The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine

Maine’s largest sportsman’s organization with 10,000 members and a headquarters in Augusta, ME. SAM is considered the leader of Maine’s 300,000 sportsmen. SAM’s staff works at the legislature, state agencies and other forums on critical issues. SAM was organized in 1975 and is a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit membership organization to promote conservation of Maine’s wildlife resources and to be an advocate for hunters, anglers, trappers and gun owners throughout the state. SAM’s members have a real voice and impact on outdoor issues.

SAM News

January/February 2016

David Trahan
Executive Director’s Report
by David Trahan
“Right to Shoot” Legislation Crucial to Insuring our Future

Cathy DeMerchant
SAM Board President’s Corner
by Cathy DeMerchant
Park Push Takes a Different Approach

David Trahan
Legislative Report
by David Trahan
Several Controversial Bills Remain Unresolved

Bob Noonan
Notes from the Trapping Shed
by Bob Noonan
Checking Empty Traps

Gerry Lavigne
Notes from the Field Biologist
by Gerry Lavigne
Skullduggery Over the Deer Woods of Northern Maine?

Steve Vose
The Rabid Outdoorsman
by Steve Vose
Hard Water Time!

Bob Howe
The Veteran Connection
by Bob Howe
The Action TrackChair

Operation Game Thief
Maine Operation Game Thief (OGT)
by Greg Sirpis
Happy New Year!

Featured Article
by Bob Noonan
Success, American Style The Windham Weaponry Story

The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club Struggle
by Tammy Walter

Shooting Range Protection
by State Rep. Patrick Corey

The Best Hunt of my Life
by Nicholas W. Zimba

New Youth Shooting Ranges Built at SAM HQ
by David Trahan

SAM News Briefs
Land for Maine’s Future bonds released
Fish and Game Club Network prepares for legislative session
SAM rallies partners to support Youth Fish and Game Club

More SAM News issues

2016 State of Maine Sportsman’s Show Information


2016 Gun Show

Press Release for Sebago Lake and Cumberland County Ice Fishing Derby 2016
The Sebago Lake Rotary Club announces several changes for the 2016 Ice Fishing Derby. This year the derby will take place a few weeks later than in past years on Feb. 27th and 28th. The change was decided earlier this year due to the severe weather that last year’s derby experienced and upon the recommendation of the Warden’s Service.
More Information

2015 Sebasticook NAVHDA/Bryant Pond
Youth Day Video

Have you considered a career as a Maine Game Warden?
The Maine Warden Service is currently hiring! Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2016.
For more information about the hiring process and to view the current job posting, please visit

Are you an experienced and passionate outdoorsman or woman?
Do you enjoy teaching others and sharing your love for the Maine outdoors? The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is looking for volunteer instructors to assist with the delivery of our safety programs.
If you are interested in becoming an instructor, please visit:



Rifle Raffle

SAM’s .44 Smith and Wesson Raffle

Special Commemorative Referendum Pistol
Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum
Donated by Paul Brook of Woodman’s Sporting Goods
Drawing on February 12, 2016
More Information and Tickets




SAM Seed Mix



Ice Fishing Derby



Archery Poster


Hunters For The Hungry
David and Becky had the privilege of meeting Jason Hall of the Hunters for the Hungry program. Hunters for the Hungry is a means for hunters to assist in tackling food insecurity in Maine. Hunters can pursue their passion and have an option to donate their kill, or a portion, to the program. H4H will match them up with a processor close to the hunter’s location and not only coordinate the meat getting to a pantry, kitchen or shelter, but it will pay for the processing.
Hunters for the Hungry Program puts food on local tables
Agricultural Resource Development Division - Hunters for the Hungry Program
Jason T. Hall, Director
Emergency Food Assistance/CSFP/Hunters for the Hungry
Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry
207-287-7513 Office, 207-287-7524 Fax

Coyote Hunting and Trapping Primer
A booklet produced by The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine’s Deer Management Network. On sale through The SAM Store.

Find Your Representative
and other links to the Legislature, visit our Legislature page.

The Conference Center
is available to the public for club functions, reunions, conferences, large crowds or small. More information can be found on our Conference Center page.


In order to better serve our membership and to better utilize the staff resources, business hours of the SAM office will be Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 2 pm. Phone messages and emails to the office outside of normal business hours will be responded to the next business day.

Statement – Universal Background Check Initiative
January 20, 2016

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine has vigorously and consistently opposed initiatives to expand background checks to private sales for many reasons – including our legitimate concern that such a system could easily become a national registry. There is no reason to believe these concerns are any less relevant today than they have been in the past. Although the SAM Board has not taken an official position in opposition to this newest initiative (as the signatures turned in yesterday still need to be certified by the Secretary of the State), it is extremely likely that we will maintain our position and oppose the referendum. The reason we are writing this statement today is due to a blog written by George Smith, who was the Executive Director of SAM up until 2010. This blog appears to support a referendum ( link to blog: ), and Mr. Smith’s continued reference to his former position with SAM has caused great confusion amongst our membership.

We recently polled our members, and well over 80% oppose any expansion of background checks to private sales. While it is still early in the process, given the current confusion we feel compelled to clarify that George Smith no longer works for, is not in any way associated with, and does not speak for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. We hope this clears up any confusion.

Becky Morrell, Operations Manager
Sportman’s Alliance of Maine
205 Church Hill Road, Suite 1
Augusta, ME 04330
(207) 623-4589

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SAM Recruiter Program

We have launched this exciting new membership program along with a "Round Up" program to help people join and support SAM with our firearms programs. Below are the Recruiters around the state; we encourage you to patronize these businesses as well as sign up for SAM Membership while you are there.
Ask your local dealer to sign up as a SAM Recruiter and help build our network to defend our Maine Heritage and Traditions.
Call the SAM office at 623-4589.

Smith’s Gun Shop, New Sharon
Top Gun of Maine, Poland Springs
Jim’s Gun Shop, Winslow
Ben’s Trading Post, Presque Isle
Cool Hand Luke Firearms, Bucksport
Ballstown Firearms, Whitefield
Pine Tree Trading Post, Lewiston
Fine Line Gun Shop, Poland
J&K Sporting Goods, West Paris
Riverside Firearms, Auburn
Fox Firearms, Vassalboro
Johnsons Sporting Goods, Brunswick
Woodman’s Sporting Goods, Norway
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Black Brook Cove Campground, Oquossoc
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Pine Grove Lodge & Cabins, Bingham
Four Aces Arms, Lincolnville
Smitty’s Trading Post, Machias
J.T. Reids Gun Shop, Auburn
Tri State Police Supply, Winthrop
G3 Firearms, Turner
Kennebec Guns, Augusta
Paradis Outfitters, Sidney
Kennebec Outfitters, Winslow
Winslow Gun Shop, Winslow
Van Raymond Outfitters, Brewer
A&G Shooting Supply, Fairfield Center
Maine Military Supply, Holden
Trading Post in Palmyra

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