Outdoor News

June 2015
Edited by V. Paul Reynolds

June is bustin’ out all over, and like they say, June is “troutin’and bassin’ time.” With more than 5,000 lakes and ponds, thousands of miles of rivers and streams and 400 remote trout ponds scattered throughout the Pine Tree State’s sprawling wilderness, there is room enough for all of us to find solitude and sustenance for the soul - and maybe even some fish.

So get the garden in early, and get after those wonderful brookies and feisty bass.

Be sure to read this issue of the Journal thoroughly. It’s chocker block full of fishing’ tips and places to go.

Don’t forget to buy a fishing license -you can do that online now - register your boat, grease the hubs on your boat trailer, bring a kid along and wear a life jacket.

CAPTION FOR PHOTO ABOVE: Retiring Maine game Warden Reggie Hammond (left) receives a retirement gift from Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Chandler Woodcock.

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Maine - Wardens After Poachers

Maine game wardens and MAINE OPERATION GAME THIEF (OGT) continue to seek the public's assistance in gathering information in hopes to find those responsible for the illegal killing of as many as four deer in the towns of Chesterville, Livermore Falls (East Livermore), Livermore, and Leeds. Since our last attempt to obtain information on April 23, three additional deer have been located. All the deer found have been does which were killed at night and left to waste in open fields. These four doe deer could have produced another five fawns for the area.

Due to the recent activities and additional deer found, OPERATION GAME THIEF has increased its reward to $2,500 for anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction for those responsible. We are asking anyone with information to call either OGT (you can remain anonymous) at 1-800-ALERTUS (1-800-253-7887) or Public Safety Dispatch in Augusta at 207-624-7076 or Gray at 207-657-3030.

Details: At approximately 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 22, Maine game wardens responded to a complaint of an injured deer near the intersection of Bragdon Road (aka French Road) and East Road in Chesterville. Upon arrival, a deer was located in a field posted no trespassing with a fatal gunshot wound to the spine. The doe deer was pregnant with twin fawns. Since that time, three additional doe deer have been located and left to waste. A doe deer was shot on Route 106 in Leeds, another was shot on Route 133 near Dodge Road in Livermore Falls (East Livermore), and a third doe was shot on River Road in Livermore. The four doe deer all appear to have been killed under similar circumstances and left to waste. Anyone who saw suspicious activity in the areas of Leeds, Livermore, Livermore Falls (East Livermore), Chesterville, Jay, or surrounding areas are strongly encouraged to call the Maine Warden Service at the above contact numbers.

Maine - Warden Hammond Retires

Reggie Hammond started his career in the Maine Warden Service as a District Game Warden in the

Saco/Biddeford District in 1990. He then transferred to Rangeley in December of 1993, where he spent the rest ofhis career as the District Warden, and, along with his wife Janet, raised their two children, Luke and Allison. Wdn. Hammond’s work ethic and unwavering fight to protect Maine Fish and Game resources led him to the highlight of his career in 2007, when he was named Warden of the Year.

Since a young boy, all he ever wanted to be was a Maine district Game Warden. Wdn. Hammond never forgot that and maintained a high level of passion for the job throughout his career, and kept resource protection a priority.

Maine - Brook Trout Survey Project

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Audubon (MA), and the Maine Council Trout Unlimited (METU) are seeking volunteer anglers to survey remote ponds and coastal streams for brook trout this fishing season. Information provided by volunteers will be used to identify previously-undocumented wild brook trout populations across the state.

“Identifying the ponds and coastal streams with wild brook trout will greatly assist IFW in planning our conservation and management strategies over the next several decades,” noted IFW fisheries biologist Merry Gallagher.

To learn how you can volunteer, please visit http://maineaudubon.org/wildlife-habitat/brook-trout/.

Maine has hundreds of remote ponds that have never been surveyed by fisheries biologists nor have any record of past stocking. The project’s focus on both remote ponds and coastal streams offers anglers a chance to explore new areas of the state. “Volunteers should be enthusiastic about fishing for brook trout, be comfortable in remote settings and have a sense of adventure,” noted Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited.

