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Dave McCullough

 

One of the great joys of April is anticipating warmer weather, and to add to this hopeful thought is that loons have now been sighted by several local folks. The stream is now open for fishing and the committed and brave of heart are in the stream creating stories to bring to the liar’s bench at The Pine Tree Store.  This is followed by ice out day and now the summer’s work for the great team of guides from Grand Lake Stream is underway!!

After a second try on Long Lake in Sinclair, Maine, the locals were able to create the world’s largest ice carousel.  It has a diameter of 426.5’requiring four outboard motors to turn it. This now passes the previous record recorded in Finland. Congratulations to all the great volunteers in Sinclair who made this happen!!  In case you may not be aware of what this event is, Google search ice carousels and view the pictures.

“A Message from your  ATV Trail Master: Mud season is here once again. This is the time when we are requested to avoid the use of the soft back-country roads and reminded that it is very costly for land owners to repair ruts and other damage to their property. A few weeks of restraint is a small price to pay for the privilege of free access during the rest of the year. Let’s protect this privilege!  Please be advised that Little River Road and Crossover Road are closed to all traffic until further notice by Wagner Forrest Management”.

From Al LaPlante -Trail Master, GLS ATV Club: “ATV riders are reminded that all Maine ATV trails are closed until May 15 or until landowners have determined that they are dry enough for use. Please respect this closure. Ruts ruin trails for everyone and are costly for clubs to repair.” 

Why hunt for moose in Maine? Maine’s moose population is the largest of all the lower 48 states, estimated at 60-70,000 animals. This presents an incredible hunting opportunity for those lucky enough to win a Maine moose permit. And the appeal is no secret — every year, the Maine moose hunt is among the most coveted in the nation, with an average of 50,000 applications for the 2,000 to 3,000 moose permits typically issued. Whether you’re walking/stalking in the woods, using a ground blind/tree stand or plying the waterways, the natural beauty of the Maine wilderness makes each moose hunt a worthwhile pursuit — even when you don’t tag out. That said, your chances are strong. Success rates for permit holders over the past 10 years have been over 70 percent. Every year, among those success stories are several moose exceeding 1,000 lbs. dressed weight; and trophy racks are not uncommon.

 To hunt for moose in Maine, you will need a permit; and due to high demand, these permits are administered through a chance lottery. Apply Online: visit to maine.gov/online/moose.

On Thursday, April 26th, Downeast Lakes Land Trust is pleased to welcome back retired Maine game warden John Ford as he presents his latest book, “Deer Diaries: Tales of a Maine Game Warden.”  “Deer Diaries” is Ford’s third book, recalling the many adventures he experienced on the job.  Written in short story format, John is a very entertaining storyteller with a flair for classic Downeast humor.  The presentation will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grand Lake Stream School Building.  For more information, please call DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100, or email cbrown@downeastlakes.org.

Your humble correspondent, Dave McCullough, 207-712-8294 or dmccull1@maine.rr.com