Outdoors in Maine

  • Deer trapping

    One of the more important jobs performed by Maine’s deer research leader, Kyle Ravanna, in concert with state regional wildlife biologists, is the annual estimate of winter deer losses. Deer mortality may take place the wintering deer yards and elsewhere in early spring as undernourished whitetails disburse in search of new forage. If the deer

  • The debate continues

    As you may recall, earlier this summer the following question was posed in this column: In Maine, which is a more popular freshwater game fish, bass or brook trout? A devoted brook trout man myself, and an occasional basser, I conceded that bass are making significant inroads when it comes to angler preferences. And, although

  • Bear hunt nostalgia

    The Maine bear hunt is on! Unless you are an agitator with the Humane Society of the United States, this is a good story, a good hunt, and a good time of year. The weather in early September is splendid. Excited hunters come from all corners of the country to harvest a Maine black bear.

  • The grouse outlook

    A 2013 survey conducted on behalf of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife by a highly reputable polling organization sheds light on who does what in Maine when it comes to recreational hunting. Details of this survey are available to anyone on DIF&W’s official website, www.mefishwildlife.com. For starters, the survey indicates that in

  • No Snickers for Yogi

    We can all heave a huge sigh of relief. Finally, the live-free-or-die state — neighboring New Hampshire — has put in effect a new rule that bans the use of chocolate of any kind in bear baits. The new ban reads in part: “For the 2016 black bear baiting season and for all subsequent black

  • Hunting Works for Maine

    As a rule I don’t get too fired up about joining yet another new organization, but Hunting Works for Maine, which just got off the launch pad, has me stoked. This is a national movement, with Maine being the 11th state in the country to participate. Hunting Works for Maine has a twofold mission that

  • The bread ladies

    As you get on in years, you’ll discover many new things about yourself. I mean besides wrinkled skin and age spots. Some things in your life take on a different perspective: food, for example. The question “What’s for dinner?” seems more important than it might have been a few decades ago. So it only follows

  • Bears and more bears

    Bears and more bears

    Back during both of Maine’s bear referenda, there was a common refrain from the Humane Society of the United States ( HSUS) and others bent on closing down Maine’s traditional bear hunts over bait. It went like this: “Bear hunters in Maine do not need to set up bait sites in order to hunt bear.

  • Eddy the Bandit Eagle

    As every angler who has ever wetted a line there knows, the West Branch of the Penobscot River — not far below Ripogenus Dam — is a very special tailwater. The Big Eddy, below the Telos bridge, has been attracting devoted salmon anglers for decades. The Big Eddy is aptly named. The cold, fast-flowing water

  • 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: