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IFW Fishing Report For August 1, 2014
Warmer temperatures can impact fish feeding activity. If you are not catching many during the day, change your tactics and go fishing at night

IFW Seeks Comment On Proposed Changes To State Threatened And Endangered List

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking comments from the public on proposed additions and changes to the State of Maine Endangered and Threatened Species list.

26 percent Of Bear Hunters Were Successful In 2013

Over 10,888 hunters purchased a permit to hunt bear in Maine in 2013—the most bear hunters since 2009—but they harvested 2,845 bears.

Time To Apply For Your Any Deer Permit

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is now accepting applications for the 2014 Any Deer (Antlerless) Permit Lottery.

Moose Lottery Drawing Scheduled for 3:00 Saturday in Presque Isle

This Saturday, June 14, just over 3,000 hunters will find out if they will be taking part in what many call the “Hunt of a Lifetime.”

IFW Fishing Report For June 6, 2014

In southern Maine, anglers are still catching salmon, even though the calendar says June.

Free Fishing Days May 31 & June 1

The weekend is approaching and what better way to spend it than to go fishing – or take your children fishing!

Road Signs To Help Maine's Endangered Turtles

May through July in Maine is a critical period when Maine’s female turtles undertake risky overland forays to reach nesting areas. During this time, turtles often cross roads, sometimes with fatal consequences

Nuisance Bear Calls On The Increase This Time of Year

Nuisance bear complaints have already begun this spring, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding homeowners to remove potential bear attractants from their yard.

Fishing Report For May 2, 2014

Ice is gone in southern Maine, and the anglers are out.

2013 Deer Harvest Up 15% From Previous Year

Hunters during the 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15% over the 2012 harvest of 21,552 deer. The 2013 harvest is the third consecutive year the deer harvest has increased, reflective of a deer population that has grown since the back-to-back severe winters of 2008 and 2009.

The Maine Butterfly Survey Takes Flight for another Season
With at least 120 species, butterflies contribute a colorful component to Maine’s biological diversity. In addition to serving as delicate harbingers of spring, butterflies also play important ecological roles, both as pollinators of wildflowers and as prey to larger species, from dragonflies to migrant birds.

Turkey Season Starts Monday Throughout Much Of The State

Spring turkey season starts on Monday, April 28, and this year, hunters in Maine will have more opportunity than ever before with a longer hunting day and the chance to take two bearded turkeys in the spring on the same permit.

Snakes and Turtles at the Maine Wildlife Park

The Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray will host the first weekend event of the season on Saturday, May 3 from 11am to 2pm, featuring Snakes and Turtles!

Northern Maine Spring Turkey Season Suspended Due To Effects of Severe Winter

Due to the impact of this year’s severe winter in northern Maine, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and wildlife has suspended the spring wild turkey hunt in portions of northern Maine, specifically Wildlife Management Districts 1-6

Chickadee Checkoff Helps With Release Of Golden Eagle In Western Maine

A young Golden Eagle was released in northern Oxford County last week after 3 months of clinical care and rehabilitation at Avian Haven Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Freedom, Maine

Maine Wildlife Park Openning For 2014 Season

The Maine Wildlife Park, located on Route 26 in Gray, will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, April 19th at 9:30am – just in time for school vacation!

Ice Anglers Can Continue To Ice Fish After March 31

While many Mainers may be lamenting the length of this year’s winter, ice fisherman should be relieved to know that come April 1, the traditional start to Maine’s open water fishing season, you can still legally ice fish on many waterways throughout the state.

Deadline Approaching for Maine Moose Lottery

The deadline to apply for the Maine Moose Lottery is fast approaching, and hunters who want the chance to hunt moose in Maine need to mail or deliver their paper application by April 1, 2014

Fatal Snowmobile Crash in Hermon

Last evening (March 22, 2014) at 9:15 PM, Maine game wardens investigated a fatal snowmobile crash in the town of Hermon. Austin Gardiner, age 41, from Hampden, Maine died when the snowmobile he was operating struck several trees near the shoreline of Hermon Pond

IFW To Hold Informational Meetings about Eagle Lake and St. Froid Lake Fisheries

Anglers interested in learning more about the Eagle Lake and St. Froid Lake fisheries should make plans to attend the two public informational meetings that will focus on each lake

Fatal Snowmobile Crash in Dover-Foxcroft

At 0819am this morning, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a passerby of a possible snowmobile crash at the Piscataquis County Fairgrounds located in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.

