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DESCRIPTIONNothing says "Maine" like the backcountry. Experience it here: hunting and fishing with Terry Farren and Mike Murphy; hiking with Greg Westrich and David M. Fitzpatrick; taking to the off-road trails with Brian Swartz; and featured ATVs from Yamaha, Polaris, and Kawasaki.
HUNTING Adventures... TERRY FARREN talks off-hand shooting; MIKE MURPHY
bags a 210-pound buck with his 445WWK handgun
FISHING Adventures... TERRY FARREN takes us out on West Grand Lake
HIKING Adventures... GREG WESTRICH shows us 6 favorite hikes for theserious hiker... or the family; DAVID FITZPATRICKguides us along Gulf Hagas, 'Maine's Grand Canyon'
OFF-ROAD Adventures... BRIAN SWARTZ gives us the scoop on
the Down East Sunrise Trail; GREG WESTRICHcanoes the challenging Nollesemic Stream
Adventures GETTING THERE...Whether by motorcycle or ATV, enjoy the ride:
Kawasaki Brute Force 750 4x4i EPSPolaris Ranger 400
Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI EPSYamaha Star Stryker motorcycle
By Terry Farren
Deer hunting is not usually a sport ofsecond chances, so do your homeworkwell and be one to do a lot of target prac-ticing. A hunter should be prepared tocapitalize on a deers mistake at amoments notice. Theres such an invest-ment of your time hunting, and the ani-mal can be so elusive, so the last thingyou want to do is just part his hair witha round from your .30-06.
Its almost a guarantee hes not wait-ing for you to load another round in thechamber, especially if hes carrying a setof antlers. Hell point his tail toward thesky and make tracks for home, leavingonly a memory behind. Its a memoryyou really dont want to carry, especiallywhen know you shouldnt have missed.So do the preventive maintenance and
target practice.Once youve zeroed in the rifle from a
rest or bench, its time to start shootingoff-hand. Off-hand is a standing, unrest-ed position. There are different posi-tions, but off-hand is the most difficultbecause youre not resting the rifle onanything. For example, in the kneelingposition your elbow is resting on yourknee, which helps steady the rifle. Shoot-ing off-hand is a key ingredient for anysuccessful deer hunter.
Face it, when you unexpectedly meeta deer in the woods, as a rule theres notmuch time for hesitation on your part.Especially if its one of those old skidder-trail scenarios, where you turn a corneron the trail, look up, and there he stands,broad side in the trail, ears pointedstraight up, and hes staring right at you.
Now theres no way I could ever truly
begin to tell whats going through thedeers mind at the encounter; however, Ihonestly believe hes not thinking some-thing like Maybe Ill nibble on a littlegrass while this nervous hunter finds arest for his rifle. No way, lets not evengo there, because your opportunity isntwaiting. Identify your target, then drop ashot in his vitals.
This is where good off-hand shootingpractice can pay hefty dividends. So set
up a target at 50 to 100 yards with a solidbackstop and practice. A method thathelps me with off-hand shooting is allow-ing only three seconds to complete theshot. This helps to eliminate hesitationonce youre on the target. Remember, thelonger you hold the rifle to your shoulder,the more difficult it is to keep it true andsteady. After all, the rifle is weight.
So bring the butt stock against yourshoulder, place your cheek against the
stock, get on the target, and squeeze thetrigger. If you cant get off an accurateshot within the allotted time, dontshoot. Put on the safety and bring therifle down and rest a moment, thenrepeat the routine. Stick with the exer-cise until you get consistence withshooting good groups.
Now youre ready for November, andhopefully the next deer that crosses yourpath takes you to the tagging station.
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By Terry Farren
West Grand Lake is it worth the trip? Well, itstreated me with royalty in the togue-fishing catego-ry over the years, so I was in hopes this spring tripwould echo many of the previous ones.
As the boat parted ways with the trailer and tookup temporary residency in West Grand, I started theold 70-horse Yamaha outboard up for action. Ipointed the bow in the direction Whitney Cove,which is about an 8-mile ride from the boat launchat Grand Lake Stream.
Its actually the spot in which my togue fishingexperience really began. A good friend and toguefisherman, Wayne Black of Orrington, handed memy togue-fishing lessons on this lake about 10 yearsago, and his words of advice still ring clear in mymind. Especially these ones: You have to have yourbait within 2 feet of bottom to catch them, saidWayne, and Ive found this so true. But rememberthats not a guarantee for success, because next youhave to find them, and of course the fish reallyneeds to take the bait for this action to occur.
So as my wife Maureen and I entered the open-ing of Whitney Cove on a breezy and cool Maymorning, all those thoughts rang true in my mind.Once the old Yamaha outboard finally came to astop and the trolling motor had gotten started, itwas time to put it all into action.
The fish/depth-finder reads 48 feet of water, Isaid to Maureen, then gave a set of Dave Davis spin-ners with a smelt trailing them a quick trip to 46feet, after attaching them to an eight-pound DownRigger ball. Well, the action soon arrived. It wasntfive minutes before the end of the rod started thosequick back-and-forth bows to the lake a scenethat spelled togue. I grabbed the rod and lifted up onit to detach the line from the down rigger release,which keeps the line hooked to the ball. I wasexpecting nothing less than a fight from one of WestGrands larger togue, but this time it wasnt to beand a few cranks of the reel showed me nothing butthe end of the line. What I mean by this is justline. No Dave Davis with hook and smelt attached.
That scene spelled rotten line. You know, maybethis is lesson number one in fishing: Check yourline although it really should take place at home,not in the boat. However, Id felt that 2-year-old lineshould hold up better, which didnt bring my tackleback, but it was too late to worry about that. Afterall, the fish were biting and they werent concernedabout what it cost me to get em in the boat, andneither was I because my past history of fishingthe lake told me West Grand was in a generousmood that morning. A new set of Dave Davis witha fresh smelt trailing was soon to prove it.
Got one, I said to Maureen, while managing to
West Grand Lake worth the trip for any fisherman
PHOTO BY MAUREEN FARRENThe author nets a big one during his fishing trip to West Grand Lake in May.See WEST GRAND, Page 10
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By Michael Murphy
Three years ago, I bought a piece ofland for investment and hunting pur-poses. It looked like a really good hunt-ing area. I didnt hunt it a lot the first twoyears, because I was hunting anotherproperty I liked, but I saw some gooddeer signs one particular spot alongthe back line of the property. There weresome scrapes showing up each year, andit seemed to be a good-sized deer.
The older property was hard to pullaway from; I had shot some very nicedeer there. Last year I shot a very nice130-class eight-point with my handgun,but with six inches of deductions it wasjust under minimum for MASTC.
The third year I hunted the newplace a little. I was seeing a few deer atthe old property, mostly does andyounger deer, but I was thinking of thedeer scrapes on the back line of my newproperty. That deer was probably 4 to5 years old, meaning he was a prime,mature buck. Somebody else mightshoot him if I didnt. The scrapeslooked good and f