Outdoors in Maine

  • 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:

  • 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