{this moment} Kristin & Matt

{this moment} ~ A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Five years. A move to another state. Career change. Grad school.
Kristin & Matt
to be married tomorrow
Our hearts could not be fuller

Kristin Follette & Matt Coulombe

October 18, 2014

Young Bull Moose

It’s wedding week. Kristin and Matt are being married on Saturday. Steve and I went out to gather red pine cones, Old Man’s Beard (lichen, similar to Spanish moss) and Reindeer moss. We rounded a corner and spotted this young moose in the road about 150 yards ahead of us. I jumped out of the truck with the camera (of course) and took a couple of photos.

And then his friend showed up. He’s walking out of a 50′ x 100′ clearing. I kind of hoped they were going to fight but they’re young. When they started to leave I made a few cow calls but ehh…girl…whatever.

Friends this October, rivals in future years.

Young bull moose

Four points. He’s probably 16 months old.

Young bull moose

Not interested in us

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Supper with Veterans

About six years ago George and Terry Gallagher drove to Lee and knocked on a door. That knock helped improve many lives.

The Gallaghers were looking for someone to share their beautiful camp on Upper Sysladobsis (Dobsis) lake in Lakeville Plantation. They were specifically hoping to open their camp and hearts to veterans. At House In The Woods in Lee, Paul and Dee House needed a location to host veterans and their families. You can read more about the Houses and House in the Woods on their website. George Gallagher read an article in the paper about House in the Woods and before long he and Terry, along with friends Mimi and Joe Baker, were at the door step. “God had his hand in it all,” Paul house told me.

partridge, ruffed grouse

(file photo)

Steve, my husband, called me late Friday morning to tell me he’d been talking to Peter Shay, owner of Molunkus Stream Camps in Molunkus. “Peter told me he has veterans on a bird hunt up to camp.”

I have a soft spot for veterans. There are a lot of them in my family. My Dad, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, great uncles, great great grandfather…a lot of vets in my family.  Crashing parties isn’t my thing. Really, it’s not. But they’re veterans. They deserve recognition. “Do you think I could drive over and write a story?”

Peter didn’t think they’d mind. “They’d probably like that,” he said. They were with Paul House. I knew of Paul only by name but I’d heard a lot of great things about him so I stopped splitting firewood, grabbed pen, paper and camera, and headed toward Molunkus. With a little more than an hour to think about it, I started wondering what I’d been thinking. Strangers. All of them. What was I thinking going in unannounced and uninvited to say “Hey, my name is Robin and can I write a story about you?”

George Gallagher had appetizers and supper waiting. I heard many times what a good cook George is and how well he takes care of everyone. George is a modest man. He doesn’t say much when the compliments on his accommodations and cooking roll in. He says he has a couple more years of hosting and cooking in him still, “God willing.”

“It’s a lot of working standing on their feet all day,” Paul said of George and Terry. I sat down to supper with George, Paul, Ted Clark, a Maine Guide who helped with the hunt, TJ Emerson and his father Jim Emerson, and Andrew Quinn. Dan was headed home with his yellow lab, Brittany spaniel and vizsla dogs. Gracious people to have invited a stranger to their last supper together before heading home. Ted’s German shorthaired pointer pup curled up on the ottoman for a nap after a long day of bird hunting.

Paul told me about losing his son, Sgt Joel House, and what being with other families going through the same experience meant to him. He now offers a similar experience to veterans and their families and Gold Star families, giving them the opportunity to spend time outdoors with people who have similar situations, at no cost. “There are a lot of good people who help and volunteer. They make donations and hold fundraisers. It all comes together. God provides money when it’s needed.”

Paul is grateful to a number of people who help make House in the Woods possible. Jerry James sets up a bird hunt in Oxbow. Everyone gets together on Sunday and they hunt from Monday through Thursday. People donate money, time, guiding, accommodations, lobster, and more to these hunts. When there are back to back weeks of hunting the veterans and family members have a meal together on Sunday as some prepare to leave and others are arriving. There are sometimes 15 to 20 veterans together.

Peter SeeHusen organizes hunts. He knows farmers who can use some help keeping the populations under control to protect their crops.

TJ and Jim Emerson hosted a spring turkey hunt in Corinna. One veteran shot both of his turkeys in one shot! This was the fourth year for this hunt. There have been hunts in Corinna, Harmony, Unity and Newport. After the hunt in Newport there was a supper at the Legion Hall so well attended they ate six turkeys, and they weren’t small, wild turkeys. Doug McDonald organized a cookout after the Harmony hunt.

