George's Outdoor News

George’s new outdoor issues blog. He goes all over the state. He listens. And he reports on issues of concern to sportsmen, conservationists, and environmentalists.

Changes Coming in Maine’s Turkey Hunt

Blog Showcase Image: 

In response to changes in Maine’s turkey hunt enacted last year by the Maine legislature, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has advertised rule changes that will apply to the hunt this year. The only surprise to me is that the agency will schedule the week of turkey hunting in November in the first week of that month. SAM, which proposed the change, wanted the week before Thanksgiving to be designated. Here’s the summary and other information presented by DIF&W, followed by the history of these issues over the last few years.

What can I shoot and when can I shoot it? Part three – It was a red squirrel. Honest!

Blog Showcase Image: 

 This is the third in a series that will answer the questions: What can you shoot and when can you shoot it?

Please allow me to make a correction. When I wrote in this series that I shot gray squirrels that were eating Linda’s bird seed, I meant red squirrels. Turns out it’s illegal to shoot gray squirrels, except with a hunting license and during the gray squirrel hunting season. And even then, it’s illegal to bait them.

Special thanks today to Warden John MacDonald who answered my questions about this intriguing issue. In response to this series, the Maine Warden Service also posted information about what you can shoot and when, on its website in the Frequently Asked Questions section, and you can read that here.

Kill them all!

What can I shoot and when can I shoot it. Part three – It was a red squirrel. I promise!

Blog Showcase Image: 

 This is the third in a series that will answer the questions: What can you shoot and when can you shoot it?

Please allow me to make a correction. When I wrote in this series that I shot gray squirrels that were eating Linda’s bird seed, I meant red squirrels. Turns out it’s illegal to shoot gray squirrels, except with a hunting license and during the gray squirrel hunting season. And even then, it’s illegal to bait them.

Special thanks today to Warden John MacDonald who answered my questions about this intriguing issue. In response to this series, the Maine Warden Service also posted information about what you can shoot and when, on its website in the Frequently Asked Questions section, and you can read that here.

Kill them all!

Walk my woodlot with me - Chapter Two - 2 bucks in 2 days

Blog Showcase Image: 

 Hunting with a friend on my woodlot in November, I found myself stopping often to tell him a story about something that happened at that spot. Thinking about it later, I decided that would be a good way to share my hunting stories with you. Here is Chapter Two of “Walk my woodlot with me.” My 150 acre woodlot is located between Hopkins Stream and Route 41, while my house is a quarter mile away on Blake Hill Road. The woodlot is dedicated to my Dad. Up on Route 41 is a sign: The Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area. I access my lot from Route 41, by canoing down the stream, or by crossing the road from my house and hunting through the woodlots of two of my neighbors until I get to my woodlot.

Dead Coyote

Land for Maine’s Future Program gets glowing report from LePage staffer

Blog Showcase Image: 

Calling the Land for Maine’s Future Program corrupt and insisting it only served the rich, Governor Paul LePage ordered an investigation of the program by Jonathon LaBonte, his Director of the Office of Management and Budget. And what a surprise (at least for the Governor): LaBonte’s report was very very positive.

25 Best Towns - Fly Fishing for Trout by Bob Mallard

Blog Showcase Image: 

 From the stunning photographs to the many details that can make your fishing trip easy and fun, Bob Mallard’s landed a trophy with his new book: 25 Best Towns – Fly Fishing For Trou, published by Stonefly Press. After a long career as a fly fisherman and fly shop owner, Bob has become a prolific writer, published in many national and regional newspapers and magazines, and author of several terrific books.

What can you shoot and when can you shoot it? Part Two

Blog Showcase Image: 

This is the second in a series that will answer the questions: What can you shoot and when can you shoot it?

There are lots of animals and birds you can shoot, with a hunting license, in season, and plenty that you can trap as well. The hunting season on crows opened recently, for example. Perhaps you didn’t know there was a hunting season on crows! Yup. But I’m focusing this series on birds and animals you can shoot without a hunting license. It’s proving to be a more difficult question to answer that I expected.

Beaver

Site by Fieldstone Media