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Pickering Commission Recommends Hunting Law Changes

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SAM’s Pickering Commission to Reduce and Clarify Maine’s Hunting Laws was organized in 2011 with the help of a grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund. I was hired to organize and lead the Commission.

A distinguished group of Commission members met twice and did a lot of work before, between, and after meetings. Included were three legislators who serve on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, two members of DIF&W’s Advisory Council, DIF&W’s Deputy Commissioner, a Captain of the Warden Service, and a good cross section of sportsmen from state organizations and local fish and game clubs.

The Commission’s final report and recommendations are attached to this column.

Experience Natalie's At Least Once in Your Life

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Camden
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Natalie’s restaurant in the elegant Camden Harbour Inn offers a dining experience that is amazing. Unique. Best we’ve had since beginning this column in January. Can’t wait to return. Been dreaming about it.

 Well, you get the idea. This is a high-end splurge that delivers an unforgettable dining experience.

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DIF&W Reorganization and New Hatchery May Be Coming in 2011

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Commissioner Chandler Woodcock says his meeting last Friday (November 18) with Governor Paul LePage went well. Woodcock presented his plan to reorganize his agency, in the form of a chart, and said the Governor asked good questions and was supportive.

The Governor will ponder the plan for a while, with no particular timetable for the adoption and implementation of the plan, although it will certainly be moving forward in 2012. Woodcock expects to meet again with the Governor to answer any additional questions he may have about the plan.

Woodcock also has some interest in a proposal from Poland Spring to turn over the Dead River fish hatchery to the department. Poland Spring got the hatchery when it purchased the land for a new source of spring water, and has kept the hatchery going, at a minimal level, with the hope that the department – or a private entity – would have an interest in it.

Camden Splurge Is Amazing Experience

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Our online dictionary defines “splurge” this way: “to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, especially a costly one.” The dictionary’s example is perfect for this review: “They splurged on a trip to Europe.”

The Camden Harbour Inn and its restaurant, Natalie’s, is a luxurious splurge with many amenities that remind us of Europe, but it’s a whole lot cheaper than traveling to Europe!

 

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Ice Shack Contest Scheduled for Friday

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Who can build the best ice shack in Maine?

We’ll find out on Friday when the Maine Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors hosts its first annual Maine Super Shack Build at the Augusta Civic Center.

ABC Maine President James Cote reports that five competitors have put their reputations on the line:  RJ Grondin & Sons, Coutts Bros., IRC Industrial Roofing Companies, Cianbro, and Storey Brothers Excavation.

I’ll be one of the judges and will looking for ice shacks that are comfortable and fishable. Size matters, too, although James has restricted the competition to shacks no larger than 8 feet by 8 feet. 

The shacks will be entirely constructed at the Civic Center, starting at 9 am, while judging begins at 3 pm. The event is open to the public. Bring you cameras.

Woodcock to Brief Governor on Reorganization Plan

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Commissioner Chandler Woodcock will brief Governor Paul LePage on Friday (November 18) about Woodcock’s major reorganization plan for his Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

“The plan is very progressive,” Woodcock said. “We tried to create a balance” between the department’s divisions and programs, he reported.

He also hinted that some positions that were eliminated in the past, such as wildlife biologists dedicated to deer, will be restored, and a greater focus on fisheries can be expected.

Maine hunters: Identify your target!

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Deirdre Fleming’s Sunday Telegram article yesterday (November 12) was very interesting, reporting that “of the nine states that issue large numbers of deer and other big-game hunting licenses, Maine had among the fewest fatalities from 2001 to 2010, with four.”

However, “Maine’s rate of hunting-related firearms accidents per 100,000 licensed hunters, compared with six of the… states, fell about in the middle of the pack at about 42 incidents per 100,000.”

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