Outdoors in Maine

  • John Ford’s legacy

    Jonny Law is gone. That is what he called himself — at least with his email address. Retired Maine Game Warden and two-term sheriff of Waldo County, author and artist John Ford Sr. of Brooks passed away in November after a 20-year battle with cancer. John was not a close friend of mine — at

  • Gift ideas for sportsmen

    Gift ideas for sportsmen

    Sportsmen love their toys. Of course, they prefer to consider these toys as indispensable tools for the outdoors. Sometimes the best gift one can give to an outdoorsman is a tool or device that he might not either think to buy for himself or feel comfortable buying. For example, my late mother-in-law always had an

  • Lost hunter scenarios

    There was a time during Maine’s November deer hunt when it was not uncommon for Maine game wardens to have three or four missing hunters in one day! In his new book, “Gary Dumond Remembers – Warden Pilots,” retired Maine warden pilot Gary Dumond recalls, “One day, Jack McPhee and I were the only two

  • UMO to test ticks

    Ten years ago, few outdoor folks in this neck of the woods gave ticks a second thought. Not so today. Most of us who spend time outdoors have had encounters with deer ticks, the bad ones, or know someone with Lyme disease. Recently, University of Maine Professor Jim Dill, a tick expert, appeared as a

  • Quebec deer infected with CWD

    The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W) announced on Oct. 11 the issuance of emergency rules to protect Maine’s deer and moose populations. MDIF&W advised that a captive deer in neighboring Quebec was found to be infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD). In other states, especially in the West, CWD has infected elk

  • The Senator Motel

    It’s only one-five-letter word followed by an exclamation point, but most military air crewmen hope they never hear it or have to say it: “Eject! Eject! Eject!” The next sounds heard by Capt. Vernon Burke and 2nd Lt. Leroy Vestar most likely were the rush of fast-moving air and the welcome pop of a blossoming

  • Downeast treasures

    Back in May, an important press release apparently got upstaged by other events, or simply slipped beneath the radar. It was a land conservation story of significance. There are a lot of organizational names, big words and capitalizations connected to this press release, which may partly explain the lack of “public buzz.” Here is the

  • The tale of the compensatory deer

    ELLSWORTH — Isn’t it funny how things always seem to have a way of working out, if you’re patient enough? Earlier this fall, Diane and I made the long, costly drive to western Colorado to hunt elk with our boys. Not our first elk hunt. Although we planned this adventure down to the nth degree,

  • Old diehard hunters

    Sooner or later in our lives, most of us contemplate our own mortality. Those of us who really love the deer woods tend to use the number of deer seasons left as a yardstick of our days. It is said, though, that most deer hunters go through stages, and tend to lose their ardor for

  • Elections matter

    As a rule my editors prefer that the Maine outdoor beat steer clear of politics. And they are right, most of the time. But when the body politic begins trifling with our Second Amendment rights, should an outdoor writer just walk away? Tough to do because gun rights and taking a gun to the woods