The Sportsman’s Alliance of MaineMaine’s largest sportsman’s organization with 10,000 members and a headquarters in Augusta, ME. SAM is considered the leader of Maine’s 300,000 sportsmen. SAM’s staff works at the legislature, state agencies and other forums on critical issues. SAM was organized in 1975 and is a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit membership organization to promote conservation of Maine’s wildlife resources and to be an advocate for hunters, anglers, trappers and gun owners throughout the state. SAM’s members have a real voice and impact on outdoor issues.
SAM NewsMarch/April 2016
by David Trahan
by David Trahan
Update on Three Bills
by Gerry Lavigne
by Bob Noonan
Catch ’Em with Beaver Castor
by Gerry Lavigne
SAM’s Wildlife Seed Mix: I think we’re onto something good!
by Steve Vose
Spring Fishing the Grand
by Bob Howe
Veterans First Annual Snowmobile Trail Grooming School
by Greg Sirpis
Become a Friend of Operation Game Thief
Leave no Trace
by Rick Laflamme
Coyotes Kill Two Beagles in China; Third Dog Survives
as told to David Trahan
Coyotes: “Natural Born Killers” or “Song Dogs”?
by David Trahan
That Elusive Buck
by Ginny Hurley
Billionaires Buying Maine’s Ballot (Again)
by Jeff W. Zimba
Obama’s Gun Measures
by V. Paul Reynolds
Maine Hunters for the Hungry
by Jason Hall
SAM News Briefs
Safe Hunting Seasons Continue to be Norm
MYFGA Snowshoe Goal Met
Maine to Host 2016 National 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Training
Hunting for Shed Moose Antlers
More SAM News issues
At the 2016 Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show,
Woody Higgins (left) of the Penobscot County Conservation Association donated $250 to the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to help support the purchase of 20 pairs of snowshoes for the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association’s winter program.
Left to right: Woody Higgins (PCCA), Adam Regan (MYF&G) Youth Board President, Becky Morrell, SAM Operation’s Manager, Mike Regan, (MYF&G) President
Hooked on Fishing Event
Optimist Learn to Fish Day 2016
Join the Gray-New Gloucester Optimist Club at Pineland
Sunday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to Noon
Rain or Shine
For children ages 4 to 12
Maine Youth Fish & Game Association
Our Maine Objective is to enhance our most precious and valuable resources: Our youth and our wildlife.
Youth Fishing Day/ Winter Camp
Pathfinders 2015 Video
*****Jacob Tibbetts age 7
from North Berwick, Maine caught this 4.3lb 20 inch bass while ice fishing with his dad on Hornes Pond in Acton Maine . February school vacation!
Video - Jacob catching a bass.
2016 State of Maine Sportsman’s Show Information
Press Release for Sebago Lake and Cumberland County Ice Fishing Derby 2016
The Sebago Lake Rotary Club announces several changes for the 2016 Ice Fishing Derby. This year the derby will take place a few weeks later than in past years on Feb. 27th and 28th. The change was decided earlier this year due to the severe weather that last year’s derby experienced and upon the recommendation of the Warden’s Service.
2015 Sebasticook NAVHDA/Bryant Pond
Youth Day Video
Have you considered a career as a Maine Game Warden?
The Maine Warden Service is currently hiring! Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2016.
For more information about the hiring process and to view the current job posting, please visit http://www.maine.gov/ifw/warden_service/career.html
Are you an experienced and passionate outdoorsman or woman?
Do you enjoy teaching others and sharing your love for the Maine outdoors? The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is looking for volunteer instructors to assist with the delivery of our safety programs.
If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please visit: http://www.maine.gov/ifw/education/safety/index.htm#instructor
****Hunters For The Hungry
David and Becky had the privilege of meeting Jason Hall of the Hunters for the Hungry program. Hunters for the Hungry is a means for hunters to assist in tackling food insecurity in Maine. Hunters can pursue their passion and have an option to donate their kill, or a portion, to the program. H4H will match them up with a processor close to the hunter’s location and not only coordinate the meat getting to a pantry, kitchen or shelter, but it will pay for the processing.
Hunters for the Hungry Program puts food on local tables
Agricultural Resource Development Division - Hunters for the Hungry Program
Jason T. Hall, Director
Emergency Food Assistance/CSFP/Hunters for the Hungry
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry
207-287-7513 Office, 207-287-7524 Fax
Coyote Hunting and Trapping Primer
A booklet produced by The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s Deer Management Network. On sale through The SAM Store.
Find Your Representative
and other links to the Legislature, visit our Legislature page.
The Conference Center
is available to the public for club functions, reunions, conferences, large crowds or small. More information can be found on our Conference Center page.
BUSINESS HOURS CHANGE
In order to better serve our membership and to better utilize the staff resources, business hours of the SAM office will be Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Phone messages and emails to the office outside of normal business hours will be responded to the next business day.
SAM Recruiter Program
We have launched this exciting new membership program along with a "Round Up" program to help people join and support SAM with our firearms programs. Below are the Recruiters around the state; we encourage you to patronize these businesses as well as sign up for SAM Membership while you are there.
Ask your local dealer to sign up as a SAM Recruiter and help build our network to defend our Maine Heritage and Traditions.
Call the SAM office at 623-4589.
Smith’s Gun Shop, New Sharon
Top Gun of Maine, Poland Springs
Jim’s Gun Shop, Winslow
Ben’s Trading Post, Presque Isle
Cool Hand Luke Firearms, Bucksport
Ballstown Firearms, Whitefield
Pine Tree Trading Post, Lewiston
Fine Line Gun Shop, Poland
J&K Sporting Goods, West Paris
Riverside Firearms, Auburn
Fox Firearms, Vassalboro
Johnsons Sporting Goods, Brunswick
Woodman’s Sporting Goods, Norway
Bosebuck Mountain Camps, Errol, NH
Black Brook Cove Campground, Oquossoc
Rivers Edge Sports, Oquossoc
Pine Grove Lodge & Cabins, Bingham
Four Aces Arms, Lincolnville
Smitty’s Trading Post, Machias
J.T. Reids Gun Shop, Auburn
Tri State Police Supply, Winthrop
G3 Firearms, Turner
Kennebec Guns, Augusta
Paradis Outfitters, Sidney
Kennebec Outfitters, Winslow
Winslow Gun Shop, Winslow
Van Raymond Outfitters, Brewer
A&G Shooting Supply, Fairfield Center
Maine Military Supply, Holden
Trading Post in Palmyra