Wild brook trout have declined significantly throughout their eastern range, and today Maine is home to 97% of the intact wild brook trout lake and pond habitat in the eastern United States. Brook trout require clean, cold water and habitat connectivity to survive. Wild brook trout are a nationally significant resource and Maine is considered the last stronghold of these fish. The Maine Brook Trout Survey Project was launched by project partners and anglers in 2011. To date, 252 active volunteers have successfully surveyed 288 remote Maine ponds. Of those waters, 127 ponds were recommended to MDIFW for a formal survey after brook trout were caught or observed. Based on the fact that these ponds had never been formally surveyed by MDIFW and there are no records of any past stocking, these trout are likely previously unknown populations of native or wild brook trout.

Based on the success of the Pond Survey, the project expanded in 2014 to include coastal stream surveys from Kennebunkport to Cobscook Bay. Brook trout that live in coastal streams may spend part of their lives in saltwater and come back to freshwater to spawn. Currently, little is known about the distribution and life history of sea-run brook trout in Maine, so volunteers are needed to help identify watersheds containing this special and elusive fish.

Volunteer anglers are needed to survey 300+ ponds in northern Maine and coastal streams ranging from Kennebunk to Lubec. Surveys can be completed any time before September 30, 2015. The prime time for coastal stream surveys is mid-April through June, while pond fishing can be productive in both the spring and fall. Project partners will provide maps, data sheets and instructions on how to survey ponds and streams.

For more information about the Brook Trout Survey Project, please visit http://maineaudubon.org/wildlife-habitat/brook-trout/.

Maine - Moosehead Lake Region Fishing Report

Even though the open water fishing season officially started on April 1st, here in the Moosehead Lake Region, lakes don’t typically open up until late April or early May. The long-term average ice-out date for Moosehead Lake is May 10th and we will be reasonably close to that this year. We’ve had a nice gentle snowmelt so far (knock on wood) so our impoundments are filling and not flooding, and we should be in good shape to start the spring.

Thanks to funds raised from the ice fishing derby and the NREC Fisheries Internship program, IFW will be hiring two college students this summer to conduct summer creel surveys on Moosehead Lake and First Roach Pond. We will also contract with the Warden Service to fly these waters and count anglers so we can estimate angler use for the summer. This is the first time since 2002 that we have had the time, staff, and flights for a complete survey of Moosehead Lake. So, you can expect to see our staff at boat launches, sporting camps, and campgrounds this summer interviewing anglers and measuring fish.

We will use the summer census information in combination with last winter’s creel survey to estimate the total annual harvest of the 3 major game species in Moosehead Lake. It will also give us another method to check growth rates.

As I noted in a previous fishing report, we had very poor survival for the smelt that hatched in the spring of 2013. These fish and the 2012 class will be returning to the brooks over the next few weeks to spawn. When we first detected the weak year class of smelt and the related decline in lake trout and salmon growth last year, we reacted by immediately reducing the salmon stocking rate. Growth rates responded favorably this winter and we saw a slight improvement in fatness, despite the near total absence of older smelt in the stomachs. There is not a lot anyone can do when natural conditions cause mortality issues like this. We don’t control the air or water temperatures, rainfall, or runoff. We can reduce stocking rates for salmon and maintain a balanced lake trout population to give the smelt population the best chance for a quick recovery. We are in a much better positon now than we were in 2008 when we had too many small lake trout eating us out of house and home. We plan to be out checking a number of brooks this spring to assess the spawning success. We’re not sure what we will find, but the number of young, immature smelt in the stomachs this winter leads us to believe next spring should be much better.

Prepared by: Tim Obrey, Regional Fisheries Biologist

Maine - Bumble Bee Project Needs Volunteers

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking volunteer citizen scientists to assist in the Maine Bumblebee Atlas, a multi-year statewide survey looking to document the different species of bumble bees in Maine, their range in Maine, and their abundance.

Since the 1990s, there have been significant population declines of certain bumble bee species. Several species, including four that are native to Maine, were once very common throughout their range but now are rarely observed. Various factors are believed to be contributing to these declines, including habitat loss and fragmentation, pesticides, and diseases and parasites introduced through widespread use of commercially raised bumble bees.

In order to document the diversity, distribution and abundance of all Maine’s 17 known bumble bee species, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (MDIFW) is initiating the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas (MBBA) project in mid-May 2015. Designed as a multi-year statewide survey, the project is being coordinated by MDIFW in partnership with the University of Maine at Orono and Farmington.

