Northwoods Sporting Journal
Hunting, Fishing &
The Northwoods Sporting Journal is the Northeast's most comprehensive and entertaining outdoor publication.
Message from the Editor
The Sporting Journal’s “New Normal” Some sage once said that in life “change is the only constant.” How true that is. The Covid-19 era underscores the profound nature of change like nothing we have seen in many years. Uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety have seemingly combined to put fear …
Bear Season Tactics
By Jerome Richard About 3 to 4 days before the hunt starts, I cut back hard on the bait by leaving only 1/3 of the normal bait in order to draw the bear out earlier during legal hunting hours. Bear season is here again! Whether you hunt over bait …
New Record Maine Lake Trout
Andover Man Catches Record Togue Erik Poland, 34 of Andover, caught a lake trout July 2, 2020 that broke a 62-year-old state record. Poland’s togue measured 44 inches and was certified to weigh 39.2 pounds! The previous record was a 31.5 lb lake trout caught at Beech Hill …
The Cougar Sightings
By V. Paul Reynolds For almost as long as I have been writing about the Maine outdoors, this fascinating question has persisted: “Are there mountain lions (cougars) in Maine?” In a way, the elusive and mysterious cougar has become somewhat of a Maine folklore icon, the Maine equivalent of …
Cougars: Are They in Maine?
By V. Paul Reynolds The question persists. More than 25 years ago, as editor of the official magazine for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W), the same question was addressed by me in an article that sought to dig deep and find credible answers. At the …
Fishing Small Runs
By Al Raychard I grew up in a time when much of southern Maine seemed a lot less crowded, when you knew your neighbors and a kid could walk to his friend’s house a mile or so down the road and home again in time for supper without …
Libby Camps Open for Business
By Ben Rioux Libby Camps has been around since 1890, and during those 130 years we’ve endured our fair share of hardships from pandemics to depressions to world wars and everything in between. Regardless, it goes without saying that Covid-19 and recent events weigh heavy on our lodge, …
Maine Turkeys: Less Conservative Hunt Plan
By Brad Allen To all my wild turkey hunting and watching friends out there I’d like you to know that the Department’s wild turkey management program is right on track. First, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) spearheaded restoration activities back in the 1970s with the support of …
Overlooked Fishing Laws
By John Floyd As open water fishing season begins, it’s a good time to review the new Maine Fishing Laws handbook and any new rules and laws in effect this year. While bait rules and bag limits get a lot of attention, it’s also a good idea to …
The National Eagle Repository
By Mark McCollough Life as a bird rehabilitator is not always pleasant. On a day in May, Marc Payne and Diane Winn at Avian Haven said good-bye to an old friend. A month previous, an adult bald eagle was found floundering on the shore near Mount Desert Island. …
For anyone who hunts or fishes, or simply enjoys the great outdoors, a subscription to the Northwoods Sporting Journal, is the monthly gift that maintains the all-important connection to the people and places that mean the most to outdoor-loving men and women.
Great Tips Every Month
Each month in the Sporting Journal, more than 50 outdoor writers share with you, not only their memorable outdoor adventures, but the best way to do things, whether its stalking a big ole buck, seducing a top-feeding brookie or simply mending a busted boat trailer.
Stories from Maine Hunters and Fishers
The outdoorsmen and women who write for the Sporting Journal have done it all. Seasoned hunters and anglers, they – like all sportsmen – love to share their stories, and they have them, in spades. For the price of a subscription, they will take you along, every month of the year.
Something for Everyone
Man, woman, or child, fisherman, hunter, hiker or kayaker, the Sporting Journal has something for anyone whose recreational pursuits fall under the broad mantle of the Great Outdoors. Check us out and you’ll agree!
Personality From Range of Writers
Our loyal readers, those who have been aboard for more than 20 years, will tell you that the Sporting Journal is a hunting and fishing magazine with “personality.” It’s true, and it’s no accident. Unlike so many other hunting and fishing publications that rely on a repetitive publishing formula, we pride ourselves on letting our writers “have their voice.” Unpredictable, opinionated, humorous, and, at times, even flinty and outlandish. But never boring!
Enjoyable Cover to Cover
Many of our readers tell us that they can’t wait each month for their Journal so they can follow the hilarious fictional adventures of Me & Joe, or pore through the Outdoor News Section to get up to speed on outdoor issues, or search the ads for Marty the Moose, or simply read their favorite monthly columnist. Entertaining and highly informative, the 72 pages of the Northwoods Sporting Journal are the best bang for the buck when it comes to outdoor reading material. Don’t take our word for it. Ask one of our longtime readers, or check out the coffee tables at any deer camp or sporting lodge, or, yes, even the outhouse! Like a faithful old gundog, the Journal hangs around, and there is a reason for it.
The Northwoods Sporting Journal is where advertisers go to connect with the outdoor community and target potential customers.
In Over 700 Stores in Maine
The Northwoods Sporting Journal is sold at more than 700 large and small retail outlets throughout northern New England.
Over 10,000 Monthly Readers
The combination of newsstand sales and mail subscribers gives the Sporting Journal a combined monthly circulation of about 10,000. Our time-tested “shelf life” at sporting lodges and outfitters makes our actual readership much greater than 10,000 monthly. Don’t take our word for it. Ask a sporting camp owner, or take a glance at the lodge’s nearest coffee table or reading nook.
Readers Throughout New England and Canada
Although the Sporting Journal is THE outdoor read anywhere you go in northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes, we have many subscribers in Massachusetts and other urban areas of New England as well.
Print and Digital Options Available
Although the printed version of the Sporting Journal continues to be the flagship of our outdoor communication mediums, our new, improved website makes our digital version of the magazine, new and old, available to all at no charge. Like a topline set of truck tires, this gives your advertising dollar extended mileage, both in the digital magazine and on the website itself. Contact us at 207 732 4880 or email [email protected] for prices and more information.
Long Shelf Life and Wide Presence
As we like to say, “The Sporting Journal has shelf life. It hangs around longer than an old wool hunting shirt or tired gundog beside a fireplace.” We like to think that this shelf life is a product of our publication’s personality, thoughtful, seasoned outdoor writers and exciting advertising displays. Distributing free issues of expired Journals at New England sportsman shows and other outlets helps that shelf life, too.
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