Get Your Kids Outside This Week!

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Outdoor Kids

We all recognize the problems of obesity in children and the desperate need to get kids outside for exercise and a connection to nature.

More any-deer permits proposed

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Nearly 8,000 more any-deer permits will be issued this year by Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, if the staff’s recommendation is approved by the Advisory Council and Commissioner.

The proposal, advertised today, calls for 34,160 permits in 2012, a total of 7,770 more than were issued in 2011. 

Ten Wildlife Management Districts get all the increased permits. WMDs 20 and 21 get substantially more. Hunters in two WMD’s will get fewer permits.

WMD 29 gets the same 600 permits this year that it received last year.

Here are the numbers for the districts getting increases (with the 2011 numbers in parentheses).

WMD 12            175            (0)

New LL Bean Book is Guaranteed to be Good

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If there’s one thing that made me a life-long avid advocate for and customer of LL Bean, it’s the company’s guarantee for everything they sell. If I don’t like it, for any reason, at any time, Bean takes it back. No receipt required.

So it’s fitting that a new book chronicling LL Bean’s history is titled Guaranteed to Last, LL Bean’s Century of Outfitting America. And with a bit of irony, the book is authored by James Gorman, no relation to my good friend Jim Gorman, Jr., LL Bean’s great grandson. The book was produced by Melcher Media for LL Bean and the company’s 100th anniversary.

DIF&W Dollars Go Down the Drain

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A final grasp for public support went down the drain for Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife last week when the legislature killed Senator Kevin Raye’s LD 1652, An Act to Ensure a Reliable Funding Stream for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.


The bill was an attempt by Raye, President of the Maine Senate, in collaboration with the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Maine Audubon, and The Nature Conservancy, to find a revenue stream that would give DIF&W the public support and funding we’ve been seeking for decades.

While a lot of different possibilities were explored, the one they settled on was a small percentage of the sales tax, an idea that enjoyed overwhelming support from legislators last year, in a Constitutional amendment that carried in the House by two-thirds but fell two votes short of the two-thirds needed in the Senate.

Adventure Awaits in Maine's North Woods

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A group of mostly nonresidents were enjoying a spectacular LL Bean Discovery School adventure when we arrived at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Gorman Chairback Camps 13 miles east of Greenville.

This is high-end comfort at reasonable prices, just the type of adventure that many of today’s travelers seek. Good food, historic camps, in the heart of the 100-mile wilderness.

We rented equipment from Northwoods Outfitters in Greenville before arriving at the camps on a Friday night in March, and feasted on our way home Sunday afternoon at Spring Creek Bar-B-Q in the heart of downtown Monson.

It was a weekend to savor, and remember  - until we return for a summer adventure!

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Dill Attacks Dunlap and Maine Gun Owners

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Charging that Maine legislators were, “spending our time making it easier for people to become vigilantes,” State Senator Cynthia Dill, a candidate for U.S. Senate this year, put gun owners and the National Rifle Association right in her sights today.

In the process, Dill sharply criticized one of her U.S. Senate Democratic primary opponents, Matt Dunlap. Dunlap was a champion for Maine sportsmen and gun owners during his tenure in the Maine House of Representatives. Most recently he served as Maine’s Secretary of State, and even spent a brief time as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine in 2011. He is currently a member of SAM’s Board of Directors.

Deer Feeding Discouraged

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Are you feeding deer? Stop it!

That’s what Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like you to do. The department contends that many deer feeders do more harm than good, by providing food that’s not nutritious, or placing the feed where deer must cross busy highways to get to it. Some deer feeding stations also draw coyotes for a feeding frenzy of their own.

DIF&W has had no authority to stop people from feeding deer, but they will have shortly. The legislature’s Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee gave its unanimous endorsement to a deer bill, LD 1242, sponsored by Washington County’s Rep. David Burns. It’s certain to be enacted by the full legislature and signed into law by the governor.

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