Monthly Archives: January 2017
Persistence Pays Off When Pursuing Deer
You should never assume you missed a deer without spending lots of time in persistent pursuit of it. Today I’ll tell you a few stories of mine that demonstrate this point. Ethan Emerson triggered these memories in his column in the February, 2017 issue of The Maine Sportsman. The title of his column is “A […]
An old trapper finds himself trapping 2400 miles west
How low will they (Maine’s Moose) go?
There’s not a lot of consensus or agreement on key issues in the new 15-year moose management plans, and the most recent meeting of the Big Game Steering Committee spent quite a bit of time on these issues. From when moose hunting weeks should be scheduled, to the need for more research, to strategies to […]
Are you getting “ticked” off by high populations of deer?
Lyme and other diseases caused by deer ticks provoked a lengthy discussion at the last meeting of the Big Game Steering Committee, a group that is working with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to create new 15-year management plans for deer, moose, bear, and turkeys. Tom Doak, the director of the Maine Woodland […]
If you like grouse, you’ll like this information
A 3 year study of Maine’s Ruffed Grouse is delivering a lot of interesting and helpful information. At the recent annual meeting of the Maine Woodland Owners (formerly the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine), Eric Blomberg told us all about their project’s findings to date. Blomberg is a University of Maine at Orono staffer […]
Turkeys and Fiddleheads are up for legislative hearings on January 31
Mines have wrecked spectacular sport fisheries
Macauley Lord said it best at a State House press conference outlining key environmental issues for this legislative session. Speaking about his concern over mining in Maine, Macauley said, “I can tell you that Maine has some of the best places to fish in the world. We have a high percentage of the best trout […]
Do you think the Maine fishing law book has been simplified and improved?
Members of DIF&W’s Fisheries Steering Committee are frustrated with the lack of progress in preparation of new fisheries management plans. While the new big game management plans are nearing completion, the Fisheries Division staff has not even completed the initial assessments of each species, never mind the new 15-year management plans. From my point of […]
My Favorite Fishing Adventures
I’ve been blessed with many great fishing adventures, primarily in Montana, Alaska, Quebec and Labrador. Of course, most of my fishing time is spent in Maine, where I began as a young boy hauling home buckets of white perch, eventually moving on to catch great brook trout and landlocked salmon in the rivers in the […]