February 21, 2017

Maine’s Moose Harvest Numbers – 2005-2016

For the past twelve years, you can see the number of moose permits issued, number of moose harvested by sex, total number of moose taken and success rates.

Did Man Extirpate the Caribou from Maine?

I was reading Part II of V. Paul Reynolds’ report about “Wildlife Restoration Projects.” He wrote mostly about Maine’s two attempts to restore caribou to northern Maine and seemed to suggest that with years of gained knowledge, perhaps it was time to try again. I’m not so sure about that, but….. I did want to […]

2016 Moose Harvest Data Out…Before Start of 2017 Season

For those interested, Maine has posted the 2016 moose hunting season harvest data on their website…and even before the next season begins.

New Hampshire Down to Just 51 Moose Permits

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department proposes issuing 51 moose hunt lottery permits this year, the lowest number since the state started its current system in 1988. Permits have declined in recent years, partly because of the impact of parasites, both winter tick and brainworm, on the moose population. Last […]

Commenting on Maine’s Moose Management Mismanagement

This morning, while I was waiting for my server to come back online, I ended up on a web page of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW). The page is information about Maine’s moose – it’s history and management plans/goals. I came across some items of interest that I thought I would […]

Killing Ticks With Foods Laced With Anti-Parasitic Meds

What could possibly go wrong? I read an article this morning about how in one area of Texas, where a certain tick carries a disease known as cattle fever. The plan, on deer ranches, is to lace the corn being fed to deer, with this anti-parasitic drug. Hmmm. One small paragraph in the article states: […]

2017 Maine Moose Lottery Open for Applicants

Deadline for applications is May 15, 2017. Visit Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website for information and to apply.

MDIFW Should Design All Game Hunts Around What I Want

I think that is what I am hearing. No, not that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is designing all it’s hunting plans around what best suits my fancy. What I think I am hearing though is that everyone else wants MDIFW to pay special attention to their needs, I guess, thinking […]

Maine Moose Hunters Have Higher Rate of Success

OR SOMETHING! I suppose this is intended to be good news? The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) cut moose permits by 22% which caused the hunter success rate to climb about 10 percent above the previous two years, but far behind historic rates of success. This mirrors the deer hunt, where Maine […]

While Biologists Dither, Hunting Opportunities Are Squandered

Maybe there is some hope…or maybe not. An article in the Boston Globe provides a few statements from so-called wildlife biologists that offer a glimmer of hope, even if ever so slightly. Recently in an article I had written about how scientists are attempting to seek an answer to the affect of winter ticks on […]