To recruit volunteers for the survey, MDIFW will sponsor free six-hour training workshops across the state during each year of the project. The first workshop will be held on Saturday, May 16th at the University of Maine in Orono. Participants do not need to have prior experience in surveying for bees – just an interest and willingness to learn and contribute data to the project. Project staff will give presentations on bumble bee behavior, ecology, conservation, and identification, and attendees will be trained in a standardized survey and data collection protocol.

Workshop space is limited, open to adults only, and pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided. For more information or to pre-register for the training workshop, contact the MDIFW Coordinator, Beth Swartz, at beth.swartz@maine.gov or 941-4476. Project details and information about the training workshop can also be found on the MBBA website (http://mainebumblebeeatlas.umf.maine.edu/) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MaineBumblebeeAtlas).

Bumble bees, with their bold yellow and black stripes, large furry bodies and relatively docile dispositions, are a familiar backyard insect to most people. The important role they play in our environment, however, often goes unrecognized. Bumble bees are an essential component of pollination for flowering plants throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They pollinate many of our spring and summer wildflowers, as well as a wide variety of other plants, including most garden flowers, fruits and vegetables. This ecosystem service is key to maintaining not only cultivated crops for human use, but also native plant communities which provide habitat for Maine’s diverse wildlife species.

The Maine Bumble bee Atlas is modeled after MDIFW’s highly successful Maine Butterfly Survey (2007–2015) and Maine Damselfly and Dragonfly Survey (1999-2005), the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas will marshal the efforts of volunteer citizen scientists from across Maine to greatly increase our knowledge on the status of the state’s bumble bees.

Maine - MWCC To Protect Maine’s Outdoor Heritage

The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council (MWCC) announced today they have reconvened to fight off another attack by the world’s largest animal rights and anti-hunting organization. MWCC, the coalition that defeated last year’s attempt to ban the majority of bear hunting in Maine, is kicking off fundraising, organizing and volunteer activities to defeat the prospective ballot issue.

For the third time in the past 11 years, the Washington D.C.-based Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) says it has plans to ask voters to once again ban bear hunting in Maine. This time, however, HSUS wants voters to ban bear hunting with dogs and bear trapping. Maine sportsmen and women, angered and upset by repeatedly having to defend their traditions are not content to simply play defense.

“Maine voters and the Maine Legislature have rejected these types of anti-hunting, proposals numerous times in my career,” explained Don Kleiner, Executive Director of the Maine Professional Guides Association and the chair of MWCC. “Fighting these issues again and again is absurd. How many times must Mainers say NO?” As a result of the building frustrations with the decade long barrage of legislation, ballot issues, lawsuits and bureaucratic complaints, Maine’s hunters, anglers and trappers are asking, “How much is enough?” HSUS, a $200 million organization from Washington DC, wrote checks totaling $2.6 million of the $2.7 million raised to finance the attack on Maine sportsmen and women. Meanwhile Maine sportsmen were forced to run a grassroots fundraising campaign to try and keep pace. In all, sportsmen and women were outspent by nearly a half-million dollars. “Many Mainers dug deep to defeat the anti-hunting issue last year,” explained James Cote who directed MWCC’s campaign in 2013 and 2014. “They just don’t think it right that one- $200 million, out-of-state lobby group is able to repeatedly attack our way of life, draining our bank accounts in the process. Their game plan is clear—continue to finance these attacks until Maine sportsmen can no longer raise the money necessary to keep up. Mainers are sick and tired of big money politics, and want something done about it.” MNE WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COUNCIL

MWCC is also proposing a change to Maine’s constitution that would protect Maine’s natural resources from being at the mercy of organizations willing to dump millions to force their radical agenda. The organization is working with legislators, legal experts and Maine’s outdoor community to create the best solution to remove the politics of Maine’s precious outdoor heritage.

About MWCC: The Maine Wildlife Conservation Council is comprised of the Maine Professional Guides Association, Maine Trappers Association, Maine Sporting Dog Association, Grand Lake Stream Guides Association, and the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance. MWCC will continue to recruit and build a coalition of individuals and organizations who share and support Maine’s outdoor heritage. Interested donors can find more information on the current campaign at www.mainewildlife.org.

