The reading is fast on Easy Street

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Because I do book reviews, I occasionally receive unsolicited books to read and write about. Sometimes they are novels – and sometimes those novels are awful. But I admire anyone who attempts to write a book, especially a novel, so I do not write critical reviews. I just don’t write about the bad books. In this book review section of my website, you’ll only read about the books I liked. Some I loved.

Michael Shepherd was born in Massachusetts and raised in New Hampshire and – finally, he says with relief – Maine. Clinton to be exact. He retired not long ago after 29 years in the Air Force. He lives in Colorado but gets to Maine occasionally to hunt. That, I think, is how we connected.

Michael was reading my website Outdoor News blog and noticed that I review books. He emailed me, and very politely asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing his novel. Well, what could I say? Of course. He shipped it forthwith.

Surprising Expansion Coming for Maine's Turkey Hunt

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The Maine ‘s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee did some good work this year for the sportsmen of this state, acting on over 100 bills, many dealing with big game animals deer, moose, bear, and turkeys. While Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife got no new money in the next biennial budget, and most of those 100 bills were defeated, the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee showed surprising independence in questioning the department’s position on the issues and choosing – at times – to ignore the agency’s advice.

Why Can't Fish and Wildlife Department Be Trusted to Make Rules?

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Maine’s Fish and Wildlife Department has the most complex and rigorous rule-making system of all state agencies. I tried to simplify the process this year, with the help of Senator Anne Haskell, and we had a lot of momentum and support initially, but at the end of the session, our proposal failed. The final votes, in my mind, indicate a serious lack of confidence in the department. Here’s the whole story.

LD 128, An Act to Abolish the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, sponsored by Senator Haskell at my request, was opposed by the Council chair, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the Maine Professional Guides Association, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

It's time to celebrate the Bethel Inn's 100th Anniversary!

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Bethel
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For 100 years the Bethel Inn has been offering hospitality in one of the most beautiful regions of Maine. It’s time to celebrate!

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Diners Will Love Alex Parkers

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Gardiner
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This Gardiner restaurant is going to need a much larger space if the owners continue to insist on serving creative food in the style of the once-plentiful now-rare steakhouse. Diners will love it!

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Time to kick in for BOW scholarships

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It’s one of the most exciting programs in the state, recruiting and introducing women to our favorite outdoor sports.

And now, Becoming an Outdoorswoman (BOW) wants to step it up by increasing its scholarship fund for participating women. Friends of Becoming an Outdoors Woman has taken on the challenge of raising these scholarship funds.

As Jenn Curtis recently wrote me, “BOW introductory skills weekends have been wildly successful at introducing women to new opportunities for outdoor recreation… and the newly offered Beyond BOW programs, which provide more in-depth training to outdoors women, have been an equally big hit.”

The cider may still taste funny, but John Ford's new book is even funnier!

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Retired game warden John Ford is at it again. Perhaps he is astonished at the success of his first book, Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good! Maybe he’s enjoying his new assignment, traveling the state telling his tales to eager audiences.

For sure, he’s got a lot more stories to tell, so his sequel, This Cider Still Tastes Funny!, will delight all who loved his first book. I’m wondering now how many more stories he’s got!

As John got out into book stores and other places to talk about and sell his first book, he really caught fire, emerging today as a notable public speaker, irregardless of whether or not he has a book to sell.

But this column is about his new book. Published by Islandport Press in Yarmouth, you get 40 more stories from the diary John compiled as a Maine game warden. They range from the ridiculous to the sublime, with a bit of danger and a lot of humor thrown in.

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