John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


First 1-minute hike an eye-opening affair

on Aug. 18, 2017, at 10:04 a.m.
Dwayne Shaw, executive director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, talks about a steady increase in Atlantic salmon smolt migration on the East Machias River before a fund-raising event at the Peter Gray Hatchery in East Machias on Aug. 3, 2017.

Hatchery working to heal the river, heal the fish

By John Holyoke on Aug. 17, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“We call it, ‘Broken rivers, broken fish.'”

“Shadman” coming to Veazie to teach anglers about his favorite species

on Aug. 11, 2017, at 9:05 p.m.
Forest City Stream at the outflow of the Forest City dam on East Grand Lake, May 18, 2017.

New state law aims to end controversy over Forest City dam

By John Holyoke on Aug. 09, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.
“There’s about 2,000 camps on the lake, including some traditional sporting camps, and it would have had serious impacts,” Rep. Bob Duchesne, D-Hudson, said.

Public invited to national monument management workshop in Shin Pond Aug. 8

on Aug. 07, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.

New map shows off features of Katahdin Woods and Waters’ loop road

on Aug. 07, 2017, at 12:29 p.m.

Down East salmon restoration efforts celebrated

on Aug. 03, 2017, at 3:22 p.m.

Scientists plant medicated treats in Maine woods in effort to curtail raccoon rabies

By John Holyoke on Aug. 03, 2017, at 11:43 a.m.
An annual federal rabies control effort is underway in northeastern Maine, with 351,000 doses of an oral vaccine spread through the woods, where they’ll hopefully be eaten by raccoons.

Swimming eagle rescued by Maine lobstermen

on July 31, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.

It’s summer, time to battle the bees … or wasps … or whatever

on July 28, 2017, at 6 a.m.
Four white-tailed deer gather at the edge of the woods in a field in on March 10, in the Central Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor.

Series of mild winters leads to major increase in any-deer permits

By John Holyoke on July 28, 2017, at 1 a.m.
If the winter is mild, more deer — especially young, vulnerable deer — survive.
Moosehead Lake

Outdoor recreation credited with $8.2 billion annual impact on Maine’s economy

By John Holyoke on July 26, 2017, at 2:11 p.m.
The outdoor economy also generates 76,000 jobs in the state, according to the report.

State increases number of any-deer permits by 20,295; lottery now open

on July 21, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
Marcella Sorg is a forensic anthropologist and a research professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maine. When investigators find unidentified bones, it is Sorg's expertise to determine if they are human remains and she is often able to draw conclusions such as the height, sex, and even the ethnic origin and approximate age of deceased person.

This Maine scientist gets the call when bones are found in the woods

By John Holyoke on July 20, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
When hunters or recreationists stumble upon what they think are human remains deep in the Maine woods, Marcella Sorg is the person who usually gets the call from law enforcement officers.

Snapping turtle steals angler’s big pickerel on Down East lake

on July 20, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.

Madawaska 10-year-old lands 47-inch muskie on the St. John River

on July 18, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.

64 more Atlantic salmon reach Milford; Season total at 786

on July 17, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.

Lincoln’s lakes beckon for fishing derby

on July 14, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway at Brookfield Energy in Milford in a 2015 photo.

More Atlantic salmon are swimming in Penobscot, Down East rivers

By John Holyoke on July 13, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Since two dams on the lower Penobscot were removed over the past five years, access to upstream habitat that has increased dramatically.

Share your fish stories with us!

on July 07, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.