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.

From stream flows to native plants, check out these NRCM funded kids’ projects

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While Governor Paul LePage’s inappropriate letter to NRCM members, criticizing the organization in very inaccurate statements, got lots of news coverage, I was thinking about all the ways this great environmental organization has benefitted our state. Some of their work, on major environmental projects and issues, has been well reported, such as their most recent […]

Maine’s moose suffered another tough winter

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Maine’s moose continue to be killed in large numbers by ticks. The most recent research, completed this past winter and spring, has not been released officially yet, but Judy Camuso, Wildlife Division Director, shared the following information with James Cote and me when we taped a Wildfire TV show with her on Monday. Moose calves […]

Kate’s cooking of beaver, bear, and moose, heat up the Wildfire kitchen!

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This may have been the most fun I’ve ever had on our TV talk show Wildfire. Kate Krukowski Gooding, author of several exceptional wild game cookbooks, was our guest, so we moved into the studio’s kitchen where she prepared a dish she created just for the show: Wildfire’s Chipotle BBQ Black Fly Stew, with moose, […]

Hatchery fish kill was predictable

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While the press release reported an “unexpected reduction in water flow” killed lots of juvenile landlocked salmon at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s Casco hatchery, it was entirely predictable. And the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s failure to ask the legislature for funding to solve the problem, when they had a good […]