Don Dudley of Mattagamon was recognized at the MPGA annual banquet by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as a Legendary Maine Guide. The Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award is presented this year by Commissioner Chandler Woodcock.
Don’s long career as a guide and trapper in his region are complimented with an extensive list of activities supporting the guiding industry. Over the years, Don has been part of a variety of working groups and task forces providing the common sense voice of the working guide. He was a member of both the Deer Task Force and the Deer Predation Task Force, which worked to determine the reason for the declining deer population and find ways to reverse the trend. He is currently a member of the landowner relations council, a standing committee dedicated to finding ways to sustain positive relationships between landowners and land users and to maintain public access to private land.
Don is involved in several other organizations. Including the Maine Trappers Association and the Small Woodlot Owners of Maine.
He currently serves as chair of Sportsman Forest Landowners Alliance. He is the chair of the board of the Maine Guides Education Fund, an organization that works to preserve Maine’s outdoor recreation heritage, through public education and advocacy. Don is also an active member of the Maine Professional Guides Association Board of Directors.
Perhaps most importantly, Don has a great deal of personal experience as a guide. Don is a master hunting, fishing and recreation guide and has run his own guiding business out of Mattagamon for years. He has also been a campground owner, and longtime dam-keeper in the east branch region. From a variety of task forces and working groups to his current service as a member of the Commissioners Advisory Council for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Don has a long and successful career.
Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award winners must have been a Registered Maine Guide for 20 years and been an active guide for at least 10 years. They pass a criminal background check with no arrests for committing a crime or major hunting or fishing violations for 20 years. Provide community service including education about safety and survival in the Maine woods. Introducing and educating youth about the importance of the ecosystem found in the State of Maine. Be active on boards or committees that enhances and promotes the importance of Maine's outdoor resources.