Wet weather may be a game changer for early bird hunters

Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar in 2014 at the midcoast Maine survey site. Brian Feulner| BDN

For much of August and September, warm, dry weather dominated, and heading into upland bird hunting season, biologist Brad Allen was ready to pass along some age-old advice for those who’d be targeting woodcock.   But the day before this year’s season began, much of the state absorbed torrential rain — and Allen’s tune changed. […]

Moose hunting memories, meat part of a Maine tradition

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

In Ashland and Fort Kent and tagging stations scattered across the northern tier of Maine, successful hunters and curious spectators have spent the beginning of this week trading stories during the first week of the state’s moose hunt for 2015. Some onlookers stop by from just around the corner, while others travel much longer distances […]

‘North Woods Law’ stars to appear at Maine Wildlife Park on Saturday

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

Attention “North Woods Law” fans: If you’ve been looking for a chance to visit with your favorite local TV star, you’ll get that chance on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Game wardens who appear in the Animal Planet TV show will be on hand at the park from 9:30 a.m. […]

Moose mania: Opening day set for Monday

A cow and a calf moose walk along a road in northern Maine. Brian Feulner | BDN

Beginning this weekend, moose hunters will start rolling into the Maine woods to get ready for the first (of four) “opening days” of the multi-session hunt. According to the state’s moose biologist, the calendar will give first-season hunters an advantage they don’t always receive. “[The seasons] wind up a little bit later this year, because […]

BDN readers not impressed by elimination of minimum hunting age

A longtime hunter overlooks a lake in north-central Maine. A new law that will take effect in 2016 eliminates the minimum age restriction for hunters in the state. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

In June, Gov. Paul LePage signed into law a measure that will eliminate the minimum age limit — currently set at 10 years old — of Maine hunters. What the practical age limit — 8? 6? 4? — will be remains to be seen. As of Jan. 1, it will be up to each child’s […]

Maine to eliminate minimum age for hunters. What do you think about the new law?

A longtime hunter overlooks a lake in north-central Maine. A new law that will take effect in 2016 eliminates the minimum age restriction for hunters in the state. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Each year — at our request, it’s important to note — proud parents send along photos of their young hunters after successful days afield. The sight of those kids, some as young as 10 years old, have rankled some BDN readers who claim that allowing children to hunt teaches them the wrong lessons. By contrast, […]

Fall fishing, foliage will pick up soon

We’re less than a week from the official beginning of autumn, and though our afternoon temps aren’t feeling very fall-ish, it won’t be long before we’re enjoying all the season has to offer. Many folks will tell you that fall is their favorite Maine season; if you’re an outdoorsy type, you may be a member […]

Beware sweet-tempered, pregnant dogs; or, why we’re buying another puppy

Genny the dog checks out the sights at Beech Hill Pond. Genny does not yet realize that she will soon have a baby brother underfoot. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

When my wife and I took a pleasant drive down to Grand Lake Stream a few weeks back, we were not in the market for a new puppy. At least, as far as I knew we weren’t. But over the course of a half-hour, all that changed. And I’m happy — if somewhat surprised — […]

Through the eyes of a child: Taking stock of those special Maine moments

A family of ducks makes a regular visit at Beech Hill Pond in 2014. (John Holyoke photo)

Each summer, family and friends have gathered at Beech Hill Pond in Otis, where we’ve basked in the sun, splashed in the water, and made memories that are still vivid, even as time rushes onward.   My family and I appreciate those days. Cherish them, even. At least, I’d like to think we do. But […]