OUTDOOR SPORTING HERITAGE DAY IS GOING TO THE DOGS!!!
The Rangeley Region Guides’ & Sportsmen’s Association is pleased to announce a different format for its annual Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day. For over a decade, RRG&SA has hosted this special day to showcase the broad spectrum of outdoor sporting activities. This year, and going forward, RRG&SA will present an in-depth program on one aspect of the outdoor sporting life. The focus of the event will change each year. The RRG&SA board of directors thought the best way to kick-off this new format was to feature our favorite four-legged outdoor companions – our dogs!
On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the RRG&SA clubhouse from 10AM to 3PM, there will be multiple educational clinics, seminars, and demonstrations showcasing the training and abilities of sporting dogs. If you have never seen a well-trained bird dog doing what they love to do, you will want to see these amazing dogs in action. We will also have an obedience clinic and an agility dog training demonstrations which should be of interest to all dog owners.
There is no charge to attend this event. The public is welcome to bring their own dogs on a leash. Those attending this event will receive a half-price admissions voucher to the Outdoor Sporting Heritage Museum for that day. Vendors selling dog related products will be present under the pavilion. RRG&SA will be selling hotdogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, and the famous Guide Fries under the clubhouse porch.
You won’t want to miss the conclusion of the day’s activities – a Children’s Dog Splash Contest. A temporary dock will be placed in the Kid’s Fishing Pond. Children will be asked to throw a bumper into the pond, and we’ll see which dogs can make the biggest splash to retrieve the bumper. Children may bring their own dog. If a child does not have a dog, Gidget, a German Shorthaired Pointer, will gladly jump for that child! If you love dogs, RRG&SA hopes you will join us For Outdoor Sporting Heritage Day.
The RRG&SA will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, July 21, 2016. A potluck supper will begin at 5:30 PM. We will then conduct a short business meeting which will include election of officers and directors as well as bylaw revisions. We are pleased to announce that our guest speaker will be Tim Peabody, Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Tim will present his perspective on the biggest challenges faced by DIFW. As always, the public is welcomed to attend.
You are invited to celebrate the 4th of July with a fundraising event for Rangeley Skeet and Trap. The fun will start at 10AM on Monday, July 4, 2016.
All shooters will participate in one round of trap and one round of skeet. We’ll then break for a luncheon which will feature hotdogs, the famous handcut Guides Fries, soft drinks, and dessert. After lunch, shooters will attempt a perfect score of 26 on the sporting clay course which will feature some “special” 4th of July target presentations. The cost of this event, including lunch, is $30(no punch cards). Scores of this fun shoot will be kept for “bragging rights”. All shooters will be entered in a drawing for a 10-round trap/skeet card and a 6-round sporting clay card. Spectators are welcome. The cost of lunch for spectators is $10.
We’ll finish the day with the ever popular, fun to watch, back-up trap competition. Partners will be assigned with a blind draw. The cost of this contest is $5 with the winning team getting 50% of the pot. Participants can enter as many times as they wish.
RRSTA hopes you will join us for this fun event!
Are you looking for a great outdoor program for your child this summer? The Junior Guides Summer Program, 2016 recipient of the Teddy Roosevelt Maine Conservation Award, is a wonderful opportunity for children ages 9 through 12 and runs for 6 consecutive Mondays starting July 11th. We meet each Monday at our Clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The basic program explores the habitat of our native animals, offering hands on exploration of tracks, skulls, jaws, teeth, and pelts. Canoe safety and instruction is offered. Expert fly tiers teach the group to tie flies followed by techniques of fly casting.
The advanced program builds on the skills learned in the basic program and offers outdoor skills and safety, fishing, hiking, archery and canoeing/kayaking.
Space is limited. Since each week’s activities build upon the previous week, preference is given to participants who are able to attend all six weeks of the program.
This program is free, but you must pre-register by contacting Joyce Fay at (207) 864-5196 or Joyce5196@aol.com.
More information on the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association can be found on our web site at: www.rangeleyoutdoors.com
The RRG&SA June membership meeting will take place at the Guides’ Clubhouse on Thursday, June 16, 2016. This meeting will feature the dedication of the Tim Baker Nature Trail. Members and the public are welcome to gather at 5PM (please note time change) at the entrance to the trail which is just behind the clubhouse.
A dedication ceremony will take place. Folks will then be able to walk the trail and see for themselves the work done last summer by AmeriCorps volunteers. Our potluck dinner will start at 6PM, followed by our guest speaker, Maine forester, Patti Cormier. Patti will outline the State of Maine plan to deal with the eminent spruce budworm epidemic. The monthly meeting is open to the public. The RRG&SA’s Clubhouse is located on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. For more information, visit our web site at www.rangeleyoutdoors.com. Hope you can join us.
Director of Maine Professional Guide’s Association guest speaker for RRG&SA May Meeting
On Thursday, May 19, the RRG&SA will hold its monthly membership meeting, potluck dinner, and guest speaker presentation. Don Kleiner, Executive Director of Maine Professional Guide’s Association, will present “Threats to Maine’s Outdoor Sporting Heritage”. The monthly meeting is open to the public with a potluck dinner starting at 5:30pm. The RRG&SA’s Clubhouse is located on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc.
