Category Archives: Hunting

11-year-old Bangor girl bags 200-pound 8-pointer on Youth Deer Day

Last Saturday morning, hundreds of the state’s youngest hunters headed into the woods with adult mentors to take part in a cool tradition-in-the-making. Youth Deer Day, which is held annually a week before the state’s regular residents-only opening day, began in 2002. Many Maine hunting families look forward to sharing the day with their children. […]

‘Down East Dickering’ star spices up Youth Deer Day experience

When Dana Carey took his stepson, Dawson Byers, into the woods of Orrington on Saturday morning, he was pretty confident that they’d have a productive Youth Deer Day. He wasn’t aware that the welcoming committee at the local tagging station, Bob’s Kozy Korner store, would include a reality TV star. “That was pretty cool,” the […]

$2,500 reward offered in moose-poaching case

The Maine Warden Service is looking for help in solving a case in which a cow moose was illegally shot during the October moose season, and Operation Game Thief is offering a $2,500 reward. According to a warden service press release, the cow moose was killed in Wildlife Management District 8 — a district where […]

Glenburn family relishes Youth Deer Day memories

Maine children have been tagging along with their hunting parents, uncles and aunts for generations, absorbing woods knowledge and learning to appreciate nature’s gifts. The state formalized a program in 2002 designed to uphold those traditions when it recognized the Saturday before residents-only opening day as Youth Deer Day, a day when the only people […]

Does the HSUS want Mainers to kill more bears?

Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014. Cross first caught "Big John" four years earlier, in the exact same place. (John Wood photo/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

As we get closer to Election Day, the battle over Question 1, which would ban the use of traps, hounds and bait while hunting bears in Maine, is heating up, and tension is starting to build. At least one state wildlife official is being protected, around-the-clock, by a Maine game warden after receiving threats. Debates […]

Non-resident hunter says he hopes Maine’s bear season continues

Last week, I wrote a column that outlined my thoughts on the upcoming referendum that would ban the use of traps, bait and hounds while hunting bears. The main point: If voters choose to ban the methods we currently allow, they’re essentially paving the way for a state that harvests very few bears each year. […]

‘North Woods Law’ wants you … to share your moose hunt

We’ve all got friends and relatives who would rather not end up on the wrong end of a “North Woods Law” camera. And we’ve all got friends who would love to appear in an episode of the popular Animal Planet TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service. Want proof that “North Woods Law” […]

Wildlife biologist expects average bird-hunting season in Maine

Officially, Brad Allen is a wildlife biologist. Come this time of year, though, he admits that he sometimes sounds like a meteorologist. “I hate to be a weatherman to predict game bird biologists, but [the weather] is so important,” said Allen, the bird group leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Today’s […]

Northern Maine biologist says bird business is booming in Aroostook

Rich Hoppe stopped by Gateway Variety in Ashland on Monday morning to check out the action at the state’s busiest moose-tagging station. He wasn’t disappointed, as plenty of hunters filled their tags despite the warm weather. During a break in the action, the longtime regional wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and […]

Got moose? Consider donating some meat to Hunters for the Hungry program

Over the coming weeks, more than 3,000 hunters will head into the woods in search of a Maine moose … and most of them will succeed. On Tuesday, Gov. Paul R. LePage made a great suggestion to those hunters: Why not share some of that meat? In a Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry […]