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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
    February 25, 2012

    OUTDOORS: State parks are not just for summer

    There’s been scarce little snow so far this winter, and those who need their Nordic fix are getting antsy.

  • Published
    February 11, 2012

    Leading the way

    AVON — With a makeshift air gun fashioned with duct tape and a gas engine on a home-rigged backpack, the biologists with the Department of Marine Resources laughed as they blasted holes for hatchery eggs into a rocky tributary of the Sandy. But their work could be a part of a long-sought Atlantic salmon solution.

  • Published
    February 11, 2012

    OUTDOORS: He’s planning for the future, including winning a tying contest

    Seventh-grader Sam Kenney of Dixmont is heading to Pennsylvania to compete today, but not for a traveling basketball or hockey team. The 12-year-old is going to the Pennsylvania Fly Tying Championship.

  • Published
    February 4, 2012

    The trail less traveled

    EAST ORLAND — For more than a decade, Peter Kenney of Bar Harbor has been trying to grow the sport of snowshoe racing in eastern Maine.

  • Published
    February 4, 2012

    DEIRDRE FLEMING: Quality of ice fishing really depends on your locale

    Based on reports by state fisheries biologists this winter, the ice fishing season is either going great or hardly going.

  • Published
    February 2, 2012

    Sebago ice-fishing derby canceled for lack of ice

    The big prize of $100,000 for anyone who breaks the 54-year-old state record for togue now applies to all lakes around Maine on March 3 and 4.

  • Published
    January 31, 2012

    Moose lottery odds improve for non-winners

    Moose hunting is an annual tradition that’s uniquely Maine, one in which families plan trips that will create stories told for generations. Yet some Maine hunters have walked away empty-handed from every state-sponsored lottery for moose hunting permits.

  • Published
    January 31, 2012

    New moose hunt lottery will favor past losers

    Moose hunting is an annual tradition that’s uniquely Maine, one in which families plan trips that will create stories told for generations. Yet some Maine hunters have walked away empty-handed from every state-sponsored lottery for moose hunting permits.

  • Published
    January 28, 2012

    OUTDOORS: ‘The Baxter Line’

    MILLINOCKET — It took a half dozen questions, first with the reverend, then the carpenter, next the restaurant owner. Finally, the name for this peculiar phenomenon that takes place in a parking lot in Millinocket every January came clear.

  • Published
    January 28, 2012

    DEIRDRE FLEMING: If you’re on the Baxter Line, you join a special group

    This is part inside story and part full disclosure, and while I’m at it, I should say that in 20 years of journalism, I have never looked to personally benefit from a story.

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