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 the spring of 2016, Islandport Press will publish a Maine travel book by George and Linda, and Down East Books will publish a book about Maine sporting camps by George. In 2014 George won an award for the state's best sports blog, from the Maine Press Association.

Time to put our differences aside and make the best of the new national monument

East Branch Penobscot River

On May 16, I testified in favor of the designation of a national monument on land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, at a public hearing hosted by U.S. Senator Angus King and the Director of the National Park Service. Now that the President has designated that area as a national monument, I think my remarks are […]

Big challenges ahead as new big game management plans are created

Bob Duchesne photo

New management plans for all of Maine’s big game animals should be ready for review and comment by sportsmen and the general public sometime in December. Draft plans prepared by wildlife biologists and representatives of various groups are nearing completion. Those plans will go to a larger Big Game Steering Committee, which will work with […]

New episode of Wildfire focuses on deer

Gary Hilliard

State Representative Gary Hilliard (R-Belgrade) is our guest on the episode of Wildfire that begins airing tonight. Much of the show focused on deer, as we questioned the sharp 60 percent increase in any-deer permits issued this year by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Gary is on a working group that is partnering […]

On my way to the outhouse

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My Dad, Ezra Smith, was a prolific writer of letters to the editor. After he died, I found every letter he’d ever written to our local newspaper, in files by decade. What a treasure! He once wrote a letter to the editor about the outhouse at our camp on Nesowadnehunk  Lake just outside the western […]