Monthly Archives: October 2016

Oscar Cronk is a legendary sportsman

Oscar and Edie Cronk have been important people in my life, so it was great to be there at SAM’s annual banquet for DIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock’s presentation of a Lifetime Outdoor Achievement award to Oscar. Oscar is Maine’s best known trapper, a true legend, and his wife Edie is right there beside him. In […]

Pythons, wardens, hatcheries and lots more outdoor issues will be debated by next legislature

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               Well, the elections will be over soon (thank goodness!) and many of us will get into the woods in pursuit of whitetails, so it must be time to set our sights on the Maine legislature where lots of important issues may be debated – and possibly even decided – in 2017. Here are some […]

Pumpkin belongs in pies, not beer!

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It astonishes me that so many of you love pumpkin beer. Fred Forsley, President of Shipyard, will produce 45,000 barrels of pumpkin spiced beer this year – down from the 54,000 barrels he made in each of the last two years. Articles in Mainebiz and Forbes reported that brewers throughout the United States have cut […]

Trapping restrictions to protect Lynx have hurt research on other species says DIF&W

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                “In 2015 the trapping regulations for several species was altered in order to reduce the chance of accidentally capturing lynx, which are listed as a threatened species by the federal government. Unfortunately, these changes resulted in reduced trapper participation, and have made it more difficult for the Department to collect quality biological data on […]