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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
    November 25, 2011

    Annual football game turns 100

    PORTLAND — Matt Flaherty Sr. waited for the stands to fill an hour before kickoff at the 100th annual Thanksgiving Day football game between crosstown high-school rivals Portland and Deering on Thursday, and couldn’t wait for the electricity that would come with the crowd.

  • Published
    November 24, 2011

    SAM a personal mission for Trahan

    AUGUSTA — For 18 years one man became the face of Maine’s biggest sportsmen’s organizations. And that face was ever-present in the State House. Now the face of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, if new executive director David Trahan has his way, will be of children outside ice shacks, hunting in the woods and casting at youth-only ponds.

  • Published
    November 19, 2011

    OUTDOORS: Fly fishermen hear the call of bamboo

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Bamboo fly rods run upward of $1,500 and $2,000. That’s not the kind of cottage industry that would make it in a poor economy. Unless you’re in Maine.

  • Published
    November 19, 2011

    OUTDOORS: IIt’s either feast or famine when it comes to deer herd

    The stories statewide the past two years about the harsh winters of 2008 and 2009 and the toll those aberrations in weather took on the deer herd are starting to play out at tagging stations.

  • Published
    November 13, 2011

    Stats: Maine hunter safety about average

    One fatality and two other hunting-related shooting accidents over two days during the first week of firearm season for deer raised questions about Maine’s hunter safety record.

  • Published
    November 13, 2011

    Numbers show Maine pretty safe place for hunting

    One fatality and two other hunting-related shooting accidents over two days during the first week of firearm season for deer raised questions about Maine’s hunter safety record.

  • Published
    November 10, 2011

    UNE students track gray squirrels to gather information

    BIDDEFORD — Rocky and Bullwinkle would be so impressed.

  • Published
    October 8, 2011

    OUTDOORS — DEIRDRE FLEMING: Stripers decline makes impact

    At least three tournaments, one bait shop and a guiding business. That’s the fallout, so far, of the declining striper population in Maine.

  • Published
    July 16, 2011

    State senator takes position as Sportsman’s Alliance director

    The lawmaker who spearheaded the state’s new whitetail deer plan will take over as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

  • Published
    July 16, 2011

    State senator takes position as leader of sportsmen’s lobby

    The lawmaker who spearheaded the state’s new whitetail deer plan will take over as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

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