John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Finicky fish no match for drift boat trip winner

on June 23, 2016, at 11:13 a.m.
Finding fish, Maine guide Dan Legere will tell you, can be pretty easy at this time of year, when the tell-tale rings of rising trout and salmon dapple the waters of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River. Figuring out what those fish are actually feeding on? That can be …
Paul Brown of Swanville (front) and Rick O'Donald of Newburgh navigate through some whitewater during the final day of the 2015 Penobscot River Whitewater Nationals Regatta.

Whitewater Nationals Regatta to return in early July

By John Holyoke on June 22, 2016, at 3:07 p.m.
Scott Phillips and the race committee are getting ready for the second year of the ambitious event, which not only serves as the official national whitewater championship of the American Canoe Association, but also will welcome paddlers of crafts that wouldn’t typically be found at the ACA championship event.
Canoes are dropped off on the east branch of the Penobscot River in Medway in May 2014.

8.6 miles of Penobscot’s East Branch conserved

By John Holyoke on June 21, 2016, at 1:59 p.m.
An agreement reached Tuesday will conserve a 4,342-acre parcel that includes an 8.6-mile stretch of the East Branch of the Penobscot River and a 1.2-mile piece of Mud Brook in order to improve recreational access as well as allow traditional forestry practices in an adjoining area.

Stripers in Old Town? You bet!

on June 16, 2016, at 11:06 a.m.
The trip was, supposedly, a shad-fishing expedition. That’s what we told each other, and, as you can read here, the shad did cooperate when a group of anglers headed to Old Town’s Shad Rips last week. But there were surprises lurking in the waters of the Penobscot River, we quickly …
Denis Dauphinee of Bradley fishes for shad on June 10 in the Penobscot River in Old Town.

Return of the shad: Anglers target Penobscot after 150-year hiatus

By John Holyoke on June 16, 2016, at 6:24 a.m.
“It just goes to show you: You expand these rivers, you open up these rivers, and the fish respond.”
The completion of the Howland dam bypass marks the last major milestone in the Penobscot River Restoration Project that started over 10 years ago.

Hundreds celebrate completion of Penobscot restoration project

By John Holyoke on June 14, 2016, at 3:02 p.m.
The latest milestone: The construction of a fish bypass — the “big river” that was built around the Howland Dam.
Eighteen-year-old Whitney Kain of Abbot, permit recipient/hunter pictured in front and to the far right, got her first moose on Sept. 30, 2015, in Zone 2 in northern Aroostook County. Kain'’s bull moose weighed 679 pounds. Pictured with Kain is, from left, her maternal grandfather Herbert Libby, father Ken Kain, paternal grandfather David Kain and brother Kyle Kain.

A look behind the numbers of the Maine moose permit lottery

By John Holyoke on June 11, 2016, at 4:49 p.m.
A total of 2,140 moose permits were up for grabs during Saturday’s moose permit lottery. Here’s a look inside the numbers of this year’s lottery.
Spectators watch a large TV screen as names are displayed during the 2016 Maine moose-permit lottery in Kittery.

Moose mania: 2,140 win their hunts of a lifetime at Kittery drawing

By John Holyoke on June 11, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
Results of the lottery will be available on the BDN website at about 6 p.m., after all of the names have been read aloud in Kittery.
Spectators watch a moose-calling competition while waiting for the start of the Maine moose permit lottery at the Gentile Building of the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Saturday, June 14, 2014.

2,140 to win moose permits at Kittery drawing Saturday

By John Holyoke on June 09, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
For three hours or more they sit, listening, while pages of names are read aloud. Periodically, one of those present hears his or her name, and a celebration ensues.

State record 13-pound rainbow trout caught in Vinalhaven quarry pond

on June 09, 2016, at 11:36 a.m.
When Tim Kelley came back to Maine to visit with family members, the Waldoboro native figured that a fishing trip near his dad’s Vinalhaven home was in order. Kelley, who now lives in Arkansas, had modest goals — he was fishing in one of several quarry ponds on the island, …

Shad, river herring pouring into Penobscot

on June 07, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Several years ago, before the removal of two dams on the Penobscot River as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project, I spoke with a conservationist who had a pretty good idea what would transpire in the future. That man, Jeff Reardon of Trout Unlimited, pointed at the Edwards Dam …
A Maine Forest Ranger uses a fire hose to douse a fire with high flame lengths in 2013.

Maine forest rangers now have ballistic vests, but no guns

By John Holyoke on June 03, 2016, at 4:51 p.m.
A spokesman for the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry confirmed on Friday that the state’s forest rangers have now been issued ballistic vests, but are still heading into the woods without firearms.

Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

on June 03, 2016, at 10:14 a.m.
If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is …
Author Paul Doiron at his Belfast office.

Now a full-time novelist, Paul Doiron eager for release of seventh warden mystery

By John Holyoke on June 02, 2016, at 1:56 p.m.
“It’s pretty great,” Doiron said. “I’m very fortunate to have reached this place in my career, because there are only a handful of people in Maine who are able to do what I’m doing.”

Colleagues remember longtime fisheries biologist

on June 02, 2016, at 9:47 a.m.
You probably never met Dave Boucher. You probably never think of him when you reel in a trout or a salmon, or when you hop off the boat after a beautiful day of fishing with family and friends. You probably don’t realize he was a fisheries biologist for more than …

Warden file on Largay disappearance leaves plenty of questions

on May 26, 2016, at 1:15 p.m.
In July of 2013, Geraldine Largay, an Appalachian Trail hiker who went by the trail name Inchworm, disappeared in the mountains of western Maine. More than two years later, her skeletal remains were found on a high piece of ground about 3,000 feet from the trail, where she apparently set …
"Maine Sporting Camps," by George Smith

Book on Maine’s sporting camp history shows you can get there from here

By John Holyoke on May 26, 2016, at 9:49 a.m.
Thanks to his latest book, “Maine Sporting Camps,” George Smith has made one thing perfectly clear: No matter how remote these camps are, no matter how much time you have to spend on dirt roads to reach these backwoods paradises, you can, in fact, get there from here.
Geraldine Largay

Report: Missing hiker may have been alive for at least 26 days after her disappearance

By Aislinn Sarnacki and John Holyoke on May 25, 2016, at 2:05 p.m.
Geraldine Largay, a hiker who went missing on the Appalachian Trail in western Maine in 2013 and whose body eventually was found two years later, may have been alive for at least 26 days after her disappearance, according to a Maine Warden Service report. Largay, a 66-year-old hiker from Brentwood, …

Picture from the Past: Opening day of Atlantic salmon season, 1992

on May 24, 2016, at 9:27 a.m.
Not too many years ago, the opening of Atlantic salmon fishing season on Maine rivers was quite an event. Anglers from across the northeast would head to the state, often camping out or filling motel rooms, in order to target the “king of fish.” Several months ago we ran a …
A white-tailed deer stands at the edge of the woods in Lily Bay State Park in the town of Beaver Cove near Greenville. The deer sports an ear tag identifying it as having been captured by a crew of researchers from the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

Maine any-deer permit allocation might rise by 59 percent this fall

By John Holyoke on May 19, 2016, at 6:19 a.m.
A proposal making its way through the DIF&W’s rulemaking process calls for a 59 percent increase in those permits this year, from 28,770 a year ago to 45,755 for the coming deer season.