Carroll Ware, a longtime guide from Skowhegan, has been honored by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife with the Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award. The award was presented by MDIFW Commissioner Judy Camuso in a small ceremony at the MDIFW headquarters, May 26.
Camuso said, “Carroll embodies what it means to be a Maine Guide… Not only does he possess an extensive knowledge of the Maine outdoors, but Carroll is happy to share his knowledge with others, and is also very involved in his community.”
Carroll became a registered Maine Guide in 1989, and has been busy in the Maine outdoors nearly every moment since. He and his wife Lila have operated Fins and Furs Adventures for over 30 years, providing adventures not only throughout Maine, but also in international sporting destinations throughout the world.
Carroll and his wife operated Bosebuck Camps along the shore of Lake Aziscohos for years, delivering a Maine sporting camp experience to hundreds of anglers and hunters. They also operated a longtime school for students interested in becoming a Maine guide, passing along the skills and traditions necessary to become a successful guide.
Carroll also is active in the Skowhegan community as part of the Elks organization, he has mentored at risk youth in the field of boxing, as well as being a veteran of the US Armed Forces. He regularly donates much of his wild game to friends and neighbors, as well as the local food pantry.
Winners of The Wiggie Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award must have been a Registered Maine Guide for 20 years and been an active guide for at least 10 of those years. Along with guiding, winners must be active in the local or outdoor community, or active on boards or committees that enhances and promotes the importance of Maine’s outdoor resources.