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Maine Marine Patrol Officers Honored for Heroism

April 1, 2017

Two Maine marine patrol officers were honored at the State House Tuesday for heroism. When a fisherman died aboard his vessel, Specialist Corrie Roberts and Sergeant Matt Talbot managed to take control of a boat which was operating dangerously close to the Rockland shore. “We have a job to do so we get out and do our best,” said Roberts. 78-year-old Robert Staples of North Haven died of natural causes aboard his lobster boat on October 2nd, 2015. Emergency dispatchers deployed Coast Guard rescuers after receiving a report of an unmanned vessel running in circles close to both the rocky shore and other boat traffic. “They did an expert job piloting the Maine marine patrol boat alongside. Corey- putting her own safety at risk- getting up on the gunnel of that small boat to try and jump over not once, but twice, and on the second time succeeded and was able to pull the throttle back,” said Steve Poulin, Rear Admiral First Coast Guard District Commander. Governor LePage joined the Coast Guard in awarding the Silver Lifesaving Medal to Specialist Corrie Roberts and the Certificate of Valor to Sergeant Matt Talbot for their bravery and heroic actions. “Every day we’re trying to solve problems on the water and this was no different. Certainly the adrenaline level is higher in a situation like this,” said Sgt. Talbot. Despite not training for high-speed boardings, Roberts and Talbot’s valiant service prevented what could have been a disastrous outcome for others out at sea that day. “But I can say that when we’re offshore doing vessel boardings, conditions are about the same and it could have been any one of us doing the same thing that I did, and they would have done a fine job,” said Roberts. https://wabi.tv/2017/03/28/maine-marine-patrol-officers-honored-for-heroism/

Maine OGT Board of Directors Position Open

April 1, 2017

For Immediate Release: Maine OGT is seeking applications for a Director vacancy on the OGT Board of Directors. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age. The term is for three years, ability to fundraise, solicit support and exposure for our program is required. Interest in the outdoors would be helpful. Feel free to look at our website for more information on our program. Interested applicants seeking additional information should forward their resumes to info@maineogt.org

Thank You To Our Sponsors

January 7, 2017

The Maine OGT Family would like to recognize and thank all of our sponsors for your continued support, we especially want to recognize Cabela's, L.L. Bean & Kittery Trading Post for your commitment to our mission and helping to protect all of Maine's natural resources.

Piscataquis Sheriff's Office Receives Maine OGT Award

November 6, 2016

Dover-Foxcroft, Maine- The Maine OGT Board recently presented an award to the Piscataquis Sheriff's Office for their partnership and support with Maine Operation Game Thief. Pictured from left to right: Sgt. Aaron Cross and Sgt. Chris Simmons from the Maine Warden Service, Sgt. Gary Grant and Sheriff John Goggin from Piscataquis S.O. Greg Sirpis Maine Operation Game Thief Chairman, and Sgt. Rob Beal from the Maine Marine Patrol.

Operation Game Thief Offers $15,000 Reward for Information on Lobster Trap Cutting Incidents

October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 - An escalation of trap cutting incidents in recent weeks along the line that separates Maine’s lobster zones B and C has prompted a $15,000 reward from Operation Game Thief for information that will help Marine Patrol in its investigation. “This has been going on since early summer but in recent weeks we have received numerous reports of traps being cut along the line B/C line, and the possibility of these incidents continuing to escalate has prompted me to approve additional Marine Patrol assets including overtime and vessels to support investigations into these incidents,” said Maine Department of Marine Resources Commissioner Patrick Keliher. “While these incidents are territorial disputes among a few harvesters, I will take whatever action is necessary to bring a stop to these violations, including closing the area associated with these incidents,” said Keliher. “I don’t want to take an action that could potentially penalize law abiding harvesters, but I am committed to preventing this from escalating even further.” “This trap war is without a doubt the most costly loss of gear I have witnessed in my 32 year carrier with the Maine Marine Patrol,” stated Colonel Jon Cornish. “In this instance gear loss is estimated to far exceed $350,000 dollars. Trap molesting is a serious offence with the potential for multiple year license suspensions. We are working hard to investigate these incidents and are grateful for the support of the Operation Game Thief program. Lobster Zone B extends from Schoodic Point to Newbury Neck while Zone C stretches from Newbury Neck to Cape Rosier. “Maine’s lobster industry has a long-standing commitment to responsible harvesting practices and the marine resource laws that ensure opportunity for so many in Maine,” said Operation Game Thief Board Chairman Greg Sirpis. “So when the actions of a few threaten the livelihood of those fishing within the law, the OGT Board of Directors will step up. The Maine OGT Board of Directors hopes this significant reward will prompt someone to come forward with information that will bring these violators to justice.” This investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-253-7887 (1-800-ALERT-US); out of state callers dial 1-207-287-6057. Information can also be provided through the OGT online Tip Reporting Form at http://www.maineogt.org/report.php. Information provided by phone or the Tip Reporting Form can be provided anonymously.