It takes a lot of of work to put this all together. We talked about just a handful of the people who make this possible. There are bear hunts with 18 to 20 people participating between two weeks. And there are bobcat hunts (more about this at the end). Two veterans tagged two bobcats in a three day hunt. There are hunts for women as well as men.

This bird hunt is now an annual event. They were looking for partridge, woodcock, and if one happened to show up, turkey. They hunted on public land on Wednesday and Thursday and at Molunkus Stream Camps on Friday.

Andrew Quinn started with a turkey hunt. He shot more partridge on Friday than anyone else. “Shooting a bird was a bonus. Everyone involved is wonderful. They’re knowledgeable so they improve the quality of the hunt,” Andrew told me. He’s there mostly for the camaraderie. He’s not a talker until he’s spent time with other veterans. They understand at least some of what he experienced at war. When he started talking I put my pen down and listened. It’s hard to imagine. I can picture it as though it were a movie on television but that’s not comparable to being there. Andrew is so kind, honest and well spoken that I wanted to say “tell me your story.” I think I want to know but one, that’s a lot to ask, and two, I’m not sure I really do want to know. What he shared with me gave me a greater appreciation for veterans and made me think back to when my brother was in Kabul. I’m grateful that people like Andrew, Tj and Jim have places to come together to share camaraderie.

As you’ve read and probably already knew, these opportunities happen because of the generosity of people. House in the Woods can use a few things. Money. Donations are always accepted and hugely appreciated. They are truly a non-profit, not just a legal non-profit. Time. Is there some way you can pitch in to help in the area of Lee? A bit of driving is just fine. (Penobscot County, outside of Lincoln.) And, an affordable bobcat hunt. If you have a camp or run dogs or do anything related to bobcat hunting and are inclined, please let us know. You can get in touch with Paul and Dee House here.

{this moment} Campfire Chicken

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Roasting a chicken, potatoes and carrots on the campfire.

Roasting a chicken, potatoes and carrots on the campfire.

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IFW Biologists Discuss Impact Of Bear Referendum With Biologists From States Where Similar Referendum Passed

IFW Biologists Discuss Impact Of Bear Referendum With Biologists From States Where Similar Referendum Pass

For Immediate Release: October 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine – With Maine’s bear management program the subject of a statewide referendum, Mainers are hearing a lot about Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts, four states that have passed similar measures.

Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife

After similar referendums passed in these states, generally these states have has seen an increase in the bear population, an increase in the number of nuisance complaints, an increase in the number of nuisance bears killed and an increased cost to the public as a result of expanding bear populations. Voters in Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington and Oregon banned bear hunting with bait and hounds from 1992 to 1996.

In Massachusetts, the bear population has increased seven-fold and bear conflicts have increased by 500 percent. Wayne MacCallum, director of the state’s Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, described the situation in an August 24 article in the Portland Press Herald: “(The bear population) is expanding eastward,” he said. “Every year now there are an increasing number of juvenile bears in metropolitan Boston. I suspect if we can’t harvest significantly more, the population will continue to increase.”

He went on to state that “there are constant complaints about bear encounters. We are constantly moving bears. It’s kind of like shoveling sand against the tide. This is the largest bear population in the state for at least 200 years. The fact of the matter is, at some point you will just have so many bears that people won’t tolerate them.”

In Colorado, more than 350 bears are killed each year in response to conflicts. Many towns have passed ordinances that regulate how residents can store their garbage and when it can be placed for curbside pickup, with fines ranging up to $1,000. One Colorado county even banned levered door handles on new houses because home entries by bears are so common.

In some Colorado towns, bear complaints are the number-one call received by police departments. When asked what impact a similar ban would have on Maine’s bear management program, Colorado bear biologist Jerry Apker recently said, “I think it would tremendously complicate how the State has to approach managing bears in Maine.”

In Oregon and Washington, biologists have struggled to prevent property damage by bears since the referendum passed, and those states now allow private landowners and deputized agents to kill bears using bait, hounds and traps in unlimited numbers.

Despite this, bears cause an estimated $16 million in damage to the timber industry each year by stripping the bark from young trees. Donny Martorello, the Carnivore Section Manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, recently told 92.9 Radio Host Bob Duchesne that before the referendum, “we were able to use recreational hunters at a very low cost and through time (that) was working well.” While he respects the rights of voters to pass a citizen initiative, he went on to say that “having that full toolbox of ways to manage the resource is something we’d like to see.”

