April 22, 2018
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Word from the Woods: You can’t guarantee a moose

Sarah Walker Caron | BDN
Sarah Walker Caron | BDN
BDN outdoors editor John Holyoke attempts to get a response from a moose by calling while on a moose-watching trip west of Millinocket, Maine, recently.
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff

There are a few things you can’t guarantee, especially here in Maine. You can’t guarantee a sunny day … just wait a minute, it’ll change. You can’t guarantee the fish will bite. And you can’t guarantee your boss that you’ll find her a moose. Her first moose, by the way. But I did. And I tried. Last week, my new boss, Sarah Walker Caron, and I headed out Golden Road in search of Bullwinkle, or Bullwinkette, and we came up empty. I wrote a couple pieces about that, put together a video and, luckily, still have a job. In the long run, I did succeed, however: I got a chance to show a new Maine resident why we all think the place is so special. And although Sarah never got her moose, I’m sure she received that message, loud and clear.

— John Holyoke

Mooseless in Millinocket: How not to impress your new boss

Among my official duties here at the BDN, I am also the self-appointed, semi-qualified president of the Welcoming Committee … and the apparently not-so-qualified, also self-appointed head moose-finder.

So when a new colleague shows up at work (my boss) and tells me she’s never seen a moose, I’m the man for the job.

1-minute Hike: Triplet Park in Unity

“The park is named after 6-year-old triplet boys — Joshua, Marcus and Brydon Freyer — who died in a fire that destroyed their home on Wood Lane in Unity on Jan. 12, 2000. Triplet Park is also a memorial to former Fire Chief Robert ‘Jonesy’ Jones, who fought the fire and died after having a heart attack on scene.”

Blog log

Act Out With Aislinn: Encounters of the itchy kind: Learning about Maine’s toxic plants the hard way

“Pushing aside tall, leafy plants with our forearms, we waded through the underbrush, picking up our knees to prevent our legs from becoming tangled.

“‘Crap. Another bug bite,’ I thought as my shin began to itch. Or was it my thigh? My left knee? Both of my legs were itching. No. They were on fire!”

George’s Outdoor News: LePage should not get votes of Maine sportsmen or SAM’s endorsement

“Gov. Paul LePage does not deserve a good grade from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, nor should he get the group’s valuable endorsement for his re-election campaign. And if you are a Maine sportsman who plans to vote for the governor, you really ought to take a closer look at his record and performance.”

On the horizon

It’s muskie derby weekend in Fort Kent, and hundreds of anglers will head to the St. John Valley to tangle with some toothy adversaries. John Holyoke will write an advance on the derby, which has grown each of its 11 years.

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