John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

 
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Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

on June 03, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is …
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Author Paul Doiron at his Belfast office.

Now a full-time novelist, Paul Doiron eager for release of seventh warden mystery

By John Holyoke on June 02, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
“It’s pretty great,” Doiron said. “I’m very fortunate to have reached this place in my career, because there are only a handful of people in Maine who are able to do what I’m doing.”
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Colleagues remember longtime fisheries biologist

on June 02, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
You probably never met Dave Boucher. You probably never think of him when you reel in a trout or a salmon, or when you hop off the boat after a beautiful day of fishing with family and friends. You probably don’t realize he was a fisheries biologist for more than …
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Warden file on Largay disappearance leaves plenty of questions

on May 26, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
In July of 2013, Geraldine Largay, an Appalachian Trail hiker who went by the trail name Inchworm, disappeared in the mountains of western Maine. More than two years later, her skeletal remains were found on a high piece of ground about 3,000 feet from the trail, where she apparently set …
"Maine Sporting Camps," by George Smith

Book on Maine’s sporting camp history shows you can get there from here

By John Holyoke on May 26, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
Thanks to his latest book, “Maine Sporting Camps,” George Smith has made one thing perfectly clear: No matter how remote these camps are, no matter how much time you have to spend on dirt roads to reach these backwoods paradises, you can, in fact, get there from here.
Geraldine Largay

Report: Missing hiker may have been alive for at least 26 days after her disappearance

By Aislinn Sarnacki and John Holyoke on May 25, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
Geraldine Largay, a hiker who went missing on the Appalachian Trail in western Maine in 2013 and whose body eventually was found two years later, may have been alive for at least 26 days after her disappearance, according to a Maine Warden Service report. Largay, a 66-year-old hiker from Brentwood, …
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Picture from the Past: Opening day of Atlantic salmon season, 1992

on May 24, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
Not too many years ago, the opening of Atlantic salmon fishing season on Maine rivers was quite an event. Anglers from across the northeast would head to the state, often camping out or filling motel rooms, in order to target the “king of fish.” Several months ago we ran a …
A white-tailed deer stands at the edge of the woods in Lily Bay State Park in the town of Beaver Cove near Greenville. The deer sports an ear tag identifying it as having been captured by a crew of researchers from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Maine any-deer permit allocation might rise by 59 percent this fall

By John Holyoke on May 19, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
A proposal making its way through the DIF&W’s rulemaking process calls for a 59 percent increase in those permits this year, from 28,770 a year ago to 45,755 for the coming deer season.

No-scare bear: Carmel homeowner videotapes feeder-raiding bruin

By John Holyoke on May 18, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Jim Thorne has lived in his Carmel home for 20 years, and has enjoyed life on the edge of the woods. For the past few years, he said he has noticed an interesting phenomenon. “In past years, the pole [for the bird feeder] has been bent over,” Thorne said. “I …
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No-scare bear: Carmel homeowner videotapes feeder-raiding bruin

on May 18, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Jim Thorne has lived in his Carmel home for 20 years, and has enjoyed life on the edge of the woods. For the past few years, he said he has noticed an interesting phenomenon. “In past years, the pole [for the bird feeder] has been bent over,” Thorne said. “I …
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No-scare bear: Carmel homeowner videotapes feeder-raiding bruin

on May 18, 2016, at 1:46 p.m.
Jim Thorne has lived in his Carmel home for 20 years, and has enjoyed life on the edge of the woods. For the past few years, he said he has noticed an interesting phenomenon. “In past years, the pole [for the bird feeder] has been bent over,” Thorne said. “I …
Peter Cowin is president of BioEdge, a company in Carmel that makes scents that people put on their fishing lures to help them catch more fish.

How a Carmel-based business is brewing scents to help anglers worldwide

By John Holyoke on May 16, 2016, at 10:46 a.m.
On the top floor of an oversized garage in the small Maine town of Carmel, Peter Cowin and his colleagues conduct some of the smelliest science experiments you’ll ever find.
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Got your turkey yet? Tell us about it!

on May 16, 2016, at 10:10 a.m.
As Maine’s wild turkey season reaches its halfway point in most Wildlife Management Districts, a couple of observations: My inbox has been devoid of those dreaded messages from the Maine Warden Service informing news media of hunting accidents. That’s a good thing. Here’s hoping hunters remain vigilant and safety-conscious, and …
Carson Lord, 11, of Newburgh shows off the two wild turkeys he took with one shot on Youth Turkey Day, April 30, 2016.

How an 11-year-old bagged two turkeys with one shot on Youth Turkey Day

By John Holyoke on May 12, 2016, at 1:11 p.m.
Carson Lord, 11, bagged two birds with just one shot. How? We have to start at the beginning.

Allagash ‘expose’ gives poachers too much slack

By John Holyoke on May 12, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
On Sunday, the Maine Sunday Telegram published a long, seemingly in-depth series of stories that, according to the paper, documents a “controversial sting” operation that took the Maine Warden Service two years to complete, and which, writer Colin Woodard asserts, resulted in “surprisingly scant results.” The target of that sting …
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Allagash ‘expose’ gives poachers too much slack

on May 12, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
On Sunday, the Maine Sunday Telegram published a long, seemingly in-depth series of stories that, according to the paper, documents a “controversial sting” operation that took the Maine Warden Service two years to complete, and which, writer Colin Woodard asserts, resulted in “surprisingly scant results.” The target of that sting …
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Allagash ‘expose’ gives poachers too much slack

on May 12, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
On Sunday, the Maine Sunday Telegram published a long, seemingly in-depth series of stories that, according to the paper, documents a “controversial sting” operation that took the Maine Warden Service two years to complete, and which, writer Colin Woodard asserts, resulted in “surprisingly scant results.” The target of that sting …
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Powerball, Maine-style: It’s time to win a moose!

on May 11, 2016, at 9:56 a.m.
Step right up, step right up! As I write this, I’m still in a bit of Powerball withdrawal. I was that close to winning a billion and a half smackers, you see. Well, kind of. Or not.
John Christie, who played an important role in the growth of the Maine ski industry, died in Camden on May 7.

Maine loses a ski legend: John Christie dies at 79

By John Holyoke on May 09, 2016, at 3:44 p.m.
The Maine ski community lost one of its giants on May 7, as John Christie, former owner of Saddleback Mountain and former general manager of Sugarloaf, died at the age 79.
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Jeff Owen (left) waits for kids to get ready before paddling into the faster current of the Stillwater River in Orono on Wednesday. Owen teaches wildwater kayaking and canoeing skills to kids in the Orono area.

Wildwater canoeing offers thrills, spills for club paddlers

By John Holyoke on May 06, 2016, at 1 a.m.
Welcome to the wonderful (and often wet) world of wildwater canoeing.