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    July 30, 2017

    Summer mushrooms

    Ever have the desire to harvest those wild mushrooms out on the lawn or in the nearby woods, but just didn’t dare? Well, perhaps it’s time to buckle down, learn some of the easily identified mushrooms and begin enjoying these free, plentiful and tasty treats. Make no mistake about it. Some mushrooms can make you very sick and some are downright deadly. But armed with a proper knowledge, you need never have an …

  • Published
    July 23, 2017

    This summer, try amateur astronomy

    We in Maine are more fortunate than many realize. Maine enjoys dark skies, undiluted by artificial light. During nights when the atmosphere is stable and fog or cloud cover doesn’t interfere, a person almost anywhere in Maine can look up and clearly see the Milky Way, our home galaxy. It is sad to note that in so many places in our country, people live their lives out without ever seeing the Milky Way. But here, …

  • Published
    July 16, 2017

    Mackerel, everybody's fish

    What’s not to like about mackerel? Healthful to the nth degree, mackerel ranks right up there with salmon and sardines as a heart-healthy fish. Available in large numbers, Atlantic mackerel is one of the few underutilized seafood species, and that’s saying a lot. Furthermore, mackerel are available from bridges, piers and floats up and down the Maine coast. And tackle consists of a medium-weight spinning rod and …

  • Published
    July 9, 2017

    Become a fern expert in one easy lesson

    Ferns. They’re all around us, but how many can identify more than one or two species? But learning one fern from another is really easy and being armed with the proper knowledge might just make you a legend in your own time. Everyone who recreates outdoors encounters ferns. Ferns are in the woods, along our roads and even in our backyards. It seems kind of a shame to have such close contact with these primitive …

  • Published
    July 2, 2017

    Hand me down my walking stick

    A song from the 1930s speaks of being lost without a walking stick. For me, the point is well taken. As opposed to a cane, which only serves as an aid to walking, a walking stick has many uses. For me, walking through field and forest without a fishing rod or shotgun in my hand just feels odd. So I substitute a walking stick. And then all seems right with the world. But walking sticks serve many other purposes. A …

  • Published
    June 25, 2017

    Try panfish for fun and food

    Fishing can be as expensive and complicated as we wish to make it. Or it can be inexpensive and simple. Fly-fishing is fun and trolling for salmon and trout thrills me. But what about the average person who just wants to go out and have fun catching fish? Panfish are the answer. Fishing licenses are inexpensive and tackle for panfish has increased in quality and gone down in price. Ultralight spinning gear, the …

  • Published
    June 18, 2017

    Learn how to find water — become a dowser

    So what do we do when the well runs dry? Some people just go out and find another one. Here’s how, in seven easy steps. 1. Will it work for you? People have practiced dowsing, the ability to locate underground water, for many thousands of years. Not everyone can become proficient with dowsing equipment, but most people have at least some ability. The only way to find out if you “have it” or not is to try. And to …

  • Published
    June 11, 2017

    Five edible plants for new foragers

    Does the idea of picking and eating wild edible plants interest you, but you don’t have access to nearby woods and fields? Procrastinate no more. No matter where you live, some great-tasting wild edibles grow nearby. Foraging, popularized by Euell Gibbons back in the 1960s, has become a growing trend. But too many people are put off because they haven’t a knowledge of which plants are edible and which are …

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