July 21, 2018

Gander Mountain Looking at Maine

Another retailer of outdoor sporting goods is looking at opening stores in Maine. Gander Mountain, based in Minnesota is hoping to have a store in the Portland area open this year or early in 2007 and are considering a store in Bangor sometime down the road.

This announcement, coupled with a previous revelation that Cabela’s is considering a move into Scarborough, would bring some serious competition to L.L. Beans and Kittery Trading Post. Competition among retailers usually means lower prices for consumers.

Update: 15:15 The Boston Globe has more details on this story.

Tom Remington

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An 84 Year Old Gunsmith from Bradford, Maine

You must go to the Bangor Daily News and read this article about Carl “Bill” Morrison, gunsmith in the area for 65 years. He is most noted for two things – his gunsmithing and lying…. errr, I mean storytelling. Here’s a teaser.

“He can swear for 20 minutes and never repeat the same word,” said Don DeLuck of Bangor, a longtime customer and friend. “He’s also the best storyteller I’ve ever heard in my life. My wife could never understand why I could spend so much time out there and get home so late, until she went with me.”

Oh, ayuh! And there’s more where that came from.

Tom Remington

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Public Hearing Set For Comments on Changes to Maine Guide Standards

We brought you this notice a while back about changes proposed for licensing of Registered Maine Guides. As a requirement by law to provide safety standards for the protection of clients of Maine Guides, what is being proposed is for all Registered Maine Guides to undergo a criminal background check.

With that said, a public meeting has been scheduled. Here are the details.

STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 12 MRSA Section 12851

PUBLIC HEARING: January 24, 2006 – Bangor Auditorium/Civic Center, 100 Dutton Street, Bangor

DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS: February 3, 2006

AGENCY CONTACT PERSON: Andrea Erskine
AGENCY NAME: Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
ADDRESS: 284 State St., 41 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333-0041
TELEPHONE: 287-5201

For more information, follow this link to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game.

Tom Remington

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Baiting Deer on the Rise in Maine

Many people who don’t live in Maine don’t realize it is illegal to bait deer – period. When hunting, it is illegal to use anything that a deer can ingest to lure the animal toward your stand. A decoy is legal to use but few do.

Officials in Maine are saying that this abuse is on the increase. They say that partly because of the ease of finding items used for baiting in stores and on the Internet has contributed to this act.

It is extremely difficult to prove when somebody has been baiting deer but Maine officials are on the lookout.

Baiting deer in Maine has a negative effect on all hunters. Deer management practices in the state track this kind of activity and it is factored into the decisions of any deer permits issued and length of season to hunt. No matter what we do legally or illegally, Game Officials are going to work to regulate and maintain a deer herd of a certain size. If baiters continue to kill deer illegally, number of deer killed will rise and number of hunting days for the legal hunter will be decreased or some other method to counter the rise in deer mortality.

So, if you are baiting, I urge you to stop. If you know someone who is, turn them in. As always, it is the honest hunter who has to bear the brunt of expenses for enforcement and sacrifice their own hunting opportunities because of a handful of selfish idiots.

Tom Remington

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Press Conference With The Maine Warden Service

What: Press Conference with Maine Warden Service Colonel Tom Santaguida and Bob Meyers of the Maine Snowmobile Association

When: 11:00 a.m., December 29, 2005

Where: Second Floor Conference Room
Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters
284 State Street
Augusta, ME 04333

Directions: Route 95, Exit 109 (Western Ave.) Head towards city. At rotary, exit onto State Street (Route 27 south). Follow State Street south towards Hallowell. Look for the large white building on the right with the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife logo about ¾ mile past Capitol Building. We are on the corner of King and State Street, next to Pat’s Pizza.

For More Information, Contact Mark Latti, 287-6008 or Bob Meyers, 622-
6983

The focus of this press conference is to draw attention to snowmobile safety. With snow on the ground, many are out and about with their machines and the Maine Warden Service, in conjunction with the Maine Snowmobile Association, wants to let everyone know about new laws in affect and to promote a safe snowmobile season.

Last year there were 241 snowmobile accidents of which 7 resulted in deaths. There will be stricter enforcement of operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol.

