Curious as to how the fall hunts are going in your area? An online resource breaks down harvest information by town or zone.
While some hunts have come to an end, like turkey, others are in full swing. The fall turkey season ended on November 6. Currently, big game hunters are in the woods in search of bears and deer, with a lucky few pursuing moose. Once a big game animal has been killed in the woods, the hunter is required by law to register it at the nearest tagging station. This information is then reported to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
IFW has an interesting dashboard on their website that will show the user big game harvest information in a town or wildlife management district of interest. As of the publishing of this article, hunters have taken over 25,000 white-tailed deer, nearly 4,000 black bears, and over 2,500 moose since August. Fall turkey harvest info is not available, as wildlife officials did away with fall tagging requirements. As of the 2021 season, hunted fall turkeys do not need to be transport tagged or registered. Harvested spring turkeys are still required to be tagged, and registered, in its entirety.
Check out the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Big Game Harvest Dashboard here.
Maine's fall seasons for moose and bear close on November 27. The deer firearms season also closes on November 27. However, up to two additional weeks in December can be added to a hunter's season with a muzzleloader. Statewide, the muzzleloader season is open November 29 - December 4. An additional week of hunting is permitted from December 6-11, in WMD: 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 29.
A muzzleloader permit is required, as well as a valid big game hunting license. Muzzleloader permits are included in junior hunting licenses and senior lifetime licenses.
15 Must-Have Items For Ice Fishing Season In Maine
Ice fishing is an excellent way to embrace the cold winter months in Maine. It will get you outdoors for some fresh air, it's family friendly, and a successful day could yield a tasty dinner. If you're new to the sport, we put together a list of gear you'll need for a fun, comfortable, and successful day on the ice. Some of these items are more essential than others. Some gear may not be essential at all, depending on how you plan to fish. Again, the items we listed are geared towards those who are new to ice fishing.
Before we get to the list, remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. We didn't put warm outerwear on the list, but it's definitely a must-have. Dressing in layers is important to ensure you're warm enough throughout the day on the ice. If you start getting too warm, you can simply take a layer off. Hand warmers are also worth packing.
Explore the Ruins of a Historic Mansion in Acadia National Park
George B. Dorr spent much of his life creating, expanding and caring for Acadia National Park. That's why he's often referred to as the father of Acadia National Park. According to the National Park Service
, the property known as the "Old Farm" was accepted by the park in 1941. On the property is the ruins of what was a 30-room summer "cottage," the remnants of a saltwater pool, and a small beach. It's just an easy walk through the woods away.
25 Essentials to Keep in Your Vehicle During the Winter Months
It pays to be prepared for any situation when driving in Maine during the winter.
True Events That Happened In Maine That Should Be Made Into Horror Movies
From time to time you see a local headline that reads like the synopsis to a horror movie. Maine has seen its fair share of grizzly murders, ghost stories, and possible proof of cryptid beats in the woods. While some stories may be hard to prove true, their basis is believable enough to live in infamy in local folklore. Here are five movie-grade events that happened in Maine that we'd watch if turned into a horror flick.