In Maine, bait, hounds, and traps account for 93 percent of our annual bear harvest. Maine is the most forested state in the country, and our woods have a thick understory, which makes still-hunting extremely difficult. The loss of bait, hounds and traps for bear hunting will have a much larger impact on Maine’s bear management program than it has in other states.

In addition, Maine has very few options to increase participation by bear hunters if the referendum passes. The state already has a 14-week hunting season that starts in late August and ends after bears have entered their dens. Bear hunting licenses are already available in unlimited numbers, and a spring hunting season is prohibited by legislation.

During the firearms season on deer, all Maine residents are already allowed to hunt bears without having to purchase a separate bear license. Since Maine won’t be able to offset a reduction in the bear harvest by increasing hunter numbers or season length, if the referendum passes we expect the bear harvest to decline dramatically. This will result in a rapidly increasing bear population that expands into the more populated areas of Maine, causing more conflicts with people.

Even though each of these states is very different from Maine in several ways, it is informative to understand how their bear management programs have evolved over time. Maine’s bear biologists discussed each state’s bear management programs and hunting methods with the biologists in these states. As a result, Maine’s biologists are more convinced than ever that a ban on bear hunting with bait, hounds and traps will be bad for Maine.

In all of these states that passed similar referendums, bait and hounds were responsible for a relatively small portion of the annual bear harvest because the open habitats make other hunting methods, like spot and stalk, more effective. Therefore, it was possible for the fish and wildlife agencies to partially offset the decline in the bear harvest that occurred after the referendums passed.

This was accomplished by lengthening fall hunting seasons, reducing the cost of bear hunting licenses, expanding spring hunting seasons, increasing annual bag limits or issuing more bear hunting permits.

In some states, bear tags were included in a package with other big game licenses, so that virtually all hunters could shoot a bear if they saw it. The rise in bear hunter numbers was due to changes in how hunting licenses were administered, rather than an actual increase in interest in bear hunting (e.g. all big game hunters receive a bear tag and then are counted as bear hunters whether they actually pursue bears or not). Even with these changes, each of the harvests in these states is less than half the number of bears that need to be taken in Maine each year to control the population.

Maine is fortunate to have one of the largest bear populations in the country. We have very few conflicts between people and bears, and those that do occur are generally not severe. Fewer than a dozen bears are killed each year to protect property or public safety. Our bear management program is based on 40 years of research and is highly regarded by biologists across the country.

Leaving bear management in the capable hands of Maine’s biologists and game wardens will ensure that bears retain their stature as one of our state’s most treasured resources.

Gear Review: Luci Portable Solar Lantern

Luci Portable Solar Lantern

Wow! Let’s get that out there from the start. The Luci Portable Solar Lantern is fantastic. You need one. You might not have heard of Luci until now and you still need one…or more.

Luci Portable Solar Lantern

Luci Portable Solar Lantern

I’m blown away (have you ever heard me say that about a product?) by the simplicity and functionality of Luci. In its package it’s 1″ by 5″. You blow Luci up like a beach ball to be 5″ tall. Luci is so small it easily fits into your purse, backpack, day bag and other places. It’s size doesn’t reflect its light, and it weighs only four ounces. There are three settings. Super bright, bright and flashing allow you to choose your setting. There are 10 LED lights for a total of 65 Lumens. It lights up ten square feet easily.

Luci sits in my bay window on the southwest side of the house. That’s all that’s needed to keep the battery charged. Luci needs eight hours to take in a full charge. Unlike other solar lights, this one has an on/off switch. This preserves the battery at night when you don’t need the light on. With a full charge Luci lasts up to 12 hours on the Bright setting. It holds four hours of light for up to a year without being recharged, and Luci is guaranteed for one year.

Luci Portable Solar Lantern

Luci Portable Solar Lantern

I love this lantern so much that I gave my original one away to someone I felt needed it more than me, and when I ordered a replacement I ordered two. Camping, hiking, boating, sitting by the campfire, and during a power outage (common here now with the amount of ice we get in winter), the Luci lantern has been a great asset.

Luci has a handle on top (covers the on-off switch) to make carrying it easy. It’s water and bounce proof so it’s great for kids.

Luci is an MPOWERD product. Please take a moment to read about MPOWERD and the important work they do.

