Category Archives: Landowner Issues

Big game management plan includes lots of issues and strategies

Management of wildlife habitats is mostly left to the discretion of private landowners, which makes management of our big game animals a challenge for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The agency’s new big game management plan notes that white-tailed deer are the only species that receives habitat protection. 200,000 acres of Maine forest […]

Michigan is focused on fish and wildlife

Michigan sponsors lots of fish and wildlife projects that would be good to have in Maine. For example, they just awarded $100,000 in 11 grants for deer habitat improvements on private land. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on non-state lands in the Upper Peninsula. […]

If turkeys are damaging your crops you can kill them

I get lots of complaints from farmers – and even from homeowners – about wild turkeys. Most are not aware that they can kill those turkeys. Here’s that information, from DIFW’s new big game management plan: You can kill any wild turkey if the turkey is in the act of attacking, harassing, or wounding domestic […]

Swan’s Island special hunt kills only two deer

Lots of ticks and cases of Lyme disease alarmed residents of Swan’s Island, and led to a special deer hunt in February. A study found that 50% of the island’s ticks were infected with Lyme spirochete. Ticks infected with the deadly Powassan virus were also discovered on the island. l learned about this in an […]

Everything you need to know to enjoy wild mushrooms

Linda and I love wild mushrooms, focusing on chanterelles and black trumpets. Years ago we attended a seminar on wild mushrooms by a friend in Mt Vernon who harvests them commercially. And several times, after picking our first batches of chanterelles and black trumpets, we took them to her to verify that we’d picked the […]

Legislature overrides LePage Vetoes of Two Important Hunting Bills

Great news! The House and Senate over-rode both of Governor Paul LePage’s vetoes of important hunting bills. Both bills were supported by his Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. One bill reduces the penalty for hunting deer over bait. Last year the legislature passed a bill that called for a one year suspension of the […]

Warden Service expands landowner relations program

This is great news. The Maine Warden Service has doubled its landowner relations staff, adding Corporal Dave Chabot of Greene. For several years now, Corporal Rick LaFlamme has been the running this program alone, although all game wardens practice good landowner relations. Rick has done a great job, but there is a lot more the […]

Goodbye North Maine Woods

The North Maine Woods may be wide open for development if a proposed rule change is implemented by the Land Use Regulation Commission. This would be a tragedy not only for Maine, but for the entire nation. A current rule allows new buildings in the unorganized territories only within one mile of existing developments. That […]