Friday, April 16, 2010

I am now a Registered Maine Guide!!

In case there are concerned souls out there who think I have perished due to my lack of postings, let me assure you that the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated! Over the last several months’ two significant events in my life crossed paths and have made me need to devote much energy in the preparations.

The first event was a trip two years in the planning to Florida to hunt the elusive Osceola Turkey. The second event was the study time and practice necessary to obtain my Registered Maine Guide License. Obviously, organizing for both of these events were all encompassing of my time and as I sit here now with both of the activities behind me I can finally breath a sign of relief.

The Osceola Turkey hunt was awesome and the complete story of that trip is in the works. More recently, however, is my passing today of what has been described as the “Toughest Test” . . . the Maine Guide Examination. 1 ½ hours of oral testing followed by a 260 question written test. The total “experience” took me over 2 ½ hours but in the end I succeeded!

Words can’t describe how happy I am to have finally achieved this personal life goal! I now am able to carry on the rich guiding tradition in my family that is comprised of two grandfathers, my father, Uncle and first Cousin! Take care all and have a great weekend!

14 comments:

  1. Congrats to you and looking forward to hearin' about your turkey chasin' adventures!

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  2. Nothing better than working hard for a goal and succeeding. Job well done and Congrats! Now go celebrate!!

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  3. Outstanding job!

    Now comes the hard part. Earning a good reputation as a guide.

    Now at least I know a guide in Maine which is a vast improvement over yesterday!

    Best Regards,
    Albert
    The Rasch Outdoor Chronicles
    Reviewing the Nikon Monarch 8X42

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  4. Congrats! That is exciting. I can't wait to hear about your turkey hunt also. You did leave us hanging a bit... Did you get your Osceola? I guess we will have to wait for your post.

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  5. Congratulations, you have certainly earned it. Now I know who to contact when I make it up to Maine.

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  6. Thanks all! I am so excited to have all of the initial hard work and test preparation behind me! Now like Albert said next comes the even harder part of earning a good reputation as a guide.

    For any of my regular commenters if you ever want to come to Maine and secure the service of a Registered Maine Guide I will lead you on your adventure FREE of charge. Just drop me plenty of notice and I will assist you in organizing.

    Thanks again everyone and enjoy your weekend!

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  7. Quote the Rabid Outdoorsman, "For any of my regular commenters if you ever want to come to Maine and secure the service of a Registered Maine Guide I will lead you on your adventure FREE of charge. Just drop me plenty of notice and I will assist you in organizing."

    Looks like I've got to find a new sporting buddy since you'll be out frolicking in the Maine wilderness making a capital loss on your newfound accolade. I suppose free is a start to a good reputation, god forbid you choose to raise your rates!

    Good job man, the select few have added a good one to the ranks. Did you tell your wife you plan to take people out for free?

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  8. Congratulations, Steve. That is one *major* accomplishment. Red Paul sent me the link. Next time, *you* do the guiding and the two of you will bring home some gobblers! ;-)

    Teak

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  9. DDH,

    I won't raise my rates until I become famous! :)

    The count down to GLS has begun buddy!

    RO

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  10. Alicia Vose5/8/10, 4:36 PM

    This is becoming quite the tradition in our Vose family... Congratulations!!!

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  11. Thanks Alicia . . . like Hank Jr once said "Its a Family Tradition!"

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