John Holyoke

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Jonathan Carter of Orrington holds up fish he caught during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic in Oklahoma. Carter finished in 17th place.

Orrington man leaves teaching profession, sets course for pro bass career

By John Holyoke on March 21, 2014, at 6:18 a.m.
One weekend immersed in the world of big-time professional fishing wasn’t enough for Orrington native Jonathan Carter, who in 2013 became the first Maine angler to qualify for the elite Bassmaster Classic. In a conversation earlier this week, the 31-year-old Carter explained that finishing 17th in the Classic was instrumental …

Orrington native gives up teaching to chase pro bass-fishing career

By John Holyoke on March 21, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
Jonathan Carter became the first Mainer to participate in the Bassmaster Classic a year ago. Now he has given up his teaching career and hopes to advance to the elite level of his sport.
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Outdoor tidbits: Young writers win awards, canoe season approaches, and it’s still too cold out

on March 19, 2014, at 9:35 a.m.
Is it spring yet? No, I didn’t think so. And while I’m not typically one to gripe about the weather, I’ll admit this winter-that-won’t-end is beginning to get me down. So while we’re busy hunkering down as another snowstorm approaches, let’s clear the decks of a few interesting news items …

Maine Senate OKs bill to arm rangers

By John Holyoke on March 18, 2014, at 3:52 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that would arm the state’s forest rangers, but not before defeating a competing measure that sought to scale back that effort. The Senate voted 24-11 in favor of an amendment to LD 297, which calls for the training of …
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Eagles enjoy a feast at Allagash coyote bait

on March 17, 2014, at 12:40 p.m.
Up in the tiny northern Maine town of Allagash, folks live close to nature. There are plenty of moose in the woods around town, and a thriving bear-hunting business during the season. Sue Underhill Kelly recently found out that there are quite a few eagles in the area, too. Kelly …
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Hunter may have captured Orono bears on trail camera in August

on March 13, 2014, at 10:10 a.m.
On Sunday, wildlife biologist Randy Cross invited me to tag along on an impromptu visit to a bear den in Orono. Inside a hollow tree, we found four bears — three hefty yearling cubs and their mother — which had decided to camp out for the winter within 50 yards …
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Orono show a hit … again

on March 12, 2014, at 9:23 a.m.
Thousands of outdoorsy Mainers stopped by the University of Maine’s Orono campus over the weekend to check out the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, which was staged in the Memorial Gym, Stanley Wallace Pool and the newly refurbished New Balance Field House. The star of the show, for me, was …

Maine shuts down smelt fishing from Stonington to Kittery

By John Holyoke on March 11, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Citing a decline in smelt abundance, the Maine Department of Marine Resources announced on Tuesday that spring smelt fishing on coastal tributaries between Stonington and the New Hampshire border will be closed starting March 14. Any smelt camps still operating on the Kennebec and its tributaries will …
Randy Cross, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, examines a bear that was found in a den in Orono over the weekend.

Orono man gets a surprise: 4 bears living not far from his front door

By John Holyoke on March 10, 2014, at 3:40 p.m.
ORONO, Maine — Paul Melanson doesn’t live in an area you’d immediately think of when you say the words “bear habitat.” His home is on busy Stillwater Avenue about 2 miles from the University of Maine. But when a friend went out to shoot some arrows at a target on …

Orono man finds four bears living in a rotten tree

By John Holyoke on March 10, 2014, at 3:36 p.m.
Paul Melanson’s friend went out to shoot a few arrows into a target on Saturday, but when the archery buff went looking for an errant arrow, he got a big surprise: Right behind the target was a hollow tree that was serving as the winter den for a mother bear …

