A Sporting Year in Maine
“Simply put, Tom Roth is the real deal, and in the pages of A Sporting Year in Maine he takes us through each month of the calendar, telling true stories from his years of experience in the woods and fields, and on the waters and ice, of our great state.”
— WILL LUND, Editor of The Maine Sportsman.
“This book will bring back many of your own memories of hunting and fishing adventures, as Tom shares his own great stories, organized by month and he also offers a lot of good how-to advice. It took me a while to read this, because Tom inspired me to put the book down and write my own stories. You should do that too!”
— GEORGE SMITH, author of A Life Lived Outdoors, Maine Sporting Camps, A Lifetime of Hunting and Fishing, former Director of The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, outdoor writer, television host and regular columnist and blogger.
Like most outdoorsmen and women, Tom Roth tries to pack as much into each season as he can. As a 25-year regional columnist for The Maine Sportsman, New England’s largest outdoor publication, Tom wrote of his adventures month by month. In A Sporting Year in Maine, Tom walks you through each month, detailing what the great state of Maine has to offer, complete with how-to, some where-to and a healthy dose of humorous events that happened along the way. Written in his folksy, conversational tone, Tom brings the reader along on all his forays and will entertain sporting and non-sporting folks alike. His book also includes chapters on his home base of Sebago Lake where he guides anglers, dogs that came and went, boats and motors and traveling adventures. If you want to know what a real Maine outdoorsman does all year, pick up a copy of A Sporting Year in Maine and see for yourself.
"I became a fan of Tom Roth from the time he wrote his first column for the magazine. Reading Tom’s book reminds me of sitting around the table at camp with friends, discussing fishing, hunting and Maine life in general. His book has a folksy, conversational tone that will appeal to readers of all stripes.”
--TOM SEYMOUR, columnist and author of Tom Seymour’s Forager’s Notebook, Getting Your Big Fish – Trolling Maine’s Waters, and other books.
“A columnist for The Maine Sportsman for twenty years, Tom Roth has acquired his knowledge of the outdoors over a lifetime spent in the Pine Tree State’s fields and forests and on its water. In A Sporting Year in Maine, we get to accompany Tom as he chases snowshoe hares behind a pot-bellied beagle, fishes through the ice for smelt between bites of his homemade lobster chowder, jigs a Swedish pimple for togue, trolls for salmon on a wind-blown lake at ice-out and hunts for turkey, grouse, duck and deer in season. If you are interested in the outdoors, this is the book for you.”
— ROBERT J. ROMANO, JR., author of Shadows in the Stream and the Rangeley region series of fly-fishing novels.
Tom Roth has been hooked on the outdoors ever since he caught his first fish at 18 months under the watchful eye of his grandfather. During his school years he longed to be outdoors and his parents thankfully accommodated his desires, renting camps and cabins in Maine, New Hampshire and Wisconsin before establishing a summer home on the shores of Sebago Lake. As a college student studying wildlife biology at the University of Maine, he sought out like-minded friends and escaped to the woods and waters between classes. Tom enjoyed a 32-year law enforcement career working as a summer game warden, a part-time deputy sheriff, a patrol officer, school resource officer, and even an undercover officer while working his way up the ranks and retiring once and jumping back into the work scene, now running Maine’s Fraud Investigation Unit. Despite a full week of work, Tom spends as many hours afield or on the water as he can, be it hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, skiing or just enjoying the beautiful State of Maine. His sporting adventures have taken him across the country, to Canada and the Caribbean. Since 1995, Tom has penned a regional column in The Maine Sportsman, New England’s largest outdoor publication. Tom has also had thousands of articles published in national magazines. Tom now lives in the family home on Sebago Lake and guides anglers for the abundant lake trout and salmon that inhabit Maine’s deepest lake on his boat, the “Black Ghost.” His YouTube channel, Troth1966 and web page, www.sebagolakeguideservices.com highlight many of his adventures just as they happen, real, genuine and with no edits; the same way Tom enjoys living his life.