Fall is finally upon us and while we might not enjoy any beach weather for another eight or 10 months, there’s no reason to fret. In fact, the onset of crisp autumn days means a whole new set of outdoor opportunities is in the offing.
Maine’s first six-day moose season begins on Monday. Upland bird hunting will start on Oct. 1, and several sessions of wild turkey hunting will be staged from late September through October, depending on the zone and method of hunting. Fall fishing can be spectacular. And firearms season on deer looms on the horizon. Add in a nice fall foliage hike, the options truly abound.
But you already knew all that. Here are a few things you may not have known. Consider these FYI items a friendly addendum to your already packed fall (and winter, in one case) schedule.
Earlier this year Paul Doiron, the editor in chief of Down East magazine, released his first novel, “The Poacher’s Son.” I loved the book and told readers about it in an earlier column.
If you’re among those who enjoyed the book, or if you just want to learn more about the talented author, you’ll get your chance on Saturday when Doiron will talk about the book during an event at the Bangor Public Library.
Doiron’s appearance begins at 2 p.m., and his presentation is free and open to the public. And as you might expect, the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
Gather up the kids
The Pleasant River Fish and Game Conservation Association has a long history of providing outdoor opportunities for local youth, and on Saturday the club will continue that tradition with an event the whole family will enjoy.
Club members will hold their annual National Hunting and Fishing Youth Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with a wide variety of activities on tap. The group’s stated goal is to introduce kids to the various outdoor pursuits that Maine has to offer.
Among the activities planned for Saturday: canoeing, sporting clay shooting, .22 rifle shooting, fly tying and casting, a search and rescue dog demonstration, and an antique firearms display.
Lunch is free to those ages 16 and younger.
The PRFGCA’s clubhouse is located on Tibbetts Town Road in Columbia. For more information, visit the club’s website at www.prfgca.com.
Expanded fishing options
Back in June, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s Advisory Council passed a rule that allows for an extended fishing season on certain international waters in the St. John River watershed.
Now, it’s time to take advantage of those fishing opportunities.
The listed waters will be open from Oct. 1 until Nov. 30 to the taking of muskellunge and bass. Artificial lures must be used, but there is no daily bag limit or minimum length on muskies or bass. All other fish must be released at once.
The newly opened waters: Glazier Lake in T18 R10 WELS; the St. Francis River in T19 R11 and T18 R10 WELS; and the St. John River from the confluence of the St. Francis River downstream to the easternmost border of the town of Hamlin.
The DIF&W advises that although New Brunswick has not yet approved an extended season, anglers may access Glazier Lake from the Canadian side of the border. It is, however, still illegal for anglers who accessed Glazier Lake from the Canadian side to land on the Maine shore.
Smart kids ski for less
If your little skier does well in school, Saddleback Maine in Rangeley has unveiled a program that will reward them — and you.
One thing is certain: You’ll have a few more bucks in your wallet if you choose to take advantage of the resort’s PEAK Pass, which also rewards members of the military and college students.
According to a Saddleback press release, the Promoting Education and Activity for Kids program is designed to encourage students to do well in school, curb childhood obesity and encourage childhood activity.
Any Maine student (through grade 12) who makes the honor role during the first marking period can purchase a season pass to Saddleback for just $59. In addition, college students can purchase season passes for $149.
Military members can buy season passes for $149 while combat veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan will pay just $25 for a season pass.
Looking for breakfast
With Maine’s firearms season on deer barely a month away, it’s time to start thinking about the important stuff … like breakfast.
Hunters breakfasts are a popular — some would say essential — part of the hunting experience, and here at the BDN we strive to let you know about as many breakfast options as we can each year.
That’s where you come in.
If your organization is putting on a hunters breakfast, we can help you fill the seats. And the service is free. Just drop us a line with all the details — place, date, time, cost and what’s on the menu — and we’ll let hungry hunters know where they can go to fuel up.