Category Archives: Maine Woods

Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund grants go to lots of great projects

Many years ago, when Angus King was governor, I decided to try to get some public money for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. I worked for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine at that time and recruited Maine Audubon to be our partner. Chris Potholm did a poll for us, showing that the public’s […]

New rules for bear trapping and moose and goose hunting

  The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council adopted a last-minute rule significantly changing the way traps can be set for bears. DIFW noted that the purpose of this rule is to limit bear trapping methods that may accidentally capture the federally threatened Canada Lynx. More specifically, the rule prohibits placing bait and/or lures below […]

Zoning Maine deer yards has failed

It turns out that protecting deer wintering habitat is not effective if the surrounding forest is cut down, and/or the trees in that forest are changed. I’m wondering if DIFW will change its approach to protecting critical deer winter habitat, because of this University of Maine research. For sure, this is important information, which I […]

Becoming an Outdoors Woman weekend scheduled for October

   The 2018 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Introductory Skills Weekend is slated for October 5-7, 2018 at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond and registration is now open!  You can learn more and register here: https://extension.umaine.edu/bryantpond/adult-programs/becoming-an-outdoors-woman/bow-introductory-skills-weekend/ The Becoming an Outdoors Woman program offers workshops for women 18 and older […]

Lots of partridge and rabbits killed

  Lots of partridge and rabbits were killed in Maine in 1955. Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife sent a questionnaire to all hunters in order to collect game harvest information. Here’s what they found. Deer   35,315 Partridge  185,690 Rabbit   193,525 Woodcock   22,660 Waterfowl   76,180 Gray Squirrel   27,940 Fox   27,940                                                                                                                  Raccoon   31,290 Bear   2,275 […]

It’s all about men in sportsman’s newspaper

  Women were nowhere to be found – except in jokes – in the September 1956 edition of The Maine Outdoorsman and Conservationist. One article’s headline was “Warden Force Seeking Young Men Interested In Outdoor Careers.” “Requirements for the Warden Service were: Applicant must be a citizen of the United States and resident of the […]