Michigan funds deer habitat improvements on private lands

Dad's big buck

I have to thank a friend of Maine’s outdoors for sharing this story.  Ed Meadows 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. Ed’s back in Maine and […]

One Ground Scrape, Three Deer


This is one of my favorite deer hunting stories. It’ll be in my book of hunting and fishing stories, published next year by North Country Press.                I love to hunt ground scrapes that bucks use to mark their territory. Across Route 41 from my house, I found a line of scrapes one season made […]

Maine needs to restore the Hunting Heritage Program


Recognizing that hunting was increasingly challenged, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife teamed up in the early 2000s to conduct annual campaigns called the Hunting Heritage Program. The purpose of the program was to educate Maine people (especially nonhunters) about why they need hunting and hunters, including an […]

Threaded Journeys is not your typical book of hunting and fishing stories.

Threaded Journeys Tom with Fish

Threaded Journeys by Tom Johnson is an unusual book, with a subtitle that gives you a hint of what’s inside: “Fishing, Hunting, Conservation, Adventure… and America’s Future.” Yes, Tom covers it all. You’ll get provocative opinion pieces on important issues from climate change to the endangered species act to fracking. And there are lots of […]