Aroostook Outdoor News: 3.10.16 edition

#SpringForward! Feels like #Spring has been here for months! Who wants a little more #snow?

In this edition: 1) A #ski #XCSki #Nordic #marathon in #Madawaska. 2) #Snowshoe #hikes in St. Agatha and #PresqueIsle. 3) #IceFishing for #kids at #MadawaskaLake. Plus lots more! #offugo…


Thursday, March 10 and Saturday, March 12

Youth Turkey Hunting Seminar, Caribou. March 10: 6:00-9:00 p.m. March 12: 9:00 a.m.-Noon at Caribou High School. Instructor Steve Stubbs will teach turkey hunting strategies including scouting, decoy use and set up, calls and calling, turkey biology and characteristics, firearms and firearms safety. Youth will meet a Maine Game Warden, learn about turkey hunting laws and hunting ethics. Turkey calling contest, door prizes. Contact Steve Stubbs FMI


Friday, March 11-Sunday, March 13

North American and US Ski Orienteering Championship, Presque Isle. Elite races will be at the highest competitive level, though all age groups and classes will enjoy appropriately challenging courses. Nordic Heritage Center trails are fun to ski; special narrow trails have been cut and groomed for advanced courses. Even those with minimal ski orienteering experience can enjoy the mini-sprints around the arena complex all weekend. Great for kids! Visit FMI


*Saturday, March 12

Katahdin Woods & Waters Rec. Area Cross Country Ski Outing, Mt. Chase. 10:15 a.m. at Trail Head Matagamon Ski Trails, Baxter State Park parking lot, end of Matagamon Rd.; follow directions on to Northern End Matagamon. Yes, we still have snow; trails have been great! Old River Road Loop covers approx. 8k along East Branch of the Penobscot River, through some of the proposed national park lands. Visit FMI


Saturday, March 12

Limestone Community Winter Fun Day, Limestone. 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at Limestone Community School. Come enjoy a day of winter fun outside. Sliding, bonfire, skiing (equipment available to borrow), snowmobile tote rides, outdoor games and activities and much more. Chili Cook-off sponsored by Limestone Chamber. Chicken Stew and concessions available. Contact Bill Tucker (207-551-1204) FMI


Saturday, March 12

Acadia FCU Marathon – Aroostook Cup #6, Madawaska. 40k classic/skate race with cash prizes; 20k classic/skate race. Pasta meal with lots of raffle prizes for all skiers. Race start: 11:00 a.m. at Four Seasons Trails. Fee: $25/40k racers, $15/20k racers. Visit FMI


Saturday, March 12

3rd Annual Angel Snowfest, St. Agatha. All-day event at Lakeview Restaurant; live music, outdoor Ice Bar, Snowshoe/Walk, Luminary Walk on the breathtaking Lakeview trails. Proceeds benefit Angel Flight NE and Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund. Fee: $15; includes neck-warmer, stew, entertainment. Visit FMI


*Saturday, March 12

Francis Malcolm Science Center Bird Talk, Easton. 7:00 p.m. at Francis Malcolm Science Center, 776 Houlton Road. Aroostook Birders President Bill Sheehan will be speaking on migration. Visit FMI


Sunday, March 13

Sportsmen’s Inc. Kids’ Ice Fishing Day, Madawaska Lake. 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All fishing equipment and bait provided. First 100 kids registered will receive a free ice fishing trap. Food available. Visit “Sportsmen’s Inc.” on facebook FMI


Sunday, March 13

UMPI Outing Club Snowshoe Hike, Presque Isle. 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Aroostook State Park. Cost: FREE! Includes guide, transportation, equipment. No experience required. Participants should sign up no later than Friday, March 11 by 3:00 p.m. Contact Amanda Baker (207-768-9401) or FMI


Monday, March 14

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Ice Fishing Trip, Madawaska Lake. Depart Caribou Rec. at 9:00 a.m.; return by 3:00 p.m. Cost: $25/ages 18-69, includes on day fishing license; $20/ages 70 and up, includes lifetime fishing license; fees include transportation, ice traps, bait, ice auger, lakeside lunch, campfire. Bring folding chairs, warm clothes, blanket. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Friday, March 18-Sunday, March 20

Lonesome Pine Trails Winter Carnival/Kids’ Day Weekend, Fort Kent. Snow sculptures, games, and fun all weekend long! It’s something new, it’s something exciting! Ski Patrol Midnight Ski on Saturday night! At Lonesome Pine Trails, Forest Avenue. Contact Lonesome Pine Trails (207-834-5202) or FMI


Saturday, March 19

Ashland Area XC Ski Club Family Fun Day, Ashland. 10:00 a.m. at Chase’s Ski Trails, 267 Garfield Rd. Self-guided family activities will include: ice cube hunt, snowshoeing, ski trails to explore. Hot dog roast, marshmallows, hot cocoa, other goodies. Skis available for use. Contact Amanda Barker (207-712-8552) FMI


Saturday, March 19

St. John Vianney Parish Mommy & Me Sledding Event, Fort Kent. 10:00 a.m. at Fort Kent Outdoor Center, 33 Paradis Circle. Our next “The Way We Grow” event is a sledding party. We’d love to have a hill full of moms and kiddos! Please join us! Contact St. John Vianney Parish (207-834-5656) FMI


*Saturday, March 19

Four Seasons Trails Association Tiki Torch Night, Madawaska. 7:00-9:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring Street. This is a fun night of skiing, snowshoeing, and sledding; we light up a few kilometers of trails with tiki torches! Refreshments will be served, such as hot dogs, hot chocolate, and other goodies. Bring headlamps or flashlights. Visit FMI


