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]
  • Maine moose: reduction needed?

    Maine’s newly released 10-year Big Game Management Plan clearly claims that, when it comes to managing our biggest and most popular big game animal, there is uncertainty. Moose ticks are the wild card. The $64 million question is: How are moose ticks impacting our moose population? In 2010, about the time that wildlife biologist Lee

  • The Greenland Salmon Pact

    Not a lot of Atlantic salmon have danced off the end of my Sage 9-weight fly rod over the years, but just enough to make me a believer. There is no other angling experience quite like it! Not even the 64- pound Alaskan king salmon that a guide netted for me on the Kenai River

  • Alewife runs: good or bad?

    Alewife runs: good or bad?

    Smelt runs up lake tributaries are always a sight to see. Some are better than others. The first one you ever see, with thousands of slithering, wiggling silver fish fighting their way upstream under the glow of the flashlight, leaves an impression. So does a run of alewives, or so-called river herring. Have you ever

  • Maine’s game management plan

    In the realm of wildlife management, we have come a long way since the days of Aldo Leopold, the American father of enlightened wildlife stewardship. Leopold, in his writings and teaching, warned about the destructive impact that industrial progress and technology was having on America’s wildlife. In fact, wildlife planning, protection and well-funded conservation efforts

  • A trip to “Grouse Country”

    Art Wheaton is the “perfect storm” kind of guy to write a classy, keepsake book about hunting the king of game birds. For a lot of reasons. Art, a son of the late Downeast guide Woodie Wheaton, cut his teeth on grouse and gun dogs. He and his family moved to Forest City (near Princeton)

  • The deer numbers

    “Hey, Paul, you’ve got to be kidding me! It’s March and you guys still don’t have the tally on last fall’s deer kill?” asked the New England outdoor editor of a national sporting magazine. That scolding took place more than 20 years ago, when I was press officer for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries

  • The black bear problem

    “Paul, come downstairs quick,” Diane half-whispered and half-yelled at me. Standing in the shadows of the half-light by the kitchen window, she was pointing out by the bird feeder. A large black bear was standing on all fours not 15 feet from the sliding glass door on which it had slathered its drool the night

  • Bye-bye “Boy” Scouts

    In the twilight of my life, the Boy Scouts of America — its teachings, its values and the fun of it all –—still evoke a warm glow in my overflowing storehouse of special memories. Everything about the Scouting experience left me the better for it. We wore the uniform proudly, as we did the merit

  • The Second Amendment

    If you have followed national issues at all, you may have learned somewhere along the way that even the hallowed U.S. Supreme Court justices are not immune to all of the foibles, personal biases and character flaws that are the hallmark of the human condition. It is for this reason that our way of life

  • Veazie Salmon Club arises

    In the 1980s and early 1990s, in May and June, you could catch a fresh run Atlantic salmon on the Penobscot River. And you could play your king of game fish within eyeshot of downtown Bangor. As a result, salmon clubs popped up along the riverbanks like ostrich ferns. Those were heady times. Then the