The wait is almost over, and thousands of Maine deer hunters are eager to get into the woods over the next two weeks to take part in the annual ritual of trying to fill their tag. Before long, we’ll be greeting fellow hunters with the age-old phrase: “Get your deer yet?”
For now, though, we’re still dreaming about the big buck we’ll find this year or mourning the big one that foiled our best efforts a year ago. In that spirit, we decided to share three of our favorite BDN deer tales from recent years. We know you will agree that these stories are worth telling again and again.
If you have yet to begin scouting for the upcoming season, you’d better get cracking. Firearms deer hunting in Maine kicks off Saturday as junior hunters will head afield on Youth Deer Day. Nov. 2 is Maine’s residents-only opening day, while Nov. 4 marks the opening day for nonresidents.
Now, sit back and enjoy a few classic stories from the archives.
The Millvale monster
Back in 2015, we introduced you to Ben Thibodeau, a Brewer man who had taken up hunting three years earlier, but hadn’t had any success.
And then, his luck changed. Boy, did it change.
He shot a deer that locals had been seeing for years, and had taken to calling “The Millvale Monster.”
The deer had a unique and recognizable rack, with two large drop tines and a number of other points. Thibodeau called it an 18-pointer. His father-in-law and hunting partner said it had 19 points. Either way, it was impressive.
The Millvale Monster weighed 250 pounds, live weight, and dressed out at 197.8 pounds, including the heart.