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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 July 2014 issue:
July Issue’s Dynamite Topics Thrill Readers
In July, The Maine Sportsman’s columnists tackle the typical topics that interest outdoor types in the seventh month – fishing for landlocked salmon, lake trout, brook trout and brown trout (often deep), tackling black bass and other warm-water species such as white perch and black crappies, chasing stripers and blues in the salt, preparing for the deer-hunting season and covering into outdoor politics, fascinating politics.
William Clunie, the “Androscoggin River Valley” and “Rangeley Region” columnist, jumps right into a controversial subject that we’ll see discussed more and more in the future – a problem threatening Maine’s salmonid sports fishery. A particular method of gold mining destroys trout and salmon habitat, and Clunie tells us all about it. Yes, the popularity of mining gold is on the increase in Maine – big time – and William tells us about a new law designed to control it.
Capt. Barry Gibson’s “Saltwater Column” often touches upon fisheries-management politics in the salt, and this month, he reports on some maddening new laws governing recreational anglers. Salty fishers reading Barry’s info about haddock will ask, “Will it never end?” And management plans often change yearly.
Meanwhile, Chris Johnson’s “Bowhunting in Maine” delves into a topic of which most Mainers know nothing – decoying deer in the archery season. Carrying a big Styrofoam deer decoy through the woods creates a dangerous safety problem in the regular firearms hunt, but in the straight bowhunting seasons, carrying decoys (while wearing an orange vest, of course) is much safer. Johnson tells us all how to use this effective hunting tool.
Don Eno, our Allagash columnist, hits upon an intriguing thought. In the bottom third of Maine, salmonids get way down into the water column, but in “The Allagash,” Eno points out that high elevations and more northern latitudes keep temperatures cool enough; consequently, brookie and togue anglers only get down 20 to 40 feet, unless warm weather prevails.
In Will Lund’s “Sporting Environment” this month, Will reveals the state biologists’ list of the best 10 Maine places to fish for large- and smallmouth bass, and the information will make all readers start making fishing plans through the summer.
Joe Saltalamachia, the “Big Game” columnist, gets right into an intriguing topic – spotlighting deer – a legal practice for wildlife watchers from Dec. 16 through Aug. 31. However, from Sept. 1 through Dec. 15, it is illegal. Joe guides readers through the less intrusive tactics to spotlight deer, fascinating reading.
Aroostook County lies in a land of salmonid waters, but in July, warm weather sends Bill Graves, “The County” columnist, to a smallmouth-bass pond just south of the border between Aroostook and Washington counties. Big, feisty bass make Graves and his cronies forget trout and salmon – at least until cooler weather prevails.
William Sheldon’s “Jackman Region” effort begins like a straight where-to for brookies and landlocks, but we quickly see the slant. Sheldon and a buddy hired a river-rafting guide to take them down the dangerous Kennebec River Gorge below Harris Dam. They float it earlier in the morning before the dam release turns the river into raging rapids, and the trip creates a lifetime memory.
In Sheldon’s “Katahdin Country” column, he fishes for smallmouth bass in the Penobscot River’s impoundment between Medway and a dam downriver and has a memorable float, filled with rod-bucking action.
This month, Col. J.C. Allard’s column takes a switch from new calibers and visits the 112-year-old .32 Winchester Special and points out that it is aging gracefully. Even if we didn’t use this caliber when we were growing up, we knew someone who did then – and even now. In my youth, at least one friend, an aunt and a cousin used a .32 Special.
David Miller continues with his trapping trilogy about wild canines. Last month, he wrote about the gray fox, this month the red fox and next month the eastern coyote. Miller really gets into trapping how-to and natural history of furbearers. We were lucky to find him.
Tom Seymour displays his diverse outdoor skills again this month, covering fresh-water fishing (catching monster smallies in Moosehead and brookies during inclement weather), salt water angling (how and where to hook tasty mackerel along Midcoast harbors), and, for lucky lottery winners and sub-permittees, bagging a trophy moose by scouting early and often.
In three different Special Sections, William Clunie writes an intriguing article about how to bait giant bear, Ken Allen covers beach casting for stripers and Dr. Cathy Genthner (we just call her Cathy around here) kicks in with a piece about a fish species that first brought Old World commercial fishermen to the Maine coast long before the Plymouth Settlement – Atlantic cod.