Vermont - Bans Natural Deer Urine Lures

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board has voted to ban the possession and use by hunters of natural lures based on deer urine or other fluids beginning in 2016. By doing so the board hopes to reduce the threat of chronic wasting disease (CWD) entering the state, which has the potential to devastate Vermont’s deer herd. The disease is currently found in 23 states and two Canadian provinces. Ontario, Arizona and some areas of Pennsylvania prohibit the use of such lures. CWD is 100 percent fatal in infected individuals, and infection levels can approach 50 percent in adult bucks.

“The Fish & Wildlife Department fully supports the board in this important step to protect Vermont’s deer herd,” said Mark Scott, director of wildlife for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. “This rule still allows hunters to use synthetic lures which pose no threat to the herd.”

CWD can be spread in deer urine, feces and saliva, and deer may not show symptoms of the disease for several years after being infected. CWD can be deposited in soil and remain infectious for decades. The form of the disease found in sheep has been infectious18 years after being deposited in soil, according to wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell. Dr. Cottrell has worked closely with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department as a contract wildlife veterinarian since retirement as wildlife veterinarian for Pennsylvania. He presented on the science of CWD to the Fish & Wildlife Board at their April 22 meeting.

“Because of its long incubation period of months to years, when this disease arrives in a new place, it can potentially be there for a long time before it is detected,” said Dr. Cottrell. “And once the disease is there the genie is out of the bottle. Based on the experiences of the affected states and provinces it never leaves.” Dr. Cottrell outlined how quickly the disease can spread among deer populations. In Wyoming, 12 percent of the mule deer population was infected in 1997, while 47 percent of the population is infected today.

According to Dr. Cottrell, there currently is no test for CWD on living animals – tests are performed on deer only after they die. Deer are able to contract CWD and spread the disease for up to a year and possibly longer before they demonstrate any clinical signs of the disease. Deer urine lures are not tested for CWD, nor is it possible to track and recall bottles of lure that have been sold from a facility that later tests positive for the disease.

Captive deer populations have been implicated in the spread of CWD in several states. While many captive deer facilities claim that their facilities are ‘CWD-free,’ urine lures from different sources are commonly mixed so hunters are unable to tell the origin of their product. The first case of CWD in Pennsylvania was recorded in a captive deer facility that was considered ‘CWD-free” and was selling deer urine lures online, according to a letter to the board from Dr. Krysten Schuler, a researcher the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Pennsylvania officials have been unable to trace the source of CWD in their captive cervid industry, nor has the source been determined for CWD-positive facilities detected in the last five years in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Utah, and Alberta, Canada,” said Dr. Schuler in a letter to Vermont Fish & Wildlife. “Once CWD is established in wild cervids, no state or province has been able to control or eliminate it despite monumental efforts and expense. Therefore, implementing strong preventative measures is the only tool available to combat this disease.”Dr. Cottrell agreed, saying that banning natural deer urine lures is one of the few things the board can do to prevent the spread of CWD into Vermont.

Vermont - Lake Champlain Alewife Die-off

Large numbers of small fish called alewives are washing up on the shores of Lake Champlain in Milton and Georgia. State fisheries biologists from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department say it is an example of the kind of problems a non-native invasive species can cause.

First documented in Lake Champlain in 2005, alewives have since been found throughout most of the lake. Unfortunately, dead alewife washing up on the shores of Lake Champlain following a winter die-off is now a common occurrence," said State Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good. “Alewives are an exotic fish species native to the Atlantic Ocean, and they are not well adapted to winters in freshwater lakes such as Lake Champlain. They are highly susceptible to fluctuations in water temperature that occur in the winter and are easily killed when this happens."

Good says dead alewives tend to stay preserved for long periods of time in cold water, but as ice cover melts in the spring, they float to the surface and wash up on shore in large numbers.

"This is exactly why it is illegal to move fish from one water to another or to introduce new species to Vermont lakes,” said Good. “While some anglers may think introducing a new fish species to their favorite lake or pond will provide a new fishing opportunity, or provide food for game fish already inhabiting the waterbody, the reality is that non-native fish introductions almost always have unwanted, negative consequences.”

Good says anglers should be aware of the risks involved with introducing new species to new waters.

