John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

 

Biologist says hunters may have productive early bear season

By John Holyoke on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Hundreds of hunters headed into the woods Monday for the opening day of the state’s bear season. The season stretches through Nov. 29, with different methods allowed during different sessions. Hunters are allowed to still hunt or stalk bears from now through Nov. 29. Other seasons: — Aug. 25-Sept. 20: …
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Maine’s bear season starts today

on Aug. 25, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
Hundreds of hunters will head into the woods today on the opening day of the state’s bear season. The season stretches through Nov. 29, with different methods allowed during different sessions. Hunters are allowed to still hunt or stalk bears from now until Nov. 29. Other seasons: Aug. 25-Sept. 20: …
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Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races

on Aug. 21, 2014, at 1:41 p.m.
Citing a broad coalition of politicians it has relied on for help in an ongoing fight to defeat a referendum that would ban the use of three methods of hunting bears in Maine, the state’s largest sportsman’s group on Friday announced that it will not endorse candidates in the state’s …
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Hennessey’s ‘Leave Some For Seed’ celebrates Maine’s outdoor tradition

By John Holyoke on Aug. 21, 2014, at 1:02 p.m.
Leave Some For Seed, by Tom Hennessey, Islandport Press, 2014, 147 pages, hardcover, $24.95 Tom Hennessey has worn out a lot of boot leather over many decades spent enjoying Maine’s traditional outdoor pursuits, and he has long been a favorite voice among those who enjoy similar activities. Those adventures, whether …
Christopher Knight, "The North Pond Hermit" is featured in the current issue of GQ magazine.

North Pond Hermit tells GQ: ‘People want me to be this warm and fuzzy person’

By John Holyoke on Aug. 20, 2014, at 11 a.m.
Since he was captured in April of last year, “North Pond Hermit” Christopher Knight has kept a low profile, turning down numerous requests for media interviews. Until now, that is. Michael Finkel, writing for GQ magazine, scored several interviews with Knight over a several-month span after beginning a pen pal …
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Outdoor guy turns Pinterest project into rake/rod rack

on Aug. 19, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
I am not, as far as I can tell, the target audience of Pinterest. Let’s get that out of the way right off. Not that I have anything against the internet idea exchange that so many have embraced over the past couple of years, of course. My wife, Karen, a …
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Moosehorn hunting permits now available

By John Holyoke on Aug. 14, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.
Many hunters spend a lot of time trying to get permission to hunt on the land of others. Thankfully, there’s plenty of public land that is also accessible for recreational purposes, including hunting. Last week officials at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County announced that the refuge would again …
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Orono family paddling events scheduled

on Aug. 08, 2014, at 9:02 a.m.
Jeff Owen is passionate about healthy outdoor living, and is among the state’s most enthusiastic ambassadors for the paddle sports. He’s also one of the best canoeists you’ll find, and often tops the leaderboard at local, regional and national whitewater competitions. Owen, who has introduced Orono High School students to …
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Tom Hennessey back with another book

on Aug. 07, 2014, at 9:47 a.m.
For decades, readers of the BDN savored the outdoor essays and artwork of Tom Hennessey, who worked for this paper for 54 years. Hennessey “officially” retired in 1996, but was a contributor to the sports and outdoor pages for years afterward. His last column appeared in March of 2013, and …
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.

Word from the Woods: You can’t guarantee a moose

By John Holyoke on Aug. 06, 2014, at 12:01 p.m.
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. …
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Fort Kent Muskie Derby on tap this weekend

on Aug. 06, 2014, at 10:15 a.m.
With just days remaining until this weekend’s 11th annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby, organizers are expecting a large crowd of anglers to flock to northern Maine to take part. “We’re seeing more pre-registrations this year than I’ve ever seen,” said derby board member Ben Rioux. “[There is] a lot …
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A cow and a calf moose walk along a roadway in Northern Penobscot County in this September 2013 file photo.

Want to see a Maine moose? Here’s what you have to do

By John Holyoke on Aug. 01, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.
Craig Watt’s store, Indian Hill Trading Post, sits perched over Moosehead Lake, ready to serve the thousands of visitors who head to the Greenville region each year. And as he meets and greets all those vacationers, he hears the same two questions over and over again. “Where to see a …
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Mooseless in Millinocket, Part 2: The video

on Aug. 01, 2014, at 5:44 a.m.
Earlier this week, I had the chance to take a great trip into the woods, and to show my new boss, Sarah Walker Caron, some of the great places that we call home. Unfortunately, I also made a guarantee that I was not able to fulfill: I told her that …

Mooseless in Millinocket: How not to impress your boss

By John Holyoke on July 31, 2014, at 4:34 p.m.
John took his new boss into the woods to find her her first moose. Not a good idea.
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Mooseless in Millinocket: How not to impress your new boss

on July 31, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
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 …
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Atlantic salmon returns lagging on the Penobscot and in Canada

on July 30, 2014, at 11:03 a.m.
For more than a century, conservationists have sought to restore the Atlantic salmon population in the Penobscot River. Each year, river-watchers eagerly await the return of those fish, many of which are trapped and transported to a hatchery where they’ll be used to produce the next generation of Penobscot salmon. …
Donn Fendler reflects on the 75th anniversary of his being "Lost on a Mountain in Maine" on July 24 at his camp in Newport.

Word from the Woods: Donn Fendler’s saga never grows old

By John Holyoke on July 30, 2014, at 10:17 a.m.
Writing about Maine’s outdoors is, as you’d guess, a pretty cool gig, and we’re lucky to be able to do so for a living. Particularly cool is the people you meet while doing that job. Many are just like you and me but have great stories to tell. Others are …
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Ever watch two Canada lynx prepare for a fight? Now you have

on July 25, 2014, at 9:55 a.m.
Aron Bishop’s job as an entomology technician for the Maine Forest Service’s Forest Health Division requires that he spends a lot of time deep in the Maine woods. “We see cool stuff every day,” Bishop says. “I’m always keeping my eyes open.” On July 10, while working in remote T9, …
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Fendler’s tale still resonates, 75 years later

on July 25, 2014, at 8:42 a.m.
Every several years, I do myself a favor, whether I think I need to do myself that favor or not. I read the Donn Fendler story, “Lost on a Mountain in Maine,” and am amazed, yet again, by what a 12-year-old boy was able to do when he found himself …
Donn Fendler reflects on the 75th anniversary of his being "Lost on a Mountain in Maine," Thursday at his camp in Newport.

75 years after being ‘Lost on a Mountain in Maine,’ Donn Fendler to be feted in Freeport

By John Holyoke on July 25, 2014, at 5:28 a.m.
NEWPORT, Maine — Donn Fendler has lived a full life during the 75 years that have elapsed since a state and a country rooted, prayed and prepared to mourn for the boy who had become lost on Maine’s largest mountain. But as he’s regularly reminded, to many Fendler is neither …
 
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