I like Luci so much I’m giving one away. I know – the image is awful. I can’t figure out how to fix it. It’s the same lantern shown above.
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Bull Moose – Hanging Out Behind My House

I was hoping for “something with antlers” when I sighed at the empty game camera two days agi. The does and fawns haven’t been near the cameras in about two weeks. The one deer that’s been around, I believe a doe, never walks by the cameras. It’s like she knows where and what they are. If I move one from A to B she walks through A. If I move it back to A she’s in C. If I move it to B she’s in A and C. It would be nice to see something with antlers – something I can shoot now that bow season is open. This isn’t what I meant but I’m happy to see him here. He was about 500 feet from the house.

big bull moose, maine moose hunt

About 500 feet from the house. I love living in the woods! Big bull moose.

Butchering Day for the Meat Chickens

Cornish cross meat chickens

Cornish cross chickens

Today is one of the few days each year that I dread. The first Sunday in October is the day we kill and butcher the meat chickens. They’re big. The roosters are learning to crow and some are starting to fight. There are a few smaller hens that will be parted out but most will be kept whole as roasters. We have plenty of pieces left in the freezer from last year. I don’t think we’ll raise them next year since we have a lot of meat left from last year, so I’ll see what I can do to find just six turkeys in July next year.

The chickens have been raised on grass and in the garden. As the garden faded out or was killed by frost the chickens were allowed in to have dust baths, scratch up weed seedlings, and eat weed seeds and grubs. They’ve been eating two to three gallons of apples a day, and a few more since they discovered the apple trees earlier this week. I haven’t seen a grasshopper in over a month. Forty chickens and 12 ducks have cleaned up the grasshoppers. If there’s a tick around they haven’t found the dogs.

Adding to the mess of killing and plucking and gutting – it rained yesterday. The chickens were loose all day and had mud baths. You’ll see some dirt on some of them in the picture below, and that’s nothing compared to how dirty they were yesterday afternoon. They scratch and dig and flap with gusto when they have a dirt bath. We will kill them, spray the dirt off them with the garden hose, then dip them in hot water to pluck. We don’t want all that dirt in the hot water.

Nothing goes to waste. The feathers will be placed in the woods to slowly decompose and feed the soil. The rest of the offal will be fed to the pigs.

So today’s the day. Time for breakfast, old clothes (of which I have none so I’ll wear baggy un-grown jeans), ice from the chest freezers in the basement, sharp knives, three coolers, cold water and 36 dead chickens.

Cornish cross chicken eating apples

Cornish cross chicken eating apples

Wild Ornamental Crab Apples

Last year I discovered a wild ornamental crab apple tree beside our best wild tree that produces nice, big apples. This year a second tree started producing. They taste horrible but they sure are pretty. If I’d recognized them as ornamental crab apples a few years ago I’d have moved them to better locations.

Ornamental crab apple

Ornamental crab apple

Ornamental crab apple

Ornamental crab apple

Raccoon Population Explosion Explained

The local raccoon population has exploded. The little buggers are all over the place. Thanks to game camera photos, we know why. It all starts with a pole dance. You know where that leads. ;)

raccoon, pole dancing, raccoon population,

It started with pole dancing…

{this moment} Hiding in Hydrangeas

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

Downy woodpecker, woodpecker, hydrangeas, fall decorations

This young Downy woodpecker has been pecking at the hydrangeas I use for decoration, the side of the shed, firewood, the hoe and surely things I haven’t see yet.

Settling into Autumn

Wild hops climb a young hardwood sapling

Wild hops climb a young hardwood sapling

Autumn. October is my favorite month. I love the cool nights and warm, dry days. No humidity. Autumnal weather started in late August this year and it wasn’t a very hot summer so the shift into official autumn has been a non-event.

We’re taking the covers off the high tunnels to let the rain and snow wash the soil, something we should have done two years ago, so I haven’t planted for winter. I’ll be container gardening indoors this winter.

The Cornish cross chickens are going to be killed this Sunday. Looks like we’ll be doing it in the high tunnel because of rain. We’re going to keep them whole this year to have them as roasters. I’m not looking forward to the job but have already started preparing for it. The ice is ready, coolers have been brought up from the basement and scrubbed, the table is in the tunnel.

