Category Archives: Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News

Much higher turkey harvests and more public support called for in new plan

Here’s one of the most significant statements in the new Turkey management plan: “Population management should include steps to substantially increase turkey harvest in WMDs that are experiencing significant public complaints, with the goal of reducing population size to socially acceptable levels.” Yup, we need to kill more turkeys. The plan notes that after several […]

New turkey management plan calls for killing more turkeys

With a turkey population estimated between 50,000 and 60,000, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is searching for ways to kill more turkeys. This is the third in my series of columns on Maine’s new big game management plans. Today we’ll talk turkeys. The plan notes that “Beginning around 2010 and on a nearly […]

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 […]