My thanks to those who completed the first two surveys in my new Sportsmen Say Survey, found on my website: www.georgesmithmaine.com. I am delighted by the initial response to this new opportunity to make your voices heard, and look forward to gaining more participants as we progress. As promised, I have shared the results with the news media, legislators, and outdoor leaders.
The first survey question concerned a major issue before the legislature this session, protection of native and wild brook trout. Last week I posted a column in my outdoor news blog about the amazing result fashioned by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with the help of two working groups, one on bait fish and another on brook trout. The legislature’s IFW Committee will be briefed on the department’s proposed policy and plan for brook trout next Tuesday, February 11, and I will post the details of the plan that afternoon.
Here are the brook trout question and survey responses.