Look out bears! Hunting season starts tomorrow!

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After Saturday’s youth-only day, the hunting season on bears starts tomorrow (August 28). Between 10,000 and 12,000 hunters are expected to get out after bears this year,  the smallest group of all those seeking game animals. For example, 16,000 hunt turkeys.

Of course, bear hunting is a major commitment, and much of it is done with guides, making the bear hunt a very important one for that segment of our outdoor economy. Many bear hunters also stay in Maine sporting camps.

DIF&W issued a very informative press release about this year’s bear hunt, and I want to share that with you today. Here it is.

DIFW Press Release

Dine now at the wonderful Miller's Table

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Skowhegan
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 Linda

          We fell in love with the Pick Up Cafe in Skowhegan a few years ago. We watched as they expanded their seating by adding a beautiful pergola and patio on the front of the restaurant. The café closed a while back, and Adam and Rosa are now running Rosa’s catering business and also working at the Blessed Maine Herb Farm - her mom’s business.

A complete list of new laws and law changes governing our outdoor activities.

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 Starting on August 21, I'm publishing on the Bangor Daily News website, six days in a row, outdoor news columns about all the new laws and law changes enacted by this year's legislature.

It's a lot of work to post those here, so let me direct you to the Bangor Daily News website. In the Outdoor section, you will find George's Outdoor News, with these columns.

Higgins Beach Inn is historic - and a great place to stay and to eat

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Scarborough
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 George

            Scarborough’s historic Higgins Beach Inn has been completely renovated by the Migis Hotel Group, and they did a superb job of maintaining the historic structure’s key elements while adding lots of modern conveniences.

            The three-story colonial revival structure dates back to 1897, and was very rundown when Migis purchased it. I am so glad they saw the value in this place, just a five minute walk from Scarborough’s surprisingly uncrowded beach. It’s also just a short ride from one of our favorite walks along the ocean at Prouts Neck, where the Migis Group also has the wonderful Black Point Inn, which we wrote about last year.

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.

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