Articles by: V. Paul Reynolds

V. Paul Reynolds

Columnist at Ellsworth American
The author is editor of the Northwoods Sporting Journal. His email address is [email protected]
  • The undercover game warden

    The undercover game warden

    For many years before 2016, the Maine Warden Service conducted so-called “covert operations.” Basically, warden investigators were authorized to go undercover, use a different name and a cover story, and infiltrate a nest of hardcore poachers and eventually bring them to justice. These covert investigations were employed sparingly, and targeted at truly bad hombres, habitual

  • New hunting trends

    New hunting trends

    Fueled by a liberal press and the animal rights lobby during the past decade, the conventional notion has come to be this: recreational hunting is on the skids, living on borrowed time. Even among the ranks of outdoor writers, there are some of my peers who have bought into this negativity, arguing that the blood

  • New outdoor books

    New outdoor books

    Like lawn dandelions in spring, new outdoor books are popping out all over. Here for your perusal is a summary of the books and a short review of each. More detailed purchase information about these books is available at Click on “Outdoor Books.” “More than Wolverine” by Jeremiah Wood. Wood is a trapper, biologist

  • Sunday hunting suit

    Sunday hunting suit

    Yet again, a legislative attempt to allow Sunday hunting in Maine has gone down in flames. The bill, LD 2014, faced some formidable opposition, not the least of which was from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) and the Maine Professional Guides Association (MPGA). Although SAM has long advocated for Sunday hunting, it opposed this

  • Who’s on first?

    Who’s on first?

    “One of the poets, whose name I cannot recall, has a passage, which I am unable at the moment to remember, in one of his works, which for the time being has slipped my mind, which hits off admirably this age-old situation.” — P.G. Wodehouse   At times I have done dumb things, in the

  • Turkey season opens

    Turkey season opens

    “Gobble, gobble, gobble.” In the hardwoods on a ridge in Granby, Mass., a number of years ago, that sound of a wild turkey shattered the pre-dawn quiet. In the floating mist and the half light there was something chilling and mystical about this almost prehistoric vocalization. I had never before experienced any sound in the

  • The Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club

    Over the years, debate has ensued over whether the national environmental organization the Sierra Club actually has been an adversary of our hunting rights in this country. Not so long ago, the NRA, a proponent of hunting rights, dropped its supporting membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) because of OWAA’s support of

  • New Sunday hunting law

    Sunday hunting in Maine or not? I can think of few other more tenacious outdoor issues that have been so perennially debated over the years, yet never resolved to anyone’s satisfaction. Even hunters themselves have been divided over this issue. There have always been compelling arguments on both sides of the question. Personally, I have

  • Rabbit Key

    Rabbit Key

    If you head west from any marina in the Florida Keys, out into the Gulf, you will find dozens of small mangrove islands called keys. Rabbit Key is a 30-minute run from the mainland. Getting there is a bit of a challenge that involves finding the right “cuts” to avoid running aground on shallow reefs,

  • Overhauling the deer hunt

    Overhauling the deer hunt

    By V. Paul Reynolds Last fall in this column I reported: “Clearly, the any-deer permit system needs a thorough overhaul. Through a legislative order, a stakeholder group has been assembled and is conducting meetings this fall and winter to address the issue. No doubt there will be a public input period once the group has

  • Black-robed biologists

    Black-robed biologists

    It has happened yet again. On Feb. 10 in California, U.S District Court Judge Jeffrey White ordered the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to overturn its decision to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The judge ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who asserted ostensibly that USFWS does not know

  • Big-game ammo choices

    Big-game ammo choices

    In the interest of transparency, as the politicians say, please know that members of the Reynolds family hold no stocks of any ammunition manufacturers. Know, too, that although an avid and longtime big-game hunter, I am a babe in the woods when it comes to ballistics. In high school, physics was never my strong suit.