Guide Coffee: Culinary theater in the Maine woods

By John Holyoke on March 10, 2014, at 2:38 p.m.
Armed with a “hookaroon,” a coffee pot and a magic mixture, Registered Maine Guide Randy Spencer delights clients with this regional specialty throughout fishing season. Out west, the same concoction might be called “Cowboy Coffee,” but around Grand Lake Stream, which boasts the highest per capita rate of registered guides …
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Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show begins weekend run

on March 07, 2014, at 12:47 p.m.
Outdoors enthusiasts will flock to the University of Maine this weekend for the 76th edition of the Eastern Maine Sportsman’s Show. Be sure to stop by the BDN booth and visit with our BDN Maine Outdoors staffers, along with a few local authors who will be happy to sign their …
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BDN outdoors staffers to host authors at Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show

on March 06, 2014, at 10:03 a.m.
When attendees start pouring into the University of Maine field house on Friday afternoon for the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, they’ll find all kinds of surprises. Chief among those: The field house itself has undergone a complete overhaul. Visitors will instantly notice how bright and colorful the refurbished facility …
On Feb. 23, Charles Talbot Porter, 63, died of a heart attack in Punta Arenas, Chile. He had lived in Walpole, Maine, and Puerto Williams, Chile, and traveled the globe, both in search of adventure and in pursuit of knowledge.

Climate change scientist, legendary climber Charlie Porter dies at 63

By John Holyoke on March 05, 2014, at 4:01 p.m.
A generation of mountaineers knew him as one of the best of all time, a man who pioneered climbing routes at El Capitan and elsewhere. A future generation of climate change scientists knew him as one of their own. On Feb. 23, Charles Talbot Porter, 63, died of a heart …
In this February 2014 file photo, Kate McPherson of Windham (right) stacks boxes of petition signatures by Mainers who support a ban on bear baiting, hounding and trapping Monday at the Bureau of Elections in Augusta. On Wednesday, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap certified 63,626 signatures gathered by referendum supporters as valid.

Maine bear baiting issue expected on November ballot after number of signatures surpasses state requirement

By John Holyoke on March 05, 2014, at 3:15 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — The stage is set for a likely November battle over the state’s bear hunting practices as Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap on Wednesday certified 63,626 signatures gathered by referendum supporters as valid. By law, those seeking to put a question on the November ballot needed to gather …
Randy Spencer has released his second book, "Wide and Deep: Tales From a Master Maine Fishing Guide."

Spencer delivers again with second book, ‘Wide and Deep’

By John Holyoke on March 05, 2014, at 2:11 p.m.
“Wide and Deep: Tales and Recollections from a Master Maine Fishing Guide,” by Randy Spencer, Skyhorse Publishing, 272 pages, hardcover, $29.95, April 2014 When Randy Spencer burst onto the Maine literary scene with the 2009 release of “Where Cool Waters Flow,” he firmly established himself as an author with both …
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House approves arming rangers, bill heading to Senate

By John Holyoke on March 04, 2014, at 12:46 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — A week after it was overwhelmingly supported, then abruptly tabled pending possible amendments, a bill that would arm and train the state’s forest rangers was approved by the Maine House of Representatives Tuesday and will be sent to the Senate for debate. On Feb. 25, the House …
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Moose attack or needless slaughter? Video raises ethical questions

on Feb. 28, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
Before you read any farther (and hopefully, before you view the shocking video that we’ve attached to today’s blog, it’s important to note that we have no reason to suspect that this footage was taken in Maine. In fact, there’s some internet indication that the video was filmed somewhere “out …
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Bill to arm rangers gets huge support; House tables effort pending possible amendment

on Feb. 25, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
A bill that would arm Maine’s forest rangers was overwhelmingly supported by the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, but that landslide vote was set aside when the bill was immediately tabled pending a possible amendment. “There was some discussion on whether an amendment is needed to look at a …
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Man in moose attack video has seen it all, from biting coyotes to angry mother buffaloes

on Feb. 25, 2014, at 10:11 a.m.
When Wes Livingston headed to Maine for the first time last month, he didn’t plan on ending up in a video that went viral on the internet. He did think he might get some pretty good footage on the GoPro camera he wore on his head. And he did know …
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