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Deirdre Fleming covers the outdoors for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, and has been a newspaper reporter in Maine for 25 years - and an outdoor writer for the past 20. During that time, she’s seen biologists trap 500-pound bear, watched fishermen land high-jumping makos, camped on Moosehead Lake in the winter, and retraced Gov. Percival Baxter’s first trip to Mt. Katahdin. She is often asked, but still does not know her favorite wildland in Maine. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Missouri, she lives with her husband in Buxton near the Saco River, where they both fly fish.

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  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Fleming: Early opening to fishing season caught most everyone by surprise

    All it takes is one guy with one question to change the world, or at least start a fishing season. That’s what sparked the early opening of the open-water season two weeks ago, when Gov. John Baldacci signed emergency legislation that declared it open March 25. A couple of forces led to the season opening […]

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    The battle of the paddle

    Cold, wet and wild, canoe racing is also a sure sign it’s springtime in Maine.

  • Published
    April 4, 2010

    Lyme disease could soar this year

    State health officials say reports of confirmed cases have tripled, and southern Maine vets started seeing dogs with active cases in January.

  • Published
    April 1, 2010

    Deer herd discussion a hot topic

    The Augusta sportsman’s show is giving special treatment to the dwindling herd in northern Maine.

  • Published
    March 30, 2010

    Good time to wet a line (Fishing season is open)

    Mild weather, scant snow melt and an early opening day have brought out anglers, who already are having success.

  • Published
    March 28, 2010

    Fleming: Fly-fishing industry has a filmmaker in Bethel native

    They call it fishing porn. And it’s proudly made in Maine. Moreover, some Mainers think these trendy new documentary-style films on fast fishing and happy fishermen will gain in popularity. These movies are about how to love fishing, not how to fish — and despite the nickname for these videos, they’re wholesome, educational and absolutely […]

  • Published
    March 28, 2010

    You want fun? Done.

    Maine’s state park system celebrates its 75th birthday with a series of parties – Family Fun Days – and you’re invited.

  • Published
    March 27, 2010

    Surprise start to fishing season case of reading between the lines

    CASCO — Bait dealers didn’t know, small fishing supply shops didn’t know and, more importantly, most fishermen didn’t know that open-water fishing season started Thursday – a week before the traditional opening day. But none of them should feel bad. State fisheries biologists didn’t know, either. “I found out yesterday,” Francis Brautigam said Friday. Brautigam, […]

  • Published
    March 24, 2010

    A man and his mountain:Upward bound

    Peter Arsenault of Waterboro has reached a personal milestone — his 100th climb to the summit of Mount Washington.

  • Published
    March 21, 2010

    Waiting with baited breath

    Anglers cast their attention to April 1, when a new law will drastically liberalize fishing on lakes and ponds in southern and eastern Maine.

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