Located: Greenville couple
The Maine Warden Service reports that Lloyd and Wendy Blanchard have been located alive. The couple stayed the night at Northern Outdoors Lodge in The Forks last evening

Missing Snowmobilers in Greenville

The Maine Warden Service is seeking your help in helping locate two missing snowmobilers. Missing are Lloyd M. Blanchard (46) and Wendy Blanchard (54) both from State Street in Brewer.

Fatal Snowmobile Crash in Farmington

The Maine Warden Service investigated a fatal snowmobile crash that occurred on a snowmobile trail in Farmington off the Holly Road. Richard Keith Horton, age 50, of Delran, New Jersey was snowmobiling with two friends when his machine struck a tree on the edge of the trail

Search in Porter

A search for a woman from Porter has ended. Lillian Larose, 67, from Bickford Pond Road in Porter left her residence at 11:00 this morning to go skiing near her home

Ice Fishing Report For February 1, 2014

January's mid-month thaw is but a memory and ice conditions are very good throughout the region. On Sebago, the big bay has set up several times, only to break up during the day when wind has picked up.

Radio-Collar Moose Research Project Begins

This morning, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife embarked on an intensive 5-year moose research project that will give department biologists an even greater understanding of the health of the Maine moose population, including such keys as adult and calf survival rates and reproductive rates.

Sinclair snowmobile accident

January 26, 2014: At approximately 0106 on the morning of Sunday, January 26, the State Police barracks in Houlton received a call reporting two snowmobilers had driven their snowmobiles into open water in Sinclair

Record Number Of Moose Hunters Successful For Second Year In A Row

The numbers are in from this fall’s moose hunt, and 2,971 moose hunters were successful last season in their quest for a moose. The Department issued 4,110 permits this past season, with 72% of the hunters successful

Ice Fishing Report For January 17, 2014

“Overall, it’s been pretty good. We are not seeing really high catches, but we are seeing good numbers of fish,” said Francis Brautigam, IFW Fisheries Biologist who said that due to the weather, numbers of anglers may be down, but the fishing isn’t.

Ice Fishing Preview For December 26, 2013

Welcome to the 2014 ice fishing season. We will be providing these reports to you every two weeks through winter into the beginning of March

Ice Conditions Still Questionable

The Maine Warden Service wants to remind everyone that because of the last two weeks of warm weather, ice conditions around the state can be uncertain, and to use caution

Free Snowmobile Weekend Slated for January 31-Feb. 2

Snowmobilers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will have a chance to get outside their own state and discover new trails for free during the Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend that will take place Jan. 31 thru February 2, 2014

2013 Deer Season Preview

Deer hunters are excited about the upcoming season, as deer numbers have rebounded from the back-to-back severe winters of 2008 and 2009. As a result, IFW wildlife biologists are expecting an increased deer harvest for the third straight year.

Search for Quebec man - Renald Poulin
Today, the Maine Warden Service organized another day of searching for Renald Poulin from Quebec. Today’s efforts turned up no clues that can be attributed to Poulin’s location.


The Maine Warden Service announces today that they have hired a new game warden pilot. Jeffrey Beach, age 42 form Fairfield, accepted the position of pilot this week.


Department Urges Caution, Safety Before Venturing On Ice

Small lakes and ponds are beginning to ice over, and some eager ice anglers are already catching fish through the ice. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife urges all ice anglers to check the ice before venturing out to fish during the early season, and to check the 2013 Open Water and Ice Fishing law book ( to comply with the regulations. Please visit for general ice thickness guidelines.

IFW Hunting Report for December 6, 2013
Region A wildlife staff has been busy throughout York, Cumberland and Oxford counties collecting scientific samples from harvested deer.

IFW Hunting Report for November 22, 2013

“We are at numbers that we usually have at the end of the season, all our registration stations are up in numbers,” says IFW wildlife biologist Scott Lindsay, who has seen a lot of deer and deer hunters as this 
  deer   season continues.

IFW Hunting Report for November 8, 2013

“Good weather so far, people are seeing a lot of deer, but not necessarily taking a deer, especially those with any deer permits,” said IFW Wildlife Biologist Scott Lindsay

Hunter Orange Still the Rule for 
Maine Deer Hunters
Maine hunters who take to the woods this fall are reminded that hunter orange clothing is still the rule when it comes to being safe in the outdoors. Hunter orange has been shown to be the most visible and effective color when it comes to identification in the outdoors.

