George Smith, outdoor writer and former Director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM), recently lost his father. My sincere condolences to the family.
On 10/31 he devoted his BDN column to remembering some of the great hunting trips he and his father shared. He closed with an insight that I think many of us share:
"We didn’t have firearms that day,
and didn’t kill anything,
but that’s the smallest part of hunting..."
As I read that my blood pressure spiked. I recalled the testimony Smith delivered on Day Two of the DEP hearing over First Wind's Bowers project which would overlook NINE scenically recognized lakes. Of course he was testifying in favor of the project. As we all know, First Wind sponsors Smith's blog and is the 2nd largest financial supporter SAM. At that hearing Smith testified that all that matters to fishermen is the fish. He said fishermen don't care about their surroundings. All they want is fish. "Anglers often say they don't like fishing, they like catching (Transcript, p548)."
How blatantly hypocritical of Mr. Smith to say that shooting game is "the smallest part of hunting" but that catching fish is the only part of fishing.
I guess he says one thing when speaking from the heart and another when speaking from his wallet.