Deirdre Fleming has been an outdoor reporter at the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram for 15 years and a reporter in Maine for 22. She has traveled to every corner of Maine to report stories, camped across all 16 counties, and met thousands of Mainers whose greatest pleasure is to work and play outdoors. She’s seen biologists trap 500-pound bear, watched charter captains land high-jumping makos, camped on Moosehead Lake (literally on the lake) in winter, and retraced Gov. Percival Baxter’s first trip to Mt. Katahdin. She likes nothing better than to get an exclusive interview on a controversial outdoor topic and then hear that Mainer say her article was spot-on. She is often asked, but still doesn’t know her favorite Maine wildland. A graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Missouri, Fleming lives in Portland with her partner and their rescue dog and cat. In her free time, she loves to ski, fly fish, hike, hunt, mountain bike race, and wilderness camp where there are no people.

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  • Published
    April 9, 2012

    Warm weather starts tick clock early

    This year’s unusually warm winter and early spring mean ticks have become active earlier than usual, and if a 10-year pattern of warmer winter weather continues, then tick-borne diseases are likely to become more of a problem in the future, researchers say.

  • Published
    April 7, 2012

    DEIRDRE FLEMING :Rewards of the hunt tasty, and helpful for charity

    Deer pie, bear meatloaf, duck kebabs and moose sausage are not unusual snacks to find at a Maine camp or rod and gun club potluck dinner.

  • Published
    April 7, 2012

    FISHING: Right stuff from Lefty

    It’s safe to say when fishermen around the world meet Lefty Kreh, they don’t associate him with Maine. And by no means is Maine — well known as it is for its brook trout ponds and salmon lakes — on this famous angler’s Top 10 list for places to fish.

  • Published
    April 2, 2012

    Small number, big talent at moose-calling contest

    AUGUSTA — The moose-calling contest Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center only drew four contestants, but the qualifier for the first world invitational showed the judges the championship event should be wicked good.

  • Published
    March 4, 2012

    Student turns love of fishing into school project

    SANFORD — Jeff Lemay really just wanted to find out if there were any big crappie in his favorite pond. And, OK, he also wanted to fish.

  • Published
    March 4, 2012

    Learning lessons outdoors

    SANFORD — Jeff Lemay really just wanted to find out if there were any big crappie in his favorite pond. And, OK, he also wanted to fish.

  • Published
    March 3, 2012

    Expert: Growing bear numbers OK for now

    Maine’s bear harvest has been declining at the same time the bear population has been increasing through ample natural food. But despite growing bear numbers, there’s not a problem with bears clashing with the public and becoming a disturbance, state biologists say.

  • Published
    March 2, 2012

    Winter on the mountain

    TOWNSHIP 2, RANGE 9, WELS — On President’s Day, while it was mild and 39 degrees in Portland, Dave Wilson was on the summit of Mount Katahdin, facing 60 mph winds and a new patch of frostbite on his face. He had been there before, at least once a year for the past 20 years.

  • Published
    February 26, 2012

    Scientists armed with new facts about bears

    TOWNSHIP 36, MD — Wildlife biologist Kendall Marden walked cautiously toward a mass of boulders deep in the Washington County forest, moving quietly with four other biologists nearby.

  • Published
    February 26, 2012

    Oldest bear study program gets a lift

    TOWNSHIP 36, MD — Wildlife biologist Kendall Marden walked cautiously toward a mass of boulders deep in the Washington County forest, moving quietly with four other biologists nearby.