Did you know more than 95% of Maine’s snowmobile trails are on private property? With 14,000 miles of trails, that’s a lot of generous landowners! Please respect landowners so Maine’s trails stay open: Always stay on marked trails. Remember that modified exhausts are illegal. Follow the rules and ride safe. #keeperofme
We love seeing your catches on the hardwater! Share your ice fishing photos for a chance to win a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife branded @flowfold bag full of MDIFW merchandise. To enter the contest: 1.) Follow us on Instagram @mefishwildlife 2.) Post your ice fishing photo on Instagram tagging us @mefishwildlife and including the hashtag #FishME We will randomly select a winner from all valid photos that have been submitted prior to February 1, 2020 to receive a prize pack. See comments for contest rules. Photo by @emilymaccabe
Our friends at @flowfold make some really excellent gear for outdoor adventures in Maine and we’re excited to share some new super stylish limited edition custom packs and bags! Durable, lightweight and made in the USA, these custom Flowfold bags and packs are the perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life OR even better, a gift for yourself! 🙌🏼 Click the link in profile to shop now 🙌🏼
A seasonal reminder from Maine Game Wardens! Use extreme caution when venturing onto Maine's waterways, especially during this very early part of the season! Accessing lakes and ponds should be avoided unless you can be certain of ice conditions by checking ice thickness. Before stepping out, use a chisel or auger to test ice thickness in several places. Remember that ice seldom freezes uniformly and conditions are always changing and can vary from one location to the next. Ice that forms over flowing water and currents, especially near streams, bridges and culverts, can be particularly dangerous. Please enjoy the Maine outdoors safely and responsibly!
Your purchase of a Maine Birder Band helps to ensure the protection of Maine’s birds and other non-game species. Learn more on the blog! #linkinprofile #keeperofme
Roughly 94% of Maine's forest land is privately owned, and more than half of that land area is open to the public. In total, landowners voluntarily open up more than 10 million acres of working farms and forests. This access is an incredible gift, and in order to preserve it, everyone who ventures outdoors needs to understand the contribution that landowners make! Most private landowners are happy to allow outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, on their land, as long as their property is treated with respect. But it's important to remember that the private land you use for recreation belongs to someone else, just as surely as your car or home belongs to you, and accessing it is a privilege, not a right. Before you head out for your next outdoor adventure, take a few moments to review this information and learn how to responsibly enjoy the use of private land in Maine and visit the link in our profile. Learn how you can join the effort and become an Outdoor Partner, supporting Maine's private landowners: mefishwildlife.com/outdoorpartners
There are so many ways to enjoy our great State of Maine! We want to see how you enjoy our state and we may even reward you for sharing with us! We are hosting a monthly Instagram contest from now through November. To enter the contest: 1.) Follow us on Instagram @mefishwildlife 2.) Get out and enjoy the Maine outdoors 3.) Post your photo on Instagram tagging us @mefishwildlife and including the hashtag #AllinfortheMaineOutdoors Each month from now through November, we will randomly select a winner from all valid photos that have been submitted to date to receive a prize pack, which contains MDIFW merchandise and a $250 L.L.Bean gift card! See comments for contest rules. Photo by @chrisbennettphoto
Upland game hunting season opens September 28! Looks like a great weekend to head into the Maine outdoors to hunt and fish! Be sure to review the laws first by visiting mefishwildlife.com/laws Photo by @chrisbennettphoto
Fisheries staff completing a survey to check the status of the Arctic charr population at Big Reed Pond. #keeperofme
Did you know the Maine Wildlife Park is owned and operated by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife? Be sure to stop in for a photo opp at the life size logo during your next visit to the park and tag @mefishwildlife and @mainewildlifepark for a chance to sun some fun logo swag! 👌🏼
Corporal Michelle Merrifield recently completed a successful and productive 25 year career with the Maine Warden Service. Congratulations, Michelle! Read more on the blog (link in profile)! #allinforme #keeperofme #mainewardenservice
Game wardens are patrolling Maine’s waterways in full force this weekend! Enjoy your time on the water and boat responsibly. #NeverBUI #OperationDryWater #SafeBoating
Interested in a career as a Maine Game Warden? Head over to mainegamewarden.com to learn more!
Maggie the moose came to the Maine Wildlife Park a year ago this month as a small moose calf. Happy Birthday, Maggie! Planning a trip to the park this summer? Be sure to follow the @mainewildlifepark on Instagram and share your adventure! #mainewildlifepark
The Maine Moose Permit Lottery is this Saturday, June 8 at Cabela’s in Scarborough. We will be announcing permit winners at 2pm. Full results will be available online by 6pm at mefishwildlife.com
Free Fishing Weekend is on deck! On Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, anyone may fish for free without a license on Maine's waterways, except those who have had their license suspended or revoked. All other rules and regulations, including bag and possession limits, apply. Free fishing weekend is open to both residents and non-residents. #FishME Remember, stay safe on Maine's waterways and always wear a properly fitted lifejacket (make make sure your friends and family do to)! #safeboating Need to review the Maine fishing laws? Visit mefishwildlife.com/fishinglaws Looking for a great place to fish? Check out the Maine Fishing Guide at mefishwildlife.com/maine-fishing-guide
Game Wardens joined law enforcement from across the state earlier today to honor Maine's fallen officers at the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in Augusta in recognition of Peace Officers Memorial Day and National Police Week. The name of Somerset Deputy Eugene Cole, shot and killed in Norridgewock in April of 2018, was added to the wall. Cole is the 86th name on the memorial. Photo Credit: Emily MacCabe/MDIFW #NationalPoliceWeek #PoliceWeek
Fishing on your mind? Stocking is underway in areas of Maine where conditions allow! Visit mefishwildlife.com to see the current stocking report! #FishME #FishingInMaine #keeperofme #mefishwildlife
We know you’re anxious to get out and ride the trails, and we know why! Maine has some really excellent ATV riding! BUT, the trails in your area may not be ready yet! Conditions around the state are varied and the decision to open trails is managed by the property owner and/or the club or organization who maintains the trail system. If you see a red sign with a date indicating trail aren’t open yet- stay off! This ensures that damage doesn’t occur and landowners continue to allow access for future riding. Be safe, have respect and follow the laws!
Natural foods are scarce this time of year often causing bears and other wildlife to venture into backyards and fields in search of easily accessible options like bird feeders, garbage, grills and pet foods.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ While hundreds of conflicts between bears and people are reported each year in Maine, many can be prevented by simply removing or securing common bear attractants. Removing these food sources will also limit other unwanted backyard visitors like skunks and racoons! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #blackbear #bearconflicts #bebearwise #maine #maineoutdoors #mainewildlie #keeperofme #avoidbearconflicts #mefishwildlife