Recipients Selected for the 2016 Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award


We're pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award!


The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Lifetime Outdoor Achievement Award.  Oscar Cronk of Wiscasset, Maine, Gary Cobb of North New Portland, Maine, and Jim Martin of Bangor, Maine.

These gentlemen were chosen from many wonderful nominations, heartfelt stories and great photos.  They all have shown a great love of the traditional outdoor activities and a mentorship that will help to continue their passion for generations to come.

All three will be recognized at the Sportsman Alliance of Maine annual banquet September 10, 2016 at the Waterville Elks.  Ticket information at

Recipient Bios:

Oscar Cronk of Wiscasset, Maine has been hunting, fishing and trapping for over 60 years.  His love of the outdoors has been chronicled in the many articles he has written.  Oscar has also shared his experiences by giving instructions on trapping and hunting.

Gary Cobb
of North New Portland, Maine learned to hunt with his grandfather at age 10 and brought his family up in a remote camp. Gary has made being a Maine sportsman his life’s work.  Gary has shared his knowledge of the outdoors as a guide, a teacher and of course owning and running Pierce Pond Camps. He has also been instrumental in forming the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust.

Jim Martin
of Bangor, Maine is an avid angler, hunter and trapper using his skills for several decades.  As an accomplished outdoorsman, he has dedicated many hours to the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association sharing his knowledge to help define the next generation of sportsmen and women.

“It is a pleasure to recognize all the men and women who were nominated for this award, and especially the three recipients.  It is rewarding to note that through their experiences and mentorship, our outdoor heritage has been passed on and preserved,” Commissioner Chandler Woodcock commented.