Peregrine Falcon Set Free Along Kennebec River
A young male peregrine falcon returned to the wild today along the banks of the Kennebec River, thanks to the efforts of the Maine Warden Service, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and Avian Haven.

Reward Increased/
Eagle Killing
The Maine Warden Service was contacted this weekend by John Banks of the Penobscot Nation. Banks indicated that the Penobscot Nation is extremely concerned about Bald Eagles in the State of Maine

Landowner Appreciation Awards
2013 Landowner appreciation awards were handed out last night at a banquet and ceremony at the Augusta Civic Center. The awards, hosted for the 12th time by the Maine Snowmobile Association, honor landowners who make a significant contribution not only to snowmobile clubs, but also to the entire State of Maine.

IFW Opens Two New
Access Sites
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife opened two new boating access facilities recently, providing anglers and boaters with expanded recreational opportunities in northern and Downeast Maine.

IFW To Host Three Meetings Concerning
Kennebeck River Fisheries
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is hosting three public meetings that will focus on the current status, ongoing research, and future of the Kennebec River freshwater fisheries. The public is encouraged to attend and participate at these meetings in Bingham, Madison and Fairfield.

Turkey Season Starts October 3
Today marks the start of the upland bird season in much of the state, and this fall, turkey hunters have an expanded season that starts October 3 and can take up to two birds this fall season. Wild turkeys are a wildlife success story in Maine.

IFW Hunting Report for September 27, 2013
In the southern region of the state, hunters are gearing up for pheasant season. Pheasant season begins on October 1, and over 2,300 pheasants will be released at 22 different sites in York and Cumberland County.

Plum Creek Team Up To 
Restore Brook Trout Habitat
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is assisting Plum Creek in the brook trout habitat restoration of Intervale Brook, an important tributary of First Roach Pond in Frenchtown Township.

Meet game warden stars of 
North Woods Law at the Maine Wildlife Park this Saturday
Meet the Maine Game Wardens featured on the popular Animal Planet TV show North Woods Law at the Maine Wildlife Park, off Route 26 in Gray; on Saturday, September 28th, National Hunting and Fishing Day, from 9:30am – 11:30am and 1:00pm-3:00pm

Benton search continues
The Maine Warden Service continues their search in Benton for Arthur Wakeman. He is 86-years-old and left his residence Wednesday, September 11 located at 344 East Benton Road sometime between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. Wardens were notified that he was missing at 8:15 PM on the 11th. Arthur is wearing blue jeans and a plaid shirt and likely has his walking stick with him.

BENTON SEARCH - Maine Warden Service
The Maine Warden Service is currently involved in a search in Benton for Arthur Wakeman. He is 86-years-old and left his residence yesterday (September 11) at 344 East Benton Road sometime between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM

IFW Freshwater Fishing Report – September 6, 2013

Even though cooler temperatures have arrived, IFW Fisheries Biologist Francis Brautigam says that lake temps are still a bit on the warm side

Two MDIFW Projects Awarded Federal Funding
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that two department projects have been chosen to receive nearly $540,000 of federal funding as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s annual Competitive State Wildlife Grant (SWG) program.

Fall Education Programs at Maine Wildlife Park and Swan Island
Close to 2000 children took part in our popular wildlife and conservation education field trip programming this spring at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray; and Swan Island in the Kennebec River in Richmond. Both Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife education facilities offer unique perspectives about Maine wildlife, habitats and conservation

Three survive Schoodic Lake boating incident

Late yesterday afternoon at approximately 5 pm the Schoodic Lake region experienced a very heavy rain storm with high winds and lightning. During that storm, three people were out boating and their motorboat became filled with water and capsized.

MDIFW clarifies junior hunter/anterless deer law

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like to clarify a law having to do with junior hunters and anterless deer after the law was incorrectly reported in the media.

Fatal ATV incident - Carthage

Sunday evening (August 11) just after 8:00 pm, game wardens responded to Smith Road in Carthage regarding a fatal ATV incident. Tyla J. Thibodeau, age 15, from Carthage was staying with friends and was killed while operating a small, motorized, 2 wheel dirt bike/mini bike.

