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 October 2014 issue:
October an Excellent Firearms Issue – and So Much More!
The Maine Sportsman’s staff looks at the October issue with pride, beginning with Col. Jim Allard’s “The Shooter’s Bench,” which covers favorite handguns through the years – lots of them – and a slang term familiar to boomers – “kit guns.”
William Clunie adds big time to the issue with a “Shooting Section” on tuning rifles for Maine game, a great read for folks interested in rifle accuracy. He also offers a “Deer Section” on rifles for Maine, which leans heavily into shooting and hunting logic for choosing deer calibers.
Clunie pens another whitetail section on the topic of stand-hunting, and this article contains great tips to increase the success ratio for hunters lurking by trails or forage areas, waiting for wandering deer.
Clunie’s final contributions this month are an ATV piece on the “Moose Loop Trail” in the Flagstaff area and his “Western Maine Mountains” and “Rangeley Region” columns. The last two capture grouse and deer hunting, bright fall brookies and blazing foliage in the 10th month.
Chris Johnson’s “Bowhunting in Maine” improves every month. This fine new writer tells readers about razor-sharp broadheads and perfect penetration – important for leaving a great blood trail to follow.
Meanwhile, Cathy Genthner continues her “Miss Maine Sportsman” again this month, covering individual contestants. One point about Cathy’s articles strikes us as impressive: These women possess superb credentials for outdoor sports, credentials that most male readers would love to list on their own résumés. These women are sharp!
And don’t miss Cathy’s new “Southern Maine” column on hunting, fishing and hiking, her second effort, a piece that uses “serenade” in “blazing color” in her description of October. This very experienced journalist captures the fun and thrills of a mid-fall day in Maine.
In “Jon Lund’s “Jottings,” readers can find information about angling in the old days, when manufacturers first introduced the famous Jitterbug and Dying Flutter. Two points in this column intrigue us here: 1) According to Jon, anglers may need to tinker with new lures right from the package to get them working properly; and 2) when too many anglers overuse a lure such as a Jitterbug, the familiarity may turn fish off.
“Sporting Environment” write Will Lund weighs in with an often-humorous piece exploring whether we of the outdoors are becoming overly reliant on technology such as color-screened GPSs and locater-equipped walkie-talkies.
Naturally, October reigns as the heart of upland-bird and waterfowl seasons, and Tom Roth’s “Sebago to Auburn” discusses pheasant and ducks, while Brian Emerson’s “Northern New Hampshire” touches upon ruffed grouse and woodcock, Jim Lemieux’s “Greater Penobscot Bay” delves into grouse and woodcock and Shawn Simpson’s “Mid-Kennebec Valley Region” column hits on hiking in the Kennebec Highlands as well as hunting waterfowl and fall turkeys.
Waldo’s Tom Seymour describes the importance of having a large selection of wobblers in “Trout Fishing,” while his “Moosehead Region” offering tells upland game hunters how to locate woodcock and grouse.
In the North Country, Don Eno’s “The Allagash” entices us with camping, hiking and ATVing there, Bill Grave’s “The County” tells us a story about October duck-float hunts, and William Sheldon’s “Katahdin Country” and “Jackman Region” give readers stories and advice about grouse and early-season hares. And George Smith emphasizes the challenges facing opponents of the latest effort by the Humane Society of the United States to impose its bear management preferences on Maine hunters and game biologists.
Yes, this issue offers readers a wide range of topics near and dear to the outdoor lovers’ hearts.