January 18, 2022

Bryans allowing public to use Big Sand Cove

If you’ve trolled a smelt or streamer on Tunk Lake this year, you no doubt noticed that some trees along the western shore had sprouted “No Trespassing” signs. Not surprisingly, the signs have been questioned by people who thought the land was state-owned. Not so, according to Charlie Marshall of Franklin, a recently retired Maine game warden who now patrols for the Tunk Lake Area Protection Association. The association includes Tunk, Little Tunk, and Donnells Pond.

When I tracked him down to inquire about the situation, Marshall explained that the land – 850 acres – in question was owned by the Bryan family of Holden. The family agreed to a conservation easement, said Marshall, that allowed public use of Big Sand Cove, also referred to as Rainbow Beach. The Bryan family, however, retained exclusive rights to the use of Little Sand Cove, which was posted accordingly.

Under the terms of the easement, the remainder of the Bryan property is open to hunting, fishing, and other outdoors recreations. Overnight camping and fires, however, are not allowed. In regard to the confusion created by the signs, Marshall said he would be happy to provide further information and assistance. His phone number is: 565-2989.

Ray Campbell, president of Millinocket’s Fin and Feather Club, recently received the Adrian Batson Sportsman of the Year Award. Batson, you may know, was an avid outdoorsman and lifelong member who personified the objectives of the club in protecting the rights and interests of Maine sportsmen.

Rep. Herb Clark, a member of the Legislature’s Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, presented Campbell with a legislative proclamation extending congratulations and best wishes from the House and Senate on behalf of the Legislature and the people of Maine.

Campbell’s efforts and leadership have been invaluable to the club in attracting new memberships, raising funds for youth conservation projects and providing editorials on the club’s involvement in protecting free access to public lands and waters. Surely you’re aware of the Fin and Feather Club’s involvement in the Nahmakanta Lake Management Plan.

Obviously, Campbell was selected as the recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Award for many reasons. One, however, deserves special mention: his establishment of an aggressive public campaign opposing RESTORE: The North Woods’ proposal to establish a 3.2-million acre national park and preserve in central-northern Maine. The campaign’s slogan is: “Keep Maine Free – No Restore For Me.” Amen.

Under the direction of Campbell and his campaign assistant, Jim Busque, the Fin and Feather Club will contact sportsmen’s clubs and organizations throughout the state to urge opposition to the arrogant proposal initiated by the environmental group based in Concord, Mass.

Speaking of sportsmen’s clubs, my apologies to the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club for mistakenly identifying it as the Presque Isle Rod and Gun Club in last Saturday’s column. I understand the error resulted in my name being embellished with expletives usually reserved for game wardens and biologists.

If you’re a collector or admirer of wood carvings and paintings, particularly of wildfowl, you won’t want to miss the forthcoming 7th Annual Maine Coast Competition show sponsored by the Penobscot Bay Carvers and Artists Association. The increasingly popular show will be held in Belfast, July 14-15, at the Chamber of Commerce Information Building located on the waterfront.

From 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, the public may peruse, free of charge, outstanding carvings and paintings entered by artists from Maine, several other New England states and Nova Scotia. The judging, which is not open to the public, is scheduled for Thursday evening. The public is invited, however, to view the judging of the floating-entry decoys, which will be held in an outside pool on Saturday.

Perhaps you know that many artists, carvers and painters alike, place high value on the “People’s Choice” award. Accordingly, show attendees will be asked to vote on their favorite pieces.

Carvers and painters who would like to enter their works in the Maine Coast Competition may do so July 13, noon-5 p.m. The fee is $5 per entry.

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