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 […]