June 28, 2017
MDIFW NEWS - - Don Helstrom, Jr. Selected As The Recipient Of The 2017 Legendary Maine Guide Award
Augusta, Maine --Don Helstrom, Jr. of Medway was honored with this year’s Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife at the annual Maine Professional Guides Association Banquet. “ I have known Don for 20 years and this award is a good choice,” commented Deputy Commissioner, Tim Peabody.
Don has been a registered Maine Guide for 56 years and has had a leadership role in the Maine Professional Guides Association since its inception in 1979. Over the years, Don has guided thousands of clients in the Maine woods on a wide variety of adventures. Don has stressed safety to all his hunters, has promoted youth hunting for years, and always is a strong supporter of Maine’s outdoor heritage. Don grew up in the Millinocket area and has shared the passion for the outdoors that Wiggie Robinson embodied.
Don is the ninth recipient of this award that is named in honor of Wiggie Robinson, a master Maine Guide who was an integral part of the Maine guides board and longtime supporter of IFW. In order to be eligible for the Wiggie Robinson Legendary Guide Award, nominees must have actively been guiding 10 of the last 20 years, be a law abiding citizen, volunteer for community service, and be active on boards or committees that promote the importance of Maine’s outdoor resources.
George Perry of Orono, Maine nominated Don for this award and felt that Don was deserving of this award as he has devoted his adult life to promoting outdoor activities in Maine along with his expertise and guidance in the outdoors.