IFW Freshwater Fishing Report – August 8, 201
On Sebago Lake, fishing has started to pick up, according to IFW Fisheries Biologist Francis Brautigam, who notes that the weather feels more like late August than early August

Man Found Deceased - Jones Pond, Gouldsboro
Early yesterday evening (August 1, 2013) Jon Webber, 82, from Gouldsboro was located deceased by his wife Susan approximately 20 feet from shore on Jones Pond. Webber had gone out for a swim near his home on the north end of Jones Pond in Gouldsboro. His body was transported to the Medical Examiner’s office in Augusta for an autopsy.

Brookfield to Team with Professional Angler Joe Thomas for Free Water Safety and Fishing Clinic
Brookfield Renewable Energy Group recently announced that it is teaming with professional bass angler and Outdoor Channel series television host Joe Thomas to promote water safety. The first event in this national partnership will be a water safety and fishing clinic in The Forks. This free, family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Indian Pond Campground in The Forks, Maine

Search - Janet Post - Mount Desert Island 1
Maine game wardens are conducting a search for a missing woman on Mount Desert Island that began late yesterday. Janet Post, 81, from London England was last seen by two male cousins near their summer home at 5:45 late yesterday afternoon. The Maine Warden Service was called to respond at approximately 7:00 PM. She was last seen wearing a white sun hat, light colored shirt and blouse, and tan capris pants

Largay search update 4
The search continues for Geraldine Largay. Today there are approximately 130 searchers taking part in today’s search effort. Searchers include Maine game wardens, their ATV’s, K9’s, and aircraft, Maine forest rangers, *MASAR members including a horseback search team, US Border Patrol, and members of the Civil Air Patrol with their CAP helicopter

Fatal atv crash - Amherst, ME
On July 6, 2013 at approximately 7:20 PM, Kevin Clements (46) of Allen Road in Amherst (about 25 miles east of Orono) was operating a Polaris 6-wheel ATV near his residence. The machine rolled over and he became pinned under the machine

When dealing with young wildlife: If You Care, Leave Them There
As the weather continues to get warmer and more people are enjoying the outdoors, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding everyone to follow this motto when encountering wildlife, especially young animals: If you care, leave them there

Road Signs to Help Maine's endangered turtles
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy, is asking motorists in southern York County to be aware of rare turtles crossing area roads and watch for new road signs alerting motorists to turtle crossing areas

Boater recoverd
At approximately noon today, game wardens recovered the body of a boater from West Grand Lake. Vincent J. Bartolomeo, age 65, was recovered in 28 feet of water. Bartolomeo was ejected and went below the surface of the water as a result of the crash; he was not wearing a lifejacket. He had residences in both Old Orchard Beach and Concord, Massachusetts

West Grand Lake Boat Crash
Late yesterday afternoon, Maine Game Wardens were called to investigate a two-boat crash on West Grand Lake near the town of Grand Lake Stream. The two boats involved are a 16-foot Lund with a 40 hp. Honda and 14-foot open boat with an 8 hp. motor

Bodies recovered- Rangeley Lake
Today, at approximately 11:30 am, the bodies of Kenneth Henderson and John Spencer were recovered from Rangeley Lake by Warden Service Divers in approximately 60 feet of water

One Week Left To Apply For The moose permit lottery
Prospective moose hunters have just one more week to apply for the 2013 Maine Moose Permit Lottery

MDIFW Urging Beachgoers to Stay Away From piping plover nests
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is asking beachgoers to help protect piping plovers by staying away from their nests in southern Maine

Brook Trout Threatened by illegal bass stocking
Central Maine may now lose one of its few remaining high-quality brook trout waters to yet another illegal fish introduction.

Warden service awards
The Maine Warden Service held its annual awards ceremony today at the Winslow VFW. The Warden Service recognized both game wardens and other individuals for their work and dedication to the Department and State of Maine in 2012.

New game warden maor

Game Warden Captain Chris Cloutier was sworn in this morning as the new Game Warden Major for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Captain Cloutier holds a BS in Conservation Law Enforcement from Unity College.  He attended the First State Law Enforcement Basic School in 1995 and the Maine Warden Service Academy in 1996.  He has served as an Incident Commander for the Warden Service Incident Management Team and has been a Forensic Mapping Specialist for the Bureau.

Maine wildlife park opening for 2013 Season
The Maine Wildlife Park, located on Route 26 in Gray, will open for the 2013 season on Saturday, April 13th at 9:30amjust in time for school vacation! Even though there is still some snow on the ground, it’s a bit muddy, and our new bathroom building project is in full swing (and may temporarily disrupt some activities in the picnic area), the wildlife park will welcome visitors the second Saturday in April this year.


