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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
We stopped at Waite General Store on the way home from hunting last night just in time to see Justin Norris’s buck being weighed on the new mega scale. Norris, from Princeton, was hunting in Topsfield when he shot the 141.5 pound, four point deer. Congratulations Justin!
Road signs change a bit when you venture off the beaten path. In spite of the directions on this sign, I didn’t find Oxbrook (it’s one word) Lake. I have no sense of direction other than up and down. These signs are contradictory but even in my directionally deprived brain, I’d go left if I […]
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 […]