*Sunday, March 20

Bigrock Invitational Youth Ski Race, Mars Hill. Registration: 8:00 a.m. Giant Slalom Race start: 10:00 a.m. Slalom Race start: 12:45 p.m. Awards: 2:30 p.m. Fee: $25/skier; includes lift ticket, $15/season pass holders. Contact Bigrock (207-425-6711) FMI


Sunday, March 20

Fort Kent Outdoor Center Snowshoe Hike, Fort Kent. 1:00-3:00 p.m. at FKOC, 33 Paradis Circle. Contact FKOC (207-834-6203) or visit FMI


Monday, March 21

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Snowshoe Adventure, Caribou. Join us for a snowshoe adventure at Caribou High School Ski Trails. Fee: $20; includes snowshoes, trekking poles, instruction, hot dog roast. Depart Caribou Rec. Center at 10:00 a.m.; return by 3:00 p.m. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


Wednesday, March 23 and Saturday, April 2

Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. Hunter Safety, Houlton. Meets at Houlton High School Cafeteria. Required for those 16 and up seeking first time hunting license. Course consists of classroom instruction taught by a trained, certified volunteer instructor according to statewide standards. Course topics: Proper Handling, Rifle and Shotgun, Survival/First Aid, Hunter Responsibility, Map and Compass, Landowner Relations. Cost: $5. Contact Houlton/Hodgdon Adult Ed. (207-521-3100) FMI


*Saturday, March 26

Lonesome Pine Trails Ski Invitational Race, Fort Kent. 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at Lonesome Pine Trails, Forest Avenue. Slalom and Giant Slalom downhill youth races. Contact Lonesome Pine Trails (207-834-5202) or or visit FMI


*Monday, March 28

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult XC Ski Adventure, Caribou. The Caribou Ski Trails at Caribou County Club boast a wilderness experience right in our backyard; rabbits and song birds make these trails a unique Aroostook County experience. Trip includes a hot bowl of chowder and finger sandwiches on the trail. Depart Caribou Rec: 10:00 a.m. Return: 3:00 p.m. Fee: $20; includes equipment, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or FMI


*Friday, April 1

First Friday Art Walk, Presque Isle. 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wintergreen Arts Center, 149 State St. Images by local photographers of the first three Color PI 5K races will be displayed. Public is invited to bring race photos to be judged for a chance to win free registration for the 2016 race, to be held Aug. 27. Early race registration will also open that night. Cost of race registration: $30; free t-shirt to first 250 registrants. Contact Wintergreen Arts Center (207-762-3576) FMI


*Saturday, April 9

36th Annual UMPI Spring Runoff 5k Road Race, Presque Isle. Race #2 in the County Challenge Series. Fundraiser for UMPI Cross Country running programs. Run as an individual or 3-person relay team. Registration: 8:00 a.m. at UMPI’s Wieden Gym. Walk start: 9:30 a.m. Race start: 10:00 a.m. Pizza and Pepsi will be served after the race! Cost: $15/individual, $25/relay team. Contact Chris Smith (207-768-9472) or FMI


*Saturday, April 9-Sunday, April 10

Presque Isle Fish and Game Club Sportsman’s Show, Presque Isle. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. each day at UMPI’s Gentile Hall. Kids’ Trout Fishing Pond sponsored by L.L. Bean, Air Gun Shooting Range, Laser Shot Rifle/Pistol Range, Video Hunting Game, Moose Calling Contest, hourly kids’ door prizes! 75+ exhibitors from Maine, New Brunswick, Labrador, Quebec, New England. Fee: $5/person, FREE/kids 10 and under. Visit Presque Isle Fish and Game Club FMI


*Tuesday, April 12

Caribou Rec. Take It Outside Series Adult Deer Yard/Greenhouse Tour, Caribou. Travel with Wildlife Biologist Rich Hoppe to learn what it takes to manage deer. Visit a greenhouse to learn about gardening; design and plant your own outdoor flower pot. Depart Caribou Rec: 8:30 a.m. Return: 4:00 p.m. Fee: $30; includes lunch, flower pot, transportation. Contact Neal Sleeper (207-493-4224) or 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


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


Friends of Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Meeting, Limestone. Second Monday of each month; 6:00 p.m. at ANWR headquarters and Visitor’s Center, 97 Refuge Rd. Founded in 1998, Friends are involved in a number of volunteer projects on the ANWR in an effort to balance the enhancing of habitat with the public access privilege to enjoy wildlife in an unmolested environment. Contact Friends of ANWR (207-328-4634) or 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 Meeting, Madawaska. Second Tuesday of each month; 6:30 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge, 425 Spring St. Contact Real Deschaine (207-728-4992) FMI


Four Seasons Trail Association Snowshoe Hike, Madawaska. Wednesdays and Saturdays; 1:00 p.m. at Four Seasons Lodge. Group snowshoeing/walking on trails. Bring lunch. Contact FSTA (207-728-7047) 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


Nordic Heritage Sport Club/TAMC Youth Ski Program, Presque Isle. Saturdays; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at Nordic Heritage Center. February 27-March 26. UMPI Ski Team coaches will combine instruction and technique training with obstacle courses and games on skis. For children 6- 14 years of age. Contact Joey Bard FMI


Mont Farlagne Outdoor Centre Ice Wall, Edmundston, NB. Saturdays; 1:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. and Sundays; 1:00-5:00 p.m. (All times Atlantic). Our ice wall is open for the season! First come, first served basis. Cost: $25/hour; $15/equipment rental; $65/2 hours (includes equipment). It will also be possible to buy ice wall climbing equipment at our pro shop in the upcoming weeks. See you on the wall! Visit FMI


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