Category archive: Rangeley Region Guides & Sportsmen’s Association

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.

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.

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.

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).

9th Annual Turkey Shoot – Sunday, October 1st

The Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association (RRG&SA) will be hosting its 9thAnnual Turkey Shoot at the Association’s rifle and pistol range on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Registration is from 10 AM – 11 AM. No additional shooters can be accepted after registration closes.  Competition will begin promptly at 11 AM. Shooters will have the chance to win a turkey or a ham for the holidays. Shooters may use any rifle from .17 Cal. rim fire on up through all centerfire big bore calibers. A novice competition will be held for shooters under the age of 16.  Shooters will be staged with other shooters and will fire a single shot at a target.  The shooter closest to the bull’s-eye for each round will win a gift certificate redeemable for a ham or a turkey. Entry fee will be $4 a round or 3 for $10.

There will be a .22 Cal. rifle and ammunition provided for those without a firearm. Big Bore shooters must supply their own firearms and ammunition.  Eye and ear protection must be worn by all shooters.  Limited quantities of eye and ear protection will be available at the range or you may bring your own.

To get to the RRG&SA rifle and pistol range travel 5 miles west on Rt. 16 from Oquossoc then 1.5 miles north on the Morton Cutoff Road.

So grab your firearms, eye and ear protection and a box of ammunition (targets will be provided) and come on out for a fun day of shooting.  For more information email to or call 864-2651 or 864-5582.

RRG&SA Monthly Meeting – Thu. Sept. 21st – Maine Professional Guide Assoc. presentation

On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association (RRG&SA) will hold its monthly potluck dinner and educational program.  Back, my popular demand, is our “theme� potluck dinner. This month will feature “Catch of the Day�. The potluck dinner will start at 5:30pm and attendees are asked to bring either a seafood entrée, appetizer, salad or dessert. Our educational program will start at approximately 6:30pm and will be presented by Hal Blood and Lee Schanz, representing the Maine Professional Guide’s Association. Their presentation and ensuing discussion will focus on ways outdoor sporting enthusiasts and organizations can work collaboratively to make sure our outdoor sporting traditions endure for future generations.  

The RRG&SA clubhouse is located on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. The public is always welcomed to attend these dinners and programs.

Junior Guides wraps up another exciting summer program

The Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsmen’s Association (RRG&SA) completed another great Junior Guides program this summer full of fun and learning.  Activities included fly tying and casting, canoeing, archery and hiking.

This program credits its success to the many volunteers who share their time and expertise. The Junior Guides program runs for 6 consecutive Mondays and is a 2-year program that builds on the previous year’s activities. The graduates from the Basic group ‘graduate’ to the Advanced program the following year. For those wanting to participate in 2018 in the Basic Program, ages 9 through 12, registration will be held in the Spring.

Moose Survival Study topic from July Monthly Meeting

On Thursday, July 20, 2017, the RRG&SA will hold its monthly membership meeting at our clubhouse on Old Skiway Road in Oquossoc. Our potluck supper starts at 5:30 PM. The business meeting this month will include election of officers and board members. Lee Kantar, Maine’s moose biologist, will present the four year findings of the ongoing Moose Survival Study. Lee last visited RRG&SA four years ago, after the first 30 moose were fitted with GPS collars. At the present time, DIFW is now following more than 100 collared moose. The information from this ongoing study should be of great interest to our membership. The public is always welcomed to attend our potluck suppers and educational programs.

Annual Strawberry Festival set for July 13th in Oquossoc

The RRG&SA will host its popular Annual Strawberry Festival on Thursday, July 13th in the Oquossoc Village Park. The festival runs from 10AM – 3PM and features over 50 crafters and artists, many of whom are new this year. Of course our famous fresh Strawberry Shortcake will be available along with selections off the grill and our fantastic hand-cut “Guide Fries�.  We hope you can join us for this fun day in Oquossoc.  For more info call 864-5196.