John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

 
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Let us share your fishing photos!

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 11:31 a.m.
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Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Brycen Waugh, 8, of Mexico, Maine, shows off the deer he shot while hunting in 2016. Waugh completed Maine's big game grand slam, taking a moose, bear, turkey and deer in the same calendar year. Maine eliminated its minimum age for hunting -- previously set at 10 years old -- before the 2016 hunting seasons.

8-year-old completes Maine’s hunting ‘grand slam’

By John Holyoke on Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.
Brycen Waugh, an active third-grader, had quite a memorable first hunting season: He completed Maine’s hunting “grand slam,” taking each of the state’s big game animals — wild turkey, bear, moose and deer — in a single calendar year.
MAINERS WE MET
Tom Picard sits in his home in Millinocket Saturday. Picard says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. For the last few years he has been making the weekly commute to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville. This past summer, he divorced his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, as the commuting was putting a strain on their relationship.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By John Holyoke on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
A year ago, Tom Picard said that a series of layoffs — 10 in all since he began work in 1980 — had made life as a millworker tough.
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I’m back! Subtitle: What I now know about having a stroke (or three)

on Jan. 05, 2017, at 11:54 a.m.
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A 10-pointer his dad would have been proud of

on Dec. 08, 2016, at 12:13 p.m.
Spruce budworm larva

Low trap counts for spruce budworm doesn’t mean outbreak isn’t looming

By John Holyoke on Dec. 08, 2016, at 10:51 a.m.
Major spruce budworm outbreaks are cyclical and typically attack a forest every 30 to 40 years.
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Belfast hunter’s patience pays off as 16-point buck returns

on Dec. 05, 2016, at 12:01 p.m.
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Bangor hunter bags 261-pound monster buck — 313 pounds ‘on the hoof’

on Dec. 02, 2016, at 10:59 a.m.
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Another year, plenty of deer … but not for me

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 2:17 p.m.
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Here are the BDN’s Biggest Bucks for 2016

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
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Here are the BDN’s Biggest Bucks for 2016

on Dec. 01, 2016, at 6:30 a.m.
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Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? (It can be done)

on Nov. 30, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
BANGOR DAILY NEWS

Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? Why not!

on Nov. 30, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.

Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? Why not!

By John Holyoke on Nov. 30, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
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Allagash adventure: A 267-pound buck, and a five-hour drag

on Nov. 29, 2016, at 12:12 p.m.
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Hunter’s first buck a massive 15-pointer

on Nov. 28, 2016, at 1:02 p.m.
VIDEO
Joseph "Rocky" Gravel puts a deer into the walk-in cooler at G&G Custom Deer Cutting in Winslow. Rocky and his father-in-law, Ed Grenier, own the shop, where they process deer for hunters.

Deer season keeping small butcher operations busy

By John Holyoke on Nov. 23, 2016, at 11 a.m.
Butcher Rocky Gravel said with three men working without interruption, they can process an entire deer — from skinning to cutting to wrapping in vacuum-sealed plastic — in about 45 minutes.
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First big buck, and ‘My dad was there in spirit’

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 6 a.m.
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A special 10-point buck: ‘Dad was there in spirit’

on Nov. 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.