Category Archives: Hunting

After two shooting incidents, it’s time to refocus on hunter safety

When hunting season for upland birds began on Monday, many of us began making plans to head afield — maybe with a loyal bird dog — and enjoy one of our favorite times of the year. For others, bird season means slowly riding the dirt roads, watching for the tell-tale silhouette of a ruffed grouse. […]

Biologist expects average grouse season, fewer woodcock

As the first week of moose season reaches its conclusion, here’s hoping that Mother Nature blesses us with some more seasonal weather. I enjoy beach weather as much as the next guy, but it’s not beach season any longer. In fact, beginning Monday, it’s bird season — a time of year (typically) marked by crisp […]

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 […]

Two honored for lifetime outdoor achievements

Each year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife honors one or more Mainers for lives well-lived in the outdoors. This year’s winners of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards: Carole Dyer of Bowdoinham and Gabriel “Gabby” Giguere of Lewiston. Both winners were honored during brief ceremonies in front of family and friends at the […]

Get the boys back together! We’re going moose hunting!

My group of hunting buddies has been fortunate over the years. Though all of us haven’t been drawn during the annual moose permit lottery, a couple of us have (twice each), and after the first hunt 11 years ago, we made a solemn pact. If one of us is drawn, all of us are drawn. […]

A simple, healing trip through the Maine woods

Last Friday, with another hectic week behind me and a holiday weekend looming, I sent out texts to a few friends, looking for help. Not that I actually told those pals exactly that. In fact, I never used the word “help” once. Instead, I explained that my wife had been away all week on business, […]

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 […]

Outdoor community reaches out, shows it cares

For the past 14 years — since I landed the job many have described as the best newspaper gig in the state — I’ve looked forward to late winter for a number of reasons. Among those: When the snow starts to melt, it also signals the arrival of annual outdoor expos like the Eastern Maine […]