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A lobstering tale of murder, mayhem, love and loyalty

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This is lobstering like you’ve never known or experienced it. And this is what I can tell you about Jon Keller’s awesome novel, Of Sea and Cloud, a tale of murder, mayhem, and mystery, along with love and loyalty amongst families of Maine lobstermen and women.

I abandoned a lengthy to-do list after lunch yesterday, started a fire in the wood stove, and spent the afternoon reading the second half of Keller’s novel, published in 2014 by Tyrus Books. I’d read the first half on Monday and Tuesday nights, but I just couldn’t wait to find out what happened in this compelling story. Linda insisted I set it aside long enough to eat dinner. I finished it about 8 pm.

Moose ticks, legislation, management recommendations and more

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This is the third of three columns about Maine’s moose. Part I, posted two days ago, includes a bit of history of moose issues, management, research and the lottery. Part II, posted yesterday, covers issues debated in the last two legislative sessions and brings us up-to-date. Part III recognizes the important advances DIF&W has made recently in its moose research and management, but notes all that we don’t know, and offers some challenging suggestions for the future. After each of the three columns, readers are invited to share their opinions on these issues.

                We know a lot about moose. The 2014 Research & Management Report of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife contains an impressive amount of information about moose. The report includes details of the 2014 moose hunting season, including success rates by season and permit type.

Lee Kantar destroyed my moose bill

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 Moose Series – Column #2

Lee Kantar destroyed my moose bill

This is the second of three columns about Maine’s moose. Part I, posted on February 2, includes a bit of history of moose issues, management, research and the lottery. Part II covers issues debated in the last two legislative sessions and brings us up-to-date. Part III, to be posted tomorrow, February 4, poses a few questions, recognizes the important advances DIF&W has made recently in its moose research and management, and offers some challenging suggestions for the future. After each of the three columns, readers are invited to share their opinions on these issues.

Maine doesn't know enough about its moose

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Today I am posting the first of three columns about Maine’s moose. Part I includes a bit of history of moose issues, management, research and the lottery. Part II, to be posted tomorrow, February 3, covers issues debated in the last two legislative sessions and brings us up-to-date. Part III, to be posted on Wednesday, February 4, recognizes the important advances DIF&W has made recently in its moose research and management, reviews some current issues, and offers a few recommendations for the future. After each of the three columns, readers will be invited to share their opinions on these issues.

In 2009, Representative Herb Clark of Millinocket sponsored An Act to Protect Moose Populations and Hunting Opportunities at the request of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. At the time, I was SAM’s executive director. Seven members of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee cosponsored the bill. But it still failed.

Fish and Wildlife Department Has $3 million surplus

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Legislators were surprised yesterday to learn that the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Department has a surplus of $3 million. I could see their eyes light up as thoughts of how to spend that money danced in their heads. My eyes lit up too!

Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock led a lengthy list of speakers from his agency who introduced themselves to the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee yesterday and discussed current projects and issues. Next week the committee will hear from all the lobbyists who appear before the committee.

A surprisingly fine restaurant in downtown Rumford

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                We haven’t been to Rumford in a while and were surprised to be reminded that it isn’t all that far away. Just a 50 minute drive from home and we were following signs from Route 2 that directed us to Brian’s Bistro in the Hotel Harris in the downtown section of the city.  

                The beauty of this space hits you immediately. The tall ceilings painted in black and accented with wide beams painted white are sure to grab your attention. The big open room with large windows and gorgeous old wooden floors has been artfully decorated by Jessica, who owns the Bistro with her husband Brian, who is the chef. Just so happens she has a degree in design and has put that degree to good use. I fell in love with the candle collections hanging in the front windows. Those candles combined with soft lighting make this restaurant more intimate.

The Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Association thrives by focusing on kids

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                While many Maine fish and game clubs are struggling, the Phippsburg Sportsmen’s Association is not one of them. The club’s January 2015 newsletter reminded me of just how much I have always appreciated the work, at the local, regional, and state level, of these folks.

                On February 8th, the club hosts its 16th annual Dickie LeMont “Take-A-Kid-Fishing” ice fishing derby. The derby committee meets every Wednesday night, planning this very popular event. “This is our biggest annual event,” reported the newsletter, “and we are getting excited to see what this year’s event will have in store.” Members and local businesses donated to help pay for the pack baskets, traps, services, and gift cards that are given to the kids as prizes.

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