Category Archives: Maine Woods

Michigan Offers Great Grouse Program

Michigan grouse

 Here’s another wonderful wildlife program in Michigan, called to my attention by Ed Meadows, who served for a time as Commissioner of Maine’s Department of Conservation before moving to Michigan where he served as the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which includes fish and wildlife programs. Here’s the story, as presented […]

Predictions for grouse, woodcock, and turkey hunting


Grouse hunters may be frustrated this year, depending on where they hunt, but predictions for an increase in woodcock are exciting, and of course, turkey populations have exploded. Kelsey Sullivan wrote an interesting and informative article about DIF&W’s grouse research, for the North Maine Woods magazine, and I’ll include that article at the end of […]

Awesome photos from Lubec’s Dennis Drews

When Dennis Drews and his wife Jean retired to Lubec, neither one really retired. They are both incredibly busy and involved in local projects and activities. We got to know Dennis when he was our daughter Hilary’s chemistry teacher at Maranacook High School. One of the really great things Dennis is doing now is photography. […]

Time to put our differences aside and make the best of the new national monument

East Branch Penobscot River

On May 16, I testified in favor of the designation of a national monument on land owned by Elliotsville Plantation, at a public hearing hosted by U.S. Senator Angus King and the Director of the National Park Service. Now that the President has designated that area as a national monument, I think my remarks are […]

On my way to the outhouse


My Dad, Ezra Smith, was a prolific writer of letters to the editor. After he died, I found every letter he’d ever written to our local newspaper, in files by decade. What a treasure! He once wrote a letter to the editor about the outhouse at our camp on Nesowadnehunk  Lake just outside the western […]