Category Archives: Wildlife

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 […]

Sportsman’s Alliance Pulls Its Support for CMP Corridor

Sportsman’s Alliance Pulls Its Support for CMP Corridor After offering support last January for CMP’s controversial new corridor from Quebec to Massachusetts, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has pulled its support, after seeking guidance from its members, many of whom oppose the project. As a SAM life member and a strong opponent of the CMP […]

You might enjoy this interview with me

Scott Milewski of Augusta has started an interesting project featuring interviews with Mainers. You can access these interviews at www.interviewswithme.com. And yes, Scott did an interview with me! I spent a very interesting afternoon with Scott at my house. We talked about lots of things, and I shared many stories. All of which he edited […]

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, […]

Driving Deer to Distraction

 This story was originally published in Down East magazine.              Sometimes small changes in hunting laws bring big benefits. My big buck one year was the result of a small law change that legalized deer driving by groups of no more than three hunters, as long as noise makers are not used.             The deer […]