"The great fishing we enjoy today could be gone tomorrow if aquatic nuisance fish species are allowed to spread," he cautioned. “We all need to work together to slow or prevent the spread of exotic species and protect Vermont’s native fish and the fishing opportunities they provide.”

New Hampshire - Fly Fishing Courses Offered

Two upcoming workshops offer a chance to learn about the traditional sport of fly-fishing. The classes are free and sponsored by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" Program.

"Fly-Fishing A-Z" will take place on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord; on Sunday, May 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., participants will head out to a Concord area fishing hole to put their newly learned skills to the test. Registration forms must be received by May 4.

On June 6-7, 2015, Fish and Game teams up with the New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation to present "The North Country Experience," a beginning fly-fishing weekend course at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, N.H. Registration forms must be received by May 22. Non-local participants are expected to make their own arrangements for overnight accommodations; camping is available by reservation at Coleman State Park, and there are also motels and lodges available in the area.

These classes are open to anyone age 13 and over, however, those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Class space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To sign up for either of these courses, you must print out and return the appropriate registration form, available at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Fishing/lets_go_fishing_class_schedule.htm.

Registration forms can also be obtained by calling Lisa Collins at (603) 271-3212 or emailing aquatic-ed@wildlife.nh.gov. You will be notified via e-mail or regular mail if you are registered or have been placed on the waiting list.

Designed primarily for first-time fly-anglers, the workshop will cover the basics of equipment, fly casting, stream ecology, knot tying, safety and how to find those "hot spots" along New Hampshire's rivers and lakes. Participants should bring their own or borrowed equipment if they have it. Rods are available for use; when you register, please let Fish and Game know if you will need to borrow their equipment.

The N.H. Fish and Game Department's "Let's Go Fishing" program has taught thousands of children and adults to be safe, ethical and successful anglers. The program is federally funded through the Sport Fish Restoration Program, via an excise tax on angling equipment and motorboat fuel.

New Hampshire - Fish Stocking

Fish culturists at New Hampshire's six state trout hatcheries have been holding on, waiting for Mother Nature to provide conditions favorable for spring stocking. After a brief delay, the stocking trucks are now rolling! New Hampshire hatcheries have close to one million catchable-size trout ready for this season.

"As open water begins to appear and shoreline ice starts to break up, anglers - including me - can't help but look forward to open water trout fishing," says N.H. Fish and Game Fisheries Chief Jason Smith.

The late spring meant fish culturists were not being able to stock trout in early April. "Ponds locked in with ice and high, cold water conditions have made it necessary to delay stocking in every region of the state," says Smith. "Many of our ponds are accessed by dirt roads, so even in places where the ice has receded enough to receive fish, muddy roads do not provide access for the heavy commercial vehicles used for stocking trout."

Smith explained that it will be a few weeks before some rivers and streams are at "fishable" levels. Most trout species are reluctant to bite until the streams reach temperatures in the mid-40's. "We don't want to stock streams too early, because cold, high water early in the season does not present suitable conditions for trout angling."

New Hampshire's designated trout ponds, which open April 25, 2015, are generally places where you might find early season success. "Although stocking crews and Conservation Officers will do the best to provide fish for opening day, it might be unrealistic to have all of our designated trout ponds stocked this year, particularly in the North Country," says Smith.

As the season progresses, fishing on smaller streams will pick up, from south to north, with the larger rivers to follow. A good rule of thumb is to follow the black flies as they move north.

An additional bonus for 2015 is the unexpected availability of some surplus Atlantic salmon broodstock, some weighing over ten pounds. New Hampshire Fish and Game was able to acquire these fish from the Nashua National Fish Hatchery for release into the Merrimack River watershed. Broodstock Atlantic Salmon permits are no longer required.

Upstream of the Garvin's Falls Dam in Bow, N.H., general fishing rules apply, meaning two salmon per day, minimum length 15 inches. Downstream of the structure will be catch and release for all salmon, with the intent being to protect any wild Atlantic salmon that could potentially be returning from the ocean.

