John Holyoke


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 …

Sign of stripers? Fishermen tough to find

By John Holyoke on July 22, 2011, at 4:29 p.m.
The sign outside Van Raymond Outfitters on busy South Main Street in Brewer is an eye-catcher, as it’s supposed to be. And on Wednesday, the four words on that sign carried welcome news to Penobscot River anglers. BLOODWORMS. STRIPERS ARE IN. As you may know, after several years of fantastic …
Will Dupuis of Boothbay Harbor, sent in this picture of his privy.

Who needs indoor plumbing? Not our outhouse contest entrants

By John Holyoke on July 20, 2011, at 5:04 p.m.
Don’t get me wrong. I”m all about indoor plumbing. In fact, I’d rank it right up there with the wheel, red hot dogs, and disposable contact lenses on my “what would we do without” list. But we can, in fact, live without red hot dogs. And disposable contacts. And yes, …
The BDN's John Holyoke and project coordinator Emily Bastian carry a canoe into a remote pond near Rangeley on Thursday during a trip to prescreen ponds that have not been formally surveyed by state fisheries officials. Maine Audubon, Trout Unlimited and the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife are cooperating on a project for volunteer anglers to visit and document what they find at some of  the 187 western Maine ponds.

Volunteers on the lookout for trout

By John Holyoke on July 08, 2011, at 9:30 p.m.
Rolling along a woods road not far from Rangeley, a pile of fishing gear in his truck, an Old Town canoe strapped to the roof, Jeff Reardon is a man on a mission. He and the seven-person posse that he’s leading are on the lookout for trout. More accurately, they’re …

Keep the fireworks; I’ll opt for silence … and all my fingers

By John Holyoke on July 06, 2011, at 12:13 p.m.
A week ago, citing apple pie, grandma, freedom and the American Way (or something like that), the governor and legislators heralded the signing of a bill that will legalize fireworks in Maine. I’d love to join in on the fireworks frenzy. I’d love to shout “Hurray!” I’d love to take …
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