FRYEBURG – The Fryeburg Fish and Game Association will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at the Fryeburg Fire Station on Main Street.

President Jim Holt will seek input from members on the governor’s proposal to open Sunday hunting for small game only, as well as other matters of interest. Plans will have to be made if the silhouettes purchased last summer are to be used this year.

An item of note will be the taking, in Alaska, of the largest grizzly bear recorded, 1,600 pounds and 14 feet tall. The creature was killed when it charged a lone deer hunter. It was later determined that the grizzly had just, in the past three days, killed two other persons, one a hiker who tried unsuccessfully to defend himself with a .38 revolver.

Speaker will be Ian Tait of Brownfield, a law enforcement/security firearms instructor since 1989. In 1987 he joined the Braintree, Mass., Police Department where he worked as a patrolman before moving to Maine in 1995. Since 1997 Tait has been serving as a patrolman with the Fryeburg Police Department where he has received a number of commendations.

From 1990 to 1999, Tait owned Firearms Services and Training Inc., a company that provided firearms instruction, armorer service and nonlethal weapon instruction to agencies and individuals throughout the Northeast. Tait’s firm and team of instructors trained more than 4,000 people in courses ranging from NRA basic pistol to advanced tactical instruction. In 1996 they trained 215 officers for the Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga.

Tait is a graduate of the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council Police Academy at Foxboro, Mass., the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and Smith and Wesson Academy, Springfield, Mass., Firearms Instructor Program. He holds a number of instructor certifications. He has designed and instructed specialized courses for agencies and individuals based on threat assessment and combat analysis.

Tait will be able to teach a variety of courses, one of which will be required by the State Police and other agencies that authorize permits to carry concealed firearms. Other courses might be offered on personal protection and other shooting skills.

Tait will seek input from members on what instruction is desired. He will display the types of firearms used in his courses.

A dinner meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the New Church. A speaker is planned.

For more information on the association, write to P.O. Box 525, Fryeburg, ME 04037 or call 935-4655.

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