May 24, 2018
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Moosehorn hunting permits now available

Kevin Bennett | BDN
Kevin Bennett | BDN
John Holyoke
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff

Many hunters spend a lot of time trying to get permission to hunt on the land of others. Thankfully, there’s plenty of public land that is also accessible for recreational purposes, including hunting.

Last week officials at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County announced that the refuge would again be open to hunting this fall.

There are, however, some rules that must be followed.

First, in order to hunt on the refuge, participants must obtain an annual permit from the refuge office in Baring. The permits are free; copies of a map of huntable areas and special regulations are also available.

Those who can’t make it to the refuge office during regular business hours — 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday — can phone the refuge at 454-7161 or send mail to Moosehorn NWR, 103 Headquarters Road, Baring, 04694.

After the season, hunters are required to complete a harvest report, which is on the reverse side of their permit form.

A quick note: Refuge personnel urge other recreational users who will be in Moosehorn during hunting season to wear hunter orange clothing. Not all parts of the refuge are open to hunting, and there are “no hunting” signs posted in those areas.

If you’re confused with the words “hunting” and “refuge” being used in the same sentence, here’s the explanation, from a Moosehorn news release.

“Hunting is a priority public use on our National Wildlife Refuges, and the National Wildlife System Improvement Act of 1997 requires that refuges offer hunting programs when they are compatible with the purpose of the refuge and the mission of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” according to the release.

The release goes on to point out that hunting is allowed on more than 287 of the 563 National Wildlife Refuges in the U.S.

Orono canoe races on tap

Here’s another reminder for paddlers: If you’re interested in getting your family out on the water for some fun competition, you might want to head to Orono over the next couple of weeks.

Jeff Owen, one of the region’s top whitewater paddlers, is helping organize the Stillwater River Races in his hometown, and two exciting days of paddling are on tap.

The first races will be held Thursday, Aug. 14. Another slate of races are set for Thursday, Aug. 21.

The schedule for both days is the same:

Participants will meet at the bridge next to University Inn in downtown Orono, and can choose between several events.

On tap: a just-for-fun sprint competition at 5 p.m. each week, youth racing at 6:15 p.m., and “The Big Event” at 6:30 p.m.

“The Big Event races include a two-mile recreational option, an opportunity to jump in and join a war canoe team, and an opportunity to challenge yourself on the competitive 4.5-mile [Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization] championship race course,” Owen wrote.

Check out Maine’s outdoor heritage

Maine is full of cool events during the summer, and many of them are well-known. Festivals celebrate lobsters and blueberries and potato blossoms, and are attended by thousands.

If you’re looking for a more low-key Maine event, and want to see one of the state’s most beautiful places, here’s an outdoor-oriented option, courtesy of the Maine Sporting Camp Heritage Foundation.

On Friday, Roger Lambert will be at the Grand Lake Stream school at 6:30 p.m. to teach folks all about moose calling. According to the MSCHF press release, Lambert has been featured in the National Public Radio piece “The Art of Moose Calling.”

Lambert will teach various moose calls during the presentation, which is free.

Call the Downeast Lakes Land Trust office at 796-2100 or email them at with any questions.

John Holyoke my be reached at 990-8214 or His “Out There” blog can be accessed at

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