Category Archives: Maine Woods

Do you think moose hunters want to shoot calves?

Perhaps the most important goal in DIFW’s new moose management plan is this one: maintain a healthy sustainable moose population while providing hunting and viewing opportunities. Don’t we wish this was easy. The plan notes that as Maine moves into a new horizon moose management impacts of winter ticks, a warming climate, changing forest practices […]

Every Maine family needs this guide to get-a-ways and adventures

Jen Hazard has given us a great list of Maine family get-aways and adventures in her book The Maine Playbook, published by Islandport Press. If anyone knows the best places for family get-a-ways and adventures, it’s Jennifer Hazard. Jen, her husband, and their two kids have been traveling the state for years, enjoying our best […]

Maine’s got too may bears

Maine’s bear population is too high and DIFW is looking for ways to reduce that population. This is one key goal in the agency’s new big game management plan. In previous posts, I’ve written about the overall plan and the specific plans for turkeys and deer. Today we’ll tackle black bears. Maine started paying bounties […]

Lots of deer issues from ticks to antler restrictions

DIFW’s new big game management plan tackles lots of deer issues. In southern Maine, there’s a focus on habitat damage, high densities, and tick-borne diseases. This is my 6th column on the new big game management plans. Concerning high populations of deer, DIFW reports, “We’ll need to think outside the box to identify new, effective, […]