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.

Bad News About Invasive Bluegills

DIFW Fisheries Biologist Wes Ashe recently reported on an illegal introduction of invasive Bluegills. Here’s some info from his report: Bluegill don’t belong in Maine waters, and despite their small size and unintimidating features, they are highly invasive. The next summer, biologists returned to the Sheepscot River to get a better handle on the distribution […]

Lots of bear stories

While I have seen bears all over Maine, my most amazing and entertaining encounters were at camp so those are the stories I’m going to tell today. Walking the perimeter road in Baxter Park, I often encountered bears. One time a bear walked out of the woods and into the road just 10 feet in […]

Battling wild critters in our home

When battles with wild critters move into the home, things can get ugly. And I’m not just talking about mice, although we’ve done battle with plenty of them. One winter I caught 38, an even dozen of them trapped in a kitchen drawer. And this doesn’t count the mice our cat killed. Often we would […]

Amazing encounters with wildlife

Throughout my life I have had amazing encounters with wildlife, and today I’m going to start sharing some of those stories with you. Today I’ll start with encounters with an ermine and a skunk. I was deer hunting on my woodlot and sitting on the ground with my back up against a Hemlock tree, when […]