Deadline Approaching for moose permit lottery Paper Applications
The deadline for applying for the 2013 Maine Moose Permit Lottery is fast approaching, especially for those who plan to use a paper application.

Warden Service Holding fur tagging event on Saturday
On Saturday, March 23, the Maine Warden Service and the Northeast Trapping Supply store of Oakland will be holding a fur tagging event in Sidney.

Missing man found deceased by Game Wardens
Today, Maine game wardens assisted with search efforts for a missing man from Old Town. Troy Crawford, age 41, had been missing since Wednesday, March 13. Crawford’s vehicle was found by Down East Emergency Medical Institute (DEEMI) earlier today near Nicatous Maine. Search efforts were then concentrated in that area.

Fatal snowmobile crash
At approximately 12:30 this afternoon, the Maine Warden Service was notified of a serious snowmobile crash which occurred on ITS 85 in T6 R7 WELS in northern Penobscot County. Wayne Nickerson, age 64, from Yarmouth, Maine, collided with a tree. Nickerson was pronounced dead at the scene when wardens and EMS arrived.

Nicholas Joy located- Sugarloaf
The Maine Warden Service reports that Nicholas Joy, age 17, from Medford, Massachusetts has been located.

Teen Skier Missing - Sugarloaf Mountain
Nicholas Joy, age 17, from Medford Massachusetts, was last seen Sunday March 3 at 12:40 PM on the Sugarloaf Mountain Timberline Chairlift by his father. He and his father had been skiing together all morning. The Maine Warden Service has resources searching the mountain to include the back side of the mountain.

Rangley lake recovery
This week, Maine game wardens continued with recovery efforts for three snowmobilers missing since December 30, 2012. Kenneth Henderson age 40 from China, Glen Henderson age 43 from Sabattus, and John Spencer age 41 from Litchfield are presumed to be in the lake.

Supporting Public Access Through New Outdoor Partners Program
The endless outdoor recreational opportunities that can be found all across Maine would not be possible without the state’s many landowners who allow public access on their land.

Rangely Lake Recovery Efforts - Press Conference
Wednesday, February 27, the Maine Warden Service has scheduled a press conference to include both video and photographing opportunities of recovery efforts. Attending media representatives will be given information on our latest recovery efforts and the opportunity to view the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) used to search below the ice. Maine game warden divers will also be on standby in the event the ROV detects one or all of the three missing snowmobilers believed to be in the lake. Water depths in the search area are a minimum of 100 feet deep.

Johnson Mt. Twp. snowmobile crash

On 02/22/13 at approximately 1830 hours Game Wardens were dispatched to a serious injury snowmobile crash in Johnson Mt Twp. Robin Lowell (56) of Freeport, Maine was operating a Skidoo snowmobile on ITS 87 when he went off the trail on a corner and struck multiple trees. Lowell was transported by Jackman Fire and Rescue to Jackman Region Health Center and then taken to CMMC by LifeFlight. Lowell is in critical condition with rib and arm injuries.

Turner Man Sentenced for wildlife crimes

Everett “Tyler” Leonard, 33, of Turner was sentenced yesterday in Androscoggin County Superior Court for his role in killing deer illegally during the fall of 2010.

Obituary - Major Gregory Sanborn

Gregory W. Sanborn, Gregg was born on November 11, 1965, in Bridgton, Maine, the son of Harold and Blanche (Woods) Sanborn. He graduated from Fryeburg Academy with the class of 1984 and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine in 1988. He taught industrial arts at Valley High School in Bingham and Molly Ockett Middle school in Fryeburg.

Lynx and Turtles and Birds, oh my!
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has the responsibility of conserving all of Maine’s wildlife for current and future generations.  Funding for the management of game species such as deer, turkey, bear, and ducks has come from hunting revenues since the 1930s.  Funding for lesser known nongame species (animals that are not hunted or trapped) has been difficult to find, even though these species comprise the vast majority of Maine’s diverse wildlife heritage.

CAUTION: Maine ice conditions
Following a very busy weekend, the Maine Warden Service reminds people who recreate on the ice to use extreme caution and good judgment. Game wardens responded to eight different incidents over the weekend that included both people and motor vehicles going through the ice. Fortunately, everyone involved in the incidents below survived.