Maine Operation Game Thief Offers $2,000 Reward For Information On Lobster Boat Sinking

October 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FROM THE MAINE DEPARTMENT OF MARINE RESOURCES DATE: October 4, 2016 CONTACT: Jeff Nichols, Maine Department of Marine Resources, 207-624-6569 Operation Game Thief Offers $2,000 Reward for Information on Lobster Boat Sinking Maine’s Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of $2,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in the sinking of Anthony Hooper’s lobster boat The Maine Marine Patrol is investigating the third sinking in two months of a lobster boat belonging to Hooper, who is from Tenants Harbor. “This is a senseless act that has happened to one of our own,” said Operation Game Thief Board of Directors Chairman Greg Sirpis. “The commercial lobstering community has a deep rooted tradition in Maine, and this will simply not stand. The Maine OGT Board of Directors is hopeful that someone will come forward and furnish information that will assist the Maine Marine Patrol in their investigation.” “We’re grateful for the tremendous support of the Operation Game Thief program,” said Marine Patrol Major Rene Cloutier. “While their focus is traditionally on poaching violations, their partnership with the Marine Patrol will help us pursue serious violations that undermine the ability of hard working fishermen to make a living on the water.” The most recent sinking occurred at some point between Friday evening, September 30, and Saturday morning, October 1. The first sinking occurred in August and the second occurred between September 28 and September 29. The 35 foot fishing vessel Liberty was sunk again last Friday evening, just two nights after the boat was raised and repaired. Each incident occurred in Port Clyde where the boat is moored. The vessel has again been raised by its owner and is under repair. This investigation is on-going. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Operation Game Thief Hotline at 1-800-253-7887 (1-800-ALERT-US); out of state callers dial 1-207-287-6057. Information can also be provided through the OGT online Tip Reporting Form at http://www.maineogt.org/report.php. Information provided by phone or the Tip Reporting Form can be provided anonymously.

2016 Maine Marine Patrol Awards Banquet

September 21, 2016

Bath, Maine- September 16, 2016 The Maine Marine Patrol held it's annual banquet at the Maine Maritime Museum, several awards were presented by the agency to Marine Patrol Officers. Maine Operation game Thief was in attendance and presented Sgt. Rob Beal with the 2016 Guardian award for service above and beyond to OGT.

Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament 2016

August 3, 2016

Maine OGT appreciates the partnership we have we SITT. Please check out their website: www.mainetuna.org

107.5 Frank FM Community Connections Podcast

July 10, 2016

Please listen to the Maine OGT podcast: http://wfnk.nh1media.com/podcasts/community-connections

Maine OGT Golf Tournament

February 27, 2016

Please see attached and for more detail please call Paul Wade @ 207-441-0400

Maine Operation Game Thief Offers $11,000 Reward for Information on Major Lobster Trap Molesting Case

February 26, 2016

Maine Operation Game Thief Offers $11,000 Reward for Information on Major Lobster Trap Molesting Case February 26, 2016 - Maine Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of $11,000 for information that helps authorities bring the person or people responsible for a major lobster trap molesting case near Jeffrey’s Ledge to justice. A Maine Marine Patrol investigation, which began Monday, February 22, 2016, revealed that 120 lobster traps had been hauled by someone other than the license holders, the lobsters stolen, and the traps lowered to the bottom. Jeffrey’s Ledge is located in the western Gulf of Maine located approximately 30 miles off the New Hampshire coast. Maine Operation Game Thief (Maine OGT) is a private, non-profit organization that works with the Department of Marine Resources, Maine Marine Patrol, Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, Maine Warden Service, and Wildlife Crime Stoppers to pay rewards to citizens who provide information that helps bring violators of Maine’s game and commercial fishing laws to justice. “The OGT program is committed to helping maintain our state’s valuable game and commercial fishing resources,” said OGT Chair Greg Sirpis. “Maine’s lobster industry works hard to protect and sustain this important resource and to have people undermine our state’s proud heritage of hard work and conservation is unacceptable and we will support efforts to bring whoever did this to justice,” “This is an extremely serious violation involving multiple victims, and we would appreciate any help from the public,” said Marine Patrol Colonel Jon Cornish. “The money for this reward comes both from the Operation Game Thief program and from lobstermen committed to bringing this person or people to justice. I’m grateful for the support of OGT and these lobstermen and for their dedication to the work of the Maine Marine Patrol.” People with information on this case are encouraged to contact Marine Patrol Sergeant Rob Beal by phone at 207-479-3931 or to call the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-ALERT-US (1-800-253-7887).

