Tag Archives: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Colleagues remember longtime fisheries biologist

Dave Boucher, a longtime fisheries biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, weighs a fish on Lake St. George in the fall of 2015. (Photo courtesy of Scott Davis)

You probably never met Dave Boucher. You probably never think of him when you reel in a trout or a salmon, or when you hop off the boat after a beautiful day of fishing with family and friends. You probably don’t realize he was a fisheries biologist for more than 30 years, and devoted his […]

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. […]

DIF&W big game, fisheries management meetings set for this week

After being trapped by Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists, a 246-pound female black bear looks toward human visitors in Township 36 back in 2010.  (BDN file photo)

As I mentioned in an earlier BDN story, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is in the process of formulating its 15-year management plans for fisheries and various big game species. In that effort, the department is holding a series of public meetings to gather public input that will help guide those efforts. […]

State looking for first-time campers to experience Swan Island

If you’ve always considered camping, but never knew where to start, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area are running a contest that might appeal to you. The state is seeking first-time campers — only Maine residents who have never gone camping need apply — to participate […]

Behind the numbers: Why moose permit allocations are decreasing

Fewer moose permits will likely be available to hunters this year. (BDN file photo)

Lee Kantar said he knows newspaper headlines across the state will trumpet the fact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is planning on decreasing the number of moose permits quite drastically this year. Kantar, the state’s moose biologist, said he hopes that Mainers don’t look at those numbers — 600 fewer permits allotted, bringing […]

Bobcat or lynx? Can you tell the difference?

What do you think? Bobcat or lynx? (Andy Koziol photo)

Every so often, a reader will send me a photo of a wild critter, throw themselves at the mercy of the court, and ask the age-old question: What is this?   Sometimes, I’m stumped. Much of the time, I have a pretty good idea. But all of the time, I ask for a second opinion. […]

80 percent of hunters successful during 2015 Maine moose hunt

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

Citing good hunting weather and other factors, Maine’s moose biologist said that despite a decrease in moose permits issued by the state this year, more hunters actually filled their tags. Percentage-wise, the success rate soared to 80 percent during the 2015 season. A year ago, just 65 percent of hunters were successful. Overall, according to […]

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. […]

‘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 […]