Category Archives: Hunting

Biologist expects bears to start hitting bait sites soon

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)

Back in 2005, as many of the bear hunters at Tylor Kelly’s Camps in Allagash opted to stay dry, a lone truckload of men — including me — dutifully headed to their stands, hoping for the weather to break. There was a method to our madness (or, at least, we rationalized our decision that way): […]

New monument a gift to the nation, worth the wait

The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area that President Barack Obama designated as Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (BDN file photo)

Twenty-two years ago, many Mainers — most Mainers, I’d wager — were shocked to hear that a Massachusetts-based group had cast an eye northward and decided to save us from ourselves. For many who grew up here, RESTORE: The North Woods was cast as evil; the mere fact that the group’s name suggested that our […]

Picture from the Past: A see-in-the-dark shotgun

Warden trainee Lawrence Tate displays a shotgun equipped with a flashlight in this 1960 BDN file photo by Spike Webb.

Perhaps I should have labeled this photo “Poacher from the Past,” although the person holding this gun it is clearly a game warden, not the poacher the firearm was taken from. If you’ve spent any time hunting, it’s pretty clear that the shotgun pictured in this BDN file photo from 1960 had been retrofitted for […]

Bird dog in training has an appetite for money

Teddy the dog has shown an appetite for money. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Back in October, when we welcomed a baby bird dog into our lives, my wife and I loaded up the kids and drove to Grand Lake Stream, where we met our little bundle of joy for the first time. Teddy the Wonder Dog didn’t disappoint: He was wide-eyed and snuggle-able, and loved everyone. During our […]

Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is located off Route 9 (North […]

Got your turkey yet? Tell us about it!

As Maine’s wild turkey season reaches its halfway point in most Wildlife Management Districts, a couple of observations: My inbox has been devoid of those dreaded messages from the Maine Warden Service informing news media of hunting accidents. That’s a good thing. Here’s hoping hunters remain vigilant and safety-conscious, and that everyone’s trips afield remain […]

Allagash ‘expose’ gives poachers too much slack

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)

On Sunday, the Maine Sunday Telegram published a long, seemingly in-depth series of stories that, according to the paper, documents a “controversial sting” operation that took the Maine Warden Service two years to complete, and which, writer Colin Woodard asserts, resulted in “surprisingly scant results.” The target of that sting was a group of Allagash […]

Patten 11-year-old celebrates hunting grand slam

Jeffery Martin, 11, of Patten, shows off the 165-pound black bear he shot last year while completing his "grand slam." Martin shot a wild turkey, a bear, a moose and a deer in the same hunting season. (Photo courtesy of Beth Martin)

After his son experienced a frustrating bear season in 2014, dad Scott Martin wondered if now-11-year-old Jeffery Martin would want to take part in the next year’s hunt. “The year he turned 10, he spent probably close to 25 hours in the bear stand with no luck,” the elder Patten man explained. “He put a […]

DIF&W staffers get an earful at 15-year plan meetings

Mike Brown (from left), director of Fisheries, and regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr, Gordon Kramer, and Tim Obrey listen and take notes during the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife public meeting on its management plan for fish at  the Black Bear Inn in Orono Thursday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife held a series of public meetings seeking input on its next 15-year management plan for fish, moose, bear, deer, and wild turkeys. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Over three days and nine hours of meetings, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staffers met with more than 130 people last week in order to gather information that can help form long-term management plans the department is working on. Following meetings held in Portland and Presque Isle, three forums were held in Orono. […]