John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

Joseph "Rocky" Gravel puts a deer into the walk-in cooler at G&G Custom Deer Cutting in Winslow. Rocky and his father-in-law, Ed Grenier, own the shop, where they process deer for hunters.

Deer season keeping small butcher operations busy

By John Holyoke on Nov. 23, 2016, at 11 a.m.
Butcher Rocky Gravel said with three men working without interruption, they can process an entire deer — from skinning to cutting to wrapping in vacuum-sealed plastic — in about 45 minutes.

First big buck, and ‘My dad was there in spirit’

on Nov. 23, 2016, at 6 a.m.

A special 10-point buck: ‘Dad was there in spirit’

on Nov. 21, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

22-point buck — nicknamed ‘Brutus’ — taken near Sugarloaf, but not by a hunter

on Nov. 18, 2016, at 9:13 a.m.
Keel Kemper, a regional wildlife biologist with Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, measures the diameter of a deer antler on Monday in Winslow. Wildlife biologists visit local butchers to collect data on deer to craft future deer management strategies.

‘Meat locker’ research benefits Maine deer herd

By John Holyoke on Nov. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Among the most important pieces of data are antler beam diameters and average weights of yearling bucks, which help biologists decide if the available habitat is adequately supporting the number of deer on the landscape.

‘Not a wicked exciting hunt’ ends with 250-pound buck

on Nov. 17, 2016, at 12:40 p.m.

Leg amputation, heart problems, cancer don’t stop hunter from bagging 220-pound deer

on Nov. 16, 2016, at 9:29 a.m.

This week’s big buck: 250-pounder near Millinocket

on Nov. 15, 2016, at 11:06 a.m.
Don Corey at Annika Rod & Fly in Brewer. The fly shop opened on Oct. 8.

Brewer fly shop offers friendly atmosphere, hands-on instruction

By John Holyoke on Nov. 10, 2016, at 4:09 p.m.
“I’d say probably a good strong half of the people who have come in are new people, brand-spanking-never-seen-them-before.”

Eddington teen bags 243-pound swamp buck

on Nov. 10, 2016, at 7:35 a.m.
Stephen King

Stephen King reflects on time at UMaine, the political climate, Pennywise the clown

By John Holyoke on Nov. 07, 2016, at 9:40 p.m.
Check out the entire interview with Stephen King, in Q-and-A format.

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.