Author archive: Kevin Sinnett

New IFW Regional Fisheries Biologist to speak at February Meeting

The Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association will hold its monthly membership meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at our clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc.

Our potluck dinner will start at 5:30 PM, followed by a brief business meeting. This month, RRG&SA is pleased to welcome David Howatt, the new DIFW Regional Fisheries Biologist for the Rangeley Lakes Region. Although new to the position, Dave is no stranger to the area. Born and raised in Farmington, he graduated from the University of Maine in 1986. He has worked as a full time biology specialist for DIFW since 1992, before assuming his current position in November, 2017. David will talk about current fishery management strategies for our large lakes and small ponds. He is looking forward to hearing questions and concerns from those in attendance.

As always, the public is invited to attend these meetings and educational programs.

MDIFW Information &Education Director to speak at January meeting.

The Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at our clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. Our potluck dinner starts at 5:30 PM, followed by a brief business meeting, then our guest speaker. RRG&SA is pleased to welcome award winning Maine Guide, and current DIFW Information and Education director, Bonnie Holding as our guest speaker. Bonnie will share with us a new DIFW initiative called R3-recruit, retain, reactivate. This new program’s success will depend on collaboration with clubs and organizations such as RRG&SA. The public is always welcomed to attend our meetings and educational programs.

Christmas Party – Thursday, Dec 14

The RRG&SA cordially invites its members to our annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Our potluck dinner starts at 5:30 PM. Turkey, ham, and gravy will be provided. Attendees are asked to bring side dishes, salads, or desserts. After dinner, we’ll hold our traditional Yankee Gift Swap. A wrapped $5 to $10 gift is all you need to get in on this, sometimes hilarious, event. Our Clubhouse is located on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. Hope to see you there!

November Monthly Meeting – Nov 16th – SAM Executive Director David Trahan to speak

The Rangeley Region Guides’ & Sportsmen’s Association would like to cordially invite its members and the public to attend a special potluck dinner and meeting on November 16, 2017 starting at 5:30 PM. Folks who have been skilled or lucky enough to harvest wild game this fall are asked to bring a wild game entrée to celebrate our outdoor sporting heritage. This is an opportunity for hunters to show off their culinary skills with moose, deer, partridge, duck, and maybe bear recipes. Other entrees, salads, and desserts are also welcomed. In addition to our wild game harvest dinner, RRG&SA is pleased to announce that David Trahan, the Executive Director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, will be our guest speaker.

RRG&SA to host Registered Maine Guides Course – April 5-8, 2018

The Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association (RRG&SA) will host a 4-day Registered Maine Guide Course on Thursday, April 5 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.  The course will be held at the RRG&SA Clubhouse in Oquossoc and run 8am – 5pm daily. An optional First Aid Class will be offered the first evening of the course.

The class will be administered by Maine’s Outdoor Learning Center and will provide comprehensive instruction on the information needed to prepare for the hunting, fishing and recreational Registered Maine Guides tests administered by Maine DIF&W. A current First Class Card is required to sit for the Maine DIF&W oral and written tests. More information on the course can be found at:

The fee for the Registered Maine Guide Course is $495pp. The optional First Aid Class is $40pp. Pre-registration is required. For additional information or to register, contact Tami at or 207-290-1496..

Embrace a Stream – donate to preserve our brook trout!

The RRG&SA has previously donated $500 in support of the Embrace a Stream (EAS) brook trout research project on the Upper Androscoggin Watershed in Maine and New Hampshire. A description of the project can be found at

Trout Unlimited (TU) National is currently running an EAS Challenge Campaign where additional funding  for this project may be awarded based on the amount of donations received for this program. The RRG&SA encourages its membership to review the project description in the link above and, if desired, make a donation by going to the Campaign website at Donations must be made between November 6-12, 2017.

23rd Snow Walkers Rendezvous: 10-12 Nov. – Fairlee, VT

A weekend of presentations, workshops, round tables, and camaraderie with fellow winter travelers.

Hulbert Outdoor Center ~ Fairlee, Vermont  

Friday, November 10 – 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Saturday, November 11 – 8:45am- 9:00pm

Sunday, November 12 – Morning Workshops 8:30 to 11:30

For a List of Presenters:  2017 SW Presenters

To Preview the Program Schedule;  Draft Program Schedule

For program details:  www.wildernesstravelersorg

To register on-line:

Program Questions?

Wendy Scott;

Andy Williams,

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Please drop me a note if you need a paper registration form mailed to you.

Andy Williams

P.O. Box 1031

Norwich, VT 05055

Cell  802-356-0798

Paddlers & Snow Walkers Gatherings 2017

Debsconeag Lake Wilderness Camps – Maine

Youth Hunt Breakfast 2017!

The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (RRG&SA) hosted their Annual Youth Hunt Breakfast on Saturday, October 21st.  A total of 16 area youth enjoyed a free breakfast before heading out into the woods with their accompanying adult.

RRG&SA Members Ray Roy, Ray Heaton, Don Curtis, Mary Ellen Moroney and Doreen & Kevin Sinnett prepared and served breakfast for the young hunters. The Club is proud to support this, and other activities, that encourage the youth of the region to carry on the tradition of hunting while safely enjoying the outdoors.

Pictured are two local youth who were successful on their hunt.  Congratulations to Keegan Austin and Lauren Eastlack (with proud dad Jamie).

‘Story Trail’ walk on Tim Baker Trail

By Donna Brown, Rangeley Lakes Regional School

The multiage students (grades 1 and 2) at Rangeley Lakes Regional School recently visited the Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Associations’ clubhouse in Oquossoc. The children were greeted by Elaine Holcombe and other members of the association who then guided them through the ‘Story Trail’. This special hike was immensely enjoyed by the children because it highlighted a delightful tale called the “Possum and the Peeper�. As the children traveled along the trail they would come upon a new page of the story.  Anne Hunter, author and illustrator, has done a superb job in creating a whimsical story about animals awakening in the spring. Our classes loved the story and the experience and we hope this project continues year after year.

Ruffed Grouse topic of October Meeting – Thu. Oct 19th

The Rangeley Region Guides’ & Sportsmen’s Association will hold its monthly potluck dinner and educational program on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:30 PM. RRG&SA is pleased to welcome DIFW game bird biologist, Kelsey Sullivan, as our featured speaker. Kelsey, assisted by RRG&SA member, Jack McNulty, will discuss the annual grouse drumming survey. In addition, Kelsey will share information about the just completed grouse research project which looked at harvest, survival rates, and habitat use. The public is always welcome to join RRG&SA members at these monthly dinners and programs. The meetings are held at the RRG&SA clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc.