, to intern on the Trail Crew for Baxter State Park. This introductory experience not only aided his start in the conservation field, but also was the spring board for public service, participating two full years in the Maine Conservation Corps’ Americorps program.
Having a lifelong passion for spending time recreating and working in the outdoors, Paul earned his Registered Maine Guide’s license in 2002, while continuing his stewardship of natural resources through managing the Trails Division of Baxter State Park. While working as the Trails Supervisor for BSP, from 2000 to 2016, he also served in a volunteer capacity as a regional trails coordinator and member of the Northern Timber Cruisers Club with assisting in the creation of the region’s first sanctioned ATV trail connection.
Paul has been a Millinocket resident since 2003, volunteering in different capacities such as being a member of the Millinocket Recreation Commission, assisting in the creation of the Michael Michaud Walking/Biking Path, and collaborating in the creation of the Katahdin Region Multi-Use Trail.
In March of 2016, Paul launched Moose Woods Guide Service, LLC, a four season tourism business, based out of Millinocket, Maine. He views the potential of the Katahdin Area as a diamond in the rough and is enthusiastically involved in promoting the Town of Millinocket and the Katahdin Region towards a wider spectrum of economic diversity.
Paul is a Master Maine Guide with endorsements in Fishing, Hunting and Recreation. Certified as a WFR in 1996, he strengthened his medical and first aid knowledge and experience by attaining an EMT-B license in 2019, as well as receiving certification in Wilderness EMT. Paul works part-time as an EMS provider in Penobscot County, Maine.
Rob Tice – Registered Maine Guide
Rob began guiding in 1993 in the Midwest for an outfitter, leading backpacking, climbing and ski touring trips for a few years. Not long after he moved to Maine in 1996, he got his Registered Maine Guides License. He guided for an outdoor store in Western Maine for several years and has had over 10 years in outdoor retail, so he has a good idea what works and what won't in Maine’s variable weather conditions. Some years, he would spend over 180 days in the field.
Rob’s personal adventures include:
Thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail in 158 days,
Kayaking 1,500 miles in 45 days on the Great Lakes,
Mountaineering on Denali 19 days, several trips to the Canadian Rockies Banff, Jasper, Kootenai National Parks in Alberta and British Columbia, Bike touring 800 miles in New England, Long distance canoe and kayaking trips in places like Labrador and Alaska, Ice climbing and Rock climbing…. And many more adventures to come! ...
Mike Winslow –
Registered Maine Guide
Mike Winslow has been a Registered Maine Guide for thirteen years, but his love of Maine’s wilderness began much sooner. As early as age six, Mike spent summers casting flies in the Allagash region, which later turned to autumns spent hunting white-tailed deer and grouse.
Originally from Buxton, Maine, Mike first came north as a member of the Wilderness Search and Rescue Team, where he became a certified Wilderness First Responder. Mike fell in love with the North Maine Woods, and this brought him to Millinocket for good in 2010 when he became an Enforcement Ranger with Baxter State Park.
Mike now lives in Millinocket with his fiancé and two children who share in his passion for the outdoors and spends his off time in seasonal pursuits (fly-fishing and hunting) – and winters preparing by tying his own flies. Whether it is in his work as a Ranger or as a Guide, Mike’s true passion is sparking a love of all things Maine in others here in the North Maine Woods.
Hauns Bassett –
Registered Maine Guide
Hauns is a life-long Mainer, from the China Lakes Region, who is registered as a Recreation Guide. He has a vast experience in backcountry hiking, canoeing, sea kayaking and winter excursions.
One of Hauns’ talents is his ability to interpret both natural and cultural history, for children and elders. He makes learning about the natural world interesting and fun to a wide spectrum of ages. As a wilderness trip leader for both the Chewonki Foundation and Elder Hostel programs, Hauns gained many of his experiences paddling and backpacking in the Katahdin, Moosehead and Allagash Regions.
Hauns’ adventures over the years have taken him criss-crossing the United States with opportunities working in California, Alaska, Montana, Vermont and back to Maine. Clients can rest assured, that his good natured persona and storytelling abilities will be welcomed and entertaining around any evening campfire. For interesting, up to date outdoor information, check out his Facebook page, “Maine Guide Advice”.
Tom Bradbury –
Registered Maine Guide
A native Mainer from Aroostook County, Tom has been a Registered Maine Guide since 1993, and has extensive knowledge of some of Maine’s most remote locations. His love for the outdoors runs deep, and led him to obtain college degrees in Forestry and Environmental Science from the University of Maine.
Tom worked for over a decade as a Trail Crew Supervisor with the Maine Department of Conservation , spending over 180 days each year outdoors working throughout the state. His adventures have taken him all around Maine, as well as the United States, including time spent in the wilderness of Alaska.
As a former National Ski Patroller and Wilderness EMT, as well as being an Army veteran, Tom brings many skills to his role as a guide with Moose Woods Guide Service. Tom is also a skilled and avid bowhunter and muzzleloader, with expert knowledge of Maine wildlife and its migration patterns.
