George's Outdoor News Blog Archive 2010
They’re wild and fast, and unless you’re an ace with a shotgun, they’ll humble you.
During our annual North Dakota pheasant hunt in October, we saw hundreds of birds a day. How could it be so difficult to shoot my daily bag limit of three?
It was probably the best idea I had in my eighteen years as executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
Following another tough legislative session in which natural resource agencies and programs got clobbered again, I was fishing from camp at Sourdahunk Lake, pulling in some beautiful wild brook trout, but (unfortunately) still thinking about the legislature.
Here’s a book that could change your angling future. It should change the way you think about fish and fishing. It’s a “must-read” for all Maine anglers, fisheries biologists, and anyone who is concerned about the ways we manipulate our environment.
Anders Halverson, in his book An Entirely Synthetic Fish (Yale University Press 2010), explains “how rainbow trout beguiled America and overran the world.”
Animal rights activists have lost their latest battle to stop hunting and trapping in Maine. On October 20 the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston affirmed a 2009 decision by Judge John Woodcock, Jr., dismissing the animal rights groups’ Canada lynx lawsuit.
This decision provides a very important national precedent. It’s been a long trail getting to this point, but here’s a quick summary:
The state’s primary vehicle for buying conservation lands and easements, the Land for Maine’s Future Fund, is broke. To make matters worse, federal conservation dollars that have fueled much of our state’s two decades of conservation projects are scheduled for significant reductions over the next several years.
That makes the decision of Maine’s voters on an LMF bond issue on the November 2 ballot particularly important.
They’re fishing in different pools, but sometimes they still catch the same fish.
The Maine League of Conservation Voters is the primary political action group for the state’s environmentalists, while the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s political action committee, SAM PAC, serves the same purpose for hunters, anglers, trappers, and gun enthusiasts.
As the new executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine moved into my Augusta office yesterday and I packed out my prints, photographs, buck deer mount, commendations, and personal stuff, it was time to reflect on my eighteen years in this job. Here are a few things I learned, some the hard way.
The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) asked Maine’s gubernatorial candidates twenty-five probing questions in a lengthy questionnaire. In previous blog entries we’ve been reporting the candidate’s answers, to help inform your vote on November 2.
Here’s what the candidates said on key hunting and fishing issues:
Four of the five candidates for governor have pledged to support a Constitutional amendment that would provide a guaranteed source of public funding to Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Most Mainers list outdoor activities as major contributors to their quality of life, but few will vote on November 2 with much understanding of what the gubernatorial candidates will do to protect and enhance our outdoor heritage.