St. Albans Poaching

January 13, 2016

[St. Albans, Maine - January 8, 2016] At approximately 9:00 pm, January 8, an adult doe deer was shot and killed in St. Albans. The doe was collared and part of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife winter severity study on white-tailed deer. IF&W Deer Biologist Kyle Ravana received the mortality reading from the GPS tracking collar early Saturday morning, January 9. Deer Biologist Ravana performed a necropsy in the field on the adult doe. Ravana determined that the adult doe was pregnant with twin fawns, which would have been born in the spring or early summer of 2016. Ravana stated the cause of death was from a single gunshot wound. Ravana notified the Maine Warden Service of the situation and his findings. The adult doe deer was shot in a field near the intersection of Corinna Road and Nokomis Road in St. Albans. Maine Operation Game Thief (OGT) has offered to pay up to $1,000 to anyone who comes forward with information that convicts the person(s) responsible. Maine game wardens are asking anyone with information to please call the Augusta Public Safety Dispatch center 207-624-7076.

Brooks, Maine Poaching

November 21, 2015

Brooks, Maine – Maine Warden Service] On the evening of Wednesday November 18th at approximately 8:15 PM the Maine Warden Service responded to a night hunting incident in the town of Brooks. A deer was shot in the roadway, in close proximity to a day care center on Route 139. The shot was fired directly at the day care center, posing a serious concern for public safety. After collecting evidence at the scene and interviewing witnesses, the vehicle involved is believed to be an early 2000’s diesel model tan/gold GMC or Chevrolet extended cab pickup truck (please see attached photo of truck description). The truck was last seen on Route 139 heading towards the town of Monroe. This is the second night hunted deer in the same area of Waldo County in the past two weeks. Maine Operation Game Thief (OGT) has been contacted and has agreed to offer reward money for anyone with information leading to the conviction of the individuals responsible for this act of poaching. Not only is this scenario unsporting and unethical, it also created a substantial public safety concern in this small town. We are asking anyone with information to call: OGT at 1-800-ALERT-US (1-800-253-7887 – you can remain anonymous)

Chesterville, Maine Deer Poaching: Maine Warden Service ***UPDATED REWARD $3,500***

May 10, 2015

[Chesterville, Maine: April 23, 2015]

*****Reward has been raised to $3,500*****

Maine game wardens are seeking information to help find those responsible for the illegal killing of a deer in Chesterville. At approximately 2:00 PM on Wednesday, April 22, Maine game wardens responded to a complaint of an injured deer near the intersection of Bragdon Road (aka French Road) and East Road in Chesterville. Upon arrival, a deer was located in a field posted no trespassing with a fatal gunshot wound to the spine. The doe deer was pregnant with twin fawns.

Operation Game Thief (OGT) has offered a $1,000 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to a conviction for those responsible for this senseless killing. We are asking anyone with information (you can remain anonymous) to call either OGT at 1-800-ALERTUS (1-800-253-7887) or Public Safety Dispatch in Augusta at 207-624-7076.

Maine OGT and Unity College

May 5, 2014

Maine OGT has had a very good long standing working relationship with Unity College and it’s students. They help us with countless projects and are invaluable partners in helping us with our mission of zero tolerance for poaching. Recently the Unity students held their wild game dinner at Unity college and raised funds for our mission, the photograph shows the students presenting a check to the Board of Directors.

 

 

Pictured from L-R Brittney Kunst, Josh Bernier, Paul Wade OGT Chairman, Michael Latti, Ashley Moeller.

Maine Operation Game Thief announces partnership with Maine Marine Patrol

April 30, 2014

Augusta, Maine-

The Board of Directors for Maine Operation Game Thief are happy to announce a new partnership with the Maine Marine Patrol effective immediately. Since its inception in 1989, Maine OGT has primarily worked with the Maine Warden Service and focused on hunting and fresh water violations and will now include salt water violations as well with the Maine Marine Patrol. Going forward the focus is to protect all of Maine’s natural resources by providing a confidential reporting system for violations, the tip hotline 1-800-ALERT-US (1-800-253-7887) or www.maineogt.org is completely anonymous for those who are reporting violations. Rewards are then reviewed and paid by Maine OGT, a non-profit organization, based on the information leading to an arrest and/or conviction of the violation. This program has been very effective for many years.