Tom loves to ski in the winter, and get out on the trails with his backpack or mountain bike in the summer. You can often find him paddling his kayak on one of Maine’s pristine lakes. We are excited to have Tom on our team, as he's a natural and well-experienced guide, educator, and a lifelong steward of Maine’s natural resources.
Ryan Gorman –
Registered Maine Guide
Ryan Gorman is a Registered Maine Guide specializing in Recreation and Fishing. He studied Recreation Management & Outdoor Leadership at the University of Maine at Machias and has worked in all facets of the outdoor recreation industry.
Passionate about the outdoors from young age, Ryan developed a love of working with kids during his time in Boy Scouts, where here earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and during his time working at youth camps teaching outdoors skills and leading wilderness paddling trips. He enjoys hiking/backpacking adventures, leading wilderness paddling trips & fly fishing Maine’s waters.
After living “Away” for a few years, Ryan now resides in Southern Maine with his family. Grateful to live in this beautiful state, Ryan’s mission is to share Maine’s magnificent wild spaces and to provide his clients the opportunity to bring their dream outdoor adventures to life while enabling them to experience the Maine wilderness.
Michelle Martin –
Registered Maine Guide
Michelle is a Registered Maine Recreation Guide, a Wilderness First Responder, and holds a RYT200 Hour yoga teaching certification. With a B.A. in anthropology, the majority of her professional life has been spent exploring how humans interact with the natural world (her stint as an Alpine Steward in Baxter State Park is one of these favorite professional experiences). She's also an unbelievably fortunate Katahdin region native who has been able to move back home and share her love of the area with others.
She grew up cross-country skiing and trout fishing with one grandad, and foraging, filleting perch, and exploring cutting roads with the other. Her fondest memories from childhood involve hiking boots, waders, summits, and berries, as well as summers living in ranger cabins and at an off-grid camp on Millinocket Lake. Exploring how humans interact with the landscapes that nourish and feed them continues to drive her curiosity.
Michelle takes the recreation part of guiding seriously, trying to make sure she's sharing knowledge, skills, and appreciation that allow folks to "re-create" outdoor wonder and joy in their own lives and backyards.
Michelle's happy to slow down, share local natural history knowledge, or point out an aspect of the landscape that might otherwise go unnoticed. When she's not talking plant identification, scouting for wild food, hiking Baxter's quieter trails, or leading wildlife tours, you can find her in her day job: getting kids excited about books, outdoor education, and nature journaling as a public school librarian.
Mike Martin – Registered Maine Guide
Rich Bouchard –
Registered Maine Guide
Rich became a Registered Maine Guide in 1991, when he and his wife Sue began Snowquest Kennels and Guiding Service, from mid-coast Maine. For fifteen years they ran day long trips on local trails as well as multiple overnight winter camping trips throughout Maine. Allagash, Bigelow, Flagstaff, Chamberlain Lake and Squapan are just a few of the locales that Rich and his team led trips over the years.
Rich brings many talents to the Moose Woods’ team of guides. With a background in education, team building and maintenance, over the years he’s mentored hundreds of young people through conservation oriented service learning opportunities in the wilds of Maine. An innovative problem solver, he’s quick to find solutions and share those teachable moments with those he’s leading.
Although he no longer has sled dogs, Rich possesses over 30 years of canoeing and camping experience. Providing a solid and exciting outdoor recreational experience throughout Maine in all four seasons.
Jessica Leach – Registered Maine Guide
Jessica has been a registered Recreational Maine guide since 2011, but her love for the outdoors started many years ago. Living and growing up in Millinocket, Maine, at the foot of Mt. Katahdin, has given her the opportunities to explore all that New England has to offer. Hiking, swimming, fishing and exploring the outdoors while challenging her abilities, both mentally and physically.
Jessica has a bachelor's degree in Physical Education, K-12, a Master’s Degree in Exercise Science, specific to sports conditioning, which has given her the ability to utilize her education in exercise and apply it to all of her outdoor experiences. The combination of her attaining her Maine Guide’s License and sports conditioning has proven invaluable.
She has been a physical education teacher in the Millinocket school system for 14 years. During that time she has been developing and encouraging outdoor fitness including snowshoeing at all grade levels, starting a hiking club for 6-12 grade students and participating in a series of workshops with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. This opportunity has opened doors for Jessica to pursue her love of hiking along the Appalachian trail.
Jessica has completed the hundred mile wilderness section of the Appalachian Trail two summers in a row, the hundred mile wilderness is said to be one of the hardest sections of the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Mt. Katahdin. She recently participated in an Appalachian Trail Conservancy program that allowed her to travel to the headquarter of the ATC and participate in many programs that have given her the opportunity to become more familiar with outdoor programs and the Appalachian Trail.
She is also an avid runner, competing for over 20 years. She has participated in five marathons, 3 half marathons and two races which included a half and whole marathon back to back.
Jessica is self motivated and works hard to be knowledgeable about any endeavor she participates in. She puts her all into everything she does. We look forward to having her on our team of guides!