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.

Marsden Hartley’s art is inspiring and you can see it at Colby College for free!

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 Marsden Hartley’s art – much of it depicting Maine’s beautiful outdoors – has always been a favorite of mine. And now, until November 12, you can see much of it for free at Colby College’s art museum.

Linda and I recently enjoyed a guided tour of the Hartley exhibit at Colby, led by Maine artist Evelyn Dunphy and sponsored by Friends of Baxter State Park. I kept thinking, as we enjoyed Hartley’s art, that the tour was a new trail through Baxter Park – and a stunning tour too.

Evelyn was a superb guide, giving us lots of information about Hartley and his art. She will lead another tour on October 18.

Evelyn’s art is stunning too, and you can access it here. And please check out the website of Friends of Baxter State Park. If you enjoy the park, you should be a member of the Friends group. Check out their exciting raffle now going on. You could win some amazing trips.

Look out bears! Hunting season starts tomorrow!

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After Saturday’s youth-only day, the hunting season on bears starts tomorrow (August 28). Between 10,000 and 12,000 hunters are expected to get out after bears this year,  the smallest group of all those seeking game animals. For example, 16,000 hunt turkeys.

Of course, bear hunting is a major commitment, and much of it is done with guides, making the bear hunt a very important one for that segment of our outdoor economy. Many bear hunters also stay in Maine sporting camps.

DIF&W issued a very informative press release about this year’s bear hunt, and I want to share that with you today. Here it is.

DIFW Press Release

A complete list of new laws and law changes governing our outdoor activities.

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 Starting on August 21, I'm publishing on the Bangor Daily News website, six days in a row, outdoor news columns about all the new laws and law changes enacted by this year's legislature.

It's a lot of work to post those here, so let me direct you to the Bangor Daily News website. In the Outdoor section, you will find George's Outdoor News, with these columns.

Great job saving Quoddy Bay!

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 My family heritage lies in Lubec and Campobello, on Quoddy Bay. It's the most beautiful place in Maine. So I am pleased to share this news, and a special request, from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, along with this stunning photo of a sunrise over Campobello.

Don’t Miss the Evening for the Environment

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 This is a don’t miss event, which I have attended a number of times. The Maine Conservation Voters will host their annual Evening for the Environment on Wednesday, October 25, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Brick South, Thompson’s Point, Portland.

This event is a special celebration of our conservation accomplishments and organizations, with food, speakers, and awards. It also inspires us to continue our hard work for the environment.

This year’s keynote speaker is Brian Deese, a Senior Advisor to former President Obama who oversaw climate, conservation, and energy policies. He was one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement. Brian’s expertise and experience will be a guiding light on the federal issues – and the threats - we’re facing now.

I am also very honored to be receiving an award that night, the MCV’s 2017 Environmental Leadership Award. I should say I am astonished and honored.

New book features a lifetime of hunting and fishing stories

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 My hunting and fishing heritage and experiences have been very important parts of my life, which makes it very exciting to announce the publication of my new book, A Lifetime of Hunting & Fishing, published by North Country Press.

Subtitled The Ones That Got Away and the Ones That Didn’t, the front cover features a photo of me and my Dad with the last turkey we got before he passed away. There are lot of stories in the book about my days hunting and fishing with Dad.

The book is a collection of stories written over the last 30 years about my lifetime of hunting and fishing in Maine, plus hunting and fishing adventures in Labrador, Quebec, Montana, North Dakota, and Alaska.

Moose’s flies all settled on me!

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 More true tales from Camp Phoenix. In this column, we’ll talk moose.

In August, you could expect to see as many as 10 moose in Little Sourdnahunk Lake, eating the water plants. They would wade into the lake, then dip their heads under water to feast on the plants.

We would often hike from Big to Little Sourdnahunk, where Camp Phoenix keeps a couple of canoes, and then canoe the lake, enjoying the moose.

Moose Flies

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