From a tame fox to ice cutting and extraordinary fishing, Bradford Camps newsletter is entertaining and informative

Bradford Camps Gary CorsonThe newsletter from Bradford Camps arrived just before another snow storm and was just the ticket to while away another snowy day in Mount Vernon. This is probably the best sporting camp newsletter I’ve ever read.

From a tame fox to the annual ice cutting event, the newsletter is both entertaining and informative. And when I read, “September fishing was the best outlying pond fishing we have ever seen,” I thought, I need to get up there in September!

Owners Igor and Karen Sikorsky have done a great job with this historic and traditional sporting camp on Munsungan Lake. In the newsletter, which you can access here, you’ll read about the 5 Dads and 6 sons who spent time on the shooting range and fishing, the guest who hooked a huge dead lake trout, the extraordinary bear season, and a fall that brought the most grouse hunters they’ve ever had.

The newsletter covers some political issues, updates us on the reclamation of Reed Pond and restoration of Blueback trout there, and fisheries research by DIF&W’s biologists on Munsungan’s fishery. The newsletter features awesome photos, including some of the ice cutting event, and be sure to watch Karen’s wonderful Youtube slide show.

The newsletter also gives you access to the camps website with tons of additional information. Keep the newsletter handy, because if it keeps on snowing, you’ll want to read it more than once!

PHOTO: My friend Gary Corson who guided at Bradford Camps for many years.

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,, 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.