Aroostook Outdoor News: 1.14.16 edition

#DidntWinPowerball. It’s okay. We are all rich with #OutdoorActivities! #AroostookThing

In this edition: 1) An #IceFishing contest on all legal fishing lakes in #AroostookCounty. 2) A fundraiser #XCSkiRace in Woodland. 3) A snowshoe outing in #FortKent. Plus lots more! #offugo…


*Friday, January 15

The Caribou Editor Ice Fishing Contest, Aroostook County. 12:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. on all legal fishing lakes. Rules: Photos of salmon or trout must be submitted via email by 8:00 p.m. on Jan. 15. All fish entered must show weight, length with a scale/measuring tape. Contest based on your photos. Contestants responsible for verification of fish weight, length. Cost: FREE! Prize: $50 Visa card. Contact or visit FMI


*Saturday, January 16

Union 122 Fundraiser Ski Race, Woodland. Registration: 10:00 a.m. at Woodland Consolidated School, 844 Woodland Center Rd. Kids’ 1k start: 11:00 a.m. 3k race start: 11:15 a.m. All races Freestyle; here will be a classic track set. Cost: $5/youth (under 18), $10/adult (18 and over). All entry fees go to uniform tops for the Union122 Ski Team. Contact Susan Plissey at FMI


Saturday, January 16

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Snowshoe Poker Run, Fort Kent. 6:30 p.m. at FKOC lodge. Come join us for fun on the trails and food and socializing afterwards. Bring friends and a snack to share! Best poker hand wins half the pot! Proceeds support FKOC. Snowshoe rentals available. Cost: $5/member or UMFK student, $8/non-member. Visit FMI


*Tuesday, Jan. 19

Francis Malcolm Science Center Sidewalk Astronomy, Caribou. Meet at Hannaford Supermarket, High St. Hosted by Planetarium Director Larry Berz, featuring the Goliath telescope and related accessories. The public is welcome. Contact Francis Malcolm Science Center (207-488-5451) FMI


Wednesday, January 20

Aroostook Birders Meeting and Presentation, Presque Isle. 7:00 p.m. at UMPI’s Folsom Hall, Room 301. “From 1880 to Present: A Look at UMPI’s Ornithology Teaching Collection.” Bird enthusiasts of all ages, ability levels welcome. Contact Bill Sheehan (207-227-7301) or FMI


Saturday, January 23

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Full Moon Snowshoe Hike, Fort Kent. 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Contact FKOC (207-834-6203) or visit FMI


Saturday, January 23

Healthy You Moonlight Snowshoe Hike, Easton. 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Francis Malcolm Science Center. Join us for a guided snowshoe hike through wooded trails with science educator Larry Berz. Hot cocoa will be served following the hike. Pre-registration required; snowshoes must be reserved. Contact Healthy You (207-498-1361) FMI


*Sunday, January 24

FKOC Frostbite XC Ski Event – Aroostook Cup #2, Fort Kent. 7.5k, 15k Classic races, 2.5k Classic youth (12 & under) race. Registration: 10:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Race start: 11:30 a.m. Youth race start: 12:00 p.m. Cost: $15/FKOC member, $20/non-member; $5/youth FKOC member, $10/youth non-member. Contact Paul Cyr (207-834-6478) or FMI


Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January 31

11th Annual Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Sinclair. Maine’s largest cash prize ice fishing derby; $16,000 in cash prizes! Derby Waters: Long, Cross, St. Froid, Square, Eagle, Glazier, Beau, Portage Lakes, Carr Pond, St. John River. Registration: at Long Lake Sporting Club, 48 Sinclair Rd. Proceeds benefit Paradis Cancer Fund. Visit FMI


Tuesday, February 2 and Tuesday, February 16

Eastern Aroostook Adult Ed. Hunter Safety, Caribou. Meets at Caribou Learning Center. Required for those 16 and up seeking first time hunting license. Learn firearms safety, hunter ethics, map & compass, first aid, survival, game ID and proper care, hunting laws. Students build survival kits. Cost: $5. Contact Eastern Aroostook Adult Ed. (207-493-4272) FMI


