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FLOCK SHOOTING SHOULD BE BANNED

SHOULD FLOCK SHOOTING BE BANNED? Sweeping new changes in Maine’s Fall Wild Turkey hunting season caused more hunter than ever to take to the fields and woodlots in search of two turkeys, either sex with all day hunting hours. While the purpose of the dramatic increase in bag limit and …

ARE WE LOSING OUT OUTDOOR EXPERTS?

Years ago, in Maine, if your name or photo appeared in either Bud Leavitt (Bangor Daily News) or Gene Letourneau’s column (Portland Press Herald) then you were considered to be someone to be listened to on hunting and fishing matters. Sadly, Bud and Gene have passed and the newbies are …

LD-84 Could Be Bad For Turkey Hunters in Maine

Imagine for a moment that whitetail deer were considered to be extinct in Maine at the turn of the century, due to over-harvesting of forests and dramatic changes in farming practices. Moose hunting, of course, would not even be considered. Imagine you grew up with bear and wild turkey as …

The Facts, Maa’m, Just the Facts”

For over forty years we journalists worked under the thumbs of Editors and their army of fact-checkers. Break the sacred rule of thumb, “Two Independent Sources” and your manuscript, not to mention possibly your credibility and/or your job goes right in the circular file. Those of us old enough to …

Who is Job is it to Police the Media?

“Hundreds of bullets were strewn across the classroom floor” writes one national newspaper columnist. The NRA is the new “KKK” writes another and it goes on and on and on. For more than four decades I have been held accountable by my various editors to “get it right” before my …

HOW MANY IS ENOUGH GUNS IN THE HOUSE?

HOW MANY IS ENOUGH GUNS IN THE HOUSE? “Can you ever have enough guns in the house?” That question crosses my desk more often than most, especially during the winter, when sportsman’s shows are scheduled almost every weekend for two months. Of course, no hunter would ever concede that he …

LEAVING WILD CRITTER BABIES ALONE

LEAVING WILD CRITTER BABIES ALONE This is one topic that should not have to be printed in early June each year but, due to people who either don’t listen or don’t believe the warnings, more and more animal babies lose their lives. That’s right, they lose their lives. Otherwise caring …

Brook Trout & Fiddleheads

IT’S BROOK TROUT AND FIDDLEHEAD FERN TIME How many times have I written about combining brook trout with fiddlehead ferns to make perhaps the finest breakfast menu ever? More times than I can count, I’m sure, but every year around this time I feel compelled to mention it again. There …