Snowmobiler Drives Into St John River - St Francis
At approximately 7:00 PM last evening, game wardens responded to a report of two snowmobiles that had gone through the ice on the St. John River in St. Francis. Information indicated one of the subjects was still in the water. Several citizen volunteers and members of the St. Francis Fire Department were assisting on scene. Travis Albert, 28 from St. Francis, was pulled to safety by citizen volunteers as game wardens arrived.

Maine game warden Honored by Air National Guard
Maine Game Warden Scott Osgood has been named Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for the Maine Air National Guard.

Game Wardens Respond to weekend snowmobile crashes

The Maine Warden Service reminds all snowmobilers to be especially careful when driving at night-time. Operating at high speeds does not allow for proper reaction time or braking. High speed driving places operators in danger of driving beyond the effectiveness of headlights.

Wales Hunting Related Shooting Incident - Christopher Austin indicted

Yesterday, an Androscoggin County Grand Jury indicted Christopher Austin, age 41, from Wales, on two separate charges stemming from a November 20 hunting related shooting incident that killed Gerard Parent, also from Wales. Maine Game Wardens arrested Austin this morning without incident and he was brought to the Androscoggin County jail. The Grand Jury indicted Austin on one count of Class A - MANSLAUGHTER and one count of Class E - SHOOTING TOO CLOSE TO A DWELLING. Christopher Austin is scheduled to appear before Androscoggin Superior Court tomorrow morning at 8:30.

Rangely Lake Recovery Effort Update
We are monitoring the ice conditions daily on Rangeley Lake. As of this morning, ice remains frozen where recovery efforts took place last week. If the lake opens up a large enough open water area near where we believe the snowmobiles are located, the Maine Warden Service will once again consider the possibility of using sonar and watercraft.

Rangley lake recovery
Today, the Maine Warden Service reports the open water that was present early this week on Rangeley Lake has now frozen over.

New fishing regulations Approved by Advisory Council
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council approved several new fishing regulation proposals during the December Advisory Council meeting.  Several of these new regulations take effect for this ice fishing season.


Rangely recovery Update

 Today, the Maine Warden Service began recovery operations for the three missing snowmobilers presumed to be in Rangeley Lake. After early morning winds subsided, airboats were able to tow Warden Service watercraft across the ice to open water. The open water is approximately ½ mile from shore in front of the Rangeley public boat launch.


 Search/recovery efforts -snowmobiling stats
Tomorrow morning, the Maine Warden Service plans to begin search and recovery efforts for the three missing snowmobilers believed to be in Rangeley Lake. Due to strong winds and very cold temperatures, recovery efforts have been on hold.


Non State Employee: Shooting range Access Program Coordinator

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking a Shooting Range Access Program Coordinator to work part-time on a contract basis to plan, develop and implement shooting range access improvements and developments throughout the State of Maine.

Missing snowmobielrs/Rangeley
The Maine Warden Service is reporting that search efforts on Rangeley Lake for the three missing snowmobilers will be suspended due to weather. Strong winds have created white caps accompanied by temperatures near 20 degrees. Weather assessments will take place throughout the day for the possibility of resuming search efforts utilizing airboats, aircraft, and side scan sonar.


Snowmobile Through Ice/missing snowmobilers - Western Maine

At approximately 7:00 PM last evening, game wardens responded to Rangeley Lake to investigate a call of a snowmobile through the ice.

Reminder to Take safety precautions
 When Around Ice
With bodies of water beginning to ice over, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Warden Service would like to remind ice anglers and others who enjoy outdoor winter activities of the importance of safety when around ice.

MDIF&W 2013 birder bands Now Available
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is excited to announce the release of the 2013 Birder Bands, which are a great way to support the Department’s non-game and endangered species programs.

Oxford man dies As a Result of Falling Through Thin Ice
The Maine Warden Service is investigating an incident involving a man who died when he fell through the ice while checking his beaver traps. At approximately 2:30 this afternoon, 17-year-old Joshua Wardwell from Oxford, Maine was checking beaver traps on Chapman Pond located off the North Town Farm Road in Oxford when he fell through the ice.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman – winter skills weekend
Don’t let cabin fever get the best of you this winter! Join us for the 2013 Becoming an Outdoors Woman Winter Skills Weekend and learn how great the Maine outdoors can be during the colder months.

