Outdoors Extra


Harnessed up and ready to run

By Debra Bell, BDN Special Sections Writer on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:29 p.m.
Skijouring — likely an activity most have never heard of — that combines the thrill of dog sledding with the peace of cross country skiing. This Nordic skiing sport is not for beginner skiers or lazy large dogs. It is, however, a perfect sport for active dogs and owners that …
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Ice shack blues: How to ruin a fishing trip without even trying

By John Holyoke on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:10 p.m.
Close the ice shack door and belly up to the wood stove. Sit yourself down on that bait bucket. I’ve got a few ice-fishing tales to tell. Where to begin? Well, I suppose I could tell you about Roger the Concussed. Nah. That can wait. How about the time I …
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A view from the top with Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:06 p.m.
Olympic athletes are modern-day heroes, displaying athletic feats across the globe. They break boundaries and astound us, but perhaps more importantly, they inspire us to act, to become better. But what happens when you become the best? Who, then, is your hero, your inspiration? Recently, two-time Olympic gold medalist Seth …
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‘Women of the sea’ surf through the Maine winter

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:01 p.m.
The first wave gives her an instant ice cream headache, said Aimee Vlachos. The ocean, just above freezing, is a salty slap in the face. “The water feels thicker [in the winter],” said Vlachos, 36, who surfs year-round off the southern coast of Maine. “You’re paddling through quicksand, pushing this …

Skating on fun ice

By Debra Bell on Nov. 29, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.
This winter, welcome the quintessential tradition of ice skating as soon as the ice gets hard or a rink is opened. Imagine it: You arrive at the ice rink all bundled up. You lace on a pair of skates — figure, recreational, or hockey — and once arriving at the …
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Colorful fall hikes

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 31, 2012, at 11:42 a.m.
• Ferry Beach State Park, 95 Bayview Rd., Saco Difficulty: Easy, wheelchair accessible. What you’ll see: This park is home to tupelo or black gum trees, which are uncommon in Maine and turn a bright crimson in the fall. All trails in the park are wheelchair accessible, including the wide …
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Sunday River's Chondola runs during summer and fall for mountain biking and scenic lift rides.

Mountains of foliage fun

By John Holyoke on Aug. 31, 2012, at 11:40 a.m.
Some folks have the whole Maine leaf-peeping game down to a science. Some drive to their favorite leafy spots — often near a hill or a hiking trail — dismount, and head to a scenic overlook to ooh and ahh over the scenery. Others drive a familiar route that’s sure …
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‘If it means something, it’s worth putting on the wall’A talk with John Dykstra of Northland Taxidermy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Aug. 31, 2012, at 11:32 a.m.
Northland Taxidermy has provided hunters with lifelike game mounts for more than 30 years. In the woods of Alton, the shop’s owner John Dykstra stays busy with fish scales and bear hides year round, and he has passed on his knowledge to his son, Dan Dykstra (now an accomplished fish …
Late afternoon sunlight brightens the exterior of a cabin at Libby Camps in Ashland.

Maine camps share a rich heritage with guests

By Debra Bell, Advertising Staff Writer on Aug. 31, 2012, at 11:25 a.m.
Just ask Christine Howe about her favorite camping story, and the co-owner of Spencer Pond Camps in East Middlesex Township on Moosehead Lake will talk about Europe, a busy executive, and a family transformation. That executive, Howe explained, came from Europe to Spencer Pond for 10 days with his wife …

Old hatchery gets fish and a future

By George Smith on Aug. 31, 2012, at 10:26 a.m.
After decades of shedding fish hatcheries, Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife may be bringing one back to life. The department recently stocked the old Dead River Hatchery, northeast of Kingfield, with brook trout, after accepting an offer from the property owner, Poland Spring, to utilize the facility. Poland …

