EAST MILLINOCKET, Maine — Hunters will have a chance to win a new rifle, eat a lavish meal and help local firefighters keep the town safe if they open deer hunting season on Saturday with breakfast at the Public Safety Building on Route 11.
The Fire Department’s annual hunter’s breakfast will run from 5 to 8 a.m. and feature eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, home fries, toast and beans with other breakfast trimmings, firefighter Greylen Hale said. Entry and all you can eat costs $6 for adults and $4 for those age 15 and under.
“We also do this because we want to remind people to be safe out there this season,” Hale said Thursday. “It’s a good chance to bring the community together and for people to have a good time.”
A staple in the Katahdin region, last year’s breakfast drew 120 hunters and friends, Hale said. Though it is described as a hunter’s breakfast, anyone is welcome to attend and enjoy the company.
Proceeds benefit the town smoke detector program, in which firefighters go door to door annually, hand out smoke detectors and inspect the placement of detectors and search for other fire hazards at residents’ request. Some of the money also goes toward the town’s fire prevention efforts in local schools.
An HR-270 20-gauge combination rifle worth about $400 will be among prizes raffled as part of the breakfast. Tickets will cost $1 each and $5 for six tickets, Hale said.
Under state law, Maine residents begin hunting season on Saturday, with out-of-staters allowed to start hunting in Maine two days later. The deer-hunting season ends on Nov. 26, according to regulations posted at Maine.gov.
Regulations permit the hunting of one deer per year. Deer with antlers at least 3 inches long may be taken from Oct. 29 to Dec. 10, excepting those taken in designated wildlife management districts by hunters with any-deer permits, regulations state.
Anyone interested in donating to or with questions about the breakfast can call 746-3555.