Outdoors in Maine

  • New fish and wildlife laws

    Batten down the hatches, secure the anchor detail and dog down all doors, rig for heavy weather! The Maine State Legislature is back in session. The legislative documents (proposed laws) are working their way through the “democratic machinery” with a vengeance.

  • The reciprocal guide’s law

    State Sen. Troy Jackson of Allagash has a proposed law in the legislative bin that would require nonresident Maine big game hunters to hire a guide, if they come from a state or province that has a similar requirement. It is being called the “reciprocal guide’s law.” It is LD 309, An Act to Require

  • The return of the king

    As a fisherman, I have been blessed. In more than 60 years of dedicated recreational angling, many memorable fishing adventures have come my way. Some stand out and always will.  On the Kenai River in Alaska, a 63-pound king salmon gave me a net-busting tussle. In Montana, a few lunker cutthroats gave me a run

  • Hot dog heaven

    My late father, desperate for work during the Great Depression, toiled in a hot dog factory. He would never eat a hot dog. “You wouldn’t either,” he said, “if you knew what they were made of.” Things, including the great American hot dog, do evolve, I guess. A modern hot dog, according to an acquaintance,

  • Guns: Boiling the frog

    Those hunters I know who supported the Biden presidency told me not to worry. They told me that no matter how hard the progressive bloc pushed for anti-gun legislation, it would never happen. Americans, regardless of their political party affiliations, would never stand for gun confiscation, or any significant usurpation of their Second Amendment rights.

  • Sunday hunting

    Most think that our Sunday hunting ban is a throwback to the old blue laws. Newspaper records indicate that in those days Sunday was popularly regarded as a day of rest, and the Lord’s day, not to be shattered with the echo of gunshots throughout the hills and dales.

  • Ballot box biology

    In Maine and in a number of Western states, ballot box biology continues unabated. What is ballot box biology? Put simply, it is when well-intentioned but misguided animal rights activists use the democratic process to unilaterally impose wildlife management policies that rightfully should be left to professional wildlife biologists and policymakers. Last fall, the U.S.

  • The moose tick problem

    The moose tick problem

    The scientific management of Maine’s wildlife populations can be complex and, at times, counterintuitive. There are, however, some fundamental tenets that are timeless. Here are two: 1) An overabundance of animals is not a good thing, and in time can trigger unhealthy populations plagued with disease and starvation, and 2) Recreational hunting with harvest quotas

  • Book review: “Through Woods & Waters”

    Book review: “Through Woods & Waters”

    In her newest book, “Through Woods & Waters,” Chandler recounts her solo journey, both on foot and by canoe, through Maine’s most fabled watershed, the Penobscot River. From its upper beginnings and on down through the East Branch and the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, Chandler paddles it all.