I’m not saying that Mainers were mad at good ol’ Mr. Groundhog after he hedged his bet and gave us 12 more weeks of winter, but Aislinn Sarnacki’s blog post about Punxsutawney Phil’s one-eyed cousin does make one wonder. Was foul play involved? Or did he ignore his mother’s advice, run with a stick in his mouth and stumble? In better seasonal news, BDN visuals editor Brian Feulner subdued several brook trout on the fly the other night, courtesy (in part) of the state’s liberal fish-stocking policies. And his expertise with a fly rod … or something like that. What else are we up to? Watching moose videos. Heading out on a first-time turkey hunt … and lots more. Get out there and enjoy!
— John Holyoke
“That was bigger than a house cat. It’s in a park. I bet it’s a groundhog. I have my camera. Do I have anything better to do? No. I should go check it out.”
The movie focuses on Maine, and is a hit. The “moose safari” scene, during which actors are shown chasing a moose with a motor vehicle, raises some interesting questions, and ought to make us think twice about conduct that some say is quintessentially Maine.
Late last week BDN outdoor reporter Aislinn Sarnacki went turkey hunting. Her powerful essay about that impending adventure will ring true with hunters of all ages, who’ll fondly remember their own first time afield in pursuit of game.
“This is a Maine you may remember. It is surely a Maine you will want to know. Glenna Johnson Smith’s book, Old Maine Woman, published in 2010 by Islandport Press, features ‘stories from the coast to the country.’ And oh, what stories!”
“Never before have I read a book that so effortlessly paints an accurate picture of the character of the state of Maine and her people. I probably should have waited until I finished reading the book to start discussing it, but a certain paragraph stirred my core this morning. You know what I’m talking about…when words jump off the page and connect with something deep inside, and gets you all riled up? Louise Dickinson ‘Rich’s State O’Maine’ has done just that for me several times.”
On the horizon
Aislinn’s essay on her first day of turkey hunting is a teaser, of course. Though she was eager to head into the woods with her dad, she left us hanging, wondering how her day went. Sadly, I’m not allowed to tell you that. What I can tell you is this: She’ll share her story with you later in the week. Keep checking BDN Maine for her update!
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