May 3, 2016

Maine Deer Harvest Dismal – Why Are Sportsmen Happy With Management

Over the weekend I received a Maine map that showed the deer harvest for the 2015 Maine deer hunting season. As I write this morning, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) has not posted the harvest data on their website for public viewing. The deer harvest was a dismal 20,348. The chart […]

How Many Environmentalists Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

The Grinning Moose says:

What Are You Talking About?

Milo Hansen’s Big Buck:

From Discriminating Against Non Residents to Elitist Preferential Treatment

Thirty years or so ago, Maine decided that it would set aside the first Saturday of deer hunting season for Maine residents only. This probably came at a time when some residents figured there were too many out-of-state hunters. I do recall those days when those “from away” carried a nasty reputation – I suppose […]

Maine’s Percentage of “Big Bucks” Remains Below Average

The Maine Sportsman Magazine has released their list of registered “Big Bucks” from this past year’s harvest. My numbers guy, who compiles and keeps the tables of deer harvests and big bucks, has sent me his most, up-to-date table of big bucks taken in Maine. As you will see on the graph, the total deer […]

Hunters Sometimes Might Be Stupid and Lazy

Very early on in my writing career, I was told by veteran writers never to talk badly about your reading audience. That is probably true. However, if my reading audience doesn’t change their ways at certain things, I won’t have an audience left. So, here goes! If you believe that collecting data on harvested deer […]

Tallies from hunting show that deer, bear and turkeys are doing well in N.H. – moose, not so much

…although it may seem counterintuitive, hunting seasons are one of the best ways to determine the size and health of wild animal populations. A popular hunting season can send thousands – tens of thousands in the case of deer season – into the woods looking for specific species. Because hunters must register their kills for […]

N.J. Shoots More Deer Than ME, NH, VT, MA

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Hunter’s Corner: Deer take about in line with 10-year average

The unofficial deer, bear, turkey and moose numbers are in and 2015 was an interesting year. The total deer kill was 10,912, which represent a 4-percent decline from the 11,396 taken in 2014. The good news, however, is that this was slightly above the 10-year average of 10,896. Source: Hunter’s Corner: Deer take about in […]

Hunter gives high praise to West Forks hunting lodge

I am an 80-year-old deer hunter, and I remember when there were deer in Maine, especially up north, like these 200 pounds and up. I have many 200-plus patches and two beauties, 8-point and 10-point, on my wall. Then came the coyote problem, which was never addressed or recognized by the fish and game department. […]