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Guiding Format Continues for Four Decades
When The Maine Sportsman first hit newsstands four decades ago, we had no columns, just articles and an occasional short story, and the writers, editor and publisher aimed at a guiding format right from day one. Outdoor sports offer participants fun and more fun, and the finished product should capture that joy, while touching upon where-to-go, localized how-to, outdoors politics, current trends and more sandwiched between short, crisp images that put the readers there to feel the excitement. In the mid-1970s, this publication began publishing more and more columns and less free-lance articles, but we continued with the same plan that has carried on until this day.
Here’s a bit from our September 2014 issue:
We Cover September’s Outdoor Sports!
In our September issue, Will Lund offers a wonderful “Sportsman’s Environment” column describing the hazards awaiting saltwater boaters as they navigate Maine’s jagged coastline, and in “Jottings” Jon Lund reminds us that “you’ve got to pay your dues” if you want to be a successful fisherman. He’s fished all his life, so he knows the topic well.
For years, William Clunie thrilled our readers with the “Androscoggin River Valley” column, but the subject area has spread out to the “Western Maine Mountains,” which is the new title for his column.
This month in WMM, this intrepid outdoorsman writes about fishing on the Androscoggin River and its tributaries, starting way over in Gilead on the Wild River near the New Hampshire border. Clunie also mentions the Pleasant, Sunday, Bear and Webb rivers and emphasizes the relaxing nature of fishing these waters. His “Rangeley Region” column talks about trout, salmon and bear, and both columns get into bear hunting.
Jim Andrews in “The Self-propelled Sportsman” focuses on a crucial political question, concerning the bear referendum to end baiting, use of hounds and trapping, which will seriously hurt rural economies, where bear hunters attracts huge numbers of sportsmen. Also on the topic of upcoming elections, George Smith discusses political candidates’ responses to questionnaires focusing on issues of interest to hunters and fishermen.
Don Eno in “The Allagash” column claims September’s cooling water turns a fishing page in the North Country, as salmonids strap on feedbags. That theme is echoed in Tom Seymour’s “Moosehead Region” and “Trout Fishing” columns this month, while his “Midcoast” article tells us how to pull feisty rainbows out of Megunticook Lake.
William Sheldon in his “Jackman Region” and “Katahdin Country” columns naturally touches upon fall foliage, which starts turning to myriad colors in his northern latitudes during the ninth month. Chasing bear, salmon and hiking rule now, and Bill tells us where to find action.
Farther south in the “Mid-Kennebec Valley Region,” Shawn Simpson tells us how September begins with warmer weather and blistering bass action and ends with cooler temperatures that enliven salmonids.
In his “Saltwater Column,” Capt. Barry Gibson writes about a grand Maine sport – shark fishing off our coast. Folks mostly catch blue sharks, but makos, porbeagles and the occasional thresher excite casters. Casting to chummed sharks with a fly rod really can get the heart pounding.
Lou Zambello’s “Maine Bicycling” column pleases the editorial staff here, and no one around does a better job than Zambello on bicycling. Sports folks who need simple transportation to get into backwoods spots and receive a superb cardiovascular workout at the same time know what a great marriage bicycling is to hunting and fishing.
Kathy Genthner’s first “Southern Maine” column is a welcome addition at The Maine Sportsman, and this month she covers the Scarborough Marsh. Her first effort is superb, and this experienced journalist, guide, pastor and doctor of theology will only get better.
On the opposite end of the state, Bill Graves in “The County” tells readers where to find brookies, salmon, bear and moose. This man lives in a hunting-and-fishing paradise and does most sports to the fullest. We can read about his adventures every month.
Chris Johnson writes a superb bowhunting column, and this September effort shows readers how the early deer season offers better success odds. Writers often preach about the joys of the rut and ignore early season tips. Johnson fills the void.
Maine bear hunting is famous across the nation, but Brian Emery in his “Northern New Hampshire” column offers us reason as to how the Granite State can also excite the bear crowd.
William Clunie provides three “Special Sections” this month, including an ATV Section on how to get a harvested moose out of the woods, and two Shooting Sections. One article describes copper bullets, which may represent the ammo of the future. The other piece describes a wonderful new sighting system for rifles, particularly helpful for folks as their eyes get weaker with age. Finally, Cathy Genthner writes about Barbara Plummer of Kokadjo, a participant in the Miss Maine Sportsman contest, held during the State of Maine Sportsman Show.
Enjoy all that our skilled columnists have to offer this month!