John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Big buck in Eddington: 243 pounds, 11 points

on Nov. 07, 2016, at 1:53 p.m.
Stephen King talks with BDN's John Holyoke Thursday, October 2, 2014, at his office in Bangor.

50 years later, ‘Hearts in Suspension’ celebrates Stephen King’s formative years

By John Holyoke on Nov. 05, 2016, at 1 a.m.
On Tuesday, the latest Stephen King book will be released, but it’s not of the macabre nature King is best known for. The nonfiction book focuses on the shared experience of that corps of young writers, activists and ideologues on a campus then known as “UMO.”

Don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks contest

on Nov. 04, 2016, at 2:10 p.m.
Damage is seen after the foundation for the top terminal for the Spruce Peak Triple Chairlift at Sunday River became detached from the ground in July.

Community seeks to buy Saddleback; Sunday River lift replacement set for 2017

By John Holyoke on Nov. 03, 2016, at 12:44 p.m.
Here’s a look at the big ski stories on the horizon.

On opening day, daydreams of big deer

on Nov. 03, 2016, at 12:30 p.m.

Big ol’ buck: Oakfield 14-year-old bags 247-pound, 11-pointer

on Oct. 31, 2016, at 12:46 p.m.

Enter your deer in the BDN Biggest Buck contest!

on Oct. 28, 2016, at 1:29 p.m.
A great horned owl fledgling.

What you should know about owl encounters in the Bangor city forest this fall

By John Holyoke on Oct. 27, 2016, at 11:21 a.m.
The owls in Bangor’s city forest are back at it again.

For us, deer season is a reunion in the woods

on Oct. 27, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.

Pittsfield 12-year-old bags buck on his first day of hunting

on Oct. 25, 2016, at 9:57 a.m.

Warden shares new information about abandoned boat

on Oct. 24, 2016, at 11:10 a.m.
Cade McKenney, 10, leans against his grandfather's truck next to the deer he killed during youth deer day on Saturday at Bob's Kozy Korner in Orrington.

Wet weather doesn’t dampen spirits on Youth Deer Day in Maine

By John Holyoke on Oct. 22, 2016, at 3:03 p.m.
“We’re happy when we see the kids coming in. Youth Day is a big day.”

Mainers believe that mountain lions walk among us

on Oct. 20, 2016, at 12:20 p.m.
“We both saw it but nobody will believe us. But we know.”
Chris Soper of Orland (center) and his son, Cameron, watch as Lee Kantar of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife records data on Cameron's 8-point, 178-pound deer in Orrington on Youth Deer Day in 2015.

As hunting season approaches, there are plenty of deer in the woods

By John Holyoke on Oct. 20, 2016, at 11:54 a.m.
Deer season is nearly upon us, and according to the state’s deer biologist, hunters will have a pretty good shot at succeeding this year.

Things you find in the woods, Part 400

on Oct. 17, 2016, at 12:02 p.m.

Black panther spotted in Maine?

By John Holyoke on Oct. 13, 2016, at 4 p.m.
“We saw a black feline, definitely taller and longer than a Great Dane. … The tail was about as long as the feline’s entire body and had a white ring around the edge.”

A dog’s life: Pup learns the ways of the woods, and finds a bird

on Oct. 13, 2016, at 8:38 a.m.

Fendler’s tale, and its message, never grew old

on Oct. 11, 2016, at 11:23 a.m.
Twelve-year-old Donn Fendler (left) grew up to marry and serve 28 years in the U.S. Army. He is paired with the childhood photo in a 2009 BDN photo illustration.

Donn Fendler remembered as ‘true American hero,’ legend to generations of Mainers

By John Holyoke on Oct. 11, 2016, at 11:12 a.m.
“He wanted to pay it forward [for the efforts of Mainers who tried to find him].”

Hunters hit the woods for second week of moose season

on Oct. 10, 2016, at 11:06 a.m.