All posts by George Smith

George Smith

About George Smith

George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters. Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014. In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.

Time to help with brook trout survey

Maine Audubon is again sponsoring a brook trout survey this year. The information collected is very important to our effort to protect and enhance our remarkable population of native brook trout. I hope you will sign up to participate in this year’s survey. Here is the information I received from Maine Audubon.   Happy Spring! […]

Snowmobile registration fee hike killed

An increase in the snowmobile registration fee was killed by the legislature’s IFW Committee, after a lengthy discussion. The bill would have increased the registration fee by $30, if the snowmobiler did not belong to a snowmobile club. Legislators recognized that the club membership would be difficult to verify at the town offices where snowmobiles […]

Legislature punts on bear bag limits and seasons

A bill giving DIF&W authority to establish bear seasons and bag limits drew a lengthy debate at the legislature’s IFW Committee. The bill got lots of discussion and debate. Rep John Martin expressed concern that, if the committee gave the department this authority, including the possibility that bear trapping would be expanded, it would provoke […]

Great outdoor opportunity for kids

Here’s a great outdoor adventure and opportunity for Maine kids. But you must act quickly. Here’s the info, provided by Maine’s Department of Inland fisheries and Wildlife. Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) is a 4-H and FFA youth natural resource program dedicated to teaching wildlife and fisheries habitat management to junior and senior level (ages […]

Wardens offer landowner relations report

The Maine Warden Service is responsible for landowner relations at DIF&W, and they recently posted an update on their work with and for private landowners. Here is their report: We would like to take an opportunity and introduce the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Landowner Relations and Keep Maine Clean Programs, which is […]