Outdoors in Maine

  • Hermits to the woods

    Hermits to the woods

    In re-reading “The Maine Woods” by Henry David Thoreau, I got to thinking about hermits. They fascinate me. Let’s face it, there is not a Maine outdoorsman worth his salt who hasn’t at least entertained a fantasy about pulling the societal plug and really getting off the grid. It’s one thing to lose yourself in

  • Trouble on the mountain

    Editor’s note: The author is somewhere in the mountains of western Colorado, far from computers and the Internet. This week’s column is an excerpted chapter from his book “Backtrack.” Adam Moore guided his quarter horse down the narrow, rocky trail. It was almost lunchtime. A soft October breeze stirred the golden aspen leaves. Beyond the

  • The fruits of democracy

    A sage once offered this definition of democracy: “Democracy is like a raft. It never sinks, but damn it, your feet are always in the water.” This cynical tidbit comes to mind if you sift through all of the proposed Maine legislative bills that wound up in the ONTP trash bag. (ONTP is an Augusta

  • Grouse Days

    Ahhh, October. Frosty mornings and flaming foliage. Grouse days are upon us. In Maine, next to whitetail deer, there is no other game species that draws as much attention in autumn from hunters, residents and nonresidents alike. Deservedly. Can you think of any other game bird that so challenges a gun dog and a shooter?

  • 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