Category Archives: Hunting

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 […]

Show season is back! Come visit us in Brewer this weekend

Two-and four-legged participants at the Penobscot Fly Fishers' 2009 Cabin Fever Reliever watch Peter Wade (eft) as he talks about hunting dog training at the Brewer Auditorium on Saturday. Hundres of people visited the programs and more than 40 exhibitors over the weekend.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY GABOR DEGRE)

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Two and four-legged participants of the Penobscot Fly Fishers' 2009 Cabin Fever Reliever watch Peter Wade (left) as he talks about hunting dog training at the Brewer Auditorium. This year's Cabin Fever Reliever will be held this weekend. (BDN file photo)

It was nearly 20 degrees below zero in Bangor this morning, and my lawn is covered with thigh-deep snow. Tonight, meteorologists tell us, we’ll add a few more inches to our frigid winter blanket. And on Thursday, I’m going to sleep in a snowbank. Ignore the fact that I might have said, on more than […]

Biologists propose slight reduction in moose permits for this year, to 2,815

From left, Michael Walker and his son Billy, 11, of Alabama look at an 803-pound moose that Walker shot near Ashland, Maine, during the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Moose permit levels in most of the state’s Wildlife Management Districts will remain static this year, but slight tinkering in other districts will result in an overall decrease in permits, according to a plan being considered by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Biologists have proposed an allotment of 2,815 permits for hunting […]

65 percent — an all-time low — of Maine moose hunters filled tags in 2014

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

Learn About Tableau The state’s moose hunters struggled to fill their tags in 2014, recording the lowest success rate — 65.3 percent — since Maine’s modern moose hunt began in 1980. The state’s moose biologist said a number of factors played roles in a relative lack of hunter success. Still, moose hunters have far better […]