Category Archives: Hunting

Mountain lion in Harmony, Maine? Not quite

Among the things that make a Maine outdoors editor’s heart beat faster: When another editor sends a link to a clear photo of a mountain lion … and the caption says, “On a game cam in Harmony, Maine.” That was the case on Thursday, and as the newsroom bustled around me, I started checking out […]

Presque Isle ready for moose-permit lottery Saturday

Over the past two decades, Maine’s moose-permit lottery — an unlikely tourist attraction that involves the recitation of a few thousand names in a sometimes overheated meeting hall — has hop-scotched its way across the state. It’s been in Old Town and Rumford, Phippsburg and Freeport, Kittery and Fort Kent (among others). On Saturday, prospective […]

2013 deer kills was up 15 percent, to 24,795

After three straight mild winters, state wildlife biologists were confident that Maine’s deer population was bouncing back from two consecutive harsh winters in 2008 and 2009 that had decimated the herd in some regions. That belief was supported on Friday with hard data, as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced the final […]

Smith’s essays step away from the political realm, into the great outdoors

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George Smith, at one point, may have been the most powerful man in Maine outdoor politics. Think those two words don’t go together? Outdoor? Politics? They do. And as the longtime executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Smith spent plenty of time in hearing rooms and back hallways, lobbying for various causes that […]

Hunter may have captured Orono bears on trail camera in August

A mother bear and a cub visit Tim McCluskey's Orono bait site in August, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tim McCluskey)

On Sunday, wildlife biologist Randy Cross invited me to tag along on an impromptu visit to a bear den in Orono. Inside a hollow tree, we found four bears — three hefty yearling cubs and their mother — which had decided to camp out for the winter within 50 yards or so of a landowner’s […]

Orono show a hit … again

Thousands of outdoorsy Mainers stopped by the University of Maine’s Orono campus over the weekend to check out the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, which was staged in the Memorial Gym, Stanley Wallace Pool and the newly refurbished New Balance Field House. The star of the show, for me, was the field house itself. As […]