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Beaver Damage in the Woodlot

Beaver Damage in the Woodlot

Beaver Damage Beaver damage – a problem that creates beauty. Now what do we do? We had a surprise, unwelcome discovery in the woodlot late in the summer. Steve discovered a beaver lodge and bog a few hundred yards from the house. It looks like I need to spend more time poking around in the woodlot to see what’s happening out there. Beaver damage can happen fast and I don’t want the little buggers to get any further ahead of…

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Young Bull Moose on an Afternoon Stroll

Young Bull Moose on an Afternoon Stroll

Young Bull Moose A young bull moose visits the food plot on his way to somewhere more interesting. He’s been here night and day, always coming into and leaving the food plot in the same directions. On Tuesday he swung a left at the Y and walked past another camera. We’re game camera junkies. They’re all over the place. Living with wildlife is never dull and usually a joy. I’d like to see this little guy so I’m thinking of…

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Deer Blowing, Skunk Waddling, No Bear

Deer Blowing, Skunk Waddling, No Bear

Deer Blowing It was a good day to be seated in a mini chair behind the pile of trees I use as a ground blind. After sitting in the rain at two sites on Wednesday my boots were soaking wet, and I’d forgotten to dry them in the sun and breeze. A middle-aged brain cramp left me sitting in the shade, in a breeze, with cold, wet feet. Cold feet make the rest of me cold. You’d think I’d learn….

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Catch a Snapping Turtle Using Only Two Tools

Catch a Snapping Turtle Using Only Two Tools

Taylor caught a small snapping turtle in the pond while fishing one early summer day in 2000. She reeled him in but half way up the steep bank, he got away. He was small, maybe 5″ from one end of his shell to the other. We threw lines out for him the entire summer but didn’t see him again until the following year. We wondered how to catch a snapping turtle but didn’t put much effort into the task at…

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Snowshoe Hare Kits

Snowshoe Hare Kits

Snowshoe Hare Kits Last week, in the midst of our quest to add beauty to the homestead, Steve backed the bush hog under a clump of wild apple, pine, spruce and black cherry trees. Ava and Zoey followed their noses to a young porcupine two days earlier, and Zoey came out with quills in her nose, lip and mouth. We got them out but don’t think ZoMonster knows what happened since it was dark, and that she’ll do it again….

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Preventing Nuisance Black Bear Problems

Preventing Nuisance Black Bear Problems

Preventing Nuisance Bear Problems There’s a rogue bear on the loose, being a pain in the backside, and scaring people. It’s probably a yearling that’s been through family separation and doesn’t quite know what to do with itself yet. Sows drive their yearlings away, sometimes violently, to prevent them from being killed by boars during mating season. If the youngsters haven’t mastered finding food they can become problems. Others can find food just fine but take advantage of easy opportunities….

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Hit a Bear? Please Call for Help!

Hit a Bear? Please Call for Help!

Hit a Bear? PSA. Attention please. :/ If you hit a bear please don’t assume it’s okay because it got up and ran. You seldom ever, or maybe never, have seen a dead bear on the side of the road in Maine. They have hard bones but their internal organs are still soft. If you hit a bear, please, please call the warden or police. You might be nothing more than shaken up and your vehicle might be just fine,…

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American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle

American Bald Eagle A sneak peak at an upcoming blog. Look at this American Bald Eagle….or is it eagles? This happened today near our home. I remind myself often that there are people who would have the thrill of a lifetime if they saw one bald eagle once. Today we saw two, up close and personal. We interacted with these huge, powerful birds on a level most people never will. Incredible. I don’t know how many times I said “I…

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Whistle-Pig, Groundhog, Woodchuck

Whistle-Pig, Groundhog, Woodchuck

Whistle-Pig, Groundhog, Woodchuck We were driving from on unsuccessful turkey spot to the next when something dark, short, long and flat crossed the road in front of us. “Baby fisher? no… Huge mink? no…” When we were close enough to see it well he accommodated us by crossing the road again. A Whistle-pig (Marmota monax), more commonly known as ground hog and woodchuck! He disappeared into a tall, hollow, dying tree. Of course I got out for photos but had…

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Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls

Great Horned Owls What was supposed to be an early morning turkey hunt with Peter turned into sleeping in thanks to or because of, depending on how I felt at the moment, pour rain, and hunting later. Hunting later turned into hilarity between Steve and I and a Saturday wildlife drive. Oh we saw turkeys…two hens. By then we’d given up setting up decoys and yelping. We were driving with hopes of seeing a tom somewhere. Anywhere. Didn’t happen. We…

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