Category Archives: Maine Woods

Your cuddly cat is a ferocious killer

Every cat lover should read Cat Wars by Peter Marra and Chris Santella. Turns out that cuddly cat of yours is a devastating killer of birds and other critters. OK, Linda and I have a cat too, so we’re with you on this. One well-researched and professionally reviewed study reported that “cats killed between 1.3 […]

Oscar Cronk is a legendary sportsman

Oscar and Edie Cronk have been important people in my life, so it was great to be there at SAM’s annual banquet for DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock’s presentation of a Lifetime Outdoor Achievement award to Oscar. Oscar is Maine’s best known trapper, a true legend, and his wife Edie is right there beside him. In […]

Michigan Offers Great Grouse Program

 Here’s another wonderful wildlife program in Michigan, called to my attention by Ed Meadows, who served for a time as Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Conservation before moving to Michigan where he served as the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which includes fish and wildlife programs. Here’s the story, as presented […]

Predictions for grouse, woodcock, and turkey hunting

Grouse hunters may be frustrated this year, depending on where they hunt, but predictions for an increase in woodcock are exciting, and of course, turkey populations have exploded. Kelsey Sullivan wrote an interesting and informative article about DIF&W’s grouse research, for the North Maine Woods magazine, and I’ll include that article at the end of […]

Awesome photos from Lubec’s Dennis Drews

When Dennis Drews and his wife Jean retired to Lubec, neither one really retired. They are both incredibly busy and involved in local projects and activities. We got to know Dennis when he was our daughter Hilary’s chemistry teacher at Maranacook High School. One of the really great things Dennis is doing now is photography. […]

Time to put our differences aside and make the best of the new national monument

On May 16, I testified in favor of the designation of a national monument on land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, at a public hearing hosted by U.S. Senator Angus King and the Director of the National Park Service. Now that the President has designated that area as a national monument, I think my remarks are […]