Outdoors in Maine

  • Doe permits available

    Doe permits available

    The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W) is now accepting applications online for its annual Sept. 9 drawing for any-deer hunting permits. The application deadline is midnight on Aug. 17. MDIF&W no longer mails applications, so hunters shopping for a doe permit need to be on their toes. To apply online, go to:

  • Game Warden to Humorist

    Sometime in the 1980s, Warden Ford’s dream job took a turn for the worst. Under the leadership of the then controversial Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Glenn Manual, Maine game wardens were ordered to work no more than a 40-hour week and to vastly curtail their mileage. “It got to a point where I just couldn’t

  • The wild turkey outlook

    The wild turkey outlook

    When it comes to Maine sportsmen and wild turkeys, there are two distinct groups: those who hunt ’em and those who hate ’em. Count me among the former. Having hunted them with a shotgun and a bow, it’s beyond me why anyone who loves to hunt is not enjoying this spring opportunity. There is a

  • Simplifying fishing regulations

    Some of us fish to get away from it all, to escape from all of the trappings of modernity. And let’s face it, in this new century we are awash in rules and regulations. Sport fishing has not been immune to the times, either. In far too many cases, the fishing lawbook is a royal

  • Stone crabs

    Here in the Florida Keys, comfortably removed from one of the worst winters New England has known, there are plenty of diversions beyond watching the Weather Channel and enjoying the plentiful sun-drenched days, ocean breezes and soaring birds. My son-in-law, Jacques, and I have taken up stone crabbing. Stone crabs are a delicacy, an expensive

  • Sugaring time

    I remember coming to the farm in March in sugaring time, as a small boy. He carried the pails of sap, sixteen-quart    buckets, dangling from each end    of a wooden yoke that lay across his shoulders, and emptied them    into a vat in the saphouse    where fire burned day and night    for a week. –

  • Time to slow down the corn burners

    Corn is OK in its place. It’s great on the cob with salt and butter. Corn makes a good chowder when mixed with potatoes, onions and heavy cream. It’s also good for fattening up our Western beef critters. But mixing it with gasoline is just plain dumb — even if makes the Green movement feel

  • The Augusta circus

    When it comes to prospective new state laws related to hunting and fishing, state lawmakers are one step ahead of Barnum and Bailey. There is a stack of bills, some worthy of discussion, some transparently self-serving and a few just plain silly, if you ask me. Here are some of them. You decide into which

  • The Griffin Clip

    The Miami Boat Show — if you will excuse the use of a popular grammatical corruption — is ginormous! It is a showplace for everything that is technologically on the cutting edge, not only for big expensive boats and outboards, but also for nautical devices and related gizmos. For those of us who grew up