New Nationwide Target Shooting Competition Coming to Rangeley
Rangeley, February 9, 2016 – RRG&SA has been approved as an officially recognized Local Qualifying Location for American Marksman – a new concept shooting competition TV show by Outdoor Sportsman Group. Amateur target shooters from the Rangeley area will have the chance to qualify to earn bids to the Northeast Regional Championship and, ultimately for the American Marksman national championship, where they will compete for a grand prize of $50,000 and the title of the very first American Marksman.
After registering on www.AmMarksman.com, competitors will come to RRG&SA rifle/pistol range on Saturdays, Mondays, and Tuesdays from 10AM to 2PM during May of 2016 where they will be taken through the local qualifying course of fire that includes .22 caliber rim fire ammunition fired from .22 caliber rifles, handguns or both. Scores will be uploaded to the American Marksman leaderboards on the website as soon as they complete the contest.
“We couldn’t be more proud and excited to be named an official local qualifying range for American Marksman,” said Sheri Oldham, President of RRG&SA. “Our organizations share the same goal, to bring new folks into the shooting sports in a safe and fun environment. We look forward to welcoming competitors into our facility beginning May 7.
American Marksman, owned by Outdoor Sportsman Group in Denver, Colorado, will also produce a television show that follows the tour and select competitors as they advance. The show will air, beginning in December 2016, on both the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel television networks.
“American Marksman is thrilled to have RRG&SA on board with us as an official local qualifying location,” said American Marksman Tour Director, Brian Tatum. “Sheri and her club have done a tremendous job promoting the shooting sports in Rangeley and have taught many new target shooters how to have fun and do things in a safe manner. We couldn’t be happier to be working them to continue that mission.”
For more information about RRG&SA, visit www.rangeleyoutdoors.com or call 207-864-4323
For more information about American Marksman, visit www.AmMarksman.com.
January 5, 2016.
AUGUSTA, Maine – Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists in northern Aroostook County just finished capturing and radio-collaring moose in a new “northern” study area as part of Maine’s five-year moose study that will provide a greater understanding of the health of Maine’s moose population, particularly factors that affect their survival and reproductive rates, including the impact of winter ticks on moose.
“Maine’s moose occupy a variety of habitat across their range in the state. By adding a second study area to the north we can bolster our study and get a better understanding of moose survival and reproductive rates, and the factors that impact them,” said Lee Kantar, Maine’s moose biologist.
Biologists and a helicopter-based aerial capture team will capture and collar 106 adult female and calf moose. They just completed capturing and collaring 70 moose in the Aroostook study area, and now will capture and collar an additional 36 calf moose in the existing study area located between Jackman and Greenville. There already are over 40 collared moose in the Jackman/Greenville study area. When finished, IFW biologists will be able to monitor 150 total moose in the two study areas.
IFW has contracted with Native Range Capture Services out of Elko, Nevada to capture 106 moose. The crew specializes in capturing and collaring large animals and is using a helicopter and launched nets to capture and collar female moose and calves. Funding for the study comes from a federal Pittman-Robertson grant (funded by the sale of hunting equipment) and the state’s dedicated moose fund (funded through sale of moose permit applications and permits).
“Once the moose is captured, the crew attaches a GPS collar and ear tags, collects a blood, hair and fecal sample, takes a tick count and weighs the animal,” said Lee Kantar, “The entire process takes between 10 and 12 minutes and then the moose is released unharmed.”
Crews started capturing and collaring moose last week and finished in the northern study area yesterday. They started flying in the western study area today. Once Native Range finishes in Maine, they will travel to a similar job in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is conducting a study similar to Maine, in an area further south than the two Maine study areas. The two states are sharing information gathered during the study.
Once collared, the GPS-enabled collars transmit twice per day, providing biologists the ability to track moose movements. The GPS collars are expected to transmit location signals for four years. If there is no movement for a certain period of time, the collar transmits a mortality signal, and biologists will then travel overland to investigate the cause of death.
“Once we receive a mortality signal, we locate the dead moose within 24 hours,” said Kantar. Biologists conduct an extensive field necropsy on each moose, taking blood, tissue and fecal samples that will later be analyzed by the University of Maine-Animal Health Lab as well as other specialized diagnostic facilities,.
This is the third year of the monitoring study. Additional moose and calves will be captured and collared next year.
The radio collar study is just one component of the research that IFW conducts on moose.
IFW also utilizes aerial flights to assess population abundance and the composition of the moose herd. During the moose hunting season, biologists also examine teeth to determine a moose’s age, measure antler spread, monitor the number of ticks a moose carries, and examine cow ovaries in November to determine reproductive rates.
On Thursday, January 21, the 2016, RRG&SA will hold its monthly meeting, potluck dinner, and guest speaker. This month, Anne Lichtenwalner, DVM Phd, will present a “Maine Moose Health Update”.
Last year, Dr. Lichtenwaler gave a very informative presentation on the very initial results of the GPS-collared moose mortality study conducted by MDIFW. As promised, she will share the updated information on this very important and ongoing project. The monthly meeting is open to the public with a potluck dinner starting at 5:30pm.