Ben Sprague is an interesting young man, a Bangor banker who enthusiastically interviews Maine people for his weekly podcast called “The Maine Show.” When he invited me to be a guest on his show, I checked it out and was impressed with the folks he’s interviewed and the issues he’s tackled. It’s a very interesting show.
Ben caught up with me at the Maine Harvest Festival at the Cross Center in Bangor, and we taped the show in a room at the auditorium. I talked about my career as an advocate for sportsmen and conservation, including my 18 years at the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.
We hit on a wide range of topics including the Land for Maine’s Future program, the proposed national park near Millinocket, hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreational opportunities, and something I’ve been talking about a lot lately, the failing rural economy. I offered advice to young people who want outdoor careers, we talked about Greenville’s branding initiative, we explored the marketing of hunting and fishing (actually, the lack of marketing), and we talked about my campaign for governor (actually, despite the encouragement of Ben, I explained why I will never run for governor!).