Being prepared is being smart

Even short hikes should be planned accordingly.

The game wardens of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife rescue over 70 people from Maine trails every year. Even experienced hikers can take a wrong turn or veer off the path unknowingly, so it’s important to pack accordingly and know your surrounding area. Hiking is a great way to get outside and enjoy Maine, but as a Keeper of the Maine Outdoors, you should be conscious of what could happen and be prepared – as the saying goes, “plan for the worst and hope for the best!”

Things to remember on your hike.

  • Never hike alone and stay with your group on the path at all times.
  • Let people outside of your hiking group know where you are going.
  • Don’t rely on your phone! Try to bring a paper map of the trail.
  • Recognize when you should turn back. Pride won’t get you down the mountain.
  • Do research beforehand on weather conditions. Pack accordingly.
  • Drink up! Always bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Most of all be safe.

It’s never part of the plan to get hurt on the trail, have no signal on your phone, or end up lost, but sadly, these things happen. Maine has thousands of incredible hiking trails for all ages and experience levels. We encourage you to get out there and enjoy them, but just remember to do research first and have a well-thought out plan!

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Maine has the largest black bear population in the US.

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Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's tagline is "All In For The Maine Outdoors".

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Maine has over 35,000 black bears.

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Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's Warden Service has 9 Special Teams.

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Maine's hunting and fishing licenses are the only funding source for MDIFW.

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