The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Maine Professional Guides Association are seeking nominations for the annual Wilmot “Wiggie” Robinson Legendary Maine Guide Award.

The award, in its second year, is named in honor of Wilmot “Wiggie” Robinson, an outdoorsman who was a Maine Master Guide from 1950 until his death in 2007.

Persons interested in nominating a Registered Maine Guide or Master Maine Guide may print nomination forms from mefishwildlife.com. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 10.

Deborah Turcotte, spokesperson for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said the award will be presented early in 2011 at the Maine Professional Guides Association annual dinner.

Nominees should meet the following criteria: has reached the 20-year anniversary mark as a Registered Maine Guide and/or Master Maine Guide with at least 10 years of active guiding service; be a law-abiding citizen with no arrests for committing a crime relating to human injury, gun laws, or hunting or fishing violations; be a community volunteer providing education about hunter safety and survival in Maine’s woods, and introducing and educating youth about the importance of the ecosystem found in Maine; and be active on boards or committees that enhance and promote the importance of Maine’s inland fisheries and wildlife.

Nominations will be reviewed by a seven-person committee that includes the MDIF&W deputy commissioner, last year’s winner, four Maine guides (two MPGA members and two nonmembers), and a MDIF&W licensing agent.

Robinson, for whom the award is named, was a member of the Maine Trappers Association, the National Rifle Association, Trout Unlimited and Ducks Unlimited. He founded the Maine Bird Dog Club, the Millinocket Fin and Feather Club, and was instrumental in founding the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, of which he served as executive director for many years. Robinson was chairman of the Maine Guides Advisory Board of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council, and he was an outdoors writer, broadcaster and photographer.

The first recipient was Gil Gilpatrick of Skowhegan, a former high school teacher who has taught hundreds of young people how to build and paddle canoes. Gilpatrick is a life member of the Maine Professional Guides Association and serves on the Maine Guides Advisory Board of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council.