It’s that time of year again: The mornings are getting crisp, the leaves are falling, and for many of us, deer season is just around the corner.
Whether you fill your tag this year (or not), there’s no reason to head into the woods on Saturday mornings without a belly-full. For the past several days, clubs and civic organizations have been sending us their hunter’s breakfast announcements in advance of two notable opening days: This Saturday is Youth Deer Day, during which only youth hunters will be allowed to carry guns and hunt (with adult supervision), and the following Saturday, Oct. 31, is the residents-only opening day.
If you’re looking to fill up on grub before you head afield, check this handy list. And if your club’s hunter’s breakfast (or supper, for that matter) isn’t included, drop me a line and I’ll rectify that.
Here’s the list, so far:
- At Bucksport, Bucksmills Rod and Gun Club annual opening day hunters’ breakfast, 4-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the clubhouse, 359 Bucksmills Road. $8, $4 children under 12. 469-2195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- At Charleston and Parkman, hunters breakfasts to benefit Highview Athletics will be held 4:30-10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the old Charleston Elementary School in Charleston and at McKusick Gymnasium at the old Parkman Elementary School in Parkman. Both are all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets. The cost is $7 for adults; $5 for ages 3-10; and free for children under 3. Door prizes and silent auction.
- At Corinna, hunters breakfast, 4-8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, Corinna Fire Department, 37 Exeter Road. Menu of baked beans, eggs, ham, homefries, homemade doughnuts, Texas toast. Cost is $5 for children age 12 and younger; $7 for anyone age 13 or older. Rifle raffle.
- At Dexter, hunters breakfast, 5-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, Dexter Grange, 6 Church St., across from the library. Menu includes eggs to order, sausage, bacon, sausage gravy, biscuits, pancakes, french toast, homemade white or oatmeal toast, homefries, coffee, orange juice. Cost is $6 for adults; $3 for children ages 6-11; free for children 5 and under.
- At East Millinocket, East Millinocket Fire Department hunter’s breakfast, 5-8 a.m. Saturday, Oct 31, at the fire station. Benefits scholarships, fire prevention, smoke detector programs, a children’s fun day at Summerfest and other related activities. $6, $4 to those age 15 and under. Open to all. 746-5355 or email@example.com.
- At Glenburn, Glenburn Lakeside Riders Snowmobile Club hunter’s breakfast, 4:30-8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, West Glenburn Community Club, corner of Ohio Street and Philips Road. $7.
- At Hampden, Hampden VFW will hold its annual hunters breakfast 5-9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at the VFW, 41 Canoe Club Road. The menu will include coffee, milk, juice, home fries, bacon, sausage, pancakes, eggs, baked beans and toast. The cost is $7 per person.
- At Hartland, Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club’s hunters/community breakfast 5-8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Grace Linn Methodist Church on Commercial Street. The menu will be eggs to order, ham, homefries, baked beans, pancakes, toast and beverage. The price is $6.
- At Limerick, Maine Life Gate Church’s annual free hunters breakfast, 4:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the church, 19 Foss Road.
- At Millinocket, annual hunter’s breakfast with all the fixings, 5-9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, American Legion Post 80, 970 Central St. 723-8088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Holyoke can be reached at jholyoke@bangordailynews or 990-8214. Follow me on Twitter: @JohnHolyoke