Your Maine Lands: Reflections of a Maine Guide


On behalf of Maine's Department of Conservation, a master Maine guide introduces the free amenities of the nearly one million acres of Maine's public lands, including hunting and fishing, with advice on how to prepare for a visit to the North Maine Woods.

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On behalf of Maine's Department of Conservation, a master Maine guide introduces the free amenities of the nearly one million acres of Maine's public lands, including hunting and fishing, with advice on how to prepare for a visit to the North Maine Woods.

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"I am gliding on my snowmobile in a frozen forest of ash, oak, and maple. In the distance, I can see something few riders ever get to see from their skidoos. The boundless Atlantic Ocean. Stretching out as far as the eye can see." Maine guide and columnist Tom Hanrahan knows the contours of the state intimately, having explored its hidden beauty for decades. Your Maine Lands, published under the auspices of the state's Department of Conservation, immerses residents and visitors in landscapes and seascapes unlike any others.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882190911
  • Publisher: Polar Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 10/27/2008
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Hanrahan is one of Maine's most renowned outdoors writers. Each year he spends more than 150 days in the field. He has written for Outside magazine and is a regular columnist for Maine's Northwoods Sporting Journal. Hanrahan is a graduate of Princeton University and formerly worked for the New York Daily News. The New York Press Association, the Maine Press Association, and the Maine Association of Broadcasters have honored his work.

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Chapter 1. Going Public

When Patrick McGowan first approached me to write something about Maine's public lands, I was surprised to discover how little I knew of the nearly one million acres. In an era when every day something new is reported regarding development of the great North Maine Woods, it was fascinating to learn there was this much protected land.

I remember my first thought about public land. I was staying at a remote camp owned by Matt Libby and passed a public preserve named Telos. "I should check that out because that might be my future hunting ground," I said to myself.

In the summer of 2007, I started traveling about the state visiting public lands, and I was genuinely surprised how little I knew about the diverse nature of these properties.

First of all, Maine is BIG. I've driven thousands of miles discovering this "secret" part of Maine, and one could make an avocation of visiting all these places. On your gazetteer there are checked blue lines to indicate a public preserve and once you start paying attention, they spring out from the page.

Every one for your use, free of charge.

I made it a point to ask my friends and fellow guides if they had visited or hunted or fished these lands, and few knew the extent of these public places. And when I did find people who knew about these special sites, they begged me not to write about them!

That should tell you something.

From Deboullie to Nahmakanta to Cutler Coast, Scraggly Lake to Duck Lake and the Unknowns, Maine provides a diverse offering of public lands. Just about any recreational activity you can think of is available and few activities are not allowed. You can hunt and fish and tent and hike and canoe and go bird watching. You can take your ATV or snowmobile and ride.

So enjoy!

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Table of Contents

Special Places
1 Going Public
2 On Being Alone
3 Ocean View Snowmobiling
4 On Hunting
5 The Famous Maine Moose
6 Bear Hunt
7 Dogs
8 Tracking Bobcats Downeast
9 Goshawk Strike
10 Shed Hunt
11 On Pa'tridge
12 Allagash Lake
13 The Right Firearms
14 Preparedness
15 Legend of the North Maine Woods
16 Fish on the Fly
17 Spring at Deboullie
18 Downeast
19 Staying Found
20 Nahmakanta
21 Extreme Cold
22 Lists and More Lists
23 Snowshoes
24 Foul Weather
25 Falling
26 On Reading and TV
27 Scrapes and Other Important Matters
28 Woods Church
29 Hunt Telos Forever
30 Spring Arrives

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  • Posted November 15, 2010

    A beautiful book!

    Amazing places to go to see the "real" Maine, not just the coast and southern beaches. There are so few wild places left on the east coast, and this book takes you into the great Maine woods. Reading it is like taking a peaceful, beautiful, and wild vacation without leaving the house (but do go and visit the places so wonderfully described in the book!). The illustrations are beautiful, and it is easy to read. I could vividly "see" the places being described. A must for all Maine lovers!

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