Category Archives: Advice

Hope you’ll consider these books as Christmas gifts

I’ve written four books that I hope might make your Christmas wish list, and/or be gifts you purchase for others. My first book, A Life Lived Outdoors, published by IslandPort Press, is a collection of favorite columns about home, camp, and Maine life, including stories about growing up in Winthrop. One section is stories of […]

Land for Maine’s Future needs money

Governor Paul LePage hated public land and did everything he could to stop us from acquiring more of it, including refusing to support a bond issue for the Land for Maine’s Future, throughout his 8 years as governor. A reliable, well-funded LMF program remains essential to permanently protecting working waterfronts, farmland, water access and hunting […]

Better check out these new rules from DIF&W

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has issued lots of new rule proposals governing everything from falconry to hunting and trapping. This is really a comprehensive reorganization of the rules, with changes mixed in. You’ll want to read the entire proposal. Hunters should definitely read through the hunting rules that cover all types of […]

My recommendations for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Recommendations for Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife By George Smith, georgesmithmaine@gmail.com Unlock the door In the good old days, anyone could walk into DIF&W and meet with staff. Commissioner Bill Vail’s door was always open. My Dad would go in and visit with Bill from time to time. Today you must check in downstairs, […]

I’ve suffered horrendous travel trocities

Linda and I have enjoyed lots of amazing trips, and usually traveled with little difficulty. But occasionally, we suffered what I called travel trocities, always caused by our airlines. I’ve decided to share some of those stories with you, for your entertainment. Here’s one about our last trip to Italy in 2016.  Getting to Italy […]

Has Maine conserved enough land?

            A new task force of 20 diverse groups and individuals is now working on a new conservation plan for Maine. And it’s time for you to let them know your thoughts about this.             Today I’m going to share with you questions they have posed, hoping you will join me in submitting your responses […]

DIFW Issues New Rules and Requests to Stop Chronic Wasting Disease

Having learned that chronic wasting disease was found in Quebec just 100 miles from our border, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has acted quickly, issuing both new rules and requests. Here is the press release issued on October 10 by DIFW. AUGUSTA, Maine — With Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in bordering Quebec, the […]