George's Outdoor News

George’s new outdoor issues blog. He goes all over the state. He listens. And he reports on issues of concern to sportsmen, conservationists, and environmentalists.

Alter your fish and you’ll be in big trouble

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 A new law governing fisheries included language that “prohibits anglers from altering fish, including smelts, from their natural state until after they have conducted a wet measure.” That’s the way the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife described their proposal, sponsored for the agency by Senator Scott Cyrway, Senate chair of the IFW Committee.

Cyrway, in his testimony, explained that “fishermen are cleaning smelts and cutting the heads off at the stream, in order to allow an increased limit of fish, and this is negatively impacting the smelt population.”

The bill also replaces, in law, the term “alewives” with the term “river herring.” Cyrway explained that this is the “correct reference when referring to both alewives and blueback herring.”

State agrees to controversial take-over of Forest City dam.

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 A very-late-in-the-session legislative bill calling for a state takeover of the Forest City Dam on the St. Croix River was hotly debated. Several key changes were made, and the bill was enacted and signed by the Governor.

One of the major concerns expressed by IFW Committee members was the expense of maintaining this large dam, half of which is in Canada. The state will only be responsible for our side of the dam, not the Canadian side.

Road Slobs Trash Cemetery

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 What kind of road slob tosses his garbage into a cemetery? A disgusting, uncaring, unthinking slob, that’s who.

My garbage walk last week from my house up the road alongside my woodlot resulted in one full bag of garbage and another of returnable bottles and cans. As I’ve said before, road slobs drink Bud Lite and smoke Marlboro cigarettes.

Most shocking was the garbage tossed into the cemetery next to my woodlot. I hope those slobs enjoyed their McDonald’s lunch and their Bud Lite. But why did they think it was ok to leave their garbage in a cemetery? Shameful!

The bear almost trampled me!

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           Our camp on Sourdnahunk Lake on the edge of Baxter Park is the best thing Linda and I ever purchased. Our kids grew up here and our grandchildren are now enjoying the camp, which is part of an old sporting camp, Camp Phoenix.

          Reading through our camp journal recently, I decided there are a lot of good stories to be shared, so today I’m starting to write those in a new series I’ll call True Tales of Camp Phoenix. And yes, these are all true!

          Today, we’ll start with bear tales

Linda's awesome gardens

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 My wife Linda is an amazing gardener. In addition to stunning flower gardens in the front and back yards, she has a large vegetable garden, raised beds, and a 14 by 28 foot Hoop House. Yes, we have fresh veggies all winter long.

 

I wandered the yard recently and took these photos.

Legislature overrides Governor's veto of Public Lands bill

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 After several years of intense effort, a bill governing our public lands has been enacted, thanks to votes in the House and Senate to override the Governor’s veto of the bill. Several legislators, including my State Senator Tom Saviello, and our state’s major environmental groups, deserve credit for crafting this bill and never giving up on it. Last year, the same bill was vetoed by the Governor, and the veto override failed.

Among other things, this bill:

Botanical Gardens are spectacular this time of year

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Boothbay Harbor
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 Get yourself down to Boothbay Harbor now, to enjoy the spectacular flowers in the Botanical Gardens.

 

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