MDIFW Reminds Hunters of the importance of safety
With the end of deer season coming on Saturday, Nov. 24, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wants to remind hunters about the importance of being safe in the woods.

Update: Wardens Investigate a Hunting Related Shooting in Wales
At 4:19 yesterday afternoon, game wardens were called to investigate a hunting related shooting incident. The incident took place off the East Road in Wales. Two males were hunting deer independently of one another. They were in area located between East Road and Route 126. The investigation revealed a 41 year-old male fatally shot a 49 year-old male, both from Wales.

Wardens Investigate a hunting related shooting in Wales
At 4:19 Tuesday afternoon, game wardens were called to investigate a hunting related shooting incident. The incident took place off the East Road in Wales. Two males were hunting deer independently of one another.

Hunter shoots self in Foot in Mercer
At approximately 12:30 pm on Saturday, November 17, Andrew Knight, 37, from Rome, Maine was the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the left foot while hunting. Knight stated that he was hunting with his father Kenneth Knight and a female junior hunter (both from Rome) off from the Rome Road in Mercer.

Sale of New HERON sticker Will Fuel 2015 Aerial Survey
The Heron Observation Network of Maine (HERON) is partnering with Burly Bird, a Maine-based conservation sticker company, to help raise funds for an important statewide aerial survey for nesting great blue herons.

Weekend ATV incident
On Sunday, Maine Game Wardens located an ATV rider who had not returned home due to an unexpected overnight stay in the woods. On Saturday May 12 at 4:00 PM, David Flaherty, age 38 from 158 Jordan Springs Road in Alfred, drove his ATV on trails to visit a friend named Jack King who lived on North Berwick Road in Lyman. Jenevieve Flaherty, Flaherty’s mother, became concerned when her son did not return home that evening. She called the York County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 9:00 PM. Warden Service was notified at 12:10 AM early Sunday morning to assist in the search

Missing 8 yer old boy Located
Eight-year-old Adam Bennoch was located at 1:30 AM this morning in a remote area of Prospect after being separated from his father during a fishing trip yesterday afternoon. The Maine Warden Service was notified by Waldo County Sheriff’s office of the missing 8 year old at 7:30 PM last night. Adam Bennoch was fishing with his father Jeremy Bennoch, both from Bucksport Maine, when they became separated from each other while fishing.

Search last evening Locates a Mother and Her Two Children
Last evening at 8:00 PM, the Maine Warden Service received notice that Kristina Ivey, age 42, and her two children ages 9 and 14 were lost in the woods in Argyle Township. Ivey had gone for a walk with her children in the woods behind their residence and had become lost after leaving a trail. As darkness approached and with no flashlight to guide their way, she called for assistance.  Warden’s Jim Fahey, Shannon Fish, Paul Farrington as well as Sergeant Alan Gillis responded to the scene

Turkey hunting incident
At 9:45 AM, a man from Standish was seriously injured as a result of a turkey hunting incident while hunting with his son. Joseph Kennedy, age 61, from Deerfield Circle in Standish was hunting off from Anderson Road in Windham with his son Kevin Kennedy, age 29, from Elmwood Avenue in Westbrook

Migratory Bird Day at the Maine wildlife park
On Saturday May 12th from 11am – 2pm, join Steve Oliveri, Assistant Superintendent of the Maine Wildlife Park on Route 26 in Gray, to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

Body Recovered of Missing Boater - Blake Lake
At 9:50 AM, game warden divers recovered the body of Ronald Toussaint, age 57, of Eagle Lake. Toussaint was recovered in 14 feet of water from Blake Lake. Jason Dube, age 37, also from Eagle Lake was fishing with Toussaint when their 12-foot boat with outboard motor capsized. Dube was able to swim to shore but Toussaint did not make it. According to witnesses, the men had life jackets in their boat but hey were not wearing them. Both the victim and Dube were experienced boaters. Blake Lake is located east of Eagle Lake in T16 R6.

Missing teenager Stockton Springs
Adam Powell, age 16, date of birth 07-22-1995 has been missing from 99 Harris Road in Stockton Spring since 6:30 PM March 24

Missing 5 Year Old girl located
A five-year-old girl missing in the woods in the town of St. Albans has been located by Maine Game Wardens and Maine State Police Troopers.   Morgan Lawler and a family dog went missing behind the family’s residence at 158 Bubar Road in St. Albans at approximately 9:30 AM this morning.

