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 April 2014 issue:
Despite Cold and Ice, Anglers Get on Water Now
April showers may bring May flowers, but they also draw out April Fools’ anglers in raincoats to fish for mostly brook trout, landlocked salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout – a bad month for fast fishing action because of cold and ice. But winter has been horribly long and folks want to get out.
William Clunie in the “Androscoggin River Valley” and “Rangeley Region” columns jumps right into brook-trout fishing, and why not? Brookies are the favorite quarry of Mainers.
Meanwhile, William Sheldon in his “Katahdin Country” column talks about early landlocked-salmon hotspots, and again, why not? This is the second favorite target of residents. Sheldon also toys with late snowmobiling, antler-shed hunting and early fishing in the “Jackman Region.”
Capt. Barry Gibson in the “Saltwater Column” concentrates on fishing for flounder, which promise action and tasty meals this season, and Jim Lemieux in “Greater Penobscot Bay” covers freshwater action for the fourth month. Jim Lemieux’s “Greater Penobscot Bay” informs folks of where to fish this region of fertile water and soil, and Jim tells about productive fishing waters, hot spots in each place and Penoby Bay people who wander this region with him.
Shawn Simpson tells of the joys of April fishing on the Kennebec River from Wyman Dam downstream to Williams Dam. Rainbows, browns and brookies and more are the target, depending on what stretch folks fish.
It’s not all fishing, though. In the “Self-propelled Sportsman,” Jim Andrews writes about fat-tire bicycles for pedaling across snow, particularly the white stuff that has settled. Meanwhile, Lou Zambello mentions a brilliant thought, when he talks about certain bicycling protocol on private roads and paths. Lou tells us how to get these 2-wheeled machines into the deep woods for hunting and fishing without annoying landowners.
Jon Lund’s “Jottings” tells readers about new Maine laws for lead. Researchers have studied the evils of lead on loons for over two decades at least, and now, the noose tightens – as Jon explains.
Will Lund’s “Sporting Environment” touches a topic that we hear little about – drones as conservation tools. The news covers unmanned planes as machines of war, but they have a peace-time use, which Will explains.
Col. J.C. Allard tells readers about the .26 Nosler, a popular bore size in the rest of the world, where 6.5mm rules. Col. Allard keeps us up-to-date on new stuff in the firearms world.
David Miller’s “The Silent Places” is about Maine trapping, and this month, David provides readers with topnotch tips on trap cleanup and preparation. Most of us have no interest in trapping ourselves, but we like reading about it.
In “Bowhunting in Maine,” Chris “Bubba” Johnson, a new writer, offers a brilliant piece about bowhunting for wild turkeys, brilliant because of his astute observations on the sport about using decoys.
Last but certainly not least, Ken Allen has been at The Maine Sportsman since 1973 and has seen editorial guidelines emerge over the year – often because of a need to address problems. A perusal of “Upcountry Journal” will answer lots of questions of why we do certain editorial steps. And his “Common-Sense Fly Fishing” explains why weighted flies are so crucial to success in frigid water.
There’s more in this publication, much more, but folks must buy it to see it all.