Senator Saviello Tackles Turkeys - Again

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               We’re coming back for what we didn’t get last time, hoping for gobbling good success. Actually, the turkey bill I proposed and Senator Tom Saviello sponsored last session was remarkably successful. But there were a couple of key things we didn’t get, and we’ll be back for them this session.

                An Act to Simplify Turkey Hunting, sponsored by Senator Tom Saviello, would:


Authorize tagging of turkeys on the website of Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife or via telephone to the agency. – This was in last session’s bill.

Winthrop's Full Court Deli will surprise you

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                 Winthrop’s Full Court Deli is much more than a place that serves creative and delicious food. It’s a community gathering place, where local folks hang out, visit, laugh, and enjoy life. Of course the great food makes that all the better.

                Owner and chef Rick Lough (he will cringe at the word chef, but the man can cook!) has created an exceptionally good menu, and equally important, a restaurant that features the endorsement of my Dad, Ezra Smith.

It’s time for a comprehensive hunting license

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 It’s time for a comprehensive hunting license

This is the third in a series of columns about bills I have proposed for the 2015 legislative session.

                It’s titled An Act to Establish a Comprehensive Hunting License and is sponsored by Representative Mike Shaw of Standish.

                The bill would create a single comprehensive hunting license covering all hunting opportunities, and repeal all other hunting licenses and permits. This license will not include lottery applications or fishing licenses, except that a combination hunting and fishing license can be offered. Residents would pay $38 and nonresidents $144 for the comprehensive hunting license. A hunter safety course would also still be required to purchase this license.

The Theriaults have published the best snowshoe book ever!

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 Want to make your own snowshoes? Need to take better care of your snowshoes? Want to know more about snowshoes?

                Leaving Tracks – A Maine Tradition, by Brian Theriault and his Dad Edmond, will answer all your questions and lots of others you haven’t thought to ask.

                Part biography (Brian grew up in Fort Kent), part pep talk about the value of traditional snowshoes, and part instructional with detailed drawings explaining how to make your own snowshoes, this book will entertain and inform you, and maybe even inspire you to make a pair.

It’s time to simplify Maine’s hunting and fishing laws and rules

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 This is the second in a series of columns about the bills I have proposed for the 2015 legislative session.

                An Act to Simplify Hunting and Fishing Laws and Rules will be sponsored by Representative Matthew Pouliot of Augusta, a great young legislator and avid sportsman.

                Hunters and anglers (especially anglers) often complain about the complexity of the laws and rules governing our favorite sports. During my 18 years as Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, I organized several Pickering Commissions that created lots of recommendations to simplify and clarify these laws and rules, and to get rid of those we didn’t need.

Buying a muzzleloading permit isn’t easy!

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 Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife doesn’t make it easy to enjoy the muzzleloading deer season which starts today. This opportunity is not included in the big game hunting license, so yesterday morning, I endured the lengthy process of purchasing my permit online.

On the first page of DIFW’s website, after I selected Hunting and Fishing Licenses, I got a long page with a list of licenses, permits and fees. I selected “Muzzleloading 16 years and older $13” and got another long page that included a one sentence explanation of who is required to buy the permit. And I noticed, at the very bottom of the page, a note that said that said, “Exceptions – see muzzleloading permit.” I clicked on that, and got… nothing. The same page kept coming up.

Not getting a chance to buy the permit, I started over, returning to the first page and trying the more general selection of hunting and fishing licenses. Hooray! That got me started.

Let's go to the hospital - to eat!

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                When Nona Boyink suggested we write a travel column about Maine General Hospital’s cafeteria, I was incredulous. “People don’t go to the hospital to dine, do they?” I asked. “Yes they do!” Nona exclaimed.

                And she was right. In the last two months, I’ve had occasion to eat breakfast at the hospital twice. The first time I had a wonderful omelet with bacon and cheese, a bagel with cream cheese, and coffee, for $5.02. Yup. Just $5.02.

                So now you know why the hospital has become my breakfast place! I’m cheap, and so’s the food here. But cheap isn’t enough to draw a crowd, and I have to say, I’ve been very surprised by the quality of the food served here.

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