Outdoors in Maine

  • The gun rights ruling

    The gun rights ruling

    Those of us who hunt with guns and value our heritage are never very far from the swirling conflict in this country over gun violence in the streets and the right of a law-abiding citizen to bear arms. Directly and indirectly, there are inescapable implications for sportsmen and women. In June of this year, the

  • Finding the right fit for next Baxter director

    Finding the right fit for next Baxter director

    Some of the public’s business stays under the radar, even when it is important or has implications for many. For example, Baxter State Park, probably Maine’s most precious and protected natural treasure, has been without a permanent director since the sudden departure of its former leader, Eben Sypitkowski, back in February of this year. He

  • Deer yard protection: SAM leads the charge

    Deer yard protection: SAM leads the charge

    Aug. 23 at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer, David Trahan, the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM), was the guest speaker at a Deer Yard Forum hosted by some Bangor area state Republican legislative candidates. Gerry Lavigne, a retired state deer biologist and wildlife consultant for SAM, joined Trahan at the podium to

  • Ranger Heath’s memory

    Ranger Heath’s memory

    In October of 1963, Katahdin hikers Helen Mower, 50, and Margaret Ivusic were working their way back down the mountain along the Knife Edge Trail. Although the two women were experienced hikers, Ivusic decided, over her partner’s protestations, to leave the marked trail and bush whack directly down the headwall to Chimney Pond. That fateful

  • Type III PFDs

    Type III PFDs

    By V. Paul Reynolds Confession. Over the years, when on the water, I have not always worn my personal flotation device (PFD). With advancing age, though, my Type III inflatable PFD gets worn more often, especially when the light salmon chop is blown into a frothing swell by a storm front, or when I am

  • Legendary Maine Guides

    Legendary Maine Guides

    The Northwoods Sporting Journal, in its August issue, published for the first time anywhere a complete listing of Maine’s Legendary Maine Guides, starting with the honorific’s namesake, Wiggie Robinson, who received the title posthumously in 2009. The article also contained photos of most of these legendary guides. The Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award is

  • Maine bear season nears

    Maine bear season nears

    If you like to hunt and consume what you eat, but have never bear hunted in Maine, you have been missing out. For a number of years, Diane and I baited and hunted our own bear sites up north. We have hunted a number of critters from Maine to Colorado, but the Maine bear hunts

  • Favorite flies for Maine

    Favorite flies for Maine

    “What are your three favorite flies?” Whenever a seasoned Maine fly fisherman shares his knowledge with me and my radio listeners on my radio program, “Maine Outdoors,” Sunday nights (The Voice of Maine News-Talk Network), I pose this question. Yes, the responses vary, but there are some common denominators, which I have squirreled away and

  • The forgotten Fendler legacy

    The forgotten Fendler legacy

    It seems, for whatever reasons, one of Maine’s most fascinating and uplifting woods lore adventures has faded with time. In Maine, July 25 is Donn Fendler Day. Governor Paul LePage claimed it so in July of 2014, seventy-five years after a skinny 12-year-old New York boy survived an incredible nine-day ordeal lost in the North

  • New gun dog book

    New gun dog book

    Paul Fuller and his wife, Susan, from Durham, N.H., are impassioned and accomplished bird dog trainers and widely traveled upland game bird hunters. Paul for many years has written a monthly column, “On Point,” for the Northwoods Sporting Journal. He also hosts “Bird Dogs Afield” television and You Tube shows. A new book, “21st Century

  • Outdoors in Maine: Green drake finale

    Outdoors in Maine: Green drake finale

    A hex, or if your Latin is good, a hexagenia limbata, is a bomber-size mayfly that shows up on Maine trout ponds in mid-summer, usually early July. For a trout, they are a turkey dinner with all the fixin’s – a chance to get the most amount of food for the least amount of effort.

  • Brimful of black bears

    Brimful of black bears

    While Diane was on the phone talking fishing yesterday morning with a friend from a Massachusetts suburb, his wife was heard yelling in the background, “Tom, Tom, there’s big bear on the deck knocking things over!” So, the conversation was cut short. As it turned out, nobody got hurt. We heard later that some loud