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Defending our hunting, fishing, and trapping heritage

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          Hunting, fishing, and trapping are key parts of Maine’s outdoor economy and an important part of our heritage. So it troubles me greatly when I hear or read ugly statements about these outdoor activities.

          In a column published here in August, Karen Coker of a new anti-hunting and anti-trapping group, WildWatch Maine, sharply criticized beaver trapping, claiming “Mainers are becoming increasingly intolerant of the brutal methods used to trap these charismatic animals.”

A Love From Away by Joe Haskins Jr.

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 Joe Haskins, Jr., is a native of North Carolina, but he sure did capture Maine in his novel, A Love From Away. There is a good reason for that: Haskins married a teacher from New Brunswick, Canada, and they moved to Maine in 2007.

So you won’t be surprised when the novel features, Gabriel, a guy from the south who, while teaching a semester at the University of Maine, meets a Canadian girl in Bangor and falls in love with her. But the guy doesn’t fall in love with Maine, and he leaves our state and the girl to return to North Carolina.

Hunting in Europe is amazingly different and challenging

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 Si Balch has traveled throughout Europe, mostly for forestry purposes, but he always comes home with amazing stories about hunting in these countries.

A while back I posted Si’s story about hunting in Italy. I also wrote a column about wild boar hunting in Italy, something I witnessed last fall when Linda and I were there.

Today, I’m going to share with you Si’s story about hunting in Germany and France. Here it is.

European Traditions Contrast with Maine

Uno Mas is a very creative Mexican restaurant

City or Town: 
Farmington
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 George

 

          It didn’t take long for people far and wide to discover Uno Mas, a new Mexican restaurant that opened last December in Farmington. We owe our friends the Grazianos of Readfield a thank you for recommending this wonderful restaurant to us.

Audubon speech covers everything from moose to our outdoor heritage

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 In a recent speech at a Maine Audubon fundraiser, I talked about my hunting/fishing heritage, my career as an advocate for that heritage, and about my work at the legislature. I also spoke about some of the challenges we face, including saving our moose herd.

I want to share that speech with you today. Here it is.

Audubon Speech

When I took on the job of reviving the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, which had fallen on hard times, in 1991, the first person who reached out to me at the legislature was Beth Ahearn, the longtime lobbyist for Maine Audubon. Many of you probably know that Beth is now the lobbyist for the Maine Conservation Voters.

You’ll enjoy these 60 years of bird hunting stories

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 I love it when people write their hunting and fishing stories, and not just because North Country Press published A Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing, my own book of hunting and fishing stories this year.

Often, as people tell me their stories, I’ll encourage them to write those stories. And many will say, “Oh, I can’t write.” To which I respond, “Of course you can. You just told me a wonderful story. Write it down!”

I am so pleased that Brad Varney has done just that, in his new book Maine-ly Bird Hunting. Brad’s 60 years of bird hunting adventures give us some awesome stories.

I’ve known Brad a long time, and benefitted from his shooting lessons at Varney’s Clay Sports in Richmond. He is a superb teacher, and took me from a pathetic wing shooter to a pretty good one.

Come Spring is a great book and a great cafe!

City or Town: 
Union
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Linda

          Come Spring is an historical novel originally published in 1940. It is the story of the founding of a small town in Maine, Union, “by ordinary people in an ordinary way.” It is why the Come Spring Cafe has always caught my eye. It is a cute little diner that normally has lots of cars in the parking lot and along the road.

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