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.

Tips and good stories from deer biologists

Two wildlife biologists have written some interesting deer hunting stories along with some great tips for deer hunters. And the photo of those big bucks is pretty good too! I think the tips are particularly good. You can read their column, which was tweeted by DIF&W, here: https://www1.maine.gov/wordpress/insideifw/2019/02/05/hunting-big-bucks-some-observations-and-differing-experiences-from-two-wildlife-biologists/#.XFnsvmwczAA.twitter  

Governor Mills honors me with proclamation

Governor Janet Mills and DIFW Commissioner Judy Camuso visited with me at my Mt Vernon home last week to talk about outdoor issues. My friends Ed Pineau and James Cote joined us, and Janet brought lunch for all of us. We spent a couple of hours visiting (including lots of laughter), and discussing our hopes […]

Georgia directs sales taxes to fish and wildlife

While we’ve never been able to win public funding for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Georgia voters stepped up last election day and passed an amendment that will direct up to 80% of the state’s sales tax revenue on outdoor gear toward land water and wildlife. Wyoming’s legislature is considering a $10 annual […]

Issues from turkeys and moose to ATVs scheduled for hearings

Issues including turkeys, moose, deer, and bears, to landowner relations, ATVs, and invasive aquatic species will be heard on February 11 and 13 by the legislature’s Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. You can get the details of these bills on the legislature’s website. Here’s the hearing schedule. Monday, February 11, 9 am LD 275, […]

Maine Conservation Voters Ambitious Legislative Priorities

The Maine Conservation Voters, in partnership with the Maine Environmental Priorities Coalition, has a very ambitious list of issues, initiatives and legislative priorities. In a recent message, MCV’s Beth Ahearn wrote: “We are laser-focused on climate action and clean energy; and we will continue our efforts to protect clean water, improve public lands and fight […]

This novel takes you from Maine to China

John Rosenwald and his wife spent years teaching in China. Today they live in central Maine. They sat in front of us at Janet Mills’ inauguration, and we enjoyed a great visit. After hearing about their experiences in China, I was intrigued when John told me he’d written a novel. Here’s how he explained it […]

Great Opportunity for Kids to Write Their Outdoor Stories

The Maine Sportsman is offering a great opportunity for kids to write their outdoor stories and I hope you’ll encourage kids to do this. Here’s the announcement from Will Lund, TMS Editor. “The February issue of The Maine Sportsman will include a notice announcing our first annual youth writing contest. I have narrowed the subject […]