May 25, 2018
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Last call for fish tales

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff

The deadline is fast approaching for readers who want to share their fishing stories with others.

You might recall that a couple weeks back we put out a request to avid (or not-so-avid) anglers, asking for your best fishing tales. Catch a big one? We want to hear about it … and see the photographic proof. Fall in a lake? C’mon. Tell us all about it. Watch Uncle Jasper fall in the lake while catching the big one? All the better.

Thus far we’ve received some pretty entertaining stories (though, to be truthful, we’re a bit saddened by the fact that nobody’s fallen in a lake yet). And in the coming days, we’ll share some of those stories with you.

Up for grabs for a randomly selected contributor: A copy of “This Cider Still Tastes Funny,” the hilarious second book by Maine author John Ford Sr.

So get busy. Get writing. Send along your submission (and photos) to me at the email address below.

Some loose guidelines: Keep your submissions fairly short; About 300 words should be the limit (unless, of course, Uncle Jasper ends up catching a state-record fish while falling in the lake). Include photos (I might have said that already). And (good luck with this one) tell us the truth.

This isn’t an essay contest. It’s a share-your-real-live-experience opportunity. No pen names — if you write it, own up to it — and if people appear in photos, you’ve got to identify them … and you’re required to have permission from the photographer to hand those photos over to us.

And keep your eyes peeled for a couple of other great writing opportunities in the days ahead. Details will be forthcoming, but here are a couple of hints: Think “deer camp.” Think “venison recipes.” We’ll let you know more in the near future.

Among Maine’s hunting community, few groups are more involved in their sport than those who spend hours in blinds, waiting for ducks.

Mainer on DU board

On Tuesday, one Maine duck hunter was recognized for his dedication by one of the nation’s top habitat and wildlife conservation organizations.

James Konkel of Cape Elizabeth was elected to the Ducks Unlimited Inc. national board of directors during the organization’s annual convention, according to a DU press release.

“The leadership of our board of directors ensures we are fulfilling our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl,” DU CEO Dale Hall said in a statement. “Our board members are not paid for their work. Rather, they volunteer their time and resources because they feel so strongly about conservation.”

Konkel has served on the DU board in the past and also serves on the board of Ducks Unlimited Canada, according to the release.

Information sought in plover death

It’s no secret that there aren’t many piping plovers to be found here in Maine. In fact, they’re federally protected, and along some southern Maine beaches you’re likely to see signs warning visitors about their presence.

On Tuesday, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued a press release seeking information about the death of one piping plover chick on Pine Point Beach in Scarborough.

According to the release, at about 10 a.m. on Monday, a woman spotted a dog on the beach with its owner. As the dog approached a plover’s nesting spot, the woman apparently warned the owner to call the dog back. That didn’t happen, and the dog killed one of the chicks.

The woman took the dead chick to Maine Audubon, which then notified authorities.

Unfortunately, Maine Audubon did not ask the witness her name; Maine game wardens and federal wildlife authorities would like to speak to her in order to obtain more information.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to call Maine Game Warden Sgt. Tim Spahr at 557-0895.

John Holyoke may be reached at or 990-8214. Check out his blog at and follow him on Twitter @JohnHolyoke.

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