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  1. Everywhere Else
    Monday is the first day of the year for the spring wild turkey hunt. Spring turkey hunting takes place all over the country, and Maine is often home to a very active hunt. The spring hunt runs through June 5. Hunters are allowed to take up to two bearded turkeys in most of the state, though...
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    In all, 3,853 bears were tagged by hunters in 2020. That total is the highest since 3,921 bears were taken in 2004. The harvest record was set in 2000, when 3,951 bears were taken. This year's total was also topped in 2001 (3,903 bears) and 2003 (3,900). "It was an extremely dry year, and a poor...
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    I confess that I used to dread hunting season because it seemed unsafe to walk in the woods. The first thing I did when we bought our house 35 years ago was post "No Hunting" signs. But with each November I became increasingly uncomfortable judging and being wary of my hunter neighbors. Those I...
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    Pat and I were surveilling a field for night hunting activity when he got a radio call from the state police barracks in Orono. This was before game wardens were issued or had access to any sort of cellphones. The brief message was clear enough: Proceed to Bangor International Airport as there...
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    More hunting licenses were sold in 2020 than a year ago, and more ATVs were registered, said Mark Latti, the communications director for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Sales of resident hunting licenses grew by 8.2 percent, from 120,859 in 2019 to 130,781 this year...
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    During the 11 years he has owned #9 Lake Outfitters in Bridgewater, Don Burnett has captured plenty of trail camera photos of monster black bears. "I've seen pictures of what I thought were huge bears, 500-pound bears, but they always come in at night, midnight or 3 in the morning," said...
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    As of Thursday morning, after just 2 1/2 weeks of hunting, hunters in Maine have already tagged 2,649 bears. That's more bears than were tagged throughout all of the seasons - bait, hounds, trapping and without the aid of any of those techniques - in 2019 when a total of 2,370 bears were tagged...
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    Leen's is a traditional Maine sporting camp, with rustic cabins scattered among towering pines and ambiance to spare. Come fall, the region is awash in spectacular foliage, with woodstoves piping smoke into brilliant skies. Leen's offers the quintessential New England hunt on more than 350,000...
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    The following are the 3,135 permit winners in this year's moose hunting drawing who were randomly selected by computer to participate in the 40th annual Maine moose hunt starting in September. The results are listed alphabetically by last name. To search, enter a last name into NAME search box...
  10. The Lounge
    About two weeks into Penobscot County restaurants being allowed to reopen for dine-in service after a nearly three-month closure due to the pandemic, many restaurateurs find themselves surprised by the positive response from customers as they adapt to a new normal...
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    A Lewiston homeowner killed a rabid fox that attacked the family cat, leading police to warn that there might be more rabid animals out there. The incident occurred in the Nob Hill Road area of Lewiston on Thursday and a test of the deceased fox for rabies came back positive on Friday. The cat...
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    "The Great Maine Moose Hunt, Celebrating 40 Years of Modern Moose Hunting in Maine," is a new book that features moose tales from 19 registered Maine guides or avid moose hunters. Roger Lambert and friend James Cote compiled the stories that will ring true to any who have been drawn for a...
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    Gov. Janet Mills on Monday announced an alternative to her 14-day quarantine mandate for out-of-state visitors, a decision she said is possible because of expanded testing capacity both in Maine and in the home states of many tourists. Mills said that beginning July 1 out-of-state visitors will...
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    Ten conservation groups and six individuals with years of experience in fisheries issues have sent a letter to the commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, requesting the inclusion of Atlantic salmon on the state's list of endangered species. That would help align...
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    LISBON, Maine - A 76-year-old woman was attacked and injured by a fox in Lisbon on Tuesday, police said. The woman was sitting in her yard on Keay Road around 4 p.m. when a fox suddenly appeared and attacked her, according to police. The animal bit the woman on her legs and hand. Her husband was...
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    Nathan Bieber, the DIF&W's deer biologist, said that after a mild winter that favored deer survival, and several years of the state's hunters not removing enough does from the landscape, the decision was made to propose the increases. Although any-deer permit numbers are set at the Wildlife...
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    ...4:30 next morning we left the house for a short walk out behind the house. While setting up we heard the first gobble," John Dykstra said. "I made a few calls to let the birds know where the 'hen' was and soon it sounded like there were at least three birds gobbling in response. They weren't...
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    The coronavirus pandemic has canceled dozens of spring traditions, from college basketball's Final Four to Easter Sunday services, but there's one rite that's going on largely unfettered - turkey hunting. In Maine, hunter Joel Pitcher said he expects a good season, though it won't be as social...
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    We own enough guns - having more is not essential. https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/02/letter-to-the-editor-hunters-already-have-guns-who-else-needs-them-in-pandemic/?rel=related
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    Citing a continuing goal of reducing moose density in certain areas in order to cut down the effect of winter ticks on the herd, Maine biologists have proposed increasing the number of available moose permits this year by 11 percent over last year, up to 3,135...
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