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.

Birds Need Lots Of Different Forest Habitats

In the recent edition of the Maine Woodland Owners’ newsletter, Bob Duchesne published a very informative column about the different forest habitats needed by our birds. Bob is our state’s best birding guide and has published Maine birding guides. He’s also a longtime legislator – for sure, one of our best. I got permission from […]

Please help us keep Maine clean

I hope you will join us in a project called Keep Maine Clean, created to remove litter from our waterways, woods, and roadsides. A couple years ago the legislature, in response to legislation I proposed, expanded the landowner relations program at the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, by including the Keep Maine Clean project. […]

Constitutional amendment to protect hunting and fishing rejected

The Maine Constitution will not be amended to include a right to hunt and fish. This proposed Constitutional amendment was championed by the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association. At a work session on the proposed amendment last Thursday, the legislature’s IFW Committee rejected the amendment by a vote of 9 to […]

Legislature fishes for brook trout protection

On Tuesday (February 6), the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee will tackle the issue of adding new protections for our native brook trout. Last year in response to a bill that Representative Russell Black sponsored my request, the department promised the IFW committee that it would work to achieve the goals of that bill, including […]

Anglers break more laws than hunters

In the 8-year period 2007 – 2015, Maine game wardens gave more citations to anglers than to hunters. Anglers received a total of 4,192 citations while hunters received 2,869. More than half of the citations given to anglers were for fishing without a license. Here is how the citations broke out: 2,338 Fishing without a […]

Biggest law breakers are ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters

During the 8-year period 2007 – 2015, game wardens gave more citations to ATV riders, snowmobilers, and boaters than any other outdoor group. ATV riders were the worst law breakers, getting a total of 4,863 citations for violating Maine’s laws. Those citations broke out this way: 1,921 Operating unregistered ATV 1,229 Operating ATV on public […]