Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Al Cowperthwaite has done a great job for us and North Maine Woods

Mainers are lucky to have access to 3.5 million acres in the North Maine Woods, and we are also lucky that Al Cowperthwaite has been the long-time manager of that property. I have enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures in the north woods, and feel privileged to have worked with Al on several important issues. […]

Want to know how many wild critters we’ve harvested?

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife now offers, on their website, an opportunity for you to learn how many big game animals we have harvested has the seasons progress. This data is updated daily, and you can see the information here: https://maine.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/199555de2ee14d94a6186d9e07453e05 This information is also available on the department’s website in a couple […]

DIFW presents me with a lifetime achievement award

            Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife presented me with a lifetime achievement award recently at the annual banquet of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. DIFW’s Commissioner, Judy Camuso, presented the award, along with Deputy Commissioner Tim Peabody.             I thanked them and told them the award meant a lot to me, which it […]

Thank landowners on September 15

Landowner Appreciation Day is scheduled for September 15. And I encourage you that day to thank the private landowners who allow you to enjoy their land. Private landowners do a lot for us, from providing ATV and snowmobile trails and places to hunt and access favorite fishing spots to the opportunity to hike and pick […]

Are these the right solutions for fish problems?

DIFW fisheries biologists think that catch and release is hurting our fish. Deirdre Fleming’s story about this, in the Maine Sunday Telegram on August 11, was very provocative. Deirdre wrote: The widespread practice of catch-and-release in waters across Maine has thrown many ecosystems off balance, creating a vicious cycle; an overabundance of fish that leads […]