Outdoors in Maine

  • A look at the doe permit pie

    This is the time of year when Maine’s whitetail deer population begins to recover from a long hard winter. After surviving on reserve fats, twigs and lichen, and whatever else they can find in their wintering areas, the spring “greenup” is the deer’s salvation. Not far from where we live on the lake, the rain-soaked

  • The hodgepodge Hornberg

    In case you didn’t know, a Hornberg is a commonplace artificial fly used by some trout addicts to seduce their prey. Once a “go-to” fly in any fly box, it is less used today by upscale fly fishers — especially the elite sophisticates of the fly fishing community. Some whom I have shared a stream

  • Food for thought

    This is the month that eager, full-of-hope young adults graduate from institutions of learning. Whether high school or college, these graduates are always subjected to one final round of advice from a commencement speaker before they toss their hats in the air and bolt for the door. To tell you the truth, I have no

  • Warden’s nights are always special

    For years now, the Bucks Mills Rod & Gun Club near Bucksport has put on a sumptuous prime rib dinner for Maine game wardens, active or retired. It’s quite a hoedown. The wardens get to eat for free. It is the club’s way of showing its appreciation for the hard work and personal sacrifice that

  • Open season

    It is a rare Mainer who isn’t fascinated, or at least curious, when it comes to tales from the Maine Warden Service. An affirmation of this is the huge success of the reality TV show “North Woods Law,” which featured real life game wardens on the job. And retired Maine Game Warden John Ford, who

  • Open season

    It is a rare Mainer who isn’t fascinated, or at least curious, when it comes to tales from the Maine Warden Service. An affirmation of this is the huge success of the reality TV show “North Woods Law,” which featured real life game wardens on the job. And retired Maine Game Warden John Ford, who

  • Maine’s Shades of Gray

    Those of us who winter over in the South get spoiled in a lot of ways. For one thing, we tend to take the sun for granted. Day after day that big bright orb comes up in the eastern sky in the morning and then drops below the western horizon late in the day. When

  • The coyote controllers

    Jim Schmidt has been working with coyotes for more than 50 years. As a wildlife specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he has been involved in coyote damage control throughout the country. He has hunted them, trapped them , snared them, chased them with hounds and chased them on horseback. He also has lived

  • Fiddleheads: Timing is everything

    Soon it will be time to go fiddleheadin.’ For the True Gatherer, the first fiddlehead green that pokes through the sandy silt in the lowlands near brooks and streams stirs an inner joy. I count myself among the True Gatherers: Finding wild things to eat that were not processed by man is a source of

  • Open Water Fishing

    Open Water Fishing

    Early April fishing has never held much appeal for me. Oh, I have done it. Opening Day recollections are of casting a fly line against a snow squall, of frozen fingers and ice-covered rod guides. Of fishless days amid razor-edged winds pushing up whitecaps on frigid lakes whose shorelines were still shrouded with naked, gray