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 stop killing our fish and wildlife with fishing lures

Senator Paul Davis has sponsored legislation to require biodegradable rubber fishing lures for freshwater fishing. His bill will also ban stainless steel hooks. The bill would allow 5 years to achieve his goal. The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee will hear the bill on February 27. The hearing starts at 9:15 am. Cameron Patterson, […]

University of Maine launches exciting outdoor leadership program

The University of Maine is launching a very exciting and timely outdoor leadership program to “help us secure Maine’s rich heritage of outdoor recreation and empower the next generation of outdoor leaders and ecotourism businesses.” This is a fantastic idea and a good match for our State University. Phase 1 of the program will be […]

Teacup Café headed to Maine schools

The wonderful children’s book, The Teacup Café, which I reviewed in January, is headed to 570 Maine Schools, thanks to Central Maine Power Company. That’s great news because every Maine kid should read this book, which emphasizes that it’s what is inside of them that is important. The author, Patricia Farrin, recently wrote me this […]

Wardens Responded to Nearly 3500 calls

Last year Maine game wardens responded to 3,449 calls for service regarding landowner relations. Those calls resulted in 1,378 summonses and 681 warnings. Interestingly ATV violations resulted in by far the most summonses and warnings. In fact ATV violations got nearly half of the summonses and more than half of the warnings issued for the […]

Travel Trocities – My taxi caught fire

Getting to and from Maine is a challenge. Many years ago I wrote the following column about this challenge. Susan Misiora works out of Albany, New York, as regional representative of the National Rifle Association. She recently told me of the latest in a long line of adventures she has encountered in trying to get […]