Behind the Blue Lights by Mark Nickerson

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 Retired Maine State Trooper Mark Nickerson has become a good story teller, perhaps because he hangs out with one of my favorite writers, John Ford, author of several books of very entertaining stories about his days as a Maine game warden. The two travel the state together and draw large crowds at their book talks.

The Travelin' Maine(rs) love Geaghan's in Bangor

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                We sure know how to pick ‘em. The day we were planning to have dinner at Geaghan’s Pub in Bangor, Greg Dugal of the Maine Restaurant Association showed up at the restaurant in the morning to surprise the Geaghans with an award as the 2016 Restauranteurs of the Year. Given the large number of wonderful restaurants in our state, this is quite an honor. But not a surprise to us.

                Geaghan’s has been a favorite of ours since we began writing this column five years ago. I spoke to the Bangor Rotary on January 5, so we decided to stay overnight at our Bangor home, also known as the Fireside Inn and Suites, and enjoy dinner at Geaghan’s, conveniently located in the same building across the street from the Cross Insurance Bangor Auditorium.

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

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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.


Labrador is a brook trout angler's dream - Photo Essay

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 Harvey and Betty Calden are veteran sporting camp owners who offer the very best in hospitality and outdoor experiences, focused on hunting and fishing. Tim Pond Camps in Eustis, Maine was always Betty’s project while Harvey focused on their camps in northern Quebec and Labrador. In August of 1999 I took my son Josh, when he was 16, to Harvey’s Little Minipi Camp in Labrador and we had a phenomenal experience, catching huge brook trout. Here’s our story, with lots of photos.

Sportsmen step up to support extending firearms background checks

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                 Two accomplished and popular leaders of sportsmen have stepped up to support extension of background checks to all gun sales in Maine. Bucky Owen and Bill Vail, former Commissioners of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, will lead a group of sportsmen who support the initiative.

                At a Tuesday morning press conference, representatives of the group, Maine Moms Demand Action, stood in front of boxes filled with petitions bearing the signatures of 85,436 citizens from all 503 Maine cities and towns, an impressive effort. One third of the signatures came from Maine’s Second Congressional District.

40 Paper in Camden is Exceptional

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 If you are enjoying the Samoset Resort’s ice bar this weekend, lucky you! If not, there’s still opportunity to do that next weekend. For two weekends every January, the Resort features this amazing structure and display, chiseled from 50,000 pounds of ice, and you really have to see it to believe it.

Walk my woodlot with me – Day One

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                 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. So let’s begin to do that today, starting right in my home office.

                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.

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