Legislature’s Fish and Wildlife Committee includes former DIF&W Commissioner Danny Martin

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                This year the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee has a lot of new members, although some of them are not new to the legislature. Seven of this committee’s members from the last session will not be back.

                 Interestingly, six were re-elected but moved on to other committees or leadership positions. Representative Ellie Espling (R-New Gloucester), a hard-working, smart, and very capable legislator, was recognized for her leadership capabilities and chosen to be the Assistant Republican Leader in the House, where she is sure to continue her interest in outdoor and landowner issues. Representative Espling is sponsoring my proposed landowner relations bill that would significantly expand DIF&W’s landowner relations program.

Best Restaurants of 2014

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Unique, creative, and tasty food, plus superb service, made these 12 restaurants our favorites for 2014. You’ll want to dine here in 2015 – and so will we!

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We'll never hunt on Sundays in Maine

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              We’ll never hunt on Sundays in Maine. On April 25, 2011, the legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee unanimously killed LD 910, sponsored by Rep. Stacey Fitts, a bill that would have authorized landowners to hunt on their own land on Sundays. It was the best Sunday hunting bill of that session, and the last serious attempt at the legislature to authorize Sunday hunting.

Here’s why I’m pessimistic about Sunday hunting. Almost every member of the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee hunts. And every member is an advocate for sportsmen. Yet not a single one was willing to support Stacey’s bill giving us this very limited Sunday hunting opportunity.

Fondly remembering our favorite inns of 2014

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Charming hosts, comfortable rooms, and fantastic food made 2014 a memorable year for the Travelin Maine(rs). This week we’ll tell you about our best experiences of the year at seven outstanding inns. Next week, we’ll give you an accounting of the restaurants that made our year special.

These are places you’ll want to put on your travel list for 2015.

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Maine must restore its hunting and fishing reputation and industry

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 Maine must restore its hunting and fishing reputation and industry        

                It’s time to market Maine’s hunting and fishing and restore out state’s reputation as THE place to hunt and fish. An Act to Market Maine’s Hunting and Fishing Opportunities, sponsored by Representative Robert Duchesne, is designed to do just that.

Ice Shack Raffle Promises Better Fishing

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               You may win an amazing ice fishing shack. And you will definitely contribute to an improvement in Maine’s fishery.

            Raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20, and the lucky winner gets a very creatively constructed ice shack. All who buy tickets contribute to the good work of Maine’s Fishery Improvement Network (FIN). 

            “There have never been ice shacks whose purpose is more friendly to fish,” said Pat Sirois. “This is a great project to not only raise money but to raise awareness of the stream connectivity issues. This is a win for fish, snowmobilers, and fishermen.”

Correcting PETA’s Myths About Deer

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              On Friday morning, November 18, 2011, I nearly choked on my breakfast cereal when I opened my morning newspaper and saw, spread all across the top of the op-ed page, a diatribe against deer hunters by Paula Moore of PETA, a radical national animal rights organization.

Given the fact that Maine sportsmen just spent more than $2.5 million to defeat a ballot initiative from another national group, the Humane Society of the United States, perhaps this column, originally published in 2011, will be of interest.

My highly-anticipated deer hunt that morning was nearly spoiled as I read Moore’s opinion that “increased deer activity associated with hunting is a major factor in the rise in deer-collisions in the last three months of the year.”

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