Category Archives: Hunting

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races

Citing a broad coalition of politicians it has relied on for help in an ongoing fight to defeat a referendum that would ban the use of three methods of hunting bears in Maine, the state’s largest sportsman’s group on Friday announced that it will not endorse candidates in the state’s gubernatorial race, nor in U.S. […]

14 veterans earn permits for controlled moose hunt

For the third consecutive year, Maine first lady Ann LePage was able to provide disabled veterans with some good news on Thursday: She drew the names of 14 veterans who will take part in this year’s Disabled Veterans Controlled Moose Hunt. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has conducted a controlled moose hunt […]

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 […]