The pigs are growing well. They’re not nice pigs. I don’t go into their pen or the pasture with them. They bite. White, the smaller of the two, is curious. He puts everything in his mouth. Red is pushy and aggressive. He’s a jerk. I am seriously considering sending them to the butcher a month early. I’ve reserved two piglets for 2015 from other farmers.

I took Ava for a walk with me yesterday to get some exercise and see what we could see. It was a gray, damp, chilly day but still it was still nice to get out and move. I’ve been missing having the time to take the camera out with me. I haven’t been on a ride just to take photos since spring. I might take a ride tomorrow morning and look for partridge at the same time. Hunting season opened yesterday. Or maybe I’ll just find a place to sit with my bow and wait for a buck. Anyway, here’s what we saw when we went to see what we could see. Minus the poop. There was a lot of bear scat. I took pictures to add to the library but didn’t share them here. You’re welcome. ;)

Makes me want to take a back road...

Makes me want to take a back road…

ferns

Ferns are fading fast

bee

A cold, sluggish bee

stream

Leaves fall faster than the stream flows since we’ve had quite a dry spell

Pearly everlasting

Pearley Everlasting won’t last much longer

 

A splash of color from a blackberry bush amongst the spent goldenrod

A splash of color from a blackberry bush amongst the spent goldenrod

See you tomorrow! I’ll be here bright and early with an amusing moment for {this moment}.

Vacation & Exercise – They Do Go Together!

Vacation & Exercise

I spent a week in the Adirondacks this summer. Pyramid Lake is a small lake near Schroon, New York. I wasn’t there to be physically active, it was a writing retreat. Writing involves a lot of sitting still and being a woman on a mission, I got a lot written. If I sit still too long I start to feel sluggish or I get fidgety and can’t concentrate. Moving is a must. As the song says, “I like to move it, move it…” (Did you sing it? I did.)

Being an early riser I was able to stretch on the screened porch. It was cool all but one morning of my week long stay so stretching was a little more invigorating than usual.

exercise on vacation, Pyramid Lake

Stretching on the screen porch

I didn’t try rowing and now I wish I had. I spent hours kayaking but the row boats still come to mind. I’ll try it next year. The worst I can do is go in circles, right? I’ll stick close to shore until I get the hang of it.

row boat, Pyramid Lake, exercise

Go for a row?

Pyramid Lake, exercise on vacation

Swimming to the float on Pyramid Lake took just a minute

It was July but the water was still quite chilly. I went swimming three times but didn’t stay in long. One of the side effects of my weight loss (74 pounds to date) is getting cold easily. I don’t have much extra insulation anymore. If the water had been warmer I’d have done a lot of swimming. I’m hoping my body has adjusted to the cold better by the time I attend next year’s retreat.

Walking, jogging and running are almost always exercise options when you’re on vacation. If you’re staying in a B&B you can ask your host where the locals go. You’re probably welcome to use the school’s track, and there most likely are trails open to the public. In a hotel, you’ll probably find an exercise room filled with great equipment but getting outdoors to see more of the sights is probably a great way to add to your vacation.

 

exercise, fitness, Pyramid Lake, spring, running, exercise on vacation

Downhill is easy. Sprinting up the long hill got my heart pumping!

 

My changing body still surprises me. I’d walked almost all the way to the beach to meet friends for a kayaking adventure (we explored one of the islands, watched a bald eagle, paddled with loons, and watched an osprey fly 20 feet overhead) when I realized I’d forgotten my life jacket. They have life jackets available for everyone but I like mine. It’s a paddling jacket and adjusted to fit me perfectly. Surprise! I could sprint the hill to my cabin…without dying. It was great. Add in a sprint here and there to get your heart rate up.

Vacation doesn’t mean you can’t exercise. It might even mean you need to get in an extra workout or two to burn up the delicious food.

{this moment} Early Autumn at the Lake

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for all to find and see.

East Musquash Lake, Northern Washington County, Maine

East Musquash Lake, Washington County, Maine, Musquash Lake, Topsfield

One of my favorite places to kayak and fish

Maine Sportsman’s Night

Maine Sportsman's Night

Maine Sportsman’s Night

Maine Sportsman’s Night

I attended Maine Sportsman’s Night last year as a member of Friends of Maine BOW. I knew then that I wanted to attend this year, and sadly, I can’t go. I would love to hear Wade Nolan speak and visit the booths, and oh the networking that I am missing.

