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Maine man’s TV show to showcase bears

By John Holyoke on Sept. 30, 2011, at 5:07 p.m.
When Blaine Anthony got into the outdoor TV biz as host of “Maine Safari” on the Sportsman Channel, he had relatively few peers in the field. “Outdoor television was not humongous,” the Benton man said. “I think I was the 63rd hunting show on television. Compared to right now, seven …

Tread Lightly spreading outdoor ethics message

By John Holyoke on Sept. 30, 2011, at 4 p.m.
Steve Salisbury has presented seminars on low-impact use and outdoor ethics on behalf of Tread Lightly across the state over the past two years. The business manager at a local store that sells ATVs, among other motorized vehicles, Salisbury said the reaction to the sessions has been positive, although it …

Outdoor authors worth a visit during Bangor Book Festival

By John Holyoke on Sept. 28, 2011, at 12:46 p.m.
Book fans from across the region will flock to Bangor this weekend for the fifth annual Bangor Book Festival. Whether you’re a reader, a writer or an aspiring writer, there will be plenty of great speakers who will address a wide range of topics that are sure to inform and …

1,085 moose hunters head afield on Monday

By John Holyoke on Sept. 23, 2011, at 5:24 p.m.
Since its inception in 1980, on an experimental basis, and its establishment as an annual event in 1982, Maine’s modern moose hunt has provided a special opportunity for thousands of resident and nonresident hunters. On Monday morning, the state’s regular late-September session will begin, continuing a tradition that many consider …

Ureneck’s ‘Cabin’ a book worth savoring

By John Holyoke on Sept. 21, 2011, at 2:54 p.m.
Lou Ureneck spent 20 years in Maine, advancing to become editor of the Portland Press Herald before leaving the state and eventually landing in Boston. In his latest book, “Cabin, Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine,” ($25.95, Viking) Ureneck — now working in Boston — returns to …
Atlantic salmon swim in a pen in October 2008 in Eastport.

Escapee salmon discovered in Maine, New Brunswick

By John Holyoke on Sept. 16, 2011, at 3:49 p.m.
The recent discovery of farm-raised Atlantic salmon in two rivers — one in Maine, one in New Brunswick — has prompted renewed criticism from a wild-salmon conservation group and led to a flurry of fact-finding efforts by the region’s largest salmon aquaculture firm, which says it has not found a …

Unbroken dog fixed; owner sheepish at his own ignorance

By John Holyoke on Sept. 16, 2011, at 1:48 p.m.
I never knew. Honestly. I didn’t. No matter what else you take from this column, please accept that premise: I never knew. Confused? (Apparently, I was, too). Read on, and all the sad details will become perfectly clear. It all started several weeks back, when Pudge the Wonderdog began whimpering …

Biologist says bears have enjoyed advantage over hunters

By John Holyoke on Sept. 14, 2011, at 3:49 p.m.
A few weeks ago, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Randy Cross said he thought bear hunters might have a hard time luring bears to their bait sites early in the season because the bruins would have plenty of other options to snack on. Last week — after a …

Biologist says grouse numbers solid, woodcock broods smaller

By John Holyoke on Sept. 09, 2011, at 9:32 p.m.
Avid bird hunters will be afield before you know it — Oct. 1 is the opener for both woodcock and ruffed grouse seasons in Maine — and many are undoubtedly curious about what they’ll find in their favorite spots this year. Kelsey Sullivan, a migratory and upland game bird biologist …

Biologist awaiting news about orphaned bears

By John Holyoke on Sept. 09, 2011, at 2:18 p.m.
Tell a story about cute little bears and you’re bound to learn that plenty of people want to hear more. Add some photos and a cool video of those bears? All the better. The question I’ve heard most over the past two weeks, since we told you about three orphan …
White-tail deer on Marsh Island, Orono, during spring 2011

Any-deer lottery results available

By John Holyoke on Sept. 07, 2011, at 5:34 p.m.
If you just can’t wait to find out if you’ll be permitted to target deer without antlers during the upcoming hunting season, today’s your lucky day. The results of this year’s any-deer permit lottery, which is administered by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, are available now. Mark …
The sun sets over a tidal inlet in West Covehead, Prince Edward Island, in August.

Summer days have gone … where did they go?

By John Holyoke on Sept. 02, 2011, at 3:17 p.m.
It started so simply, this summer of ours. Three months ahead of us. Countless things to do, places to go, memories to make. Open road stretched out before us. The options were limitless. Then we blinked. And now, here we are, facing the unofficial end of the summer season, Labor …

New bear law could confuse hunters, trappers

By John Holyoke on Aug. 31, 2011, at 5:45 p.m.
In its last session, the Maine Legislature passed into law a bill that draws a thin line between bear trapping and bear hunting, and allows those who trap a bear to also harvest one through one of several hunting methods in the same calendar year. That’s the short version of …
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Hurricane Irene may douse bear hunters’ enthusiasm

By John Holyoke on Aug. 24, 2011, at 12:02 p.m.
Hurricane Irene, as you’ve undoubtedly heard, is spinning her way toward land on a course that forecasters say may well bring her up the eastern seaboard all the way to the Pine Tree State. We’re all encouraged to buy bottled water and flashlights and fill our vehicles with fuel. As …

Fish tale lives on: Grindle’s record ’58 togue still a keeper

By John Holyoke on Aug. 12, 2011, at 5:18 p.m.
When the BDN shared news and a photo of Ryan Costain’s 16.5-pound togue in Thursday’s editions, we were confident that two things would happen. First, we figured plenty of people would take a gander at the bragging-sized lake trout. They did, with nearly 10,000 Internet views as of Friday morning …
Ryan Costain, 26, of Holden shows off the lake trout he caught on Phillips Lake in Dedham on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 6. Costain's togue measured 34 inches long and weighed 16.5 pounds.

Holden man lands hefty lake trout

By John Holyoke on Aug. 10, 2011, at 4:40 p.m.
Ryan Costain wasn’t really ready to catch the lake trout of a lifetime on Saturday afternoon, when he and his girlfriend decided to spend a couple of hours on Phillips Lake in Dedham. In fact, when the fish struck his lure, Costain was a bit busy on the other side …

Today’s lesson: Don’t run from these game wardens

By John Holyoke on Aug. 05, 2011, at 3:48 p.m.
In your travels around the Maine woods, you may have occasion to meet one of the state’s game wardens. Thankfully, none of our BDN readers are fish-and-game scofflaws. Thankfully, none would have reason to feel nervous about such a meeting with our men and women in green. No, our BDN …

Rain may spur salmon back to trap

By John Holyoke on Aug. 03, 2011, at 4:44 p.m.
We Mainers love our weather. Or, to be more precise, we love complaining about it. In fact, I’d say that many of us — most of, I’ve learned during my 46 years as a card-carrying, flannel-wearing Mainer — look at meteorological conditions the same way those bears in the Goldilocks …
Maine Wildlife Park cougar

Biologists impressed by roving Connecticut cougar

By John Holyoke on July 29, 2011, at 1:05 p.m.
When an adult male cougar was hit by a car and died in Connecticut in June, Mainers voiced a common refrain: We told you so. The presence in Maine of wild cougars — also commonly called mountain lions — has been debated for decades. Many Mainers say they’ve seen them. …

Old Town Canoe holding ‘Summer Sizzler’ sale

By John Holyoke on July 27, 2011, at 5:42 p.m.
A couple decades ago, I met a woman from Kansas who was making her first trip to Maine. When I told her where I was from, she asked me what I thought was an odd question: “Is that near Old Town?” Brewer was, in fact, near Old Town. But why …
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