John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

 
Wood piled up, ready for winter at Hardscrabble Lodge.

Bush pilot recalls ‘Hardscrabble’ life at sporting camp in new book

By John Holyoke on Sept. 01, 2016, at 11:40 a.m.
Called “Hardscrabble Lodge: True Maine Bush Flying Stories,” the 170-page paperback provides plenty of backwoods adventure tales for Mainers who have grown up hearing similar tales about the state’s vast north woods.
VIDEO
Jeff Russell shows off some old family DeLorme Gazetteers at his office in Bangor, Feb. 16, 2016.

Rest easy, Maine: Garmin to continue making of DeLorme gazetteer maps

By John Holyoke on Aug. 30, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
Garmin will continue to produce the popular series in all 50 states and will continue to market them under the DeLorme name.
Wildlife biologist Randy Cross (left) and BDN outdoors editor John Holyoke pose with "Big John," a 364-pound black bear that was snared on June 14, 2010.

Bear hunters head into the woods on opening day

By John Holyoke on Aug. 29, 2016, at 2:14 p.m.
Bear season actually started (for some lucky hunters) on Saturday, which was set aside for youths, who were required to be hunting with an adult.
OUT THERE

Monumental visit: Secretary of the Interior tours Katahdin Woods and Waters

on Aug. 27, 2016, at 3:54 p.m.
FIDDLEHEAD FOCUS

Snowmobiling, hunting allowed on parts of new monument

on Aug. 26, 2016, at 1:02 a.m.
Those interested in visiting the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument might be wondering what kind of activities will, and won’t, be allowed on its 87,563 acres.
OUT THERE

A new era begins: National monument open for business

on Aug. 25, 2016, at 3:27 p.m.
The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area of Elliotsville Plantation Inc.

What we know about access to North Woods national monument land

By John Holyoke and Nick McCrea on Aug. 24, 2016, at 5:43 p.m.
Those interested in visiting the new attraction might be wondering what kind of activities will, and won’t, be allowed on its 87,563 acres.
OUT THERE

New monument a gift to the nation, worth the wait

on Aug. 24, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
BOOK REVIEWS
"Outfoxed," by David Rosenfelt

Coastal Maine writer shines in ‘Outfoxed’

By John Holyoke on Aug. 10, 2016, at 1:06 p.m.
David Rosenfelt and his wife moved to midcoast Maine a few years back. Many Mainers, I suspect, will join me in embracing another polished in-state writer — even if he’s officially “from away.”
A white-tailed deer takes a look out over Route 9 in Maine in this April 2015 file photo.

Mild winter in Maine good for deer, deer hunters

By John Holyoke on Aug. 04, 2016, at 2:47 p.m.
A proposal to increase any-deer permits by 59 percent over the 2015 total, to 45,775, has caught the attention of more than a few hunters.
OUT THERE

‘Bats in belfry’ column sparks emotional response

on Aug. 04, 2016, at 10:03 a.m.
"It's All Fun and Games," by Dave Barrett

Maine writer’s first novel debuts at San Diego Comic-Con

By John Holyoke on Aug. 02, 2016, at 6:50 a.m.
It’s the first novel Dave Barrett tried to get published, and it’s already creating buzz.
ACADIA 100

These two motel owners came for a visit to Acadia and never left

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
“[Acadia means] peace, comfort,” Dave Lloyd said. “We fell out of high-pressure work and ended up here.”
ACADIA 100

These two motel owners came for a visit to Acadia and never left

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 4:30 p.m.
OUT THERE

Picture from the Past: Mackerel fishing in Searsport, 2007

on Aug. 01, 2016, at 10:38 a.m.
University of Maine graduate assistant Phillip Dionne holds a shortnose sturgeon after catching it in the Penobscot River near Bangor, Oct. 13, 2008.

Why researchers are excited about spotting a pair of sturgeon in Milford

By John Holyoke on July 28, 2016, at 12:07 p.m.
It marked the first time since those dams were removed that sturgeon have accessed the entire range of their original native habitat.
OUT THERE

My mom has bats in her belfry. What next?

on July 28, 2016, at 10:16 a.m.
JOHN HOLYOKE
Pokemon Go players flock to the Bangor Waterfront recently to take advantage of lures placed simultaneously on three Pokestops in the area.

Hate if you must, but here’s why I love the Pokemon Go craze

By John Holyoke on July 27, 2016, at 12:38 p.m.
If Pokemon Go can teach an old dog like me some new tricks, while also coercing the family into getting some exercise and spending time together — it’s OK in my book.
ACADIA 100

How this MDI resident helps preserve Acadia

on July 25, 2016, at 11:09 a.m.
"Babes in the Woods and Waters" by Roger L. Stevens Jr. of Lincoln

Maine photographer publishes collection of baby animals

By John Holyoke on July 21, 2016, at 1:42 p.m.
In “Babes in the Woods and Waters,” Roger Stevens Jr. includes more than 50 painfully cute photos of baby animals, including moose, raccoons, skunks, bears and others.