Welcome to The Maine Sportsman
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 February 2015 issue:
February Issue Tells How to Enjoy Winter, and Get Ready for Spring
February is, of course, the shortest month, and one way to make it seem to go by even faster is to follow the where-to, how-to advice in this issue of The Maine Sportsman by getting outside and experiencing all the season has to offer.
Learn how Bill Sheldon first tried to call in Jackman-area coyotes with a mouth-blown call (here’s a clue – Bill was even more surprised than were the coyotes). More coyote-hunting advice comes from Bill Graves (“The County”), and William Clunie, in his Save a Deer; Hunt a Coyote “Rangeley Region” column.
The centerpiece of the Sportsman’s February issue is the four-page list of the names of those whitetail hunters who were successful in 2014 in a big way – more than 200 pounds, to be exact, earning each hunter a Big Bucks Club patch. Also included are photos of the Top 10, the very biggest deer of the season, ranging from 240 pounds all the way to a 274-pound monster buck.
Thought your bicycling days were over ’til spring? Lou Zambello tells us three ways to stay on two wheels: 1) Float over the snow on a “fat bike” with balloon tires; 2) go for a ride on the ice on a mountain bike featuring tires equipped with carbide, no-slip studs; or 3) mount a rifle scabbard over the rear tire, slide in your favorite .22 rifle, and head down the frozen gravel roads looking for snowshoe rabbits (a/k/a varying hare).
In his “Big Game Hunting” column, Joe Saltamachia reveals that some of Maine’s very finest and most successful deer hunters – with rifles, muzzleloaders and bows – are women. How successful?
• Debbie Doyon – multiple 200-pound plus deer, including a 215-pounder, as well as guiding another hunter to a 227, 14-point trophy;
• Deanna Page – 20 deer, including eight with a bow; and
• Britt Humphrey, the reigning Miss Maine Sportsman – two more big bucks this past season, one each with bow and gun, including her second buck over 200 pounds in the last three years.
All this and more – fly tying; combining ice fishing and rabbit hunting into a single adventure; selecting a fresh water fishing boat; snowmobiling in the shadow of Mount Katahdin; still more reader-submitted jokes in the “Smilin’ Sportsman,” and another full page of Letters to the Editor. Take this issue along with you to the smelt shack, or read it in relaxation in front of the cabin’s roaring fireplace – the February Sportsman will keep you excited about winter while at the same time getting you thinking ahead to the spring.