Two person snowmobile crash One Injured, One Charged with OUI
Late yesterday afternoon, at 4:30PM, two men operating snowmobiles on Big Wood Lake collided, seriously injuring one of them. Robert Verge, age 62 from Scarborough, sustained head injuries and was taken to the Jackman Health Center, stabilized, and transported to EMMC in Bangor by ambulance. His companion, Lawrence Salamone, age 61 from Gorham was not injured but was charged with OUI on a snowmobile.

Micah Thomas Located Alive by Searchers
March 15, 2012: 12-year-old Micah Thomas was located alive but cold this afternoon by searchers along the Eastern River. The search began on the east side of the Eastern River but ended on the west shore after Thomas crossed the river over night. Thomas told authorities he did not hear searchers or airplanes until this morning when he began hollering

Report of missing child in Dresden
Micah Thomas, age 12, date of birth 08/27/1999, has been reported missing from Dresden, Maine

Promotion of Sergeant Jason Luce
The Maine Warden Service is pleased to announce the promotion of Jason Luce of Sebago to the position of Game Warden Sergeant.

Remote snowmobile crash with Injuries
On the morning of March 8, a group of six snowmobilers from Massachusetts and Connecticut departed Jackman, Maine. The group was travelling East on snowmobile trail Route 66 - also known as the Brassua 2 Road in Thorndike Township. This well traveled groomed snowmobile trail connects the Jackman and Rockwood regions.

Fatal snowmobile accident This Weekend
The Maine Warden Service investigated a fatal snowmobile crash in Appleton over the weekend. The crash occurred in a field off the West Appleton Road at approximately 11:27 PM on Saturday night March 3. Jan M. Richardson of Rockport, age 43, was visiting friends in Appleton with her son, Josh Berry (20), also of Rockport and her husband, Rodney Berry

Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby POSTPONED
Following the recommendations of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby Board of Directors has decided to postpone the Crystal Lake Ice Fishing Derby and Kid's Derby on Saturday January 28, 2012 to the date of Saturday, February 25, 2012. The event is postponed due to concerns for the public’s safety regarding ice conditions

Free Ice Fishing Class Offered at Lebanon Recreation Department in January
Are you a lover of cold weather? Are you looking for a new outdoor activity for those long winter months? How about ice fishing! The Lebanon Recreation Department and instructors from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program will be presenting a three-session program in Lebanon on Tuesdays, January 17 and 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

New 2012 Birder Bands Available From MDIFW
For the fourth consecutive year, birders across the state will have the opportunity to support non-game and endangered species conservation with the purchase of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Maine Birder Band.

MDIFW Reminds Hunters Of Transport Law
Are you hunting out of state? Maine hunters should know the regulations surrounding bringing harvested deer, elk, moose or caribou back into the state of Maine

Statement From Maine Warden Service Colonel Joel Wilkinson
Colonel Joel Wilkinson released the following statement this morning to address the shooting incident that took place in Rumford yesterday, and resulted in the death of Eric Richard, age 46, of Rumford

Hunter Education Instructors Recognized For Service
Three of Maine’s longest-tenured hunter education instructors were recognized by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for their efforts recently at a safety course held at Gorham Middle School

Public Invited To Provide Feedback On Proposed Fishing Regulations
With more than 200 proposed changes to Maine’s current fishing regulations, the public is invited to provide feedback during upcoming public hearings across the state

2011 Deer Hunt Focuses On Species' Growth
With the start of the statewide white-tailed deer season just days away, Maine hunters are reminded that recovering our state’s deer population is this year’s top priority

Landowners Recognized At Landowners/Land Users Banquet
Nearly one dozen corporate and private landowners across the state were honored last week as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Maine Snowmobile Association recognized their efforts during the annual Landowner/Land User Recognition Banquet.

Mark Latti Named New Landowner Relations Coordinator
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that Mark Latti has been named the Department’s new Recreational Access and Landowner Relations Coordinator.

New Law Prohibits Future Ownership Of Wolf Hybrids In Maine
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Department of Agriculture are reminding owners that there are new laws in place regarding the possession of wolf hybrids

Commissioner Woodcock Presents Governor LePage With New Hunting Booklet
Commissioner Chandler Woodcock, on behalf of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, presented Governor Paul LePage with a copy of the new Maine Hunting and Trapping Booklet Wednesday morning in the Governor’s office.

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