From deer hunting to near-death experiences on the water, the Island Journal is fascinating

Island Journal

I’ve never seen the Island Journal before, but I will make sure I don’t miss any editions in the future. This glossy magazine, published by Island Institute, is full of compelling stories and lots of interesting information that celebrates island life and culture. This didn’t surprise me because I’ve been receiving the online version of […]

Widow-Maker will keep you up at night!

Widow-Maker by Paul Doiron

Paul Doiron is an awesome story teller, and no more so than in his new novel, Widow-Maker. And all of his novels have a bit more interest for those of us who love the outdoors, because his main character, Mike Bowditch, is a Maine game warden. Somehow Paul, former editor of Down East magazine, has […]

Crappie messages issued on invasive fish species


The mixed messages about invasive fish species could not have been more evident than these summer of 2012 headlines from Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “A Popular Newcomer: Black Crappie,” trumpeted one headline in DIF&W’s weekly newsletter. “MDIFW Encouraging the Taking of Largemouth Bass,” headlined an agency press release. The latter effort came […]

Timber Harvesting in Wildlife Management Area Generates Controversy

Jamies Pond

“We want to create the best wildlife habitat we can.” Those words, from Keel Kemper, a wildlife biologist with Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, summed up his agency’s goals for the Jamies Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hallowell, and helped critics understand a proposed timber harvesting plan that has generated quite a bit […]