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Maine’s Wildlife Uses Different Strategies To Deal With Winter

By Scott Lindsay, IFW Wildlife Biologist

In southern Maine, winter rules for about one third of the year. To the north and west, due to latitude, elevation and distance from the moderating effects of the ocean, it can prevail for nearly half the year. We all know the challenges and benefits winter can provide. When the stoves are cranked, the wind is howling and darkness comes at 4:00 p.m., I often think about how tough wild animals must be to make it to the next day. The animals have evolved one or more of three strategies to respond to winter; leave, hibernate or remain active.

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Maine 2017 Hunting Seasons

The new Maine 2017 hunting seasons chart is now available for download…

The chart lists game seasons and bag limits. Waterfowl seasons will be released in late August or early September.

Download the chart here……2017 Hunting seasons chart

Upgrade your 700

The Remington 700 is arguably one of the most prolific hunting rifles ever made. Introduced in 1962, the 700 has made its way into untold numbers of gun safes, climbed countless tree stands and has logged as many miles in the woods as your average skidder in northern Maine. While it is hard to quantify how many whitetail deer have seen the business end of the Remington 700, it is safe to say it is a whole bunch; scientifically speaking.

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Maine Moose Permit Lottery opens: Here are 5 tips for your first hunt

The chance for a hunt of a lifetime is once again upon us. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced the opening of the 2017 Maine Moose Lottery application process. This year the proposed allocation of 2,140 tags break down like this – 1,815 Bull-only, 220 Antlerless-only and 105 Any-moose permits.  Here are some tips to help make it your lucky year.

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Maine’s ice out vigil begins and how you can help

 

When I checked my email inbox and saw the message from The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry titled “Maine Lake Ice Out Dates Updated” I just about swooned. While I’m sure ice fishermen would disagree, I look forward to this yearly event that signifies the coming of spring. More importantly, I yearn for the approach of the open water fishing season and the pursuit of my favorite spring and summer pastime – bass fishing.

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Snowshoe Shotguns

Shotgunning for snowshoe hare keeps all of my focus this time of year. The flash of white contrasting against the emerald green of spruce and fir thickets gets my heart pumping every time I kick one out. Much the same as grouse hunting in the fall, the surprise of the flush and fast moving game makes for an exciting hunt.

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AR-15: America’s Next Iconic Firearm?

Samuel Colt’s Single Action Army. John Moses Browning’s 1911. The Winchester Model 1894. These iconic guns are legends in American firearm history. They all have been lionized in print, film and pop culture. Even people who are not familiar with guns easily recognize them.

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How to easily fillet your bass: Tips from a Maine guide

Ice fishing season in northern Maine is in full swing. Lakes and ponds throughout the region are filling with ice shacks; die hard fisherman staking their claim on the ice like the frontier land rush settlers of yore. Augers have bored access to the lunkers waiting beneath the ice. The tip ups are being set and the jigging rods are in hand.

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Training and Education

Firearm Training

We offer firearm training  and familiarization courses for beginners to novice shooters.

NRA courses include:

Either of these courses will satisfy the requirement for a Maine Concealed Carry permit application

Non-Certificate courses in development include:

  • Basic Rifle Course
  • Basic Shotgun Course

Familiarization courses are intended as a basic introduction and range time for popular modern guns and include:

  • AR-15
  • AK-47
  • FN FAL
  • Glock handguns

Outdoors & Wilderness Skills Training

These courses are designed to help you enjoy your time outdoors and to extend your confidence level while in the field.

  • Map & Compass
  • Land Navigation
  • Wilderness First Aid

Hunting Clinics

We are proud to be participating providers of the NRA Hunter Clinic program. Our Certified NRA Hunter Clinic Instructor offers both the Whitetail Deer and Wild Turkey clinics. Find out more here.

Guide Services

At Tucker Ridge Outdoors we currently offer hunting & trapping, inland fishing  and recreational guide services with Registered Maine Guide John Floyd.

Game species frequently sought by hunters in our local area include:

  • Black Bear
  • Moose
  • Whitetail Deer
  • Coyote
  • Bobcat
  • Red Fox
  • Snowshoe Hare
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Woodcock

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Furbearers sought by trappers in our area include:

  • Beaver
  • Marten
  • Fisher
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote