Outdoors in Maine

  • The spring spawn

    Recently, on my Sunday night radio program, “Maine Outdoors,” my show co-host and fishing buddy Bob Leeman stirred up a piscatorial hornet’s nest. Leeman, a knowledgeable and confident sort, especially when the subject is fish or fishing, got us on the subject of the spawning habits of native Maine fish. He quizzed me about which

  • Tick patrol

    For me, generally, biting insects such as hornets, horse flies, black flies or other creeping or slithering critters are never cause for panic. Years ago, during my Navy days stationed in the South, an 8-foot-snake had terrorized the Married Officer Quarters, a housing complex where Diane and I lived. Reconstruction of the housing complex’s street

  • Landmark legislation on deer yards

    SAM, and its deer biologist Gerry Lavigne, told the legislators recently that lack of deer wintering areas is the main cause in the decline of whitetail deer, particularly in western, eastern and northern Maine. Predation on deer by coyotes and bears is the number two cause of dwindling deer numbers.

  • The cruelest month

    Before COVID, and the mandatory wearing of the cussed masks and all of the state-imposed protocols, April used to be the cruelest month in Maine, as T.S. Eliot understood. It was the cruelest month because, after a long, unrelenting winter of cold and darkness, the last thing Mainers needed was to be teased and taunted

  • Hands-on training

    When it comes to junior hunters and hunting safety, I am old school. A former certified hunting safety instructor and father of two sons who were brought up with guns, my boys were indoctrinated early and often in all of the protocols of safe gun handling and safe hunting practices. (Each of them, at my

  • Against the grain

    Some sagacious sage once observed that “it is insanity to keep right on doing what you are doing and expect a different outcome.” Years in the woods and on the waters have taught me that this adage applies as well to outdoor pursuits. Wild things, whether they be turkeys, deer or elk, are as unpredictable

  • Gun control in Maine

    Maine hunters of every stripe — who pay little or no attention to the Biden-era efforts to erode Second Amendment gun rights — do so at the peril of their hunting heritage. In a recent address to the nation, President Biden threw down the gauntlet with bold, no doubt well-intended, affirmations about his determination to

  • The wild turkey forecast

    Maine’s spring wild turkey-hunting season is just around the corner. Having hunted these big birds with a shotgun and a bow, I can attest to the hunting challenge and mystique of wild turkeys. The turkey woods, and the sounds of an early morning longbeard announcing his presence, still gives me goosebumps even to this day.

  • Days of the dog

    Warden Olin Jackson, South China: Dog complaints picked up this week. Dogs can now run very well on the snow, but the deer break through. The deer are yarded up this year in this area and seem to be staying where the woods operations are going on.

  • New fish and wildlife laws

    Batten down the hatches, secure the anchor detail and dog down all doors, rig for heavy weather! The Maine State Legislature is back in session. The legislative documents (proposed laws) are working their way through the “democratic machinery” with a vengeance.

  • The reciprocal guide’s law

    State Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash has a proposed law in the legislative bin that would require nonresident Maine big game hunters to hire a guide, if they come from a state or province that has a similar requirement. It is being called the “reciprocal guide’s law.” It is LD 309, An Act to Require

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