Tag Archives: Maine hunting

What would it take for you to shut off access to your woodlot?

On Sunday, just a few hours after I’d spent time cleaning up some woodland dumpsites with Maine game wardens Jim Fahey and Rick LaFlamme, a hunting buddy and I headed farther afield, revisiting some of our favorite deer hunting spots. As we drove down a familiar old dirt road — one that comes within a […]

Relishing the final days afield with a trusted dog

During one of several quiet moments late last week, Jim Fahey trampled down the crusty, noisy snow, trying to establish a patch of fluffy white upon which to stand and wait for elusive snowshoe hares. An early spring snow fell, dampening coats and chilling fingers, and Fahey, a part-time guide and off-duty game warden, glanced […]

Don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks contest

As you head into the woods on Saturday, here are a couple of quick reminders: Be safe. Have fun. And when you bag that buck of a lifetime, don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks Contest. Most points? Win a prize. Heaviest deer? Win a prize. And as an added bonus, I’ll try to […]

A dog’s life: Pup learns the ways of the woods, and finds a bird

TAUNTON AND RAYNHAM ACADEMY GRANT, Maine — As he trotted through the leaf-littered forest floor, Teddy — an English cocker spaniel — put his nose to the ground, weaved around blowdowns, hopped over branches, and did exactly what we hoped he’d do. He hunted. The bell attached to his collar tracked his progress and provided […]

Have a hunting tale to tell? Send us your photos and story

It’s that time of year again: Hunters are out and about. And when they return, some skilled or lucky hunters will have tales to tell … and photos to share. Photos like the one above, which shows the amazing rack on the deer Ben Thibodeau took in 2015. Thibodeau counted 19 points, but was calling […]

Patten 11-year-old celebrates hunting grand slam

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 […]

Opening day of deer season is a tradition worth savoring

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, […]

Young hunters enjoying successful seasons

As the final week of the traditional deer season winds down, many hunters will spend their final hours in the woods in search of a deer to fill their tags. Others, including more than a few younger hunters, have already tagged out and are busy telling their friends the tales of their successful hunts. Among […]

Got moose? Consider donating some meat to Hunters for the Hungry program

Over the coming weeks, more than 3,000 hunters will head into the woods in search of a Maine moose … and most of them will succeed. On Tuesday, Gov. Paul R. LePage made a great suggestion to those hunters: Why not share some of that meat? In a Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry […]