Category Archives: Hunting

DIF&W staffers get an earful at 15-year plan meetings

Mike Brown (from left), director of Fisheries, and regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr, Gordon Kramer, and Tim Obrey listen and take notes during the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife public meeting on its management plan for fish at  the Black Bear Inn in Orono Thursday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife held a series of public meetings seeking input on its next 15-year management plan for fish, moose, bear, deer, and wild turkeys. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Over three days and nine hours of meetings, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staffers met with more than 130 people last week in order to gather information that can help form long-term management plans the department is working on. Following meetings held in Portland and Presque Isle, three forums were held in Orono. […]

Maine Bowhunters Association banquet set for April 16

If you’re looking for an evening of fun and entertainment, and you enjoy bowhunting, you might want to head to Brewer on Saturday, April 16, for the Maine Bowhunters Association’s annual banquet. The event will be held at Jeff’s Catering, and doors open at 5 p.m. This year’s guest speakers are authors John Ford Sr. […]

DIF&W big game, fisheries management meetings set for this week

After being trapped by Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists, a 246-pound female black bear looks toward human visitors in Township 36 back in 2010.  (BDN file photo)

As I mentioned in an earlier BDN story, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is in the process of formulating its 15-year management plans for fisheries and various big game species. In that effort, the department is holding a series of public meetings to gather public input that will help guide those efforts. […]

Hare hunter’s patience pays off, but beagle’s effort steals show

BDN assistant sports editor shows off the snowshoe hare he shot while hunting with Chum the beagle, guide Jim Fahey, and John Holyoke. (Jim Fahey photo)

On a chilly Friday afternoon, we gathered outside of Jim Fahey’s pickup truck as he strapped a tracking collar to his dog, Chum, and explained the plan of action. We’d walk down a grassy path for a bit, he said, and eventually arrive at a thicket of young evergreen trees. “It’s thick in there,” the […]

It’s show time! Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show set for  78th edition

Aislinn Sarnacki of the BDN waits for visitors at last year's Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show in Orono. (John Holyoke photo)

In their annual harbinger of spring, the Penobscot County Conservation Association will roll out the red carpet this weekend for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show. Thousands of attendees will browse the aisle, as they have during 77 prior shows, and greet longtime exhibitors like the old friends they are. Want to book a trip to […]

Behind the numbers: Why moose permit allocations are decreasing

Fewer moose permits will likely be available to hunters this year. (BDN file photo)

Lee Kantar said he knows newspaper headlines across the state will trumpet the fact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is planning on decreasing the number of moose permits quite drastically this year. Kantar, the state’s moose biologist, said he hopes that Mainers don’t look at those numbers — 600 fewer permits allotted, bringing […]

Brewer’s Cabin Fever Reliever outdoor show set for this weekend

Four-year-old Swaroop Handral of Brewer waits as instructor Dan Long (left) explains to him how to hold a recurve bow during the Cabin Fever Reliever back in 2008. (BDN file photo)

The best little outdoor expo in these parts will return to Brewer this weekend, as the Penobscot Fly Fishers gear up for their annual Cabin Fever Reliever. Mike Hegarty, who is serving as the show chairman, said club members are eager to welcome attendees to the family-friendly event. “The big picture is [we’re] trying to […]

Confessions of a DeLorme geek

Chris Lander of Orrington checks out DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer during a break on a 2010 bird hunting trip. (John Holyoke photo)

While DeLorme has been a technological company, even those of us who’ve never purchased any of their more modern, electronic products couldn’t imagine going out into the back of beyond without that handy book of maps tucked away next to the ice scraper, or stuck in the seatback pouch. How iconic is that book? Well, […]

Mainers say they love their well-worn DeLormes. How about you?

Bling the cat puts his stamp of approval on the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteeer owned by his people, Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson of Warren. (Photo courtesy of Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson)

Late last week we shared news about the pending sale of DeLorme to GPS giant Garmin. DeLorme, a Maine mapping company, publishes the venerable “The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer,” and many Mainers have come to depend on the map book on their trips afield. Among the questions we asked: What does your DeLorme mean to […]