Outdoor News

November 2017
Edited by V. Paul Reynolds

November. Dwindling daylight, frosty mornings, acorns bouncing on the camp's tin roof, clear vistas across the hard wood ridges. For the deer hunter, this is the best time of the year, period! Rifle season for deer is upon us. Thousands of hunters from all over New England and beyond will take to the woods in search of their prize - a whitetail deer.

Our senses, overloaded as November approaches, tell us that this is the time to fill the freezer and prepare for winter. Though the law book dictates when we can hunt, without it we would still know. Following the path laid before us, we will continue the tradition, providing food for our families and solace for our souls.

CAPTION FOR PHOTO ABOVE: Maine Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock presents a gift of a painting to Achievement Award recipient Carole Dyer.

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Maine - ATV Fatality

A Woodville man is dead following an ATV crash in that town. Maine game wardens responded to the scene of a fatal ATV crash Oct. 3rd off a dirt logging road in Woodville. The victim, John M. Boucher, age 47, was a resident of Woodville and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Boucher was last seen Sunday night, October 1, at approximately 7:30. He was operating a Honda Rubicon ATV and failed to negotiate a 90-degree turn at the bottom of a hill. The ATV came to rest on Boucher after striking a large rock. Boucher was not wearing a helmet and game wardens say speed appears to be a contributing factor in this crash.

Assisting game wardens at the scene were Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office and East Millinocket Fire and Rescue. The body was transported to Clay Funeral Home in Lincoln. This incident is still under investigation.

Vermont - Wild Brook Trout Populations Stable

Fisheries biologists from Vermont Fish & Wildlife recently completed a decade-long survey of wild brook trout throughout the state and have found that present day populations of the species are comparable to those of over five decades ago.

“Based on the results of recent sampling, compared to data from past sampling work, we’ve found that wild brook trout populations in Vermont have remained stable since the 1950’s,” said Rich Kirn, fisheries biologist with Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “This is an encouraging conclusion for Vermont given that populations of wild brook trout have declined significantly across much of the species’ historic range.”

The survey, which is summarized in the full report “Evaluation of Wild Brook Trout Populations in Vermont Streams,” included sampling of 138 streams within 17 watersheds between 2005 and 2016, each of which were originally sampled between 1952 and 1960 by former biologist James MacMartin.

The watersheds include: Batten Kill, Black River, Connecticut, Deerfield River, Lamoille, Memphremagog, Missisquoi, Nulhegan, Opmompanoosuc, Ottauquechee, Otter Creek, Passumpsic, Poultney, Waits, Wells, White and Winooski.

Wild brook trout, which are most often found in small upland streams at higher elevations, require cool, clean water and are a direct indicator of high quality aquatic habitat and optimal environmental conditions. The official state cold water fish, brook trout are also a favorite of Vermont anglers and were rated as their most preferred fish species in angler surveys conducted in 1991, 2000 and 2010.

Sampling of the 17 watersheds has shown present-day brook trout populations throughout Vermont to be highlighted by abundant natural reproduction and multiple age-classes, including the contribution of older, larger fish.

Kirn says the survey results may also show a potential correlation to past water quality and aquatic habitat initiatives.

“While most population measures have shown to be consistent between the two time periods, significantly higher densities of young brook trout were observed in current populations which may reflect improved environmental protections put in place since the 1950’s, particularly legislation and programs focusing on water quality and aquatic habitat protection,” Kirn said.

Kirn emphasized that continuing these protections will help to ensure that wild brook trout populations remain strong in Vermont.

“The long-term health of Vermont’s wild brook trout populations will depend on the health of their habitat,” said Kirn. “In addition to the work of state, federal and private natural resource organizations, Vermont landowners can help to keep brook trout populations strong by maintaining trees and other vegetation along streambanks which provide shade, food and cover, as well as stabilize streambanks and filter pollutants. It will take the help of all Vermonters to make sure our native trout thrives into the future.

”To receive a copy of the complete survey report, “Evaluation of Wild Brook Trout Populations in Vermont Streams,” please contact Rich Kirn at rich.kirn@vermont.gov. To learn more about Vermont’s fisheries management programs, visit www.vtfishandwildlife.com.

Mainers Honored For Lifetime of Outdoor Achievement

Carole Dyer (pictured above) of Bowdoinham and Gabriel “Gabby” Giguere of Lewiston were honored this past weekend with 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The awards were presented to Dyer and Giguere in a brief ceremony in front of family and friends by IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock at the annual Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine banquet this past Saturday.

The award, one of the department’s highest honors, celebrates a lifetime of achievement and mentoring in Maine’s outdoors.

Dyer, the first female recipient of the award, was noted for her over 40 years in the outdoors, and her tireless work in teaching others practical skills and appreciation of the Maine outdoors. For years, she has volunteered as an instructor at Becoming an Outdoors Woman; served on boards for the Land for Maine’s Future, The Forest Society of Maine, and Durham Rod and Gun Club; and is a driving force for the Ruffed Grouse Society of Maine. More importantly, Carol has instilled the same outdoors passion in three generations of the Dyer family.

Giguere, age 87, was born in the Allagash region of Maine, and spent his early childhood years with his brothers, hunting and fishing, and tending his father’s traplines. His passion for the outdoors ,instilled in him as a child is reflected in his four sons and 12 grandchildren. Even though he can no longer walk as well as he would like, he still fishes in the North Maine Woods with his children, has built fly rods for ten of his grandchildren, and has tied hundreds of flies for family and friends who flyfish.

This award, which is presented by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, honors individuals who are dedicated to the use and stewardship of Maine’s natural resources, and have a passion for Maine’s rich outdoor heritage. This award celebrates the achievements of an individual who has shared their experiences with future generations.

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