John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


State increases number of any-deer permits by 20,295; lottery now open

on July 21, 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
Marcella Sorg is a forensic anthropologist and a research professor with the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maine. When investigators find unidentified bones, it is Sorg's expertise to determine if they are human remains and she is often able to draw conclusions such as the height, sex, and even the ethnic origin and approximate age of deceased person.

This Maine scientist gets the call when bones are found in the woods

By John Holyoke on July 20, 2017, at 10:44 a.m.
When hunters or recreationists stumble upon what they think are human remains deep in the Maine woods, Marcella Sorg is the person who usually gets the call from law enforcement officers.

Snapping turtle steals angler’s big pickerel on Down East lake

on July 20, 2017, at 9:46 a.m.

Madawaska 10-year-old lands 47-inch muskie on the St. John River

on July 18, 2017, at 8:36 a.m.

64 more Atlantic salmon reach Milford; Season total at 786

on July 17, 2017, at 1:12 p.m.

Lincoln’s lakes beckon for fishing derby

on July 14, 2017, at 9:08 a.m.
An Atlantic salmon makes its way to a holding tank at the Milford Dam fishway at Brookfield Energy in Milford in a 2015 photo.

More Atlantic salmon are swimming in Penobscot, Down East rivers

By John Holyoke on July 13, 2017, at 12:28 p.m.
Since two dams on the lower Penobscot were removed over the past five years, access to upstream habitat that has increased dramatically.

Share your fish stories with us!

on July 07, 2017, at 10:24 a.m.

Darkness as a tourist draw? Believe it

on July 07, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
Landon Martin, 5, of Bangor holds the big bass his father, Free Martin, caught in a Hancock County pond recently.

Monster bass caught on a Buzz Lightyear fishing rod

By John Holyoke on July 06, 2017, at 10:41 a.m.
“I had some $7, three-foot, Dock Demon, Buzz Lightyear fishing pole,” Free Martin said. “This was not high-tech gear here.”

Get the boys back together! We’re going moose hunting!

on June 30, 2017, at 9:53 a.m.
Professor James Sulikowski of the University of New England examines a porbeagle shark he caught off the coast of Maine and fit with a satellite tracker on June 26, 2017. Sulikowski also determined through an ultrasound exam that the shark is pregnant. Sulikowski's work will be featured during the Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" for the second time this year. The episode, titled "Shark Vortex," will air at 8 p.m. on July 24.

‘Shark Week’ episode to feature Maine professor

By John Holyoke on June 29, 2017, at 12:59 p.m.
When Discovery Channel’s popular “Shark Week” franchise returns for another wall-to-wall dose of toothy adventure in July, James Sulikowski and his colleagues will be prominently featured. That episode, titled “Shark Vortex,” will air at 8 p.m. on July 24.
An Australian company has announced plans to purchase Saddleback Mountain Resort in Rangeley.

Australian company buys Saddleback resort

By John Holyoke on June 28, 2017, at 12:17 p.m.
An Australian company announced Wednesday that it has signed an asset purchase agreement to secure ownership of Maine’s third-largest ski resort.

Despite major life changes, anglers renew friendships at a familiar river

on June 23, 2017, at 7:46 a.m.
Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly shop snaps a photo as Brandon Prescott poses with the brook trout he caught on the East Outlet of the Kennebec River on June 18, 2017.

Drifting down the river, fly fishing in style

By John Holyoke on June 22, 2017, at 3:55 p.m.
“Everybody wants to be on moving water. There’s not any call for [guiding] pond fishing.”

Monumental thoughts from the deep Maine woods

on June 16, 2017, at 9:09 a.m.
In advance of Saturday's moose permit lottery in Caribou, Aroostook County residents have been participating in a moose scavenger hunt, which involves 10 wooden moose that have been painted by local artists.

Saturday’s moose permit lottery results to be released at 6 p.m.

By John Holyoke on June 15, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
On Saturday, June 17, the lottery heads north to Caribou, one of the state’s moosiest spots, and organizers are ready to welcome prospective moose hunters to town.

Five more crazy animal tales: Remember the beaver that stole the hunting rifle?

on June 15, 2017, at 11:42 a.m.

Pretty as a picture: Zinke gets a monumental view

on June 14, 2017, at 3:34 p.m.

Looking for fun? Enter the Hancock County Open Water Derby this weekend

on June 13, 2017, at 9:11 a.m.