Sportsman’s Night
Saturday October 11th
Mount View High School, Thorndike – ME
Afternoon Hunting Seminars, Tons of Door Prizes, Full Expo Area
Keynote address by Wade Nolan
Doors Open @ 1pm – $6
www.MaineSportsmansNight.com
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“Travel with me”, the speaker says, “we’re about to embark on an adventure!” His kayak may be beached under the midnight sun on the bank of the Yukon River as he shares dried salmon at a Indian fish camp….or in a tiny cabin north of the Arctic Circle eating raw caribou and sipping inky black coffee with an ancient Eskimo hunter …or the blood-red setting sun will find him resting in the soft glow of an African campfire listening to nearby lions roar as they begin the nights hunt for flesh. “Adventure is where you find it”, says wildlife biologist and adventurer Wade Nolan who will soon be sharing his unique perspective on nature and life with the citizens of Waldo County.

While growing up in Western Pennsylvania, he was always outdoors bow hunting and fishing. Although Wade has traveled the world he says he’ll never forget taking his first Pa. buck. “I still consider bow hunting in the Pennsylvania hardwoods as holding some of my favorite moments”, said Wade.

Nolan attended Pennsylvania’s Edinboro University, where he met his wife, Hazel. Her family is from just outside of Jamestown N.Y. After college they married and lived in Alaska’s Wilderness for 17 years. Wade worked in Alaska’s Denali National Park and with Alaska Big Game Guides filming Alaskan Brown Bears and Grizzlies. Nolan spent more than five years living north of the Arctic Circle where he and his wife led kayak expeditions down a thousand miles of Arctic and wilderness rivers.

“I always wanted to go the top of the mountain… the unknown has always drawn me,” said Nolan. Friends have said that, “His life fits well between the pages of National Geographic.”

As a professional writer he has combined his love of the outdoors with photography and television production. Nolan has produced over 130 hunting videos, which have sold more than seven million copies. Much of his work has been with white-tailed deer where he has produced over 130 titles including the two best selling series, Quest Production Group and WhiteTail University. His speaking engagements have taken him into over 200 cities. Sportsman’s Night Wade will conduct a whitetail deer-hunting seminar, which will cover hunting strategies based on deer biology.

Nolan’s production company also produces documentaries and videos about wildlife management. He has won five national and international awards for his productions. One production, distributed nationwide, is a deer management education curriculum for high school age students that recently won the Conservation-Education Award from the Wildlife Society and Best of Show at the Outdoor Writers Convention.

His international broadcast works include David Attenborough’s “Trials of Life” nature series and coverage of the Alaska Valdez Oil spill on USA Today, Animal Planet and National Geographic. His wildlife documentary work has appeared worldwide on NBC, ABC, CBS and TNT.

“It was a hard decision to leave Alaska and move back East” said Wade, but when the Nolan’s decided it was time to raise children they moved to Derry, Pa., so the kids could enjoy grandma’s, grandpa’s and extended family.

Wade Nolan will share insights, along with true stories about survival in the Arctic and tales of grizzly and lion attacks and a Whitetail seminar at Sportsman’s Night.

The SOOT Electropack 2: The Chargeable Carry-On

Have you seen this? Incredible! It’s a mini messenger, a backpack and a battery. You can charge your electronics for up to two weeks while in the field. Living in the woods can mean being without power for extended periods of time so being able to charge our GPS and phones when the power is out is very important. Being able to charge up when we’re in remote areas without electricity is also important.

SOOT Electropack 2

SOOT Electropack 2

The SOOT Electropack 2 offers lumbar support and is fully adjustable to fit YOU. Take a look at their Kickstarter page to learn more about SOOT and Electropack 2.

Disclaimer: No disclaimer needed. I’m not being paid.

 

Partridge Dust Bowl

Do you know what this is?

Dirt bowl from a partridge dust bath

A partridge takes its dusts baths here.

A partridge takes its dust bath here. It might be the hen I’ve seen for a couple of years, or maybe some of the chicks she raised this year. Partridge are known for flying into the sides of vehicles, and one of her chicks did, but as far as I know the other three survived. Some days the bowl is clear and other days there’s a bit of debris in it.

Ruffed grouse (partridge) budding in the trees

Partridge (Ruffed grouse), last winter

 

{this moment} Deer Apple

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

A yearling doe snacked on a pile of apples I’d raked up for the pigs. They won’t miss one apple.

A deer's apple snack

A deer’s apple snack

whitetail doe

Whitetail doe