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2017-2018 Hunting Laws Released

The 2017-2018 Summary of Hunting Laws has just been released by IFW.

There is also a new Quick Reference Guide available that includes license & permit needs, legal shooting hours chart and the hunting seasons/limit chart. Migratory Game Bird info is included.

The Summary of Trapping Laws will be released at a later date.

Good Bears Are Coming In

I ran the bait line today and refreshed hit baits and pulled the cards on the trail cameras. This year is shaping up to be a great hunt for our sports coming up to Tucker Ridge…

So far, all the bears hitting the baits are shooters. We haven’t seen any sows with cubs unlike last year when we had a sow and cubs take over a bait. We let them have it and it’s paying dividends this year. I have those yearlings and the now dry sow on camera; they look pretty good!

Here are some highlight photos of what you are going to be hunting this fall…As the weather starts to cool in coming weeks, these bruins should start feeding more frequently, and in daylight.

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The Downeast Sunrise Multi-Use Rail Trail Now Open

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry sent this bulletin at 05/11/2017 08:17 AM EDT

One Trail Now Open: The Downeast Sunrise Multi-Use Rail Trail (DEST) from Ellsworth to Ayers Junction is the open for ATVs and other summer uses.

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2017 Fall Black Bear Hunt Packets Now Available

Our 2017 Black Bear over bait hunt packets are now available for download or mailing.

2017 Bear Hunt Packet – Bear Packet

Game Processing – D R Cutting Price Sheet

Taxidermist – DeLaites Taxidermy Brochure

This year we are offering an American Plan hunt with all meals provided by a live in camp cook. Camps are limited to 5 hunters per week. The cost is $1450 per hunter (Licenses not included)

You will not find a better opportunity to hunt Maine black bears on a working salary…our motto is “For hunters, by hunters”

Contact us with questions or to secure a spot..

 

Experience Unique Natural Diversity at the Mattawamkeag River System Wildlife Management Area

By Regional Wildlife Biologist Allen Starr

Imagine an area that could provide an opportunity to hunt or view  any of Maine’s big game species, pursue a variety of small game (including waterfowl), search for a plethora of songbirds, access a large, scenic river for boating and fishing or visit rare and exemplary natural communities and ecosystems.  The Mattawamkeag River WMA, located in Drew Plantation, Kingman, Webster Plantation and Prentiss Township, is just such an area.

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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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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

Book a hunt!

Furbearers sought by trappers in our area include:

  • Beaver
  • Marten
  • Fisher
  • Bobcat
  • Coyote

Stocking Season Nearly Completed!

DIFW Shield smallFrom the Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

December 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm by

Stocking season is nearly complete! With snow on the ground, and ice skimming over many ponds and lake, some might say not a moment too soon.

This season, our crew of over 30 hatchery staff from our eight state hatcheries have been extremely busy, stocking hundreds of locations with hundreds of thousands of fish.

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