While we wait for a major initiative to simplify Maine’s fishing rules in 2012, the 2011 list of fishing rule changes is now up for public comment.
But prepare yourself. The changes consume 223 pages! Don't print out the list!
First, check to see if any of your favorite waters are on the list. That’s where you can have the most impact – commenting on waters you know well.
Inspired by the 50 pounds lost by Bangor Daily News outdoor writer John Holyoke, I’ve set my mind – and perhaps my body – on a course to lose the extra insulation in my mid-section. Toward that goal, I’ve created this Sportsman’s Weight Loss Plan.
Switch to light beer, at least when you are having more than one.
Perform 30 minutes of aerobics when watching the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and Bruins.
Even though you don’t shoot them, eat lots of vegetables.
Paul Fournier hooked me with his first sentence: “I was fifteen that summer when first love struck.” His first love was a 17 foot long Old Town canoe.
On the third page of Paul’s new book, Tales from Misery Ridge, (Islandport Press, 2011) he started to reel me in when he purchased his second canoe – at age 17 – from Leon Prince of North Monmouth. Leon was my wife’s grandfather, and when I read Paul’s words describing her grandfather to her, Lin said he had captured her twice-widowed grandfather exactly.
The loss of Maine’s deer herd in the North Woods is expected to accelerate the steady loss of both resident and nonresident hunters in a state once known for its Whitetails.
The truth is that the big woods still has trophy whitetails, but the overall deer population there is greatly diminished, and other states are now more attractive to deer hunters, including Mainers.
If you aren’t receiving the weekly newsletter of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, or reading it on the agency’s website, you’re missing a lot of interesting and helpful information, much of which can make your outdoor activities more fun. The newsletter is emailed on Tuesdays – coincidentally the same day this blog report is posted each week.
You can get on the email list by contacting Edie Smith, the agency’s Director of Information and Education, at Edith.A.Smith@maine.gov.
You’ve got to give them credit. The Maine League of Conservation Voters (MCV) has stayed the course, issuing its 25th Environmental Scorecard on September 6.
This year MCV has offered a new twist – a free iPhone application, available along with the scorecard itself at 2011Environmental Scorecard. The online version is interactive.
On the same day he announced appointments for a group charged with recommending reforms for Maine’s Land Use Regulation Commission, Governor Paul LaPage was quoted in the Bangor Daily News as saying LURC “will not be in the hands of the state. It’s going to go back likely to the counties.”
The Governor may be in for a surprise. He certainly is premature in announcing the the recommendations of a 13-member study commission on LURC's future before the group has had a single meeting!
The Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine has launched a project to create a strong partnership between Maine’s private landowners and those who use their land for recreation.
Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has created a landowner relations position, following the expiration of a similar position at the Department of Conservation.
As Maine’s tradition of public access to and across private land continues to evaporate, the importance of maintaining a good relationship between landowners and recreationists is paramount. So far neither state agencies nor recreationists as a group have been able to foster the type of relationship and program that will sustain this tradition of neighborly access.
Chandler Woodcock, the commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, made a brief appearance on August 9 at a Bangor meeting of the Landowners and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Board.
This advisory board was created in 2002 to actively participate in landowner relations programs at state agencies. A report on the board’s August 9 meeting — and a look at the sorry history of the board and its predecessor — can be read on my personal website.