We Kill The Spiders by Rob Neal

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 Rob Neal’s new book, We Kill The Spiders, is both humorous and insightful. Best of all, Rob’s advice to men is right on the mark. Pay attention guys!

Published by Maine Publishers Allliance, which does a great job helping authors publish their books, Rob’s first book is a keeper.

Promoted as “Ten Jobs for Men Who Love Women and Sports” the book relates Rob’s experiences as a fanatical sports fan. I’ll tell you right now, his wife must be a saint.

Have you heard of tick tubes?

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 After reading one of my recent columns on deer ticks and Lyme disease, Carla Heisten of Chelsea alerted me to tick tubes. Her message is informative and important, so I will share it with you today. Here is Carla’s message, with the information you need to start using tick tubes.

Clinton Townsend’s Memoir is Amazing

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The title of Clinton Townsend’s memoir is both ironic and wrong. The book is titled Trouble Maker, and Bill was not that. He was one of our state’s greatest conservationists and an inspiration to many, including me.

But I get the title. Bill was certainly an environmental agitator, pushing us forward on my important issues and projects.

The first part of the book is about his personal life, while part two takes us through his many years of practicing law. I learned a lot about Bill in these two sections and they were very interesting.

We've learned a lot from Maine's Lyme disease and deer tick research

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 This is my editorial page column published today in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. I will also be using it in my outdoor news blog published on my website and the website of the Bangor Daily News. 

 
 
 

Fisheries Group Making Progress on Important Initiatives

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 “I’m quite comfortable. I think we’re making good progress.”

Those were the words of Steve Brooke, a member of DIFW’s new fisheries working group, organized in response to legislation I submitted to expand protection of our native brook trout. I attended the group’s meeting on October 26, and I have to agree with Steve.

Fisheries Division Director Francis Brautigam has embraced this challenge, and is working hard to get his entire staff on board to achieve our objectives which include adding more trout waters to the state’s Heritage List, and protecting tributaries of the lakes and ponds on that list.

Listen to what I have to say – right here!

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 Thanks to Maine Public Radio, you can hear the speeches that Brian Deese and I gave at the Maine Conservation Voters’ Evening for the Environment, attended by 500 people on October 25 in South Portland.

Brian worked for President Obama on climate change and other environmental issues and challenges, and his speech was great.

I received MCV’s Harry Richardson environmental leadership award “for writing, speaking, advocating, and inspiring all of us to protect the woods, waters, and wildlife of Maine.” That was indeed a great honor.

And I was both surprised and pleased when they played a video in which Senator Angus King talked about me.

His video and my speech are in the beginning of the MPR piece, followed by Brian’s speech.

You can hear it all here.

I've made lots of deer hunting mistakes

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As you pursue deer this month, perhaps you will enjoy – and learn from – some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. These stories are in my book, A Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing, published in August by North Country Press.

He was huge and I was shaking

 

                I’ve never forgotten this buck. Even after 40 years, I can still see myself sitting on that stonewall, 30.6 in my lap, hearing him coming through the thick firs and brush, just after sunrise. A lot of the fun of hunting is the anticipation of seeing a deer, and boy, I was enjoying a lot of anticipation at that moment!

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