John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

 
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As cold-water rescues pile up, caution urged on Maine’s lakes

on May 29, 2015, at 8:23 a.m.
Mainers consider Memorial Day weekend the unofficial start of the summer season, no matter what the actual calendar might say. But make no mistake: In many ways and in certain parts of the state, actual summer weather — and lake temperatures — still are weeks away. That’s the message Maine …
BDN Outdoors Editor John Holyoke uses a turkey decoy while hunting from underneath a tree in the Bud Leavitt Wildlife Management Area near Charleston.

Hot turkey: Late-season efforts may require new tactics

By John Holyoke on May 29, 2015, at 5:55 a.m.
GARLAND | At some point on Wednesday — halfway between swatting my fifth ant, squashing my third spider and filling my autumn-weight camouflage jacket with a gallon of sweat — I realized we must be doing something (or many things) wrong. Despite our best efforts, the turkeys were not …
For about a month every year alewives make their way up rivers and streams from the gulf of Maine back to their birth place to spawn. These alewives are traveling up Blackman Stream to get back to Chemo Pond, where the generation before them was stocked by Maine fish biologists.

Word from the Woods: It’s time to appreciate the alewives

By John Holyoke on May 27, 2015, at 11:46 a.m.
Just a decade ago, you’d have been hard-pressed to find an alewife in much of the Penobscot River. Nowadays, thanks to river restoration, fish passage work and a stocking effort, there are hundreds of thousands of the fish making their way to their natal ponds, where they’ll spawn the next …
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UMaine offers tick-identification service

on May 26, 2015, at 2 p.m.
A couple of years ago, after spending hours and hours in the Maine woods, I unintentionally joined a club I hoped I could avoid. A tick decided to bite me on the butt. After talking to plenty of friends and colleagues, I learned a few important facts. First, I was …
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Our Maine Heritage: Alewives on the Souadabscook, 1988

on May 22, 2015, at 9:38 a.m.
Earlier today, we posted a story about the tremendous success story taking place on some tributaries of the Penobscot River: Alewives are streaming by the thousands into Blackman Stream in Bradley after restoration and stocking efforts that began five years ago. This “Our Maine Heritage” photo shows that in some …
For about a month every year alewives make their way up rivers and streams from the Gulf of Maine back to their birthplace to spawn. These alewives are traveling up Blackman Stream to get back to Chemo Pond, where the generation before them was stocked by Maine fish biologists.

Alewives return to Blackman Stream, inspire celebratory festival

By John Holyoke on May 22, 2015, at 9:34 a.m.
BRADLEY | Ten miles downriver in Bangor, the Penobscot River meanders, wide and proud, showing little evidence of the epic change that’s taking place below the surface. But up on Blackman Stream, on the grounds of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum, the river’s resurgence is much more obvious. …
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Yes, the critters are cute. But leave them alone

on May 21, 2015, at 9:57 a.m.
It’s hard to resist a cute baby animal. And when hikers or homeowners see those fuzzy little critters — apparently alone, and obviously in need of human help — they often do the worst thing possible. They intervene. Maine game warden Kris MacCabe has some first-hand knowledge on the matter. …

Word from the Woods: Bears in your bacon? You’re not alone

By John Holyoke on May 20, 2015, at 11:19 a.m.
Black flies getting you down? Sick of the pollen that’s making your allergies act up? Well, things could be worse: You could have bears in your bacon. Earlier this week I was reminded of the fact that our state’s bear population has emerged from dens, and are looking for some …
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Presque Isle bear raids freezer, gobbles bacon, apples

on May 20, 2015, at 8:53 a.m.
A couple weeks back, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued its stock seasonal warning to the state’s rural homeowners. The headline on that press release: “Remove potential meals so bears don’t become a nuisance.” Good advice — and an opinion that was seconded by one of my …
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Legislature overrides LePage’s veto on moose permit transfers

By John Holyoke on May 19, 2015, at 4:42 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine Legislature on Tuesday unanimously voted in both the House and the Senate to override Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that will allow the transfer of a moose permit to a hunter’s family member in certain circumstances, according to a press release issued by …
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Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife employees Brian Campbell (right) Kevin Dunham (center) and Brianna Pelkie leave the dock to stock landlocked salmon into different areas in Sysladobsis Lake in Lakeville Tuesday. The spring yearlings that hatched last year will be within the legal length between this fall and next spring.

Got fish? You will soon: Maine’s spring stocking effort under way

By John Holyoke on May 15, 2015, at 8:24 a.m.
LAKEVILLE | Brianna Pelkie was only trying to help, but the bucketful of frisky landlocked salmon didn’t see it that way. “Thanks for giving me a bath, fish,” the fisheries technician for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said as she lifted her five-gallon pail and receive …

Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

By John Holyoke on May 14, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that …
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Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

on May 14, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that …
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Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

on May 14, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that …
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Moose permit lottery deadline is Thursday

on May 13, 2015, at 12:49 p.m.
If you’re hoping to head afield on the hunt of a lifetime this fall, your time is running out: The deadline for entering the 2015 Maine moose-permit lottery is nearly upon us. Prospective hunters have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to enter the lottery online. To do that, go to mefishwildlife.com …
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Local youths win high school bass championship

on May 13, 2015, at 9:26 a.m.
Avid bass anglers Hunter Pate of Orrington and Jacob Gauvin of Bucksport teamed up to defend their 2014 title on Saturday during the Student Angler Federation Maine High School Bass Fishing Championship. The duo landed a collective 12.27 pounds of bass during the event, which was held at Silver Lake …
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Our Maine Heritage: Where was this log drive photo taken?

on May 08, 2015, at 10:39 a.m.
Over the past several weeks, we’ve shared some vintage Maine photos with readers, and many have taken time to comment on those pictures. This week, we’ve got a bit of a mystery photo, and would love some help in identifying the scene you’re looking at now. In past weeks, we …
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Cabela’s to host Maine game warden recruitment seminar Saturday

on May 08, 2015, at 9:42 a.m.
If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Maine game warden, you may want to stop by the Cabela’s store in Scarborough on Saturday for a recruitment seminar. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, game warden recruiters will be on hand from 10 …
A woodcock sits in the brush Saturday in Township 32.

Dances with woodcock: Mating ritual predictable, enchanting

By John Holyoke on May 08, 2015, at 9:03 a.m.
TOWNSHIP 32 | Brad Allen knows quite a bit about a lot of different birds. But thanks to the predictability of one of his favorite species — the American woodcock — the longtime wildlife biologist sometimes stuns unsuspecting spectators with what amounts to an outdoor parlor trick. “I had …
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Biologist expects ‘fair, modest’ turkey season

on May 07, 2015, at 9:07 a.m.
Warm, mild weather has greeted turkey hunters during the first week of the spring season, and Brad Allen, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, predicted those hunters will enjoy “a very fair, modest hunt” this year. The reason for Allen’s lukewarm assessment: The state’s …
 
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