About George Smith
George stepped down at the end of 2010 after 18 years as the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to write full time. He writes a weekly editorial page column in the Kennebec Journal and Waterville Morning Sentinel, a weekly travel column in those same newspapers (with his wife Linda), monthly columns in The Maine Sportsman magazine, two outdoor news blogs (one on his website, georgesmithmaine.com, and one on the website of the Bangor Daily News), and special columns for many publications and newsletters.
Islandport Press published a book of George's favorite columns, "A Life Lived Outdoors" in 2014.
In 2014, George also won a Maine Press Association award for writing the state's bet sports blog. In 2016, Down East Books published George's book, Maine Sporting Camps, and Islandport Press published George and his wife Linda's travel book, Take It From ME, about their favorite Maine inns and restaurants.
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J Wayne Pelletier’s book, Memories from the Fisherman’s Bench, has lots of great fishing stories, but he also shares lots of other great stories about his life, from when he was a kid to throughout his adult life, including his service in the military. While his fishing was mostly in Maine, wherever he was in […]
Chowder Rules! Is a wonderful children’s book, but also a story adults will enjoy and chuckle over. Anna Crowley Redding has written a very funny story of a Maine Chef who is offended when someone in New York City adds tomatoes to Maine’s traditional clam chowder. The chef is also a Maine legislator and he’s […]
DIFW Commissioner Judy Camuso has written a great column about her opening day deer hunt. You can read it here: https://www1.maine.gov/wordpress/insideifw/2020/11/24/join-judy-outside-opening-day/
Throughout the fall, DIF&W’s fisheries biologists study spawning fish. Here’s their report. https://www1.maine.gov/wordpress/insideifw/2020/11/12/4311/
This was published in the Kennebec Journal on November 8, 1993. As the canoe slid quietly along Hopkins Stream in the pre-dawn darkness, 11-year-old son Joshua jumped when an unseen beaver slapped the water right beside him. “Wow, what was that Dad?” he asked, more exclamation than question. It was the opening morning of the […]
Beginning with Habitat has been a great program for 20 years. Here’s a good report on this important program. https://www.maine.gov/ifw/docs/20-MDIFW-24-B-w-Habitat.pdf
Every week, I get a wonderful and very thoughtful quote from Dr. Frederic Craigie, who emails the quote to thousands of people. So I was excited to learn that Fred had published a book, Weekly Soul – Fifty-two meditations on meaningful, joyful, and peaceful living. The book is certainly that, but it is also so […]
You can offer your opinions and suggestions to the Landowner and Sportsmen Relations Advisory Council on Monday, December 14 from 6 to 7 pm. To do that, you need to register by December 1. Here’s the link: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/FMfcgxwKjdqljZDzjPbffrVTMcwwzQKm
I wrote this column for Central Maine Newspapers, and it was published on November 22, 2006. It brings back fond memories of hunting with my dad for 56 years. The canoe paddle dips silently into the calm waters of Hopkins Stream, mist hiding the shoreline ahead, allowing us to sneak up to three Buffleheads that […]
Two game wardens who died very mysteriously have been remembered in a special memorial near the place they died. You can read about it here: https://www1.maine.gov/wordpress/insideifw/2020/11/15/end-of-watch-november-15-1922/