Wildlife Management Area.
“Henry had his own way of defending
those that couldn’t defend themselves,”
Orff told me. “The wildlife couldn’t speak,
so Henry spoke for them.”
After Henry’s death, his wife Ellen
continued to go up to the camp for many
years with family members. About three
years ago, her health started failing, and
she could no longer go to the camp. So
it sat, unused, until Bill Pepin purchased
it in the fall of 2015, a few months before
Ellen passed away and around the time
that I stumbled upon it.
Pepin is now renovating the Smoke
Pole Camp, but plans to keep the quirky
exterior as is. “Henry loved being at his
camp. It was a big part of his life. And for
Henry, wildlife came first.”
David Van Wie is lead author of The Confluence – A
Collection of Essays, Art & Tall Tales about Fly-fishing
and Friendship (Peter E. Randall Publisher, 2016) and is
a columnist for The Maine Sporstman. After a 30-year
career in environmental consulting and public policy,
he now teaches at the University of New England in
Biddeford. He lives in New Gloucester, Maine.
“Henry loved being at his camp.
It was a big part of his life.
And for Henry, wildlife came first.”BILL PEPIN