“The Operation Game Thief hotline will help the Maine Marine Patrol build on our efforts to enforce Maine’s conservation laws,” said Marine Patrol Colonel Joseph Fessenden. “Our state’s marine resources are vital to our identity and our economy. The Operation Game Thief hotline will provide concerned citizens and the Marine Patrol a powerful tool to deal with law breakers who jeopardize our valuable marine resources.”


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5th Annual Fall Harvest Fun Shoot

October 1, 2012

The 5th Annual Fall Harvest Fun Shoot was again held at the Hermon Skeet Club. This important fundraiser is possible only because of the great support the program has with members of the Hermon Skeet Club, namely Joan and Henry Trial, as well as the 44 registered shooters (more than in any other year) who participated in this year's shoot. Thanks also go to the many donors, especially Cabelas who donated gift certificates and 25 cases of clay pigeons. Thanks to the Maine Warden Service and 13 Unity College students who put on an elegant barbeque as well as for the dedicated efforts of the OGT Board of Directors.

The entire skeet shoot results can be accessed by the following link: http://ww.hermonskeetclub.com/calendar/OGT_12.pdf

As we enter yet another fall hunting season, we need to be reminded of the disastrous effect poachers have on our fish and wildlife resources. Additionally,  Maine Operation Game Thief is the best line of defense in apprehending these thieves. Please, if you see a violation of our fish and wildlife laws, either call Operation Game Thief our 800 number or email the details of the violation to www.maineogt.org. You can rest assured you will remain anonymous. Our Maine game wardens will do the rest.

Your donations and support of our fundraising efforts, not only help to pay rewards, but continue to support the administrative costs of marketing Operation Game Thief. Please know that no State of Maine monies go to support this important program - the program is supported solely by you, the concerned Maine sportsman.

 


A Winner of a Cabelas Firearm

May 13, 2012

As everyone knows, Maine's Operation Game Thief program depends upon the generosity of concerned citizens who, not only report violations of fish and wildlife law but, also support the program financially. The Board of Directors of OGT has a number of fundraising events throughout the year to raise these needed funds.

This year is no different. Thanks go out to Cabelas for their generosity for donating, at cost, a 50th Anniversary Winchester Model 94 .38-55 rifle. After expenses a total of $1635 was raised to help pay rewards for information leading to the arrest of poachers as well as supporting the efforts of the Board of Directors to get the message out to the public regarding the negative impact poaching has on our resources.

The winning ticket was drawn at the Augusta Sportsmen show in March and the winner of the Winchester rifle was Lloyd Monroe of Gardiner. Presenting the winning rifle to Mr. Monroe was Tom Nannery of Cabelas.

Thank you Mr. Monroe for your support of Operation Game Thief and thank you Mr. Nannery and Cabelas as well as the Board of Directors for the great work you do in support of our Maine game wardens and the job they do protecting Maine's fish and wildlife resources.


The "Wall of Shame"

Through the fundraising efforts of the Board of Directors of Operation Game Thief, Maine's OGT program now has the "Wall of Shame" trailer whose purpose is to increase the public's awareness of the disastrous effects that poaching has on our fish and wildlife resources. This 36 foot trailer, full of mounted fish and wildlife poached by thieves, allow Maine game wardens a means of communicating this message to far more people than ever before. 

What's in the Wall of Shame? Mounts of illegally poached fish, deer, moose, turkey and furbearers are a major part of the Wall of Shame. You will also find illegal implements such as gill nets, snares, jacklights and illegal firearms that were all used to poach our fish and wildlife. You will read interesting stories about these poaching incidents and how the poachers were apprehended by our Maine game wardens. We are sure that you will feel, as all concerned citizens, sportsmen and women feel about these thieves - they need to be caught and Maine Operation Game Thief is just one tool that wardens have to help catch poachers. The Wall of Shame is an effective way to get this message out to the public.

If you would like to have the trailer at one of your fish and game club functions, a civic group function, school or any other event that will allow for the greatest opportunity to increase the public's awareness of the work of poachers, then please call the Maine Warden Service in Augusta at 287-2766. We will make every effort to have a game warden and the Wall of Shame at your event.

Maine OGT Wall of Shame showing confiscated materials from poachers.



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