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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.

Better check out these new rules from DIF&W

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has issued lots of new rule proposals governing everything from falconry to hunting and trapping. This is really a comprehensive reorganization of the rules, with changes mixed in. You’ll want to read the entire proposal. Hunters should definitely read through the hunting rules that cover all types of […]

Here’s your chance to speak for Maine’s brook trout

Good news from DIF&W. MDIFW To Host Two Wild Trout Conservation Strategy Informational Meetings  On October 11, 2018, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife publicly announced (MDIFW Exploring Strategies to Enhance Protections for Brook Trout and Arctic Charr While Preserving Traditional Fishing Methods and Fishing Economies) ongoing efforts to explore the development of […]

Sportsman’s Alliance Pulls Its Support for CMP Corridor

Sportsman’s Alliance Pulls Its Support for CMP Corridor After offering support last January for CMP’s controversial new corridor from Quebec to Massachusetts, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has pulled its support, after seeking guidance from its members, many of whom oppose the project. As a SAM life member and a strong opponent of the CMP […]

You might enjoy this interview with me

Scott Milewski of Augusta has started an interesting project featuring interviews with Mainers. You can access these interviews at www.interviewswithme.com. And yes, Scott did an interview with me! I spent a very interesting afternoon with Scott at my house. We talked about lots of things, and I shared many stories. All of which he edited […]

A big and memorable Thanksgiving buck

I’ve had some memorable hunts on Thanksgiving mornings, before gathering with family for the annual feast. Here’s a story about one of my most memorable Thanksgiving encounters with big bucks. An Icy Morning Heats Up              Crunch, crunch, crunch. I could hear him plodding along in the frozen ground through a stand of spruce out […]

My recommendations for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Recommendations for Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife By George Smith, georgesmithmaine@gmail.com Unlock the door In the good old days, anyone could walk into DIF&W and meet with staff. Commissioner Bill Vail’s door was always open. My Dad would go in and visit with Bill from time to time. Today you must check in downstairs, […]