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Kodiac Island - My greatest fishing adventure - Photo Essay Part One

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Stranded on Alaska's Karluk River - Fun!

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 This is the third and final column in this series about my fishing adventures on Kodiac Island, Alaska.

Changes Coming in Maine’s Turkey Hunt

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In response to changes in Maine’s turkey hunt enacted last year by the Maine legislature, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has advertised rule changes that will apply to the hunt this year. The only surprise to me is that the agency will schedule the week of turkey hunting in November in the first week of that month. SAM, which proposed the change, wanted the week before Thanksgiving to be designated. Here’s the summary and other information presented by DIF&W, followed by the history of these issues over the last few years.

What can I shoot and when can I shoot it? Part three – It was a red squirrel. Honest!

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 This is the third in a series that will answer the questions: What can you shoot and when can you shoot it?

Please allow me to make a correction. When I wrote in this series that I shot gray squirrels that were eating Linda’s bird seed, I meant red squirrels. Turns out it’s illegal to shoot gray squirrels, except with a hunting license and during the gray squirrel hunting season. And even then, it’s illegal to bait them.

Special thanks today to Warden John MacDonald who answered my questions about this intriguing issue. In response to this series, the Maine Warden Service also posted information about what you can shoot and when, on its website in the Frequently Asked Questions section, and you can read that here.

Kill them all!

What can I shoot and when can I shoot it. Part three – It was a red squirrel. I promise!

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 This is the third in a series that will answer the questions: What can you shoot and when can you shoot it?

Please allow me to make a correction. When I wrote in this series that I shot gray squirrels that were eating Linda’s bird seed, I meant red squirrels. Turns out it’s illegal to shoot gray squirrels, except with a hunting license and during the gray squirrel hunting season. And even then, it’s illegal to bait them.

Special thanks today to Warden John MacDonald who answered my questions about this intriguing issue. In response to this series, the Maine Warden Service also posted information about what you can shoot and when, on its website in the Frequently Asked Questions section, and you can read that here.

Kill them all!

Enjoying Italy - in Rockland, Maine

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                In early January we enjoyed a spectacular Italian feast at Rustica on Rockland’s Main Street. Chef/Owner John Stowe is a very friendly guy and boy can he cook! The restaurant is lovely, with wooden tables, soft lighting, and beautiful art. But it’s the staff that really shines. Our server, Adrian, has worked here for 6 ½ years and is super knowledgeable about the menu, which is a good thing because it is lengthy.

                I enjoyed a delicious glass of Layer Cake Primitivo ($9), which paired well with my entrée, John’s housemade Risotto, a dish that lets his creativity shine, because he actually changes it every night. Mine included house-made chicken bacon sausage in tomato parm risotto with baby arugala and artichokes ($22). The portion was massive and I enjoyed it for lunch when we got home.

Walk my woodlot with me - Chapter Two - 2 bucks in 2 days

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 Hunting with a friend on my woodlot in November, I found myself stopping often to tell him a story about something that happened at that spot. Thinking about it later, I decided that would be a good way to share my hunting stories with you. Here is Chapter Two of “Walk my woodlot with me.” My 150 acre woodlot is located between Hopkins Stream and Route 41, while my house is a quarter mile away on Blake Hill Road. The woodlot is dedicated to my Dad. Up on Route 41 is a sign: The Ezra Smith Wildlife Conservation Area. I access my lot from Route 41, by canoing down the stream, or by crossing the road from my house and hunting through the woodlots of two of my neighbors until I get to my woodlot.

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