Category Archives: Maine Outdoors

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: Is moose reduction needed?

By V. Paul Reynolds

Maine’s newly released 10-year Big Game Management Plan clearly claims when it comes to managing our biggest and most popular big game animal, there is uncertainty. Moose ticks are the wild card.

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: The Greenland salmon pact

By V. Paul Reynolds

Not a lot of Atlantic salmon have danced off the end of my Sage 9-weight fly rod over the years, but just enough to make me a believer. There is no other angling experience quite like it!
Not even the 64-pound Alaskan king salmon a guide netted for me on the Kenai River outshined my first Atlantic salmon hookup on the fabled Upsalquitch River.

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: Straight talk on alewives

By V. Paul Reynolds

Smelt runs up lake tributaries are always a sight to see. Some are better than others. The first one you ever see, with thousands of slithering, wiggling silver fish fighting their way upstream under the glow of the flashlight, leaves an impression.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust continues invasive crayfish study

RANGELEY — Over the course of the last two seasons, the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust has assisted Karen Wilson of University of Southern Maine with mapping the spread of the rusty crayfish in the Rangeley Lakes Region.
The project is part of an ongoing effort to gain a clear picture of crayfish populations across our state and to determine how far the invasive rusty crayfish has spread in Maine.

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: Maine game management must change

By V. Paul Reynolds

In the realm of wildlife management, we have come a long way since the days of Aldo Leopold, the American father of enlightened wildlife stewardship.
In his writings and teachings, Leopold warned about the destructive impact industrial progress and technology was having on America’s wildlife.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust to conduct free boat inspections for 16th year

RANGELEY — Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust will conduct free boat inspections at public boat launches in the Rangeley Lakes region as part of an educational program that teaches the public to inspect boats and trailers for invasive plants and animals.

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: ‘Grouse Country’ a great read

By V. Paul Reynolds

For a lot of reasons, Art Wheaton is the “perfect storm” kind of guy to write a classy, keepsake book about hunting the king of game birds. Wheaton, a son of the late Downeast guide Woodie Wheaton, cut his teeth on grouse and gun dogs.
He and his family moved to Forest City (near Princeton) when he was 11 years old. From the time he was 15, Wheaton guided landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass anglers from his folks’ sporting camp, Wheaton’s Lodge, and hunted grouse and woodcock every October.

IF&W seeks nominees for Maine Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award

AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is accepting nominations for the 2018 Annual Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award.
The award, which is presented by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, honors individuals who have been dedicated to the use of the state’s natural resources and who are embedded in Maine’s rich outdoor traditions.

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: It’s all about the deer numbers

By V. Paul Reynolds

“Hey, Paul, you’ve got to be kidding me! It’s March and you guys still don’t have the tally on last fall’s deer kill?” asked the New England outdoor editor of a national sporting magazine.
That scolding took place more than 20 years ago, when I was press officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

OUTDOORS IN MAINE by V. Paul Reynolds: A bear of a problem

By V. Paul Reynolds

“Paul, come down stairs quick,” Diane half-whispered and half-yelled at me.
Standing in the shadows of the half-light by the kitchen window, she was pointing out by the bird feeder. A large black bear was standing on all fours not 15 feet from the sliding glass door on which it had slathered its drool the night before.