At this press conference, Bob Myers of the Maine Snowmobile Assn. will talk about the new “Left of Center” law that the MSA sponsored. The new law makes it unlawful to ride to the left of the center of a trail when cornering or entering places where the view is blinded. This new law is intended to decrease the number of collisions.

Tom Remington

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Cabela's Still Eyeing Maine For New Store Location

Cabela’s has been looking for new store locations in the New England area. So far they seemed to have settled on opening up a store in East Hartford, Connecticut in the fall of 2007. Aside from that, no decisions have been made on another site or if there will be another site, according to Jim Aterburn, spokesman for the Nebraska based company Cabela’s.Aterburn says they base their decisions on where a good market is for stand alone stores and Internet buyers as well. Cabela’s has shown an interest in the southern Maine town of Scarborough.

Here is a link to Jamie McLeod’s article in the Forcaster about Cabela’s strategies.

Here are a few highlights of the story.

Jim Arterburn, spokesman for the Sidney, Neb.-based company, said he is not certain when a decision will be made, but said Cabela’s has a strong interest in southern Maine.

That should be an exciting prospect for Mainers and in particular southern Mainers but will it be? Here’s more.

“There are a lot of good Cabela’s customers in Maine. That’s how we site our stores, by looking at where our core catalog and Internet customers are,” Arterburn said.

Oh, yes! More good news.

He said he is not personally familiar with the proposed site for the store and won’t have more details until an official decision is made. Town Manager Ron Owen confirmed that the company has identified a specific site, but said he is not at liberty to reveal the location.

Hmmm! A bit iffy? Not familiar with the site? Town Manager is not at liberty? What kind of liberties does he have?

He acknowledged Cabela’s reputation for aggressively seeking tax incentives when it builds a new store, but said the company has placed stores in areas where no tax incentives were offered and would likely do so again, given the right location.

“We like to get tax incentives when we can, absolutely,” Arterburn said.

But Owen said the town has no intention of offering Cabela’s any kind of tax incentives.

“We do not currently offer tax incentives to anyone,” Owen said.

Well, now, that is certainly encouraging! And the Town Manager’s attitude seems to come shining through just a tad more here.

Owen said he can think of only one instance in which lack of tax incentives may have cost the town a commercial development

Seems like reason enough for me to sit smugly by and watch what could be a few nice jobs go to some other town – or state.

Owen said Scarborough remains an attractive area for development mainly due to its location, easy access to major highways and its low overall tax rate, which can serve, over time, to balance the benefits of a tax incentive elsewhere.

Owen also said he recently received correspondence from a national competitor of Cabela’s, also based in the Midwest, urging the town not to offer the store a tax break.

Now this sounds like sound business practices. I’m sure the Town Manager didn’t heed the advice of a “national competitor”. Yikes!

Arterburn said Cabela’s hasn’t given much thought to L.L. Bean’s presence in Maine.

“We make our retail siting decisions based on the facts before us and our marketing resources. We don’t worry too much about competition. Each store has its own customer base and traditions, and I think we’ll coexist fine,” he said.

This has to be the telltale sign of what is to come. Aterburn says he hasn’t given much thought to L.L. Beans being nearby. Are you kidding me? Beans isn’t Cabela’s but it isn’t Joe’s Bait Shop either.

This all pretty much tells me that Aterburn is politicking with the public and stroking them pretty good to make sure Mainers will continue to be good Cabela’s customers when they locate a new store in southern New Hampshire – or somewhere else where there are better tax incentives. Then what will be Town Manager Ron Owen’s excuse?

Maine is one of those states that has a pretty high unemployment rate compared to other states and provides few jobs with chances for promotion and benefits. But I guess where Scarborough hasn’t given any tax breaks before, that’s reason enough for the rest of the residents of Scarborough to keep on paying those taxes.

I guess it isn’t really that far a drive from Scarborough over to Concord or Manchester, New Hampshire.

Tom Remington

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Maine's Outdoor Report for December 21, 2005

This week’s outdoor report from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a bit different than ones we have had of recent. This report details the successes they have had with the protection and management of endangered species of wildlife including non-game wildlife. I found it extraordinarily interesting.

Tom Remington

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