Bangor Muni gears up for youth fishing event on golf course

Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife volunteer Ethan Roderick dumps a bucket full of trout into the Bangor Municipal Golf Course pond Wednesday in Bangor. Around 150 trout were released in the pond in ahead of a kids' fishing day set for Sunday. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

In any given year, golfers splash about 2,000 balls into the pond that sits in front of Bangor Municipal Golf Course’s second hole, according to club pro Brian Enman. But on Wednesday afternoon, it was brook trout — not golf balls — that were splashing around in the water hazard, as a hatchery crew from […]

Is your hunter’s breakfast on this list?

It’s that time of year again: The mornings are getting crisp, the leaves are falling, and for many of us, deer season is just around the corner. Whether you fill your tag this year (or not), there’s no reason to head into the woods on Saturday mornings without a belly-full. For the past several days, […]

Wet weather may be a game changer for early bird hunters

Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar in 2014 at the midcoast Maine survey site. Brian Feulner| BDN

For much of August and September, warm, dry weather dominated, and heading into upland bird hunting season, biologist Brad Allen was ready to pass along some age-old advice for those who’d be targeting woodcock.   But the day before this year’s season began, much of the state absorbed torrential rain — and Allen’s tune changed. […]

Moose hunting memories, meat part of a Maine tradition

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

In Ashland and Fort Kent and tagging stations scattered across the northern tier of Maine, successful hunters and curious spectators have spent the beginning of this week trading stories during the first week of the state’s moose hunt for 2015. Some onlookers stop by from just around the corner, while others travel much longer distances […]

‘North Woods Law’ stars to appear at Maine Wildlife Park on 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)

Attention “North Woods Law” fans: If you’ve been looking for a chance to visit with your favorite local TV star, you’ll get that chance on Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Game wardens who appear in the Animal Planet TV show will be on hand at the park from 9:30 a.m. […]

Moose mania: Opening day set for Monday

A cow and a calf moose walk along a road in northern Maine. Brian Feulner | BDN

Beginning this weekend, moose hunters will start rolling into the Maine woods to get ready for the first (of four) “opening days” of the multi-session hunt. According to the state’s moose biologist, the calendar will give first-season hunters an advantage they don’t always receive. “[The seasons] wind up a little bit later this year, because […]

BDN readers not impressed by elimination of minimum hunting age

A longtime hunter overlooks a lake in north-central Maine. A new law that will take effect in 2016 eliminates the minimum age restriction for hunters in the state. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

In June, Gov. Paul LePage signed into law a measure that will eliminate the minimum age limit — currently set at 10 years old — of Maine hunters. What the practical age limit — 8? 6? 4? — will be remains to be seen. As of Jan. 1, it will be up to each child’s […]

Maine to eliminate minimum age for hunters. What do you think about the new law?

A longtime hunter overlooks a lake in north-central Maine. A new law that will take effect in 2016 eliminates the minimum age restriction for hunters in the state. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Each year — at our request, it’s important to note — proud parents send along photos of their young hunters after successful days afield. The sight of those kids, some as young as 10 years old, have rankled some BDN readers who claim that allowing children to hunt teaches them the wrong lessons. By contrast, […]