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 August 2014 issue:
August Issue Tackles Topics from Fun Sports to Serious Politics
The Maine Sportsman’s August issue offers topics galore, including Will Lund’s “Sporting Environment,” a wonderful piece about an 8,000-acre purchase of land near Cold Stream that protects brook trout habitat and deer-wintering yards.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Tom Seymour and Steve Vose enlighten readers about a new invader to Maine, European red (fire) ants, bad news when they bite folks. …Talk about contrasts, and between the extremes.
Bryan Emerson of Groveton, New Hampshire begins a new column this month entitled “Northern New Hampshire,” and tells readers about a hot spot to fish for northern pike, while William Clunie in the “Rangeley Region” and “Androscoggin River Valley” impresses trout-and-salmon anglers with the importance of finding cold water in the eighth month, where salmonids concentrate to avoid warmer temperatures.
In the “Jackman Region” column, William Sheldon covers an exhilarating Maine sport, fishing for trout and salmon with a river-running guide in the dangerous Kennebec River Gorge below Harris Dam. …Talk about exciting fishing! Most folks need a guide to negotiate these dangerous rapids, after dam tenders release water daily for the rafting industry.
In “Katahdin Country,” Sheldon gets into the bear-referendum vote slated for November. If the voting public were to decide to end bear baiting, that would be a terrible blow to tradition and the rural economy of northern Maine. “Terrible blow” can never be underestimated when considering economics here in Maine. And speaking of bears, Burnham, Maine resident Naaman Pratt contributes a thought-provoking cover photo, demonstrating with clarity that hungry bears pose a threat to newborn deer.
Ken Allen explores a topic that cracker-barrel orators discuss long into the night. Does Maine have smaller landlocks than it did in yesteryear? Allen has evidence in his “Upcountry Journal” effort to suggest no! Also, in his youth, he watched as blue-winged olives captured our imagination and spurred us to learn how to fish the hatch – covered in “Common-sense Fly Fishing” this month.
Jim Lemieux in “Greater Penobscot Bay” writes about myriad destinations for readers each month and never fails to name local sports folks in his region, often acquaintances of the readers. He’s developing into a serious regional columnist to watch every month.
Tom Roth targets an idea about fishing Sebago Lake in August – mainly anglers should target the abundant togue population before boaters race around and put fish down. That idea of August and typical hot weather for salmonid fishing inspired Don Eno in “The Allagash” column. He reminds readers that in northern Maine in higher elevations, the good times keep rolling for anglers.
Jim Andrews gives self-propelled sports folks a grand idea for the hot, humid month – go to the ocean for a cool-weather escape. It’s all in his “The Self-propelled Sportsman” column. And speaking of the ocean, Capt. Barry Gibson’s “Saltwater Column” offers pro tips for catching midsummer stripers and blues. Gibson is the real deal in saltwater.
…Bicycling, anyone? As usual, Lou Zambello often draws an undeniable connection between bicycling and outdoor sports such as fishing, hunting and birding, and this month’s “Maine Bicycling” highlights the importance of fitness and knowing one’s abilities before heading out.
In “The Shooter’s Bench,” Col. J.C. Allard writes about a quality side-by-side shotgun for Maine uplanders – the Dickinson – a classic shotgun at an affordable price. This beauty comes with a single, selector trigger or a front trigger for the more open choke and a back trigger for the tighter barrel. Meanwhile, David Miller in “Trapping the Silent Places” talks about trapping coyotes, an elusive, ultra-wary target.
Joe Saltalamachia tells about his recent chance at a grand-slam achievement – four big-game animals in one season. It’s an exciting read, and not until the end does the reader know whether he did it – or not.
Tom Seymour chases togue and crappies in Swan Lake in his “Mid-Coast” column, and trout and salmon in “Moosehead Region.” And his “Trout Fishing” piece takes you on a tour of your local brookie stream, in which he shows you how to find the fish that are hiding in spring-fed or deep holes to escape the August heat and low water levels.
The “Special Sections” this month cover mackerel, stripers, bear, moose, sporting dogs and the recent Miss Maine Sportsman contest – Alyson Randall, an impressive sports women. On top of that, a reader offers views that show global warming may be right, but the jury is still out.