Category Archives: Moose

A testy bull moose at Sandy Stream Pond

Bull moose at Sandy Stream Pond, Baxter State Park

My sister Melissa called to invite me to hike in Baxter State Park. The weather was going to be perfect so we made a date to meet early Thursday morning. Snapping turtles are on the move. We saw five or six along the way, none willing to move out of the road at anything other […]

Should we delay shed hunting?

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Over the last three months I haven’t seen many deer or deer signs. They’ve had a hard winter with deep snow starting in December and continuing into April. Parts of Maine have had four or more ice storms, two of them significant. I drove to Grand Lake Stream on Tuesday and Houlton on Wednesday, and […]

Susan Morse: Keeping Track of Animals

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My daughter Taylor texted me last week to ask for wildlife photos for a video she was producing with Shannon Johnson, Chelsea Thomson and Matthew Leagan. They’re students at Unity College. This is their video about Susan Morse and how climate change is affecting wildlife. Like this:Like Loading…

No deer but it was a good year

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Year six, no deer. I’m a little disappointed, especially because this was such a good year for hunters. It was a good year for me. I saw the first and only buck I’ve ever seen while hunting. People asked if I’d regret not shooting him if I didn’t have another one at the end of […]

Our Epic Moose Adventure

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It started in September when Erin Merrill and I won a moose safari with Epic Adventures. Brian Donaghy donated the day-long trip to Friends of Maine BOW for our fund-raising auction. It’s the trip she mentioned in Thoughts From a Tree Stand last week. The alarm went off at 3:45 am. Not that I was […]

Bear Baiting: tending the bait

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Tending the barrel has been quick and easy. I park at the bottom of the hill at the washout and walk a quarter-mile to the barrel. I enjoy the daily trip. I make noise going in to help prevent meeting up with bears at the site. With If I have someone with me, we talk. […]

Cooking tasty moose steaks is simple

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Moose steaks are one of the simplest wild game meats you can prepare. Following these steps will take your steaks from the fridge to the plate in less than 30 minutes. You’ll need: One serving of steak per person fresh mushrooms scallions salt and pepper butter Take the steaks from the fridge and unwrap. Place […]

Scott and McKenna Harriman Got Their Moose

Message from Tammy last night: Do you want to go hunting in the morning? Does a bear… Reply: Absolutely! I knew where I wanted to hunt for partridge this morning. It’s a place in Waite I was sure Tammy, who is new to the area, hadn’t been. There’s a clear cut that’s in the process […]

I Really Need a Moose Permit

I wanted a moose permit this year. “You’ll get it this year,” they said. “Your odds are better this year.” As much as I wanted the moose permit, I didn’t expect to be drawn, and I wasn’t. Moose is one of my favorite meats. I’d like to have an ample supply in the freezer. Around […]