The new edition of Wildfire is all about Maine sporting camps.

book coverWill we have any sporting camps in Maine in 25 years? Good question! We’ve gone from more than 300 to about 3 dozen of the traditional sporting camps, where there’s a lodge serving food and cabins for sleeping. Many sporting camps today offer only housekeeping cabins, and then there are new types of camps including Huts and Trails.

The new edition of Wildfire, airing tonight, explores this issue and many more, all focused on the challenges faced by camp owners today and the great experiences still available at our remaining sporting camps.

My co-host James Cote was retained this year to be the lobbyist at the legislature and Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for the Maine Sporting Camp Association.

And Down East Books just published my book, Maine Sporting Camps. We tell you all about the book and what I learned while writing it.

Each edition of Wildlife is aired on Time Warner cable station 9 on Tuesdays at 7 pm, Thursdays at 6:30 pm, and Sundays at 9:30 am. Each edition will air for two weeks, so you have no excuse for missing it! You can also access the show online anytime at

George Smith

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,, 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.