John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Thousands expected to turn out for 79th annual sportsmen show in Orono

on March 09, 2017, at 2 p.m.

Author of book about North Pond Hermit to speak in Bangor

on March 06, 2017, at 11:30 a.m.
"The Stranger in the Woods," by Michael Finkel

New ‘North Pond Hermit’ details emerge in upcoming book

By John Holyoke on March 02, 2017, at 1:45 p.m.
The book re-tills the fertile ground that led to Finkel’s GQ magazine story about the North Pond Hermit, but thankfully expands the story and gives Knight’s decidedly odd quest — a life lived outdoors and out of touch of other people — a historic perspective.

Outdoor community reaches out, shows it cares

on March 02, 2017, at 12:38 p.m.

The weather’s warm, so shake off your cabin fever at Brewer outdoor show

on Feb. 23, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Benjamin Smith, 3, hauls a small brook trout out of a hole at Levasseur Pond in Brewer on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.

Want a kid to love ice fishing? Here are a couple of tips

By John Holyoke on Feb. 23, 2017, at 8:56 a.m.
Longtime Maine Game Warden Jim Fahey shared a couple of tips.
Tyler Knowles, 9, of Brewer tries to get a better look at his bait while ice fishing at Levasseur Pond in Brewer on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. Knowles was participating in the Penobscot County Conservation Association's family ice fishing day.

Families flock to Brewer for youth ice fishing event

By John Holyoke on Feb. 23, 2017, at 8:55 a.m.
“The outdoor community steps up pretty good when things like this happen.”
Lowell Bailey from the U.S. reacts at the IBU World Championships, Men's 15km Individual, in Hochfilzen, Austria on Thursday.

Former MWSC athlete wins first-ever U.S. gold at biathlon world championships

By John Holyoke on Feb. 16, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
Lowell Bailey became the first U.S. athlete to win an individual gold medal in the International Biathlon Union World Championships.

Share your fishing adventures to #FishME

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
Caroline Pete of Old Town (left) and Grady Ludders of Exeter try their hand at a version of curling on Lac d'Or at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town during Winter Fun Day on Feb. 11.

Families flock to Hirundo for all kinds of winter fun

By John Holyoke on Feb. 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
More than 100 people gathered for a Winter Fun Day at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge under cloudy skies, steady snow and temperatures that struggled to top 10 degrees.

It’s snowy — let’s plan to go ice fishing

on Feb. 13, 2017, at 1:44 p.m.

Love in the woods: Bear crew members find romance on the job

on Feb. 09, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Jake Feener signals to Randy Cross on when to move while looking for a bear den on a bog in Lagrange Thursday.

‘It’s pretty extreme’: This group heads deep into the Maine woods in search of bears

By John Holyoke on Feb. 09, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Each den can offer the unexpected. Each day is guaranteed adventure.

Kids with big fish: Some more pics from the Long Lake derby

on Feb. 07, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.

If you’re enjoying the Allen’s, leave the ATV at home

on Feb. 03, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Spencer Thompson of Harrington shows off the 7.16-pound togue he caught to win the 12th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend.

Record numbers participate in derbies at Moosehead, Long Lake

By John Holyoke on Feb. 02, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
Thick ice, winter weather that wasn’t overly severe, and a good supply of fish paid off for anglers last weekend.

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.

19-year-old New Sweden woman shoots 269-pound buck

on Jan. 26, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
Chris St. Amand of Durhman shows off the landlocked salmon he caught in winning last year's Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The fish weighed 5 pounds, 13.4 ounces.

Big derbies highlight weekend ice fishing

By John Holyoke on Jan. 26, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
“The derby was initiated as one of several strategies to help reduce the lake trout [or togue] population in Moosehead Lake.”
Scott Picard of Madawaska shows off the 8.55-pound landlocked salmon he caught on Tuesday while fishing at Long Lake. Since 2003 Picard has caught four Long Lake salmon that topped seven pounds, including an 11.24-pounder he landed in July of 2006.

What locals call landlocked salmon in one Maine area might surprise you

By John Holyoke on Jan. 26, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
The salmon of Long Lake are big in the middle and tapered at each end, much like a football.