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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.


Enjoying the ice and snow; preparing for the Sportsman’s Show.

Snowmobiling and ice fishing dominate the March issue of The Maine Sportsman, while our readers, vendors and the magazine’s staff make final preparations for the March 27 – 29, 35th Annual State of Maine Sportsman’s Show at the Augusta Civic Center.

This year’s show will be another blockbuster, with appearances by the wardens of Animal Planet’s “North Woods Law,” as well as the 2nd Annual Miss Maine Sportsman competition, raffles, giveaways, kids’ archery and trout fishing, seminars and outstanding booths and displays.

The March issue celebrates the depth of Maine’s winter season. William Sheldon’s “Jackman Region” column reveals the design features that permit certain snowmobiles to excel in deep, powdery snow. Cathy Genthner tells where to travel in Western York and Cumberland counties to find great sledding late into the season. And when it’s time to put your rig away, William Clunie reveals the secrets to “summer-izing” your snowmobile for trouble-free warm-weather storage.

Regional columnists celebrate their area’s ice fishing, including Tom Roth’s descriptions of catching lunker togue and pike in and around Sebago Lake, and Steve Vose’s “Washington County,” in which he relates the importance of taking your kids out onto the ice now that the days are longer and warmer. Again this issue, Bill Graves illustrates his “The County” column with many great photos of himself and his friends making the most recreational use of the ice and snow.

On the political front, George Smith (Capitol Report) describes the slew of outdoor-related bills scheduled for debate during the current legislative session, while publisher Jon Lund (Jon’s Jottings) discusses the threat to the Fish River watershed posed by open-pit mining on Bald Mountain, which would be permitted under DEP regulations now under consideration by lawmakers in Augusta.

Our readers also star in this issue – letters continue to pour in, and we have printed six more in March, while those of you who don’t write letters, provide trophy photos, so many that we’ve run three full pages in order to cram in all the pictures of deer, moose, bear, turkeys and monster fish.

Both Joe Saltalamachia (Big Game Hunting) and William Clunie (Western Mountains) pay tribute and respect to late, great canine hunting companions. Meanwhile, Jim Andrews (Self-Propelled Sportsman) describes poling upstream without a paddle; Lou Zambello reveals his fear of flying around the corner on his bike on a woods road and running smack into a big bull moose; and Chris Johnson (Bowhunting) tells the secrets of using scent to entice a big buck into range of your tree stand.

Periodic contributor and retired state biologist Ron Joseph relates some of the more bizarre calls and requests he received during his career. How bizarre? Envision Joseph spraying concentrated wolf urine from a DOT truck along Route 201 in Jackman in an effort to keep moose off the road! Look for Part 2 of this mini-series in the April issue.

With this issue we say farewell to Katurah Ottawa, our skilled Art Director, who has accepted another job in southern Maine. We will miss her sense of humor and ready smile.

Seamlessly taking her place is Alex Theberge, a skilled editorial designer with extensive computer, publishing and photography experience.

So enjoy the March edition of The Maine Sportsman, go to the Sportsman’s Show, and get outside to enjoy the record snow-pack and the longer, warmer weather that’s just around the corner.


  • Will Lund, editor