Congratulations to these two winners of Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife recently presented 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards to two very deserving individuals: Carol Dyer of Bowdoinham and Gabriel Giguere of Lewiston. Here is the press release I receive from DIFW.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Carole Dyer of Bowdoinham and Gabriel “Gabby” Giguere of Lewiston were honored this past weekend with 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.  The awards were presented to Dyer and Giguere in a brief ceremony in front of family and friends by IFW Commissioner Chandler Woodcock at the annual Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine banquet this past Saturday.

The award, one of the department’s highest honors, celebrates a lifetime of achievement and mentoring in Maine’s outdoors.

Dyer, the first female recipient of the award, was noted for her over 40 years in the outdoors, and her tireless work in teaching others practical skills and appreciation of the Maine outdoors. For years, she has volunteered as an instructor at Becoming an Outdoors Woman; served on boards for the Land for Maine’s Future, The Forest Society of Maine, and Durham Rod and Gun Club; and is a driving force for the Ruffed Grouse Society of Maine. More importantly, Carol has instilled the same outdoors passion in three generations of the Dyer family.

Giguere, age 87, was born in the Allagash region of Maine, and spent his early childhood years with his brothers, hunting and fishing, and tending his father’s trap lines.  His passion for the outdoors,instilled in him as a child, is reflected in his four sons and 12 grandchildren. Even though he can no longer walk as well as he would like, he still fishes in the North Maine Woods with his children, has built fly rods for ten of his grandchildren, and has tied hundreds of flies for family and friends who fly fish.

This award, which is presented by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, honors individuals who are dedicated to the use and stewardship of Maine’s natural resources, and have a passion for Maine’s rich outdoor heritage.  This award celebrates the achievements of an individual who has shared their experiences with future generations.


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.