Outdoors in Maine

  • Maine’s carry law

    When it comes to the legality of openly carrying a handgun in Maine, or concealing that handgun, questions abound. When is it legal to carry a loaded, concealed handgun? Is a permit required? Is there a legal distinction between so-called open carry and concealed carry? How do you get a permit? What if you are

  • Getting the moose out

    The biggest eye-opener for most first-time moose hunters is after the animal is down. This is when the real work begins. As we all know, moose are large critters, very large, and getting a 1,000-pound carcass out of a tangled clear cut to the nearest accessible road can be a tall order. During the first

  • Maine’s crossbow laws

    Although crossbows have never held a lot of appeal for me, I have hunted with a borrowed crossbow in the deer-rich state of Maryland. For me, it just seems awkward to carry while still hunting, and it doesn’t have the visual appeal of conventional longbows, recurves or compound bows. As a hunting device it is

  • Maine’s blood trackers

    Most big game hunters are mindful of the fact that there is an ethic associated with the kind of shots taken in the harvesting of wild animals. In general, running shots, head or neck shots are low-percentage shots that push the bounds of ethical choices by the hunter. The odds of wounding an animal with

  • “Behind the Cast” a real gem

    It seems like everybody is writing a book these days. And there is nothing wrong with that — especially if you like to read. Fact is that most mature human beings who have lived life, shared adventures or just a canoe or a campfire have tales worthy of ink. The trick, of course, is knowing

  • The deer stewards: struggle for clarity

    The deer stewards: struggle for clarity

    Every 15 years the Maine Fish and Wildlife Department commits itself to a big game management plan. The idea, as with any plan, is to establish an organized approach toward achieving goals and objectives. The 15-year plan that existed before the new 15-year plan was adopted this spring was clear and straightforward with respect to

  • Purple mountains’ majesty

    Banff, that fabled alpine village in the midsection of the Canadian Rockies, has been on my wife Diane’s bucket list for many years. Flying to Salt Lake City, we rented a car and drove to Butte and Great Falls, Mont., on up to Calgary, Alberta, and then west into Banff National Park. This was not

  • Uncle Tim Pollard

    Uncle Tim Pollard was a game warden’s game warden. At least that’s the impression you’ll get if you read a tattered, faded clipping of an article from the Maine Sunday Telegram circa 1926. At that time he was the longest serving game warden in Maine history. A Dover-Foxcroft native, Pollard, or more precisely, Game Warden

  • Milo: seeds of recovery

    Milo, like so many small, rural Maine towns was once a robust, economically thriving community. Rewind back to the 1950s and even the late 1960s. The town of three rivers boasted three car dealerships, big churches, clothing, furniture and drug stores, many restaurants, movie theatre, regal homes, hardware and sporting goods stores, supermarkets, a hospital,

  • Hunting Maine bears

    Hunting Maine bears

    If you are a hunter and have never hunted a Maine black bear, you might want to give it a try. Bears are as plentiful as they have ever been. Not only is the estimated bear population figure hovering around 35,000 animals and climbing, there is an excess population that is beyond the bounds of