The case for predation management for improving deer survival

By Gerry Lavigne on Aug. 31, 2012, at 10:25 a.m.
White-tailed deer populations in Maine crashed following two brutally hard winters in 2008 and 2009. The decline was particularly severe in the northern half of the state, where deer populations had already been dropping for three decades. To address the deer problem, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife …

Expanded shooting range opportunities

By John Boland, Maine DIF&W director of resource management on Aug. 31, 2012, at 10:24 a.m.
The Maine Department Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will partner with the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine to expand opportunities for shooting sports across the state. The DIF&W plans to invest funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer more opportunity for the public to participate in shooting sports. …
At the September 15 SAM banquet, at least 14 children ages 6-16 will receive lifetime fishing licenses through the Jason Jewett Memorial Fund, established by the Jewett family of Jefferson in honor of their son, Jason, who was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. Jason was an avid sportsman; at a young age, he participated with his grandfather, Keith Jewett (left), and father, Jeff Jewett (right), in a moose hunt.

Youth Lifetime License Program established

By David Trahan, Executive Director on Aug. 31, 2012, at 10:22 a.m.
We are excited to announce that we will unveil some new programs at the annual SAM banquet, including a new memorial Youth Lifetime License Program. The Jewett family of Jefferson has worked with SAM to create this Gift for a Lifetime program in the name of their son, Jason, who …

SAM Legislative report: Upcoming elections

By David Trahan, Executive Director on Aug. 31, 2012, at 10:02 a.m.
We have received and rated legislative candidates seeking national and state office. Candidates filled out questionnaires on a wide range of topics important to our membership, including gun control, Roxanne Quimby’s proposal to create a national park, and funding for the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In light of …

SAM Executive Director’s Report

By David Trahan, Executive Director on Aug. 31, 2012, at 9:54 a.m.
Tribute to Service It is with great pleasure I write this Executive Director’s report. We are doing so many exciting new things, it is difficult to know where to start, so I will begin with our Tribute to Heroes”fishing event held on Wednesday, June 13 in partnership with Pine Grove …

Supporters extend Moosehead Lake Region ATV trails

By Brian Swartz, Advertising Staff Editor on Aug. 31, 2012, at 9:50 a.m.
Some day patient ATVers may finally “get there from here” anywhere in the Moosehead Lake Region. Meanwhile, they are enjoying an excellent trail system that already connects many regional destinations, including Seboomook, a location long denied to four-wheelers. Jennifer Mills remembers the first day that ATVers rumbled into the Pittston …
A preening red-breasted merganser by Gus Wilson. It sold at auction for $150,200.

Antique duck decoys sought by collectors

By David M. Fitzpatrick, Advertising Staff Writer on Aug. 31, 2012, at 9:43 a.m.
Before mass-produced plastic ducks became a hunter’s standbys, decoys were carved from wood. But what were originally necessary tools have become more than that as works of art prized by collectors. “I think the reason they’re so widely collected is they’re a unique North American folk art,” said Zac Cote, …
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Lightning strikes more than twice for Paul Doiron

By John Holyoke on Aug. 31, 2012, at 9:34 a.m.
When Paul Doiron graduated from college, he looked to the west and saw a land of opportunity for a guy who knew his way around the written word (and who, by the way, had just earned an Ivy League degree from Yale). It didn’t take him long to discover how …
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Moose tales abound in Maine woods

By John Holyoke on Aug. 31, 2012, at 9:32 a.m.
Moose hunters live (and sometimes suffer) by the same saying, which is shared at permit lotteries and hunting camps year after year: “Once you shoot the moose, the fun is over.” The reason: When you walk up to a freshly shot critter that might weigh as much as 1,200 pounds …
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Great Works dam removal reveals a ‘new’ old river

By John Holyoke on Aug. 31, 2012, at 9:29 a.m.
BRADLEY | Before the Great Works Dam removal began on June 11, the Penobscot River upstream of the century-plus old obstruction was flat, murky and calm. According to Laura Rose Day, executive director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, that impoundment had none of the qualities that make rivers …