December 4, 2022

Federal Footprint Map


Click this link to use the Federal Footprint Map.

If you click on the “Details” upper left corner of map, you will get a legend to tell you what each of the colors mean, etc. Clicking on “Layers” in the upper right corner and you can add and take away “layers” for clearer viewing.

After viewing, ask yourself just how much control over the land does the Federal Government have and how much of it is actually necessary.


“Deer Wintering Areas in the State of Maine” by Samuel Wasserman

*Editor’s Note* – The following contains a map of great value to anyone who is interested to know where the State of Maine recognizes “Deer Wintering Areas.” The map can be magnified to locate even the smallest of DWAs.

Wasserman, Samuel “Atlas of Maine: Deer Wintering Areas in the State of Maine,” Atlas of Maine: Vol. 2015: No. 1, Article 10.
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This map shows deer wintering areas throughout the state of Maine in relation to Wildlife Management District boundaries. Deer wintering areas are defined by a forested area that deer use when (a) snow gets deeper than 12 inches in the open, (b) when deer sink into snow deeper than 8 inches in the open, and (c) when mean daily temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Major highways and roads are also shown on the map to illustrate the proximity of DWA to many urban and developed areas.

Source: “Deer Wintering Areas in the State of Maine” by Samuel Wasserman


Free onXmaps HUNT App Offered to RMEF Membership

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is excited to announce that onXmaps is offering a free 12-month membership of their premium HUNT App for mobile devices to RMEF members.

“This is an incredible offer from a sponsor-partner that provides a tremendous benefit to our members,” said Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of Marketing. “Even more than that, this advancement of our relationship shows the commitment that onXmaps has toward RMEF and our mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

“One of the reasons this partnership is so important to us is because RMEF shares the same core objective of increasing the opportunity for hunters and outdoorsmen to enjoy elk country,” said Matt Seidel, marketing director for onXmaps. “RMEF achieves this through improving and conserving lands most important to wildlife, while onXmaps gives its map users the best information for finding and navigating the right hunting and recreational lands.”

The HUNT App essentially turns mobile devices (iPhone, iPad & Android) into dedicated GPS units. It allows users to view color-coded customizable layers of public lands, private lands, hunting units and other information on satellite, topo or hybrid basemaps right from their phone or tablet. The app also allows for the caching of maps for offline use even in areas where there is no cellular coverage. Users can also use markups to create waypoints with hunting icons and photos, identify land owner names and ranch boundaries, toggle between basemaps and easily determine their position in relation to public or private property boundaries.

“I downloaded the app several months ago when it was first made available and I find it more convenient than what is on my GPS,” said Decker. “It has a whole lot of functionality beyond just the layers of ownership. And from an elk hunter’s perspective, it’s a valuable tool.”

The Hunt App is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and RMEF members receive a free redemption code by logging into the ‘My RMEF’ section of

“Our supporting (or annual) membership is $35 so for onXmaps to offer this $34.99 app for free for one year is pretty amazing,” added Decker.

Watch a video about the onXmaps HUNT App here:


Byron Glacier Near Portage Lake in Alaska

The other day I posted a photo and map of the large Portage Glacier on the southern end of Portage Lake, Alaska. Below is another photograph of Byron Glacier, near the same Portage Lake. Byron Glacier can be found on the western side of Portage Lake further to the North from Portage Glacier as is shown and labeled on the Google Earth map shown below.

Photo by Al Remington

Map photo compliments of Google Earth