Category Archives: The Outdoors

My no-bear bear baiting experience

That’s right…no bear. There’s a bear or two around but they aren’t coming to the barrel. We set up the tree stand and barrel on July 27, the first day baiting was allowed. Taylor held the ladder in place while Steve climbed to the top to secure the seat to the tree. He trimmed a […]

BOW Intro Skills Weekend has openings

The board of directors of Friends of Maine BOW met Wednesday Evening at the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife. Emily MacCabe, BOW coordinator for the state, gave us an update. There are still openings for Introductory Skills Weekend and a few of the workshops are full. The cut off date to apply for a […]

Bear Baiting: tending the bait

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. […]

Bear baiting opens July 27

Bear baiting opens this Saturday. I started thinking last winter about where I wanted to put the bait barrel. It seems like somewhere on this 45 acres we own there would be a good spot. There isn’t. For the sake of the dogs and bears, who should never meet, it needs to be far from […]

The grand opening of Princeton Farmers Market

It’s Thursday afternoon. A sandwich board sign sits on Rt 1 at the end of West Street in Princeton, pointing you in the direction of Princeton Farmers Market. Just down West Street there’s another sandwich board pointing to the ball field. If you blink you could miss the row of eight vendors set up past […]

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman, 2013 Intro Skills Weekend

Maine Game Warden Kris MacCabe teaches ATV Safety

It’s time! Last year’s Introductory Skills Weekend filled quickly and had a long waiting list. Emily MacCabe, coordinator of Maine BOW, released the workshop schedule and registration form (opens a pdf file) this afternoon. The cost of the weekend is $225. The fee includes meals from Friday’s through Sunday’s lunch, all equipment, bunking in a […]

Paddling Tomah Stream with friends

The weather forecast looked good. Partly sunny, 60 degrees, a breeze. Steve loaded the kayaks-an Otter, a tandem Otter and a Vapor 10XT (10 for ten foot), the lifejackets and a small cooler for lunch. The bug spray and other necessities were stowed away in a waterproof box in the Vapor’s well. Taylor, our youngest […]

I Love and Hate the Wild Turkeys

Eastern wild tom turkeys

It’s no secret that I don’t love the wild turkeys. It’s not an exaggeration some days to say I hate the huge feathered, giant flying crap machines. Their introduction to this corner of northern Washington county is enough to make me ask out loud “why weren’t they thinking when they decided to do this?” My […]

Red-breasted nuthatches are energetic birds

The red-breasted nuthatches (Sitta canadensis) are among the busiest birds coming to my feeders, matched only by the black-capped chickadees. They’re 4.5″ of non-stop energy. Like the chickadees, they have a short neck and round head. Their wings and back are blue-gray. They sport a black cap on the heads and black mask-like stripe along […]

Downy Woodpeckers

Male downy woodpecker

“Hey,” Taylor said, seemingly to nobody. We were the only people home and the dogs were asleep. “Hey,” she said again. “Hey, you can’t do that,” this time said as she walked toward a dining room window. Just outside the window are three seed feeders, a ball of suet and an energy bar for the […]

Our Second Generation of Women Hunters

What a great day we had. I’m still thinking about it two weeks later. My 19 year old daughter Taylor, a wildlife biology and biology major in college, was home for Thanksgiving break. Taylor completed the hunter safety course in October, scoring a 100% on her exam, and purchased her hunting license. During Thanksgiving break, […]

A Glimpse of Maine

We have freezing fog this morning, and I’m in for a while until the roads clear. I thought I’d share this video, A Glimpse of Maine, while I’m drinking another cup of coffee. It’s a nice reminder of why we live here and why so many come to Maine to vacation. Don’t hesitate because it’s […]

The Christmas Tree – A Family Tradition

Getting the Christmas tree is a big deal at my house. I want it to be full and no less than seven feet tall. Not 20′ tall. Just seven. This starts way back in my childhood. Two weeks before Christmas we’d load into the station wagon (Mum, Dad, my sister Melissa, myself) and drive from […]

Maine Calling on MPBN, Outdoors Women in Maine

On Maine Calling (MPBN) this afternoon, Tammy Morris (VP, Maine BOW), Bonnie Holding (Maine Guide, organizer of Maine’s chapter of Casting For Recovery), Tenley Bennett (Maine Guide, manages Fish River Lodge) and I will be talking about being outdoorswomen. 12:15-1 pm.

Campfire Cuisine

Campfire Cuisine. Is it as fancy as it sounds? Yes and no. It’s time consuming but simple once you get the hang of cooking on a fire. And it’s delicious. The same meal cooked indoors just isn’t as tasty as food cooked outdoors. The combination of cast iron, fresh air, wood smoke and atmosphere can’t […]