New Wildfire is all about trapping

33b02751-d8ae-4388-9a66-b74b50185e5aThe new edition of our TV talk show Wildfire, airing for the first time tonight, is all about trapping. Our guest is Bobby Reynolds, who began trapping as a kid, and came back to it as an adult, inspired by his grandfather and father. He’s even trapping with their equipment.

Co-host James Cote is the lobbyist for the Maine Trappers Association, and for sure, trapping in Maine is being challenged like never before. A modest two-week extension of the trapping season for 2017 drew lots of negative comments, which I reported in an earlier column.

And in the past 12 years, we’ve had to defend bear trapping in two expensive ballot initiatives.

I’m hoping that this show will demonstrate the value of trapping, and its importance as part of our outdoor heritage. Bobby told us all about the latest humane trapping techniques, and had a wonderful story about a raccoon he recently found in his trap, sound asleep. He carefully released the coon, unharmed.

Each edition of Wildlife is aired on Time Warner cable station 9 on Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 6:30 pm, and Sundays at 9:30 am. Each edition airs for two weeks. You can also access the show, including previous shows, online at


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.