With various fall seasons underway, hunters are reminded access to privately owned land is a privilege.

Numerous fall hunting seasons are underway in Maine. For some hunters, tracking down a monster bull moose, or getting after grouse, requires some dirt road driving. Some of these dirt roads are owned and maintained by private landowners and logging companies. Access and use of these roads and land is a privilege, not a right.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is reminding hunters to be respectful of this special gift.

IFW has a few reminders:

  • Travel at posted speeds on logging roads.
  • Respect any "No Hunting" signs, as they're usually posted near active logging sites.
  • Keep right when cresting a hill, or rounding a corner.
  • When approaching in-use logging equipment near the road, wait for acknowledgment from the operator before passing.
  • Never leave your vehicle in the middle of the road, and do not park in front of gates.
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Remember, "Thank you" goes a long way in the big woods. Wildlife officials say "if you encounter a forester, wood worker, or other landowner representative in your travels, take a minute and thank them for supporting traditional access to lands they manage."

Cruise this Aroostook County Scenic Byway for Endless Foliage Views

One of Maine's northernmost scenic byways is a perfect foliage cruise this fall. The Fish River Scenic Byway follow's a 38 mile stretch of Route 11 in northern Aroostook county. The byway begins in Portage Lake and winds it's way through the densely forested lands to Fort Kent. Along the way you'll see vast valleys of wildflowers, views of scenic Eagle Lake, and one huge hill that offers views of Mt. Katahdin. The trip ends, America's first mile.

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