Outdoors in Maine

  • The best venison recipes

    When the winter winds come blowing in and temperatures hover in the single digits, cooking and consuming great food warms the tummy and the soul. These venison recipes are sure to please.   Seboeis Stew   This recipe has been a time-tested favorite at a Maine North Woods deer camp frequented by a group of

  • Ice shack snapshots

    Here in the sun-drenched Florida Keys, the nearest thing to an ice shack is a small shed near the marina that holds two big chest freezers where boaters get their 10-pound bags of ice cubes every couple of days. As February approaches, for some inexplicable reason, I get thinking about ice shacks and the good

  • The Camuso appointment

    Maine’s first female governor, Janet Mills, picked Judy Camuso to replace Chandler Woodcock as our new commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. If confirmed by the state Legislature, Camuso will be IF&W’s first female commissioner. Before her gubernatorial appointment, the 48-year old Camuso served as IF&W’s director of wildlife. By background,

  • What’s next?

    Having once been dubbed “an odd duck” in a loving way by the wife of one of my closest friends, I shouldn’t wonder that, for some perverse reason, it tickles me when my writing lights the fires of provocation — the hotter the better! A recent column I wrote about the increasing interest in the

  • Looking back on 2018

    The new year is almost always a welcome event, even if we are all a year older. The slate is clean. As we look ahead it’s a lot like a field of virgin snow. As we move on, the tracks we leave will take us to unseen ground. This is especially sweet for outdoor people

  • The Hennessey years

    The Hennessey years

    Tom Hennessey — gifted sporting artist, meticulous writer and friend to sportsmen — epitomized the self-made man. Always an avid outdoorsman with a creative bent, who lived to fish and hunt, the Brewer native parlayed his artistic passion and skill into a successful career as a nationally known sporting artist and author. He taught himself

  • Ice: Is it safe?

    Each year about this time, the Maine Warden Service urges us to use extreme caution before venturing out onto any ice that may be covering Maine’s waterways. This is timely advice. Two winters ago, three nighttime snowsledders all perished in one night on Rangeley Lake when they and their machines broke through thin ice. Many

  • Benefits of automated deer tagging

    Since the beginning of scientific deer herd management in Maine, the data needed to make informed decisions was always slow in coming. The public and the biologists who manage deer were lucky to get November deer harvest figures by early spring. That has all changed this time around thanks to the Fish and Wildlife Department’s

  • John Ford’s legacy

    Jonny Law is gone. That is what he called himself — at least with his email address. Retired Maine Game Warden and two-term sheriff of Waldo County, author and artist John Ford Sr. of Brooks passed away in November after a 20-year battle with cancer. John was not a close friend of mine — at

  • Gift ideas for sportsmen

    Gift ideas for sportsmen

    Sportsmen love their toys. Of course, they prefer to consider these toys as indispensable tools for the outdoors. Sometimes the best gift one can give to an outdoorsman is a tool or device that he might not either think to buy for himself or feel comfortable buying. For example, my late mother-in-law always had an