When new co-workers lament the fact that they’ve been in Maine for several weeks and have yet to see a moose, I’ve always told them the same thing.
Go to Greenville. From there, finding a moose shouldn’t be such a big deal, I tell them. Just wait until nearly dark, drive up to Rockwood, then over to Jackman (slowly, I caution), and you’ll likely be dodging the burly critters.
To me, Greenville and the Moosehead Lake region means moose.
This weekend, hundreds of Mainers are expected to flock to the friendly town that sits on the south edge of the state’s biggest lake for another celebration of moose: The 2013 Moose Lottery Festival.
Organizers have pulled out the stops and have a variety of activities and events in store.
For prospective moose hunters, the highlight of the weekend will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
That’s when Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials will begin reading the names of the 4,110 people who will earn a coveted moose-hunting permit this year. The drawing will be held at Greenville Middle/High School.
But that’s not all that’s going on. If you’re looking for some good chow, you’ll be covered, whether by vendors, a scheduled hunter’s breakfast on Saturday or dual suppers — pasta at one location, beans at another — on Saturday night.
Also on tap are a trick shooting demonstration, an art show, an archery contest for kids, a bird walk, moose-watching safaris, a home run derby, a kids fishing derby and a jumping dogs demonstration.
BDN Maine is the weekend’s media sponsor, and joins Cabela’s in helping to present the weekend’s events.
Stop by for a day or for the whole weekend. For a more complete list of festival activities, check the Moose Lottery Festival’s website.
A quick reminder: The BDN will not print the complete list of moose permit winners in Monday’s newspaper. If you want to find out if you were drawn and can’t access the results at bangordailynews.com, call me at 990-8214 on Monday and I’ll be happy to search the database for you.
Get your new issue
If you’re up in the Greenville area over the weekend, be sure to stop by our booth at the festival. We’re planning on being inside the school, along with plenty of other vendors.
And while you’re there, be sure to pick up a copy of the June issue of BDN Maine Outdoors, the quarterly publication that we rolled out back in March 2012.
Yes, we’re five issues old already, and the outdoors magazine continues to grow and get better. Of course, I’m biased … so let us know what you think.
BDN Outdoor reporter Aislinn Sarnacki and visuals editor Brian Feulner earned the cover this time around with a fantastic story (and great photos and video) that focus on the growing surfing community in Maine. From diehard wave-riders who head to the ocean in the middle of winter to craftsmen who build high-end boards in their Maine shops, there’s a thriving surf community in these parts that you might not have been aware of.
We’ve also got stories about shark fishing off the Maine coast and about finding a perfect inland spot to wet a line this summer. And I share a few tales of woe in an essay that explores the sometimes painful experience of opening up camp for the season. Our favorite birding writer, Bob Duchesne, also checks in with a primer on birds you might see while out and about in the coming months.
So stop by and grab a copy. As always, they’re free. And if you can’t join us in Greenville, keep your eyes peeled: Issues of BDN Maine Outdoors should be showing at your local market soon.
Drift boat trip on tap
Every Father’s Day, I head to Greenville to take part in a ritual that has become one of my favorites of the year.
I go fishing with guide Dan Legere and a lucky reader whose name was selected from hundreds of others in our annual Win a Drift Boat Trip contest.
This year’s winner is John Craig of Bucksport, an avid fly angler who jokingly points out that Legere might have his work cut out for him this year.
“I’ve been unsuccessful on more big-name rivers than anyone else I know,” Craig told me back in April, when he learned that he’d won our 11th annual contest.
Not to worry.
Legere is very good at what he does. He’ll find us some fish. He’ll teach us why the fish are eating what they are. He’ll help us catch them.
And (one of my favorite parts) come noontime — he’ll feed us.
Thanks to everyone who took part in this year’s contest. And as always, thanks to Dan Legere for providing a great day on the water.