Tag Archives: Maine deer hunting

‘He’s a monster!’ Palmyra man’s opening day treat: 282-pound deer on Halloween

Neal Page of Palmyra poses with the 10-point buck he shot on Oct. 31, 2015. The deer weighed 282 pounds, field dressed (including heart and liver). Photo courtesy of Neal Page)

Neal Page spent Saturday morning the way he’s spent many past opening days: He headed out the door onto the land behind his house and worked his way along a swamp, hoping for the best. There are big deer in those woods, Page knows. Back in the 1980s, he bagged a buck — his largest […]

Opening day of deer season is a tradition worth savoring

Deer season memories: Not an opening day buck, but Chris Lander, Pete Warner and John Holyoke pose with the midseason deer that Warner shot in 2012.

On Saturday morning, many Mainers will pack up their trucks before first light — double-checking to assure themselves that they’ve got all the essentials, of course — and set course for their favorite patch of woods. Others are more fortunate, and will simply amble out their back door and disappear into their own personal forest, […]

Any-deer permit list to be released this afternoon

For deer hunters hoping to win a coveted any-deer permit for this year, today’s your lucky day … or, it might be. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will release the names of the 28,770 hunters who will receive those permits. Those hunters will be allowed to shot an antlerless deer in a […]

Rulebook is wrong: Expanded bowhunting doesn’t start until Sept. 12

Bowhunters who plan to take part in the expanded season for deer should be forewarned: The information that they may have seen printed in the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s rulebook is wrong. “In the current hunting regulations summary, there’s a misprint that basically states that the expanded archery season begins on Sept. […]

State to issue 23 percent fewer any-deer permits this year

A one-antlered deer takes center stage among several others near Stratton recently. A landowner regularly feeds the deer and people often stop by to take photos of the hungry herd. (Photo courtesy of Alyssa Urquhart)

From year to year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife tinkers with the number of “any-deer” permits it hands out in an effort to meet department management goals. Harsh winter hard on the deer? Fewer of those coveted permits — often called “doe permits,” or “doe tags” — are issued. Deer population thriving […]

Deer runs the rapids, but determined hunter tracks it down

When Chris Halsted took up deer hunting this year, he figured he’d get to spend some time in the woods, and might enjoy an adventure or two. He probably didn’t think that he’d end up shooting a big buck, searching for it for two days, and put his considerable whitewater paddling skills to use while […]

Bucks battle on trail camera: When the hunter’s away, the boys will play

Ever wonder what the deer are doing when you’re not in the woods, sitting in your stand?   Are they tromping past — in broad daylight, no less — and thumbing their noses at your absence. Forget the fact that deer have no thumbs. The answer, of course, is “Yes. That’s exactly what they’re doing.” […]