When Mark Latti left the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for a similar post with the state’s Department of Transportation a couple of years back, members of the state’s outdoor media were the big losers: Latti, the official spokesman for the DIF&W for nine years, was a top-notch public relations specialist who made all of our jobs a lot easier.
In addition, Latti was just an all-around good guy. His presence was certainly missed.
Earlier this month I received some welcome news: Latti planned to return to the DIF&W. As of Monday, he was back on board as the department’s recreational access and landowner relations coordinator.
In a news release, Latti said he was excited about the opportunities his new job presents.
Latti’s hiring is an important one for the state: Preserving access and facing landowner concerns head-on is a vital task. His success will benefit all of the state’s residents.
According to the news release, Latti will promote cooperation between landowners across the state and recreational land-users with a goal of ensuring that the tradition of recreating on private land is preserved.
Having dealt with Latti for several years, I can tell you that he has the perfect skill set for the job ahead: He’s smart, calm and easy to get along with, yet can find suitable compromises in difficult situations.
From this desk, the DIF&W couldn’t have found a better candidate for this essential position. Good luck to Latti in his new position.
Having a breakfast? Drop us a line
So, you’re all ready to go hunting. You’ve located your gear, sighted in your rifle and rounded up your hunting buddies.
Still, an important question remains: Where are we going to eat?
Luckily, the BDN can usually help you find a nearby hunters breakfast that will fill you up for a busy day afield.
Of course, we need a little help: If organizers don’t let us know they’re planning an epic feed, we can’t tell the hungry hunters where they can sidle up to the trough.
If your club or civic organization is planning a hunters breakfast — or lunch, or dinner, for that matter — let us know. We’ll put the info in our outdoor calendar. Just drop us a line at the email address below (or send mail to me the old-fashioned way at P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402-1329), and we’ll take care of the rest.
As for finding a spot where you can actually fill your tag on opening day? Well, I’m afraid you’re on your own on that one.
Hungry? Here are some options
As you might imagine, some of the folks who organize hunters breakfasts have been doing so for years and have a bit of a head start: We have already received a handful of notices from them.
And since they’re obviously eager to let hunters know where they can fuel up, we’re willing to help them do so. Here are the opening-day options that we’re aware of:
• On Saturday, Youth Deer Day, the Connor Consolidated School Booster Club will hold a hunters breakfast that will run from 4 to 9 a.m. The feed will take place at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall on Van Buren Road in North Caribou. The meal costs $6 for adults, $4 for children. Door prizes and raffles are on tap; up for grabs: a rifle, an ATV rack and a $50 gas card.
• The Harvest Home Grange in Brooks will hold a hunters breakfast on the residents-only opening day, Oct. 29, from 5 to 7:30 a.m. The Grange is located on Route 7. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for age 15 and younger. Half of the profit will go to “Words for Thirds.”
• The Stockton Springs American Legion Jerry W. Dobbins Post 157 will hold its annual hunters breakfast on Oct. 29 at the Sandy Point Community Center on Route 1. The meal will be served from 4 to 8 a.m. and costs $6 for adults, $3 for kids under 12. Everyone who purchases a breakfast ticket will have a shot at winning a compound bow.
• The 13th annual Clarence Brown Young Hunters’ Breakfast is set for Oct. 29 at the Elks Club on Odlin Road in Bangor. Breakfast will be served 4-8 a.m., and admission is free for everyone. Donations to the Maine Youth Fish & Game Association will be accepted. A rifle door prize will go to one lucky hunter age 17 or younger.
• The Hartland-St. Albans Lions Club will hold their hunters breakfast from 4 to 8 a.m. Oct. 29 in the Grace Lynn Methodist Church basement in Hartland. The meal costs $5.
• If you’re looking to line up meal options for the season’s second week, you’re in luck: The Eddington Salmon Club will hold its annual feed from 6 to 9 a.m. Nov. 5. The clubhouse sits at the intersection of Routes 178 and 9. Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children under 12.