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My Life in the Maine Woods

Make no mistake: Annette Jackson loved the Maine woods. Loved nearly everything about them. She fished, hunted, canoed, hiked, and accompanied her husband—none other than famed game warden David Jackson—on many of his official travels. Throughout the Allagash region, Annette took full advantage of the gifts the Maine woods offered, all while keeping house and raising children.


My Life in the Maine Woods recounts Jackson’s experiences during the 1930s when she, her husband, and their children lived in a small cabin on the shore of Umsaskis Lake. Jackson, an avid sportswoman and nature lover, writes of hunting, fishing, campfire cooking, and the sounds of the wilderness through the seasons. She visits trappers and woodsmen, and tells what it’s like to sleep on a bed of pine boughs under the stars that shine on the legendary Allagash.

This new edition expands on Jackson’s original, including not only new photographs, author biography, and foreword, but also new material from Jackson and revisions she made following its original publication.

My Life in the Maine Woods