Raising nearly one million trout each year is no small task. New Hampshire's hatchery system, funded by fishing license sales and federal Sport Fish Restoration funds, includes six facilities across the state:

The Berlin Fish Hatchery provides the three primary trout species to the North Country, including Coos County and the northern reaches of Grafton and Carroll Counties. The Twin Mountain and Warren hatcheries provide trout to the White Mountain Region. Powder Mill Hatchery in New Durham provides trout from the seacoast through the Lakes Region and into Carroll County. Powder Mill Hatchery also provides the Lakes Region with rainbow trout and landlocked salmon for New Hampshire's large lakes program. April 1 was the opening for salmon season in lakes managed for landlocked salmon. Conditions should be improving as the ice recedes. Avid salmon anglers are encouraged to help sustain this fishery by taking the Landlocked Salmon Anglers' Pledge (visit http://www.fishnh.com/Fishing/salmon_anglers_pledge.html).

In the Southwest region, Fish and Game's Milford Fish Hatchery has gained the reputation of growing "the big ones," and with good reason. Well water provides favorable growing temperatures for trout year round, giving this hatchery a slight advantage over other facilities during the winter months.

New Hampton Hatchery is responsible for providing trout from central New Hampshire up to the White Mountains. In June, fingerling brook trout raised at New Hampton Hatchery will literally take flight, as they are stocked by helicopter into remote ponds in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. These remote ponds provide a special opportunity for those who wish to get off the beaten path and spend a day hiking and fishing in the White Mountains. The fishing season for designated trout ponds, including remote ponds, opens on the fourth Saturday in April (April 25, 2015).

" Remote pond fishing is a great experience and one of my favorites," says Smith.

To help fund the remote pond aerial stocking program, the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire has established a dedicated donation account at http://nhwildlifeheritage.org; be sure to specify "remote pond stocking fund.

New England Outdoor Writers Recognized

At its annual meeting in Oxford, MA. in April, The New England Outdoor Writers Association (NEOWA) announced the winners of its yearly writing competition. Four of the winners are regular monthly columnists for the Northwoods Sporting Journal: Dennis Jensen, Peter Anderson , Gary Moore and Randy Spencer. In the best book contest, Spencer won a first place for his new book “Wide and Deep.” Jensen came home with four first place awards for his writing. The winners are as follows:

Winners 2014

Article - Magazine
1st - Gabe Gries - Connecticut River Channel Cats
2nd- Thomas Keer – What is it About These Newfangled Setter Dogs?
3rd – Angelo Peluso - Long Island’s Great South Bay

Column – Magazine
1st – Dennis Jensen – Like Some Ghost of a Fisherman
2nd – Peter Anderson – The Ideal Deer Rifle
3rd – John D. Silva – The Dardevle

Opinion – Magazine
1st – Dennis Jenson – For Some, Ignorance Rules the Hunt
2nd – Paul Kress – A Look at Club Management
3rd – Todd Corayer – Slim Pickings on the Shore

Humor – Magazine
1st – Paul Kress – The Wild Kingdom
*only 3 entries received in this category so only 1st place is awarded

Article - Newspaper
1st (tie) – Angelo Peluso – The Science of Fishing
1st (tie) – Marc Folco – My Hunt of a Lifetime
2nd (tie) – Bob Sampson – Strange Species Lurk in Summer
2nd (tie) – Nelson Sigelman – On Martha’s Vineyard, Women Embraced by Hunting’s Bonds
3rd – Dennis Jensen – Feedback, the Lifeblood of a Writer

Column – Newspaper
1st – Dennis Jensen – With Years, Comes Maturity and Wisdom
2nd – Marc Folco – A Bicycle Built for Fun
3rd – Gary Moore – Moosilauke One More Year

Opinion – Newspaper
1st – Dennis Jensen – The Hunting Divide: Language Says it All
2nd – Gary Moore – Parting Shots
3rd – Mark Blazis – Bambi a Cartoon Vehicle of Propaganda Against Hunters

Humor – Newspaper
1st – Marc Folco – Sister Mary Stumpjumper on Hunting and Fishing Grammar and Terminology
2nd – Dennis Jensen – A Striper Sunrise, All Pink and Green
3rd – Bob Sampson – Christmas Mouse Mystery Continues

Best Outdoor Coverage by a Newspaper
The Bulletin (tie) - Norwich, CT
The Standard-Times (tie) - New Bedford, MA

Best Book
1st – Randy Spencer – Wide and Deep
2nd – Steve Pinkham – More Old Tales of the Maine Woods
3rd – Angelo Peluso – Mount Misery

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