Category Archives: Fishing

The right to hunt and fish is called barbaric

A proposed Constitutional amendment to “Establish the Right to Hunt and Fish” drew angry testimony from the anti-hunting and anti-trapping crowd. “This bill is barbaric,” testified John Glowa of China, who called LD 11 “the worst piece of legislation I have seen in more than twenty years of coming before this committee, and I have […]

Lots of support for expanding brook trout protection

A group of outstanding anglers stepped up to encourage the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee to expand protection of our native brook trout last Thursday. The public hearing on LD 1136 lasted until 7 pm last Thursday night, and with the exception of the testimony against the bill by DIF&W, all of the testimony […]

Brook trout bill continues to stir debate

The effort at the legislature to extend protection of Heritage brook trout continues to stir debate, focused on disappointment with the opposition and testimony of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Today I’m sharing testimony that Gary Corson provided to the IFW Committee after the hearing. Gary was listening to the hearing online and […]

Don’t miss this Historic Documentary Event about sportsmen and sporting camps

A collaboration between the Maine State Museum and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine promises a fascinating evening on May 20 in Augusta. They have created a historic documentary about sportsmen and the Maine Sporting Camp tradition, which will be seen in a 3D historic experience. Here’s the announcement that includes information on how to reserve […]

Sportsman’s Show features great sporting camps, organizations, vendors, seminars, and more

The State of Maine Sportsman’s Show last weekend was once again a fantastic event, cosponsored by The Maine Sportsman magazine and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. It took Harry Vanderweide, the TMS editor at that time, two years to convince the SAM Board that this would be a good partnership, and for our first years […]

DIFW testimony on brook trout bill was embarrassing and inaccurate

The testimony of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife on my bill to add new protections to our Heritage native brook trout waters was embarrassing, inaccurate, and very disappointing. My outdoor news column yesterday told you about the bill, LD 1018, sponsored by Representative Russell Black at my request. It was supported by Maine […]

Better protection for native brook trout gets lots of support at legislature

I was really pleased by the testimony and support of my bill to expand protection of our native brook trout in Maine’s Heritage waters. But the opposition of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife was extremely disappointing. Let’s start with the good news. LD 1018, sponsored by Representative Russell Black at my request, was […]

Sportsman’s Alliance proposes hike in fishing license fees.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine is proposing a hike in fees for fishing licenses to fund a new “Maine Outdoor Programs and Activities Fund.” SAM’s bill, LD 1179, has not yet been scheduled for a public hearing by the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. If the bill is enacted, resident fishing licenses will cost […]