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Best Spots in Maine for Summer Moose Sightings

  By V. Paul Reynolds Of course, each WMA (Wildlife Management Area) has its own unique terrain and habitat, but there are common denominators: bogs and dead waters are always a good bet, as well as small ponds with lily pads and other aquatic vegetation. Time of day is also key when shopping around for … Continued

Cougar Encounters in Maine

Maine Cougar Sightings Editor’s note: There are a variety of names that connote the same animal: mountain lion, cougar, panther, puma and catamount. Tiff Shuttlesworth, Brewer “In November of 2019 I saw, unmistakably, a cougar walking along the wooded edge of my back yard early one morning. (I have 8 acres surrounded by large woods) … Continued

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 time, despite a number of … Continued

A Spring Canoe Fishing Trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway

By Matt LaRoche A spring canoe trip on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) is an exciting way to start the open water fishing season. Combining fishing and canoeing goes together like cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast. The smelt runs start soon after ice out on the waterway headwater lakes. Brook trout and togue follow … Continued

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 fear or mothers worrying about a … Continued

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, guides, and guests.  We look forward every … Continued

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 many individuals associated with the National Wild Turkey … Continued

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 brush up on existing general fishing laws. … Continued

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. It did not resist capture by Warden … Continued

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