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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.
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.
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
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:
- 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
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.
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
- Whitetail Deer
- Red Fox
- Snowshoe Hare
- Ruffed Grouse
Furbearers sought by trappers in our area include:
December 9, 2016 at 4:30 pm by Mark Latti
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.
Our Stand #1 location is prime black bear and whitetail deer country. Numerous heavily used game trails network through this site.
Applications must be completed by 11:59 pm (ET) on August 15, 2016.
A chance drawing will be held on September 9, 2016.
How to Apply for an Any-Deer Permit
There is no application fee to apply for an any-deer permit.
To apply for an any-deer permit, you must possess a valid Maine license to hunt big game. Exceptions: See Maine resident landowners. You may enter up to three (3) Wildlife Management District choices in order of preference.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to help the Department in its efforts to save money by applying for the any-deer permit lottery using the online application. The online application process is quick and easy. Applicants will get instant confirmation of their entry into the lottery.
Bonus Deer Permits
Bonus deer permits will only be awarded in WMD’s where there are more permits available than applications received. If you do not want to apply for an any-deer permit but would like to apply for a bonus deer permit should bonus permits be available, make sure you designate a WMD choice for a bonus deer permit. No WMD changes can be made after the drawing.
- A bonus deer permit entitles a hunter to an additional antlerless deer.
- Bonus deer permits are for antlerless deer only. An applicant may choose to apply for a bonus deer permit and not apply for an any-deer permit.
- Bonus deer permits will be distributed to hunters who applied for a bonus deer permit in the WMD where any-deer permits went unused. If selected to receive a bonus deer permit you will be notified by mail and there will be a $12.00 fee. Bonus deer permits can be paid for right up to the last day of the muzzleloading season on deer.
- Successful bonus deer permit applicants will be listed online with the any-deer permit and superpack deer permit winners.
- Bonus deer permits may be used at any time during the archery, expanded archery (designated areas only), firearm, or muzzle-loading seasons on deer, but only in the assigned WMD. Hunters are not required to fill their any-deer permit prior to using a bonus deer permit.
- Bonus deer permits are available to residents and nonresidents and will be allocated in the same proportion of residents to nonresidents as the regular any-deer permit drawing.
- Bonus deer permits may be transferred in the same manner as any-deer permits. The deadline for the bonus deer permit is the same as the any-deer permit.
Source: Maine.gov, Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
It’s not all hunting & fishing on Tucker Ridge… ATV trails crisscross throughout Maine with shared access routes to get to them.
The most popular time is right after mud season (Spring in Maine), when the trails are hardened up and have been opened for the season.
Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to “Wheelin’ Season” locally.
At Tucker Ridge Outdoors, all roads in the vicinity are ATV approved. Leave your car or truck parked at the cabin and enjoy your outings by ATV.
From birding to moose watching, picnics to trail rides, you can do it all on your wheeler from Tucker Ridge.
Brief Summary: The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing regulation changes for the upcoming ice fishing and open water fishing seasons. These regulations are needed to provide for the effective conservation of Maine’s inland fisheries, and enhance fishing opportunities throughout the State. Some of these changes have occurred due to simplification and reformatting of the entire fishing law book. All of the proposals may be discussed at any of the 5 public hearings listed below.
View 2017 Fishing Regulation Proposals (PDF) or obtain a list of the proposals from the Agency Contact Person.
Anyone unable to attend a public hearing may submit written comments on any of the proposals. The proposals, if adopted, will become effective January 1, 2017. The Department is also proposing modifications and additions of waters to the State Heritage Fish waters list.
July 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – Northeastland Hotel, Red Room, 436 Main Street, Presque Isle
July 27, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – Stearns High School, Auditorium, 199 State Street, Millinocket
July 28, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – Ramada, Breakfast Room, 215 High Street, Rt. 1 & 3, Ellsworth
August 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – University of Maine Farmington, Olson Student Center, N. Dining Hall B, 111 South Street, Farmington
August 4, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. – Comfort Inn, Breakfast Room, 199 Pleasant St, Brunswick
Comment Deadline: August 17, 2016
Contact Person for this Filing: Becky Orff, Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, 284 State Street 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333; phone: 207-287-5202; fax: 207-287-6395; e-mail: Becky.Orff@maine.gov
Financial Impact on Municipalities or Counties (if any): No fiscal impact anticipated.
Statutory Authority for this Rule: 12 MRS Sections 10104, 12452 & 12461
Source: www.maine.gov/ifw (Press Release)