Outdoors in Maine: Scouting some proposed hunting-related laws

Batten down the hatches, secure the anchor detail and dog down all doors, rig for heavy weather! The Maine State Legislature is back in session. The Legislative Documents (proposed laws) are working their way through the “democratic machinery” with a vengeance.

V. Paul Reynolds, Outdoors Columnist

The unanswerable question is always on our lips: Will these new laws actually improve our lives, or simply make things more complicated and life

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What new COVID-19 guidelines mean for Maine campers this summer

Considering camping in Maine this summer? The 2021 campground season is shaping up to be similar to last year. But if it’s been a bit since you last camped, you’ll likely notice a few changes.

According to state guidelines, campers should wear face coverings while in public settings and maintain 6 feet of physical distance in a shared space, and those from outside Maine must follow the Keep Maine Healthy

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Where to get out and get active during the long Maine winter, weather or not

Riding a fat-tire bike at Range Pond State Park in Poland is one way to get outside this winter. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Buy this Photo

The pandemic has been unable to shut down Maine’s great outdoors.

So as long as there is snow on the ground and temperatures cold enough to freeze water, you’ll be able to find something to do in the next couple of months. Not every winter

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Maine State Parks shatter visitor records for 2020

Despite a pandemic, limitations, and a shorter season, park attendance topped 3 million visitors in 2020.

MAINE, USA — Even with delayed openings and capacity and out-of-state travel limitations due to Covid-19, more than 3 million people visited Maine’s state parks last year.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (DACF) says 2020 broke all records for recreation visits. 

In all, 3,067,112 people visited Maine State Parks in 2020. 

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As stores reopened, these Maine shoppers played it safe

Billiann Dolby’s grandfather lost two young sisters in the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

That loss is in the back of her mind as she takes precautions to shop for her family, which ranges in age from 3 to 71 years old under the same roof. In a word, her approach is “mindful,” including wearing a mask, shopping when stores aren’t crowded and being the only one in her household to

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Answers to your questions about how climate change affects winter recreation in Maine

Maine has long been a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts who in winter have gone downhill skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing. But as climate change makes sub-freezing temperatures and sufficient snowpack less consistent, and as tourists seek out new kinds of experiences, traditional winter outdoor recreation businesses in Maine are having to adjust.

Some ski resorts have suffered through slow winters due to a relative lack of snow, while opportunities

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