Outdoors in Maine

  • The moose hunt

    For many Maine moose hunters lucky enough to get drawn, a moose permit is a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Such was the case with my middle-aged friend Greg Goodman, who has been trying for that permit since he was a young man. Knowing that I had had some experience in the moose woods (and perhaps that I

  • Borestone Mountain

    “You wimp,” Diane said. “I don’t believe this. The summit is just over that pile of rocks. I’m telling you the view is 360 degrees. It’s fantastic.” “Nope,” I said with conviction. “This is far enough. I ain’t goin’” “But we have come all this way,” she said, more pleadingly than with scorn. “Look,” I

  • Leeman’s the name

    Maine fishing writer Bob Leeman, alias “Mr. Trout,” has decided to put away his pen. Leeman has been writing a fishing column for the Northwoods Sporting Journal for almost two decades. His debut as an outdoor writer was a half-century ago, he recalls, when he started writing an outdoor column called “Wildlife Corner” for a

  • Bush pilot envy

    Grandiose delusions are not unknown to me. As a young man, the challenges of a Navy carrier pilot appealed to me — until I joined the Navy and saw how inherently dangerous it is to land a jet aircraft on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier on a dark and stormy night. No thank

  • The Penobscot Fly Fishers

    This month the Penobscot Fly Fishers celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Bangor area fishing club held a banquet for members and guests at a local events center. Following dinner and a social hour, the group’s president, Ed Dailide, offered some opening remarks. Charter members of the organization were recognized as well as past presidents. The

  • Heavy weather

    How does that saying go? “Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me.” Why is it that some of us never learn from our mistakes? In my book “Backtrack,” chapter four is titled “The Lightning Thing.” Here is an excerpt: “A few years ago, in early September, I tried to outrun

  • Fall game bird outlook

    Fall game bird outlook

    Truth be known, the bloom is off the rose for me when it comes to upland bird hunting. It just isn’t the same when your favorite gun dog is no longer of this earth. But my memory still works, and the intense pleasure of breathing cool fall air against a color-coated autumn backdrop while watching

  • The bird watchers

    The bird watchers

    For some reason, there is a popular misconception that anyone who hunts — say a grouse hunter who kills and eats a game bird — would not also be a bird watcher. Not necessarily so. Hunting and bird watching are not mutually exclusive. Take me, for example. Like most dedicated hunters, I hunt partly because

  • Missing: Maine’s deer man

    Make no mistake about it. When it comes to Maine’s most important wildlife game species, our whitetail deer are at the very top of the list. There are a number of reasons, not the least of which is the enormous impact that deer have on Maine’s overall economy, as well as the budget and income

  • The Maine “Coywolf” ploy

    As former Maine deer biologist Gerry Lavigne reported recently in the SAM News, there has been a flurry of media coverage purporting that Maine’s eastern coyote is getting larger and taking on more wolf-like characteristics. On TV, “Bill Green’s Outdoors” featured a segment and the Portland Press Herald carried a story by Diedre Fleming. Is