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.

You could win this great book!

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 I recently read and wrote about a great new book, The Naturalist’s Notebook. And I am pleased to alert you to an opportunity to win a free signed copy of the book.

 

Got deer meat? Kate Gooding needs some.

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 If you don’t have Kate Krukowski Gooding’s wild game cookbooks, put them on your Christmas wish list. Kate is an amazing cook, and once cooked a fantastic wild game stew on my TV show Wildfire. Everyone in the building flocked to the studio to eat a bowl of that delicious stew.

Not long ago Kate was on Bill Greene’s TV show, making Black Fly Stew. And she put blackflies in it! Bill claimed they were tasty, but I doubt it!

A stunning story about an amazing hike

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 While you will be inspired by Thomas Jamrog’s amazing experience hiking the Continental Divide Trail, you will not be inspired to do that hike.

For one thing, it’s a 2500 mile 5 month journey through New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana, on a trail often described as desolate and brutal. Having read Jamrog’s book, In the Path of Young Bulls, published by Maine Authors Publishing, I think that description is an understatement.

But I found the book fascinating and was unable to put it down, racing through it as fast as I could, captivated by his detailed (and sometimes troubling) accounts of each day. This really is an incredible story.

Laurie Chandler’s paddling adventure was amazing and inspiring

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 After reading Upwards, I’m not sure I want to tackle the entire Northern Forest Canoe Trail. But I sure do want to paddle some of the trail.

Laurie Apgar Chandler was the first woman to solo paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and her new book is a detailed and inspiring account of that 740 mile adventure including 67 portages totaling 125 miles.

Her faith, and remembrance of padding some of the trail with her husband Chris who died at a young age of a heart attack, are inspiring, and her fierce determination to get through tough portages, awful storms, fierce winds, and lots of long days of paddling, is amazing.

Outstanding leaders organize new native fish advocacy group

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 Exciting news! A new organization focused on our native fish has been organized, “to protect, preserve, and restore native fish populations through stewardship of the fish and their habitats.”

I was pleased to participate in getting this group up and running, and will serve on the group’s Maine advisory committee. Outstanding fisheries leaders at the state and national level comprise the national board, with state boards in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

We Kill The Spiders by Rob Neal

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 Rob Neal’s new book, We Kill The Spiders, is both humorous and insightful. Best of all, Rob’s advice to men is right on the mark. Pay attention guys!

Published by Maine Publishers Allliance, which does a great job helping authors publish their books, Rob’s first book is a keeper.

Promoted as “Ten Jobs for Men Who Love Women and Sports” the book relates Rob’s experiences as a fanatical sports fan. I’ll tell you right now, his wife must be a saint.

Have you heard of tick tubes?

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 After reading one of my recent columns on deer ticks and Lyme disease, Carla Heisten of Chelsea alerted me to tick tubes. Her message is informative and important, so I will share it with you today. Here is Carla’s message, with the information you need to start using tick tubes.

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