"A Life Lived Outdoors" is best read outdoors

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 My new book, A Life Lived Outdoors is best read outdoors: on your deer stand, enjoying a cold brew on the patio, sitting in that favorite wicker chair on the porch, waiting for the kids’ or grandkids’ soccer game to start, anywhere, anytime, as long as it is outdoors.

That's where many of us Mainers spend our lives, and that's what my book is all about.

You can purchase the book at my publisher’s website, or most any bookstore. I've even found them in hardware stores!

In Part One you will read columns about home, camp, and Maine life. "Making Do in Maine" is one of my favorites - written initially for DownEast magazine. You might enjoy the column on yard sales - even if you have never had one (and you probably never will if you read about mine). Battling wildlife in the home has been a popular column at my book reads.

Maine Audubon Opposes Canadian Lynx Trapping Permit

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 Maine Audubon has taken an aggressive position against the federal Incidental Take Permit for lynx requested by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In an email alert on September 2, Audubon asked supporters to “Please help lynx from being trapped in Maine!”

Audubon encouraged its supporters to submit written comments to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service in opposition to the permit request. Today is the last day those comments can be submitted. I believe USF&W has already received lots of comments on this issue, from both sides.

If you want to submit comments today, you can do so here.

I’ve also posted a question for you to answer in the Sportsmen’s Say Survey on my website. You can access that question here.

Road slobs drink Bud Light and smoke Marlboros

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I’d just put someone’s paper plate, tossed out of a vehicle onto my woodlot, into my trash bag, when I noticed an army of ants crawling out of the bag and up my arm. The ants had been finishing up the picnic lunch, I guess.

And that is the moment when I decided to post my woodlot. No trespassing for road slobs!

Yesterday was my second walk up the road to the woodlot to pick up trash. I own 150 acres with almost 2000 feet of road frontage. I’ve filled two big bags with trash so far and have several to go. And I can tell you this: road slobs drink Bud Light and smoke Marlboro cigarettes. They also eat a lot of fast food, which apparently runs out just when they get to my Mount Vernon woodlot.

But the variety of stuff I’ve collected is kind of amazing. Last year I found an empty package of condoms. The wording was in a foreign language but I knew right off what it was. The cover featured a photo of a couple, ahem, well you know.

Ram’s Head Farm is a stunning historic Maine gem – and you can stay there!

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            At Ram’s Head Farm, guests are living in history. My morning coffee was taken in a Senator Bill Cohen blue cup, not long after emerging from the President Richard Nixon bathroom. I am awed by this opportunity to stay in Marion Fuller Brown’s home, the woman who was a Republican icon and hero to me when I was a young Republican.

            Marion served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1966 to 1972 and was the prime sponsor of legislation that banned billboards in our state, of Maine’s returnable bottle law – one of the first in the nation – and of Maine’s Clean Water and Clean Air Act. Over 40 years ago, she was a conservation and political powerhouse.

HSUS blasts bear hunters with $1.2 million in TV ads

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 The Humane Society of the United States has reserved and paid for $1.2 million of TV ads for its referendum campaign to ban bear trapping and bear hunting with bait and hounds. This is nearly twice what HSUS spent on TV ads for its 2004 Maine campaign. And they did this in August!

It appears that HSUS intends to spend the $3 million on its campaign that the group announced earlier this year. There is no way the sportsmen’s campaign to defend bear hunting can match that level of spending. This may be a serious problem. In 2004 the sportsmen’s campaign outspent HSUS on TV and that was a critical factor in the defeat of the HSUS ballot measure.

But that doesn’t mean HSUS will win this campaign. I have been very impressed with the job that James Cote is doing for the sportsmen’s campaign. In 2004 I raised the money for the campaign that successfully defended bear hunting, and my sister Edie managed the campaign. This year James is doing both jobs, a very tough assignment.

Enjoy a whale of a meal in the Pilgrim Inn’s Whale’s Rib Tavern

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                We’d drive all the way to Deer Isle to eat at the Whale’s Rib Tavern, but it’s helpful that the restaurant is in a gorgeous and historic inn, because we wouldn’t want to drive all the way home after dinner!

                Last June, with our friends Rusty and Sue Atwood, Linda and I enjoyed a wonderful get-a-way weekend in Deer Isle at the Pilgrim’s Inn. Deer Isle, Stonington and Blue Hill are full of interesting art galleries, book stores, and gift shops, and stunning scenery. We spent a morning hiking to Barred Island and a beautiful isolated beach.

                At the end of June we told you all about that trip. But we saved the best for last: the food! 

Deer Tick News Is All Bad – “Ticked Off” Report should tick you off

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This morning my Kennebec Journal came with a deer tick. I start my day with a cup of coffee and the KJ, seated in a comfortable rocker with a view out the kitchen window to Linda’s beautiful flower gardens. Opening the paper to grab the section that includes the weekly travel column that Linda and I write, I spotted a tick on the edge of the paper. Ticks are everywhere these days! Perhaps the tick was just reading our column.

On August 19 I spoke at a press conference in the Baxter Woods conservation area in Portland on the National Wildlife Federation’s “Ticked Off” report. The conference was sponsored by the Natural Resources Council of Maine. You may have seen a news report in the newspapers, heard it on Maine Public Radio, or seen it on the TV news. The press conference got a lot of attention. If you missed the story, Jackie Farwell of the Bangor Daily News wrote an excellent account that is available on the BDN website.

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