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Dave McCullough


This past weekend we spent a few days in Grand Lake Stream talking with friends and neighbors. The back roads will be closed until about the 15th of May. I heard several stories of people deciding they could go past the closed road signs and ended up getting stuck. One story was a person who came in from the Route 6 end of the Amazon Road, got stuck and was told that the car would have to stay until the road was open for traffic. We are fortunate that we have access to the roads that are maintained by the property owners. It would certainly be fair to have road violators pay for a few hours of a grader to fix the damage. Be sure and respect their signs! The Bonny Brook Road, which is maintained by the camp owners, has been holding up fairly well this spring. As of April 29th there was still a fair amount of snow along the edges. 

Another highlight is the excellent work being performed by Mike Remillard as he maintains the recycling disposal area. The guidelines that need to be followed are well enforced in a friendly and firm way. Thanks Mike for your work. Now open on Wednesday also.

Downeast Lakes Land Trust thanks retired Maine Game Warden John Ford for an excellent presentation last week on his new book, Deer Diaries.  His stories had the crowd laughing most of the night!  Thank you John!  Be sure and check out the other books he has written.

Ice out is here!  The ice went out of Big Lake on April 24th, and West Grand Lake followed suit on April 28th.  

While having a meal at the Pine Tree Store I had the opportunity to meet the new owner of Grand  Lake Lodge, Morgan Rosenberg. His mom grew up in Grand Lake Stream and she is the daughter of Florence Wallace. Morgan will provide more detailed info for next week’s column.

Here are the results of the 2017 moose hunt harvest. With 2,080 moose permits issued, 1,518 hunters were successful in getting their moose. Hunter success rates varied throughout different regions of the state with over 80 percent of the hunters getting moose in Wildlife Management Districts 1-3 and 5 and 6 in Aroostook County. For success rates in all Wildlife Management Districts and in each season, please visit the 2017 Maine Moose Harvest Summary.

Moose tend to travel less and spend more time in cover when it’s hot. Hunter effort also declines. The 73% success rate for hunters is consistent with the 71% success rate for moose hunters over the past five years. Success rate for turkey hunters generally is over 30%, bear hunters in Maine are successful 25% of the time and deer hunters in Maine are successful 15-20% of the time. 

Maine’s moose season is split into three segments with six-day seasons in September and October. Temperatures were above 80 degrees on the first few days of the season in September, and some warmer weather in the 70s prevailed during the early part of the October season.

 Wildlife Biologist Lee Kantar reports that high success rates for moose hunters in northern Maine are consistent with what he is seeing with our moose survival study. Adult survival rates are consistently high in our study areas, and calf survival rates are higher in our northern Maine study area compared to our western Maine study area. Applications for the 2018 Maine Moose Permit Lottery are now being accepted online. To apply, visit The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2018.

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Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough; contact by 207-712-8294 or