Bears, Muskie, Midcoast Charter Fishing and – Paddleboard Yoga?
… and exclusive online notice of a reader photo contest!
Bear hunting is a really, really big deal in Maine, bringing hunters from all over the country, and keeping guides employed, convenience stores busy and bait sources in big demand.
From its imposing cover photo by Paul Cyr of Presque Isle, to bear baiting and hunting stories by Staci Warren, Val Marquez (“Southern Maine”), Steve Carpenteri, and Kate Krukowski Gooding (bear sausage recipe), the August, 2022 issue of The Maine Sportsman offers complete coverage of this important game animal.
For the record, Youth Bear Day is August 27; hunting over bait begins August 29 and ends September 24; the general bear season runs August 29 through November 26; bear trapping runs September 1 through October 31, and hunting with hounds starts September 12 and ends October 28.
Elsewhere in the issue, our regional charter boat coverage continues, featuring mid-coast outfitters including Marsh River Outfitters (based in Monroe), North Creek Guide Service (New Meadows River), and Obsession Charters (Kennebec River).
Barry Gibson (“Saltwater Fishing”) and Jim Lemieux (“Downeast Region”) continue the ocean angling theme with their columns focusing on striped bass.
Speaking of big fish, Bill Graves (our Aroostook County writer) addresses a gamefish that deserves more coverage – the muskellunge, or “muskie.” “It’s go big, or go home,” he writes, as he describes the big rods, big reels and big lures that are required to haul in these so-called “water wolves.”
Christi Holmes is the real deal – a registered Maine guide, an outdoor group trip organizer and leader, and an excellent writer. Christi’s August column focuses on Maine fish and game laws that are relatively unknown, and therefore frequently (often unintentionally) violated.
To illustrate her column, Christi donned a bathing suit and assumed an advanced yoga position (Salamba Sirsasana, or headstand pose), while balancing on a stand-up paddleboard.
The column and photo have already generated some buzz, so we are doubling down with a 7-day challenge and contest. Here it is:
1) Between now and midnight on August 7, 2022, try to duplicate Christi’s pose, on a paddleboard or even on the stability of your house or camp floor;
2) Have your spotter (or medical advisor) take a photo of your efforts; and
3) E-mail the photo and a description to Will@MaineSportsman.com.
Best photo and story earn a free 6-month Maine Sportsman subscription or extension. This “flash” contest is open to men, women, boys and girls. We will not post or print any photos without permission of those shown in the photo.
So enjoy the second half of the summer, and enjoy this issue of The Sportsman, cover to cover.
Will Lund, Editor
The Maine Sportsman magazine