Outdoors in Maine

  • 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:

  • 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. –