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We've learned a lot from Maine's Lyme disease and deer tick research

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 This is my editorial page column published today in the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel. I will also be using it in my outdoor news blog published on my website and the website of the Bangor Daily News. 

 
 
 

Fisheries Group Making Progress on Important Initiatives

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 “I’m quite comfortable. I think we’re making good progress.”

Those were the words of Steve Brooke, a member of DIFW’s new fisheries working group, organized in response to legislation I submitted to expand protection of our native brook trout. I attended the group’s meeting on October 26, and I have to agree with Steve.

Fisheries Division Director Francis Brautigam has embraced this challenge, and is working hard to get his entire staff on board to achieve our objectives which include adding more trout waters to the state’s Heritage List, and protecting tributaries of the lakes and ponds on that list.

Listen to what I have to say – right here!

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 Thanks to Maine Public Radio, you can hear the speeches that Brian Deese and I gave at the Maine Conservation Voters’ Evening for the Environment, attended by 500 people on October 25 in South Portland.

Brian worked for President Obama on climate change and other environmental issues and challenges, and his speech was great.

I received MCV’s Harry Richardson environmental leadership award “for writing, speaking, advocating, and inspiring all of us to protect the woods, waters, and wildlife of Maine.” That was indeed a great honor.

And I was both surprised and pleased when they played a video in which Senator Angus King talked about me.

His video and my speech are in the beginning of the MPR piece, followed by Brian’s speech.

You can hear it all here.

I've made lots of deer hunting mistakes

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As you pursue deer this month, perhaps you will enjoy – and learn from – some of the mistakes I’ve made over the years. These stories are in my book, A Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing, published in August by North Country Press.

He was huge and I was shaking

 

                I’ve never forgotten this buck. Even after 40 years, I can still see myself sitting on that stonewall, 30.6 in my lap, hearing him coming through the thick firs and brush, just after sunrise. A lot of the fun of hunting is the anticipation of seeing a deer, and boy, I was enjoying a lot of anticipation at that moment!

More Great Stories from a South Dakota game warden

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After reading D.B. McCrea’s first book about his adventures as a South Dakota game warden, I couldn’t wait to read his second book, and it is also a keeper.

In book #2, The Forgotten Lawmen 2, McCrea has moved to the Sioux Falls area, the fastest growing section of South Dakota, and a place filled with poachers. And McCrea is all about catching and stopping them. And that he does. He is both diligent and determined.

He is all over poachers of deer, mourning doves, fish, and more. And his stories will both entertain and amaze you.

This book will inspire you to get outside and write about it

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 The Naturalist’s Notebook will inspire you to get outside and write about it in a journal. Authors Nat Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich even include a 5-year calendar-journal for you to use.

When we purchased our camp in the North Woods in 1991, we started a journal, recording the wonderful things that happened there, including lots of moose and deer in our yard. We also have photo albums that record a lot of those fun things, including our hikes up Baxter Park’s mountains. Baxter Park is our camp’s back yard.

AMC's Highland Center Lodge in the White Mountains is wonderful

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George

 

          New Hampshire’s White Mountains are spectacular any time of year, but in the fall, they are stunning. So we booked two days at AMC’s Highland Center Lodge in Crawford Notch, and were blessed with cool and sunny days.

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