Category Archives: Hunting

Our Maine Heritage: Who drew the first-ever moose permit?

Todd Rogers of Cub Scout Pack 11 in Brewer draws the first ticket in a special lottery state officials staged Tuesday night at the Bangor Auditorium to determine who can legally hunt moose in Maine in the fall.  A total of 39,269 Maine residents applied to be one of the 700 who will be licensed to hunt moose Sept. 22-27. It will be the first moose-hunting season since 1935. Also shown are Greg Palman and Dick Greene, both of the Penobscot Conservation Club in Brewer, and Janet Potter of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY CARROLL HALL

On Saturday, hundreds of Mainers will flock to Bethel for an annual event that will determine which hunters get to head afield in search of moose this fall. The moose permit drawing is a tradition that began back in 1980, when the state sponsored its first lottery for those coveted licenses. In today’s Our Maine […]

Author Doiron shines in latest Maine woods mystery

Through five books (and counting), readers have rooted for game warden Mike Bowditch, the protagonist of author Paul Doiron’s series of novels set in the Maine woods. It hasn’t always been easy, as Bowditch has proven prickly, impetuous, hot-headed and downright reckless at times. In his latest book, “The Precipice,” the Camden author has lived […]

The wait is over: Prospective moose hunters will head to Bethel for drawing this weekend

For the last 35 years — since a Cub Scout  reached into a hopper and pulled out the first lucky name — Mainers have been fascinated with their moose-permit lottery. Nowadays, computers, not Cub Scouts, do the drawing. But on Saturday afternoon, when 2,740 hunters learn that they’ve earned a Maine moose hunt for this […]

Moose permit lottery deadline is Thursday

If you’re hoping to head afield on the hunt of a lifetime this fall, your time is running out: The deadline for entering the 2015 Maine moose-permit lottery is nearly upon us. Prospective hunters have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to enter the lottery online. To do that, go to mefishwildlife.com and follow the links. The […]

Cabela’s to host Maine game warden recruitment seminar 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)

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Maine game warden, you may want to stop by the Cabela’s store in Scarborough on Saturday for a recruitment seminar. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, game warden recruiters will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They’ll […]

Biologist expects ‘fair, modest’ turkey season

Wild turkeys walk through a field in Searsmont near the Ridge to River Trail, a footpath maintained by the Georges River Land Trust, on Jan. 3, 2015. (BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki)

Warm, mild weather has greeted turkey hunters during the first week of the spring season, and Brad Allen, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, predicted those hunters will enjoy “a very fair, modest hunt” this year. The reason for Allen’s lukewarm assessment: The state’s turkey population has fallen in […]

Summer option for young ‘North Woods Law’ fans: Camp North Woods

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)

If your child is a huge fan of the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law” and can’t stop talking about the exploits of the Maine game wardens who serve as its stars, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has got some great news for you. The department will unveil Camp North Woods […]

Ellsworth student wins Maine title in Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest

An Ellsworth High School student had his drawing selected as Best in Show during a statewide competition to crown Maine’s winner of the 2015 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest last week. Kyle Lima’s drawing of a northern pintail was chosen from among 473 entries in the contest; His winning drawing will now be including […]

Our Maine Heritage: Legends of outdoor writing gather for a meal

The Penobscot Salmon Conservation Association, Inc., were hosts last night to Maine's fish and game writers and Commissioner Roland H. Cobb. Shown at the head table, l to r: Bud Leavitt, Bangor Daily News; Bob Eliot of Augusta, recreation director, Department of Economic Development; Commissioner Cobb; George Chalmers, Bangor, president of the Penobscot club; Joe Novick, Lewiston Sun; Gene Letourneau of Waterville, Gannett Newspapers; Bill Geagan, Bangor.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY DANNY MAHER

If you’re an outdoor writer in this state — which I’m very fortunate to be — it won’t take long before someone starts talking about the trailblazers who preceded you. The names are nearly mythical: Just saying one of those names aloud elicits a response. Mention the BDN’s own Bud Leavitt and I can hear […]

Maine Warden Service looking for new recruits

When Dan Menard applied to become an Maine Game Warden back in the early 1990s, the Warden Service was typically inundated with applicants. The year he successfully made it through the process, 1,700 others applied for the chance to become wardens. “They hired 10, and I think I was number 10,” Menard said. Now a […]