George's Outdoor News

George’s new outdoor issues blog. He goes all over the state. He listens. And he reports on issues of concern to sportsmen, conservationists, and environmentalists.

Great job saving Quoddy Bay!

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 My family heritage lies in Lubec and Campobello, on Quoddy Bay. It's the most beautiful place in Maine. So I am pleased to share this news, and a special request, from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, along with this stunning photo of a sunrise over Campobello.

Don’t Miss the Evening for the Environment

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 This is a don’t miss event, which I have attended a number of times. The Maine Conservation Voters will host their annual Evening for the Environment on Wednesday, October 25, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Brick South, Thompson’s Point, Portland.

This event is a special celebration of our conservation accomplishments and organizations, with food, speakers, and awards. It also inspires us to continue our hard work for the environment.

This year’s keynote speaker is Brian Deese, a Senior Advisor to former President Obama who oversaw climate, conservation, and energy policies. He was one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement. Brian’s expertise and experience will be a guiding light on the federal issues – and the threats - we’re facing now.

I am also very honored to be receiving an award that night, the MCV’s 2017 Environmental Leadership Award. I should say I am astonished and honored.

New book features a lifetime of hunting and fishing stories

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 My hunting and fishing heritage and experiences have been very important parts of my life, which makes it very exciting to announce the publication of my new book, A Lifetime of Hunting & Fishing, published by North Country Press.

Subtitled The Ones That Got Away and the Ones That Didn’t, the front cover features a photo of me and my Dad with the last turkey we got before he passed away. There are lot of stories in the book about my days hunting and fishing with Dad.

The book is a collection of stories written over the last 30 years about my lifetime of hunting and fishing in Maine, plus hunting and fishing adventures in Labrador, Quebec, Montana, North Dakota, and Alaska.

Moose’s flies all settled on me!

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 More true tales from Camp Phoenix. In this column, we’ll talk moose.

In August, you could expect to see as many as 10 moose in Little Sourdnahunk Lake, eating the water plants. They would wade into the lake, then dip their heads under water to feast on the plants.

We would often hike from Big to Little Sourdnahunk, where Camp Phoenix keeps a couple of canoes, and then canoe the lake, enjoying the moose.

Moose Flies

Stunning photos and great stories about loons

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 There is something very special about loons, and photographer Nick Leadley has captured that specialness in a spectacular way. In his book, Gavia – Tales from Loon Country, Nick gives us dozens of stunning photos of loons, and dozens of stories about loons submitted by folks all over the state.

As Harry Vogel, Executive Director of The Loon Preservation Committee in New Hampshire, notes in the Foreword, “Science and magic combine in loons as in no other animal.”

Nick has experienced photographic adventures all around the world, but says one of his very favorite places is the western Maine mountains where he spends his summers running a gallery in Rangeley, leading bird walks, moose photography outings, and more.

Snake wraps up woman and bites her face

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 “Oh, please. I have a boa constrictor stuck to my – my face!”

How’d you like to be the 911 dispatcher who got that call?

This Ohio woman had moved the 5 ½ foot Boa Constrictor to her home recently, and apparently it wasn’t happy there. It wrapped itself around her neck and began biting her nose.

Cleve Wootson’s recent story in the Washington Post reported that the first responders had to cut off the snake’s head to rescue the woman. They reported that there was “blood everywhere.” Yikes!

Wootson reported that Born Free, a group that advocates against owning exotic animals including snakes, documented more than 471 attacks by “pet” snakes between 1995 and 2013. Double Yikes!

You might be surprised to know that anyone in Maine can possess a boa constrictor without a permit, nor do they have to let their neighbors or anyone else know when their snake escapes.

Bait deer and you’ll never hunt again

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 Boy, did I get that wrong. On August 7, I reported that a new law required that the person who is convicted of hunting deer over bait during an open season on deer must lose his license for one year. A second offense would require revocation for two years.

That was the last amended version of the bill that I received during a work session of the legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee. But sometime between that day and enactment, the bill was substantially changed.

The new law requires that a second deer baiting offense results in the loss of hunting privileges – for a lifetime! I have to thank Representative Paul Stearns for calling this to my attention.

The original bill required a mandatory fine of $500 but that was removed, as committee members thought this should be left up to the Judge.

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