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Wayne Wilson of Old Orchard Beach captured video of two bucks sparring in Scarborough earlier this week. Peak breeding time for deer, or the rut as it is more commonly known to hunters, generally begins the third week of November in Maine. Since female deer only come into heat for a short period of time, generally 24-36 hours, bucks will compete for that doe by sparring. These sparring sessions are generally short, and often the object of their affections, the doe is watching. Once the dominant buck chases the lesser buck away, the buck will stay with that doe until she is ready to breed. Oftentimes, bucks will spar with several males before getting the opportunity to breed. Research by MDIFW department biologists shows that the peak breeding time for deer in Maine occurs between November 17th and the 23rd. This was determined through research on female deer that were killed in car collisions, and measuring the size of their yet unborn fawns. By determining the size and length of the fawns, you can determine their age, and then you can count back and accurately determine when breeding occurred. Using the knowledge that a doe’s gestation period is approximately 200 days, and during the breeding season, a doe will stay in heat for approximately 24-36 hours, biologists are able to get a pretty accurate idea of when the rut occurs. Bucks are less wary during the rut, and will be on the move chasing does throughout the day. They may be challenged by another buck at anytime, like we see here.
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From Saltmarsh Sparrows to Spruce Grouse. Maine is a birding dream! Which species do you keep an eye out for? #KeeperofME
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Cooler temps make for GREAT hiking weather! Where are you heading for your favorite fall hike? 🌲🍂 #KeeperofME
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Searching for small pond fishing opportunities with cooler water temps and actively feeding brook trout? Look no further than the western Maine region, where mountain top ponds offer adventure and excellent fishing opportunity. Learn more on the blog (link in bio) and plan your next fishing adventure! #fishme #keeperofme
We're having a great time at the annual Tip-A-Warden event to benefit @specialolympicsmaine at @applebees in Augusta tonight!
Warden Jeremy Judd has been a K9 handler for 9 years, working with his black lab, K9 Tundra. As Tundra ages and slows down in her career, Jeremy has begun the process of training his new partner, K9 Tika, a 5 month old Belgian Malinois! Tika is starting out by working on obedience, puppy tracks and evidence detection. Welcome K9 Tika to the team!
The sounds of summer! Did you know that tree frogs can change their color to match their environment? While working on a waterfowl brood survey, Wildlife Biologist Kendall Marden was able to capture a short clip of a tree frog calling nearby. He also shared the beautiful sunset he experienced while working in the area, which goes hand in hand with the sound of tree frogs!
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It's Free Fishing Weekend! Anyone can fish Maine's waterways June 3 and 4 without a license (except those who have had their license suspended or revoked). All other rules and regulations apply! mefishwildlife.com for more info #fishme
Youth hunters, we want to see your turkey hunting photos! Who is enjoying the season so far? Share by using the tag #huntME for a chance to win some great IFW logo swag 🙂
Today, the Maine Warden Service graduated ten new game wardens at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro. The new wardens recently completed an extensive 12-week advanced academy specifically for Maine’s game wardens. The Advanced Warden Academy followed the 18-week Basic Law Enforcement Training Program (BLETP) required of all full-time Maine police officers. The past 12 weeks prepared the new wardens by utilizing classroom, field and scenario based training components.
Happy #FishME Friday! #Repost @simple.life.photography.maine ・・・ Here fishy fishy! 🐟 #takemetotheriver #weekendadvetures #FishRiver #itsthesimplethingsinlife #thewaylifeshouldbe
You know what? It's #FishME Friday and we gotta give a shoutout to @jonahpariss @kkennedy42 and @ansoucy96 for this great shot. Maybe it was the pink fishing line, maybe it was the hat?! Either way, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your details so we can send you guys some swag! #TGIF #Repost @jonahpariss ・・・ One more pic from yesterday's adventure just because I'm stayin' inside today. 📸: @kkennedy42 (kid's got talent!) #maine#FishME#mainefishing#icefishing#hardwater#landlockedsalmon#salmon#perch#whiteperch#panfish#jigging#neverstopexploring#exploreME#llbeanmoment#mainetheway#keepmainebeautiful#girlfriend#beauty#collegefishing#umainefishing#fishumaine#ayuh