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The Good Old Days Maine's Deer Hunting Past…And Future July 26, 2011

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... were to go back to the late 1850’s or early 1860’s, he would have found deer almost literally “behind every tree” in many areas. Yet a few years later, in the late 1860’s, he would have had trouble finding even “track stew” in most areas of the state...During the growth of the pulp wood industry...many large areas of merchantable trees were removed that consisted primarily of coniferous cover... wintering yards were summarily wiped out eliminating both food and cover. “In the early 1880’s,” according to the Game Division report, “deer were still absent or
uncommon in northern Maine...

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