Category Archives: Hunting

A great and important book about our moving waters

Given all the time I’ve spent on brooks, streams, and rivers, I knew I would enjoy the book of water stories titled Ripple Effect, published by Maine Authors Publishing. Carol Bass did a fantastic job of selecting poems and columns, along with beautiful photographs and paintings, and quite a few Mainers are featured in the […]

Feeding Deer Info Provided to IFW Legislative Committee.

The legislature’s IFW Committee had a long discussion about deer feeding, and received extensive reports from DIFW on these issues. The department recommended no changes to the existing laws, but did say they had plans to address all the issues and concerns. One handout I found interesting was wildlife biologist Nathan Bieber’s briefing paper on […]

Legislature debates deer baiting and biodegradable lures

The legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee worked yesterday on bills on deer baiting and biodegradable hooks and lures. The Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department spent more than two hours briefing the committee on deer feeding issues and answering questions. I will report on that in more detail later. But essentially, the department asked for no […]

Legislature debates turkeys and bears

At a work session this morning, the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee acted on 3 bills carried over from last year’s legislative session. Deputy game wardens The first bill, LD650, was designed to strengthen Maine’s landowner relations bill, by adding 5 new deputy game wardens to DIFW’s staff. But DIFW did not support the bill, […]

DIFW debating how to increase game harvests

I wasn’t surprised that Maine hunters killed fewer deer, bears, and turkeys last year, because fewer people are hunting in Maine. But I was surprised that harvest numbers declined so sharply. State officials said the preliminary number of deer killed was around 28,000, down from 32,451 in 2018. The turkey fall harvest this year was […]

Monitoring Maine’s deer population is a community effort

Here’s an interesting column by DIFW’s Sarah Boyden. Monitoring Maine’s deer population is a community effort By Assistant Regional Wildlife Biologist, Sarah Boyden In this season of giving thanks, I want to appreciate the hardworking men and women that help the Department manage our wildlife species. Deer season is a busy time of year for […]

My last turkey with Dad

The last turkey I shot while hunting with my dad was on a friend’s Fayette farm. Dad couldn’t walk far so we had put a chair behind a stone wall in the forest not far from where we parked. For some reason that morning he left the chair and walked further up the woods to […]