It’s All About the White-Tailed Deer!
Maine’s regular firearms season for deer is our state’s Mardi Gras, Super Bowl and Lollapalooza all in one – an event that draws sportsmen and -women from far away to share our woods and our heritage.
For November, The Maine Sportsman is proud to present its annual Whitetail Issue, with contributions from Big Woods Bucks’ Logan Rackliff (“Becoming a Tracker,” p. 26), Joe Saltalamachia (“Holding Out for that Big Buck,” p. 27), Steve Carpenteri (“Ground Blinds for Deer,” p. 20) and many more, including Kyle Graffam, age 15, an award-winner in the 2019 Sportsman youth writing contest, with the story of his 4-point buck, in “First Time Out,” p. 29.
We explore how luck plays a role in success (Ethan Emerson’s “The Lucky Tree,” p. 72), getting yourself and your gear ready for the hunt (William Clunie’s “Preparation for Deer Season,” p. 65) and bruiser bucks in the Jackman Region (William Sheldon, p. 45).
So here’s hoping you are able to respond in the affirmative when someone asks: “Get your deer yet?”
With all that deer content, we must not have room for anything else, right? Wrong! We’ve got two pieces on snowmobiles (pages 30 and 32), as well as covering ATVs (p. 54), bear trapping (p. 59), and the Maine Guide test (p. 58).
The Maine Sportsman’s partner in producing the State of Maine Sportsman’s Show (put it in your calendar now – March 27, 28 and 29, 2020; Augusta Civic Center) is Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM), and this month marks the premier of SAM executive director David Trahan’s timely feature, “Legislative Update” (p. 16). Dave will keep us informed as the Legislature and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife make critical decisions affecting hunters and anglers.
We hope you enjoy reading the November issue as much as our columnists, editorial and production staff enjoyed assembling it.
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Will Lund, editor