Maine’s Wild Winter

February 25, 2021 at 3:41 pm

As temperatures drop well below freezing in our Northeast piece of paradise, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists are heating up with project updates, innovative research, and vital partnerships. From mammals to mayflies, wildlife staff are collecting and analyzing data in a continuous effort to improve and monitor our state’s wildlife populations. Here’s a peek into some of their current work

Surveying Deer Wintering Areas

February 23, 2021 at 1:24 pm

It’s a cold, calm February morning when I meet Maine Game Warden Jeff Beach at the Norridgewock airport to go over our flight plan for the day. Jeff is one of three game warden pilots for the state. He arrived at the small airport earlier to fuel his Cessna for a day of survey flights. As a game warden pilot, Jeff patrols the state of Maine from the sky, but he also works on a variety of fish and wildlife projects, including stocking fish in remote ponds, eagle nest surveys, and tracking collared bears, deer, lynx and moose. Our flight today will focus on deer surveys.

Fishing Responsibly with Live Baitfish

February 16, 2021 at 2:14 pm

With an estimated 90% of baitfish sales occurring during winter, it’s important for anglers to be aware of Maine’s live-bait regulations. Because of the importance of our freshwater ecosystems, we walk a fine line trying to prevent the illegal introduction of harmful fish species while allowing anglers to continue Maine’s cultural tradition of using live baitfish where appropriate.

Fisheries Biologists Encourage Anglers to Harvest their Catch

February 8, 2021 at 5:08 pm

If you have ever been fishing, either open water or ice fishing, it is likely you have heard someone say, “let them go and watch them grow.” While this catch and release message was important several decades ago when we saw more fishing pressure and higher harvest rates by anglers (and may still help some fisheries), other present day fisheries (and in Maine’s case, many fisheries) rely on harvest by anglers to maintain healthy fish populations and to achieve size quality management goals.