George Magoon and the Down East Game War

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, at 12:18 p.m.

Friday, April 11, 2014 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: Town Building, Water St, Grand Lake Stream, ME

For more information: Tanya Rucosky; 207-796-2100;

Join the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in welcoming Ian Jesse, a University of Maine Canadian-American Center Fellow, discussing Edward “Sandy” Ives’ book, George Magoon and the Down East Game War. Exploring hunting, poaching, and wildlife conservation history in the borderlands of New England and Canada for his PhD, Mr. Jesse will examine George Magoon’s legacy as a folk hero, trickster, local character, and wisecracker. Mr. Jesse will lead attendees through Magoon’s life history as well as reflect on stories about Magoon, many of which still remain vibrant within the oral traditions of Down Easters.

George Magoon, and other characters from the backwoods of Maine seldom receive much attention in American history. However, figures such as Magoon reflect the wider patterns of social tension and cultural change after laws restricting hunting and trapping were passed. The Down East Game War provides a local entry point to a wider understanding of the social history of wildlife management in America.