Gary Cobb Receives IF&W Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award
Congratulations to Gary Cobb on receiving a 2016 Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife (Maine IF&W). The award was presented at the 2016 Sportsman's Alliance of Maine (SAM) banquet in Waterville, Maine. What well-deserved recognition of someone who has helped so many young people appreciate and understand the Maine wilderness and wildlife. Gary's stewardship and conservation of the Pierce Pond watershed will benefit generations of Pierce Ponders to come.
Gary began hunting and fishing at age ten, and mentored hundreds of boys in outdoorsmanship through his Wilderness Bound camp. He and his wife Betty ran Cobb's Pierce Pond Camps for more than 30 years, while Gary continued to guide hunters and anglers, encouraging catch-and-release long before it was widely practiced. Gary kept the history of the Maine woods alive with his book, The History of Pierce Pond, and he took on vital leadership roles,
- serving as President of the Maine Sporting Camp Association
- serving on the IF&W Advisory Council, and
- helping to found the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust (MWWT) to protect the shores of Pierce Pond from development.
Maine IF&W developed the Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award in recognition that "hunting, fishing and trapping are an important part of the heritage of the State of Maine," and to "bring forth and recognize individuals who have been dedicated to the wise use and stewardship of our Maine resources." Criteria include a combined total of 40 years of experience in hunting, fishing, and trapping in Maine, as well as shared outdoor experience with others as a teacher, instructor, or mentor.