*Friday, February 5-Sunday, February 7

Moosestompers Weekend, Houlton. Activities include: Moonlight Snowshoe Hike, Giant Sliding Hill, Family Snowman Building Contest, Wild Katahdin Trust Snow Run, Cross-country Skiing, Cardboard Derby Race, Giant Bonfire, and more! Visit FMI


Saturday, February 6

Twin County Wheelers ATV Club Molunkus Lake Ice Fishing Derby, Molunkus Twp. 6:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Molunkus Lake. Registration: 6:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Fishing time 7:00 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Weigh in/prizes awarded at 3:30 p.m. Great food, drinks available. Contact Mollie Straub (207-619-0025) FMI


*Saturday, February 13

Florenceville-Bristol Tourism SnowBlast, Florenceville, NB. Activities at Riverside Park, Valley Outdoor Centre, Camp Shiktehawk, Community Hall, including Youth/Adult Crazy Cardboard Classic Sled Race, XC Skiing, Woodsman Water Boiling Competition, Sliding, Human Dog Sled Race, Snowshoe Hike, Taffy on the Snow, Hay Rides, Skating, Science East, Food court, and more! Contact Florenceville-Bristol Tourism (506-392-6763) or visit FMI


*Saturday, February 13

Katahdin Communities Outing Club Cross Country Ski and Picnic, Mt. Chase. 10:00 a.m. at Matagamon Ski Trails. Meet at Baxter State Park parking lot at end of Matagamon Road, Mt. Chase. Contact KWW Recreation Managers (207-852-1291) or FMI


*Thursday, February 18-Sunday, February 21

Fins & Furs Adventures Maine Guide School, Presque Isle. Prepares students to confidently enter the state’s testing and licensing process. Material Covered: Hunting, Fishing and/or Recreation guide’s license exam. This course builds top notch map and compass proficiency, and equips students to react quickly and efficiently during stressful situations, such as a lost client or medical emergency. Cost: $495/person. Visit FMI


Ongoing Programs:


County Strides Running Group, Presque Isle. Sundays; 10:00 a.m. at various locations. Open to all abilities; be ready for an easy run of 30-45 minutes, and bring friends! Visit County Strides at FMI


Bootlegger Snowshoe Hike, Rivière-Bleue, QC. Fourth Sunday of each month at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time) at the end of Path Brissette. Get to know the magical setting of the Bootlegger trails on this guided hike. Contact Jean Lebrun (418-893-1033) or FMI


UMPI Meteorology Course, Presque Isle. Mondays and Wednesdays from Jan. 19-May 12; 12:30-1:45 p.m. Learn about basic weather systems, how to identify cloud formations and interpret what they mean in terms of upcoming weather. Emphasis placed on northern Maine weather. Contact Ted Shapiro (207-764-4461) or FMI


Sportsmen’s Inc. Meeting, Stockholm. First Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Axle Siding Clubhouse (intersection of Lake Street/Rt. 161). Outdoors men and women promoting the traditions of the outdoors. If you’re interested in joining, you’re welcome to attend as a guest. Kids are welcome too! Visit FMI


Nordic Heritage Sport Club Meeting, Presque Isle. First Tuesday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center, 450 Fort Fairfield Rd. The club promotes healthy outdoor recreation, economic vitality in Central Aroostook County by providing first-class facilities and programs to area residents, athletes, visitors. Visit FMI


*Madawaska Valley Adventure Club, Madawaska. Second Tuesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Contact Real Deschaine (207-728-4992) FMI


Valley Outdoor Centre Wednesday Night Skiing, Centreville, NB. Wednesdays; 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic Time) at VOC, 133 Upton Rd. Come on out for a night ski with a group to keep you company. Bring headlamp, stay for snacks, drinks afterwards. Cost: $2/member, $5/non-member, $3/rentals. Visit Valley Outdoor Centre at FMI


Four Season Trail Association Meeting, Madawaska. First Wednesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of healthier lifestyles for this community; participation open to anyone interested. Visit FMI


Fort Kent Outdoor Center Jalbert Youth Biathlon Program, Fort Kent. Saturdays; 1:00-2:30 p.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center. Jan. 9-Feb. 13. Open to youth ages 4-14; Nordic skiing, rifle shooting, and LOTS of games! Cost: Free; participants asked to purchase FKOC memberships or daily trail passes. Contact Gail Johnson FMI


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