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The Maine Sportsman’s November, 2015 Issue

Deer, Deer and More Deer!

A massive 10-point buck stares out from the front cover. That’s your clue – it’s the November 2015 issue of The Maine Sportsman, and whitetail is king.TMS_Nov_2015 1

• The subject of Tom Seymour’s monthly “Maine Wildlife” piece? White-tailed deer.

• Joe Saltalamachia’s “Big Game” topic? How patience earned him a 216-pound, 10-pointer last season.

• Jim Andrews’ “Self-propelled” column? It describes how to hunt deer from a canoe.

Are you sensing a pattern here?

This is also the time of year when folks uncover snowmobiles – or shop for a newer model. In the “Snowmobiling in Maine” special feature, Cathy Genthner focuses on safety, and what to take along ­– on- or off-trail ­– to be prepared if a sled stops working miles from home. And Steve Vose celebrates a recent purchase – a “new” (to him) vintage 1972 Ski-Doo TNT 440.

Our “Young Maine Sportsman” page contains a great story written by 12-year old Tucker Desmarais about his first successful wood duck hunt. Don’t forget to check out the kid-friendly jokes!

And then – it’s back to deer! Chris Johnson describes the challenges of hunting whitetails with a crossbow. Don Eno’s “Allagash” column retells humorous and poignant stories from deer camp. Ethan Emerson’s “New Hampshire” offering unlocks the secrets of tracking bucks, which resulted in a 7-pointer for him last season and an 8-pointer for his dad, Brian. The “Washington County” report describes the use of ground blinds for deer, and William Sheldon shares his tracking and ground-blind secrets in the “Jackman” and “Katahdin” regional columns.

To keep things interesting, other writers offer different topics – King Montgomery describes how to catch sunfish, perch and crappie; Jon Lund tells why bigger is not always better when it comes to young people and hard-kicking rifle calibers; Ron Joseph checks in with interesting and often humorous stories from the tagging station; and the “Midcoast Report” tells how to catch harbor pollock. Bill Graves touches on what happened when a moose appeared in his field on the last day of the season one year, and Miss Maine Sportsman finalist Jennifer Beal of Spring River Lake gets her moment in the spotlight this month.

All this, plus trapping, biking, saltwater fishing and much more, as well as our third annual target contest, make this just the right issue of The Maine Sportsman to bring with you “upta camp” this month!

Here’s hoping you and your crew all have deer hanging from the game pole by Thanksgiving.

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About Alexander Theberge

Alex is the former creative director of The Maine Sportsman. An avid fisherman and professional photographer he enjoys everything about the outdoors.
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