Category Archives: Hunting

4 moose illegally killed, wardens seek information

Four moose have been shot and killed in Aroostook County, and the Maine Warden Service is looking for help solving the crimes. Three of the moose were shot over a two-day period, Nov. 3 and 4, in Wildlife Management District 3. According to Sgt. Dan Menard of the Maine Warden Service, wardens do not think the […]

Finding matching antler sheds makes 10-year-old hunter’s day

Sometimes a hunter doesn’t have to actually pull the trigger for the day to turn out perfectly. That’s the message that J.D. Burke and his son, 10-year-old Jack, learned recently, after an opening day hunt. “On this day we sat in a blind for a few hours in the morning,” Burke explained in an email. […]

Pair of 80-somethings look out kitchen window, fill deer tags

As the second full week of deer season winds down, plenty of skilled and lucky hunters have already filled their tags. With each filled tag comes a memory that will last a lifetime … and a story that many will share. Virginia Mattson-Tracy says she’s been hunting since she was a teenager. Now 84 years […]

Deer season diary: Selfie with a squirrel

For the past dozen years or so, I’ve spent plenty of November days in a particular patch of woods in the rural Maine town of Otis. Theoretically, I’ve been deer hunting. Actually (since deer rarely join me on my annual adventures), I’ve been squirrel-watching. Periodically, I’ve written columns about my interactions with the same squirrel. […]

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. […]