Outdoors in Maine

  • 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

  • Maine shooting ranges

    Unless you belong to a private rifle and pistol club, finding a place to sight in your deer rifle or simply to practice with a firearm is becoming increasingly problematic in Maine. There was a day when all you needed to do was to find an old gravel pit, set up a target and plink

  • The Maine moose equation

    The Maine moose equation

    Recently, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W) released a summary of last fall’s moose harvest. Of the 3,025 hunting applicants who were issued a moose tag, almost a third — 2,022 — brought home a moose. If you crunch the numbers, 65 percent of last fall’s moose hunters were successful. This is

  • The plight of the panther

    A common mistake we make when dealing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is to judge its decision-making by normative standards. That is to say, we should have learned by now not to expect much of what USFWS does to make much sense. This large bureaucratic organization is, after all, part of the

  • Brown Trout Focus

    If splake are viewed by Maine sportsmen as the Rodney Dangerfield of Maine’s sport fishery, then brown trout might be deemed the Willy Loman of the Maine sport fish family. (Liked, but not well liked). Not in my mind, though. Brown trout have always held a fascination for me, even though I have not caught

  • Dana’s bear loaf

    What does bear meat taste like? If you Google the question, you’ll get a variety of answers. “It can be gamey and greasy.” “Hard to describe.” “It tastes a little like beef and a little like pork.” Over the years, I’ve tried just about every wild critter Maine has to offer. Only two turned me