John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Limited edition Allagash prints available

on April 28, 2016, at 12:37 p.m.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and AWW superintendent Matthew LaRoche says those who appreciate the region have the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of art that’s part of that celebration. Just 500 prints of an Allagash painting by artist Mark McCollough …
Rustin Ames of Orland and his daughter, Sophia, 9, show off a few of the bass they caught during Sophia's first ever bass fishing tournament on April 16, 2016 on Swan Lake in Swanville. The duo caught eight smallmouth bass that weighed a total of 35.31 pounds and finished second in the event.

Bass for cash: 9-year-old girl’s tournament debut pays off

By John Holyoke on April 28, 2016, at 11:32 a.m.
“I didn’t think we would catch eight fish,” Sophia said, referring to the tournament limit of eight weighable fish that make up a full bag limit in an event. “[We did] in like five minutes.”

Finicky fish, windy weather make for challenging vacation angling

on April 28, 2016, at 11:10 a.m.
When we headed to sunny Florida on vacation last week, I packed more ambitiously than I had on a similar trip the year before. Added to the flip-flops and T-shirts, I also toted a fly rod and some saltwater flies, and planned to put them to good use. The vacation …

Sedgwick charter captain featured on Travel Channel TV show

on April 26, 2016, at 11:29 a.m.
Throughout the summer months, Captain Pete Douvarjo takes all kinds of clients out on his 21-foot Parker, named “Reel Life.” Sometimes he welcomes families aboard, and the registered Maine guide helps them learn to fish for pollack and mackerel. Other times, later in the season, he takes adventurous anglers farther …

Not your average retired warden book: ‘A Good Man with a Dog’ worth a read

on April 21, 2016, at 9:36 a.m.
Over the past several years, Mainers have learned that the law enforcement officers tasked with protecting their state’s fish and game resources live pretty interesting professional lives. ‘North Woods Law,’ the Animal Planet TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service, certainly helped by demystifying the life of wardens. …
Joe Lavoie, a 93-year-old canoe maker, and his daughter Ann Richard are shown at Lavoie's Milford home. After returning from World War II, Lavoie was a canoe maker at White Canoe and later at Old Town Canoe. Now he makes scale replicas of old cedar canoes, which were the standard before fiberglass and plastic became the material of choice for manufacturers.

Maine craftsman in his 90s still building model canoes by hand with his daughter

By John Holyoke on April 14, 2016, at 9:56 p.m.
Euclide “Joe” Lavoie began building canoes in the late 1940s, after serving in World War II.

50th Kenduskeag Stream racers ready to take on whitewater

on April 14, 2016, at 1:39 p.m.
Bright and early Saturday morning, a large throng of paddlers will gather in the town of Kenduskeag, mill about, check their gear, and prepare for the 50th running of one of the region’s iconic spring events. It’s time, once again, for the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. The organizers are ready. …

Maine volunteers sought for spruce budworm tracking project

on April 12, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.
State officials have warned that a spruce budworm outbreak in Maine is likely within the next several years, and response plans have been formulated as the forest products industry prepares for the worst. With that reality in mind, the Budworm Tracker program is seeking volunteers in northern Maine to assist …

Cumberland man wins 14th BDN drift boat trip contest

on April 11, 2016, at 10:07 a.m.
As has become our custom, the BDN began accepting entries into our popular “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest at outdoor expos back in February, and as has become your custom, hundreds of interested anglers signed up to spend a day on the water. Our marketing gurus here at 1 …
Joe Lavoie, a 94-year-old boat-builder, shows students at the United Technologies Center how to build a scale model canoe.

Old-school craftsman teaches high schoolers the art of building canoes

By John Holyoke on April 08, 2016, at 5:20 p.m.
Although Joe Lavoie officially retired 29 years ago, he continues to perfect his art at his Milford home and teaches others how the process works.

DIF&W staffers get an earful at 15-year plan meetings

on April 07, 2016, at 12:55 p.m.
Over three days and nine hours of meetings, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staffers met with more than 130 people last week in order to gather information that can help form long-term management plans the department is working on. Following meetings held in Portland and Presque Isle, three …
"The Maine Angler's Logbook" by V. Paul Reynold

Outdoors writer back with ‘The Maine Angler’s Logbook’

By John Holyoke on April 07, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
“The Maine Angler’s Logbook” is a collection of 52 essays that take readers on journeys across North America in search of fish.

Maine Bowhunters Association banquet set for April 16

on April 06, 2016, at 9:35 a.m.
If you’re looking for an evening of fun and entertainment, and you enjoy bowhunting, you might want to head to Brewer on Saturday, April 16, for the Maine Bowhunters Association’s annual banquet. The event will be held at Jeff’s Catering, and doors open at 5 p.m. This year’s guest speakers …
Biologists Jennifer Vashon (left), Randy Cross and Lisa Bates of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife peers out of a bear den that was discovered in a subdivision in Hermon on Thursday. The bears were tranquilized, weighed, and put back into the den. They're expected to emerge for the season in the coming days, and the department is advising people to remove bear attractants like birdseed as bears start foraging for food.

Den with a view: Hermon bears spend winter in residential subdivision

By John Holyoke on April 04, 2016, at 3:26 p.m.
“I looked in the hole and the bear was looking back at me,” said Maury Thayer, whose home is on Timberview Drive.
Maj. Chris Cloutier (left) and Col. Joel Wilkinson (right) congratulate Warden Tom McKenney after McKenney was named Maine Game Warden of the Year at the 136th Maine Warden Service awards ceremony in Winslow on Thursday.

How a blind moose helped this man become Maine Game Warden of the Year

By John Holyoke on March 31, 2016, at 3:15 p.m.
If it hadn’t been for a blind moose, he might never have donned the green uniform of the state’s fish and wildlife law enforcement agency.
Douglas Marchio and David Cassidy, both of Bangor, have developed the RightSider, a device that makes it easy to right an overturned kayak.

How a retired engineer solved a big kayaking problem

By John Holyoke on March 31, 2016, at 1:52 p.m.
If the boat overturns, the paddler simply pulls the RightSider out of the bag, tosses it to the other side of the kayak and starts climbing the ladder.

Mobile-ready Maine hunting and fishing licenses unveiled

on March 29, 2016, at 12:56 p.m.
One November Saturday last year, a hunting buddy who will remain nameless arrived at our favorite spot early in the morning, ready to fill his deer tag. Then he realized that he’d left an important piece of equipment — his hunting license — back home, about 25 miles away. For …

DIF&W big game, fisheries management meetings set for this week

on March 28, 2016, at 12:39 p.m.
As I mentioned in an earlier BDN story, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is in the process of formulating its 15-year management plans for fisheries and various big game species. In that effort, the department is holding a series of public meetings to gather public input that …
Paddlers make their way through the rapids during the 37th St. George River Race in Searsmont on Saturday.

Paddlers overcome low water, beaver dam at St. George River Race

By John Holyoke on March 26, 2016, at 4:16 p.m.
Rod McLain was the speediest canoeist, finishing the course in 50:15. Ben Randall posted the fastest kayak time of the day, 46:22.
Joe Dembeck of Skowhegan casts a fly into Cold Stream in Somerset County during the summer of 2012.

Cold Stream conservation deal closes after years of funding delays

By John Holyoke on March 25, 2016, at 12:28 p.m.
Maine’s U.S. senators praised the conservation effort.