OQUOSSOC – The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsman’s Association Clubhouse was filled to capacity on Oct. 19. Leading off was a potluck dinner, with venison dishes as the focus of the meal.

A general meeting followed, led by President Don Palmer. He gave an update on several key programs and upcoming events. He then introduced Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Chuck Hulsey, who gave a status report on turkey relocation efforts near Rangeley.

Hulsey said turkeys appeared to already be moving into the area and that Rangeley was next on the state’s list for turkey relocations. He said the region may be opened soon for turkey hunting.

Mac Dudley, association archery and wildlife director, introduced guest speakers Matt Tarr and Lee Kantar. Their topic was supplemental deer feeding and the effects on deer.

Tarr has degrees in wildlife biology and is an Extension forester for the University of New Hampshire’s Cooperative Extension Program in Durham, N.H. Kantar is the deer specialist for Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. He specializes in big game management and implements wildlife management goals. He and Tarr were in the wildlife management program at UNH at the same time.

Tarr gave an overview of deer biology, then Kantar took the floor to discuss “Limitations and Potential” for the deer herd in Maine and the goals Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has set for deer management. The audience asked question of both speakers.


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