John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor


Share your fishing adventures to #FishME

on Feb. 16, 2017, at 3:36 p.m.
Caroline Pete of Old Town (left) and Grady Ludders of Exeter try their hand at a version of curling on Lac d'Or at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town during Winter Fun Day on Feb. 11.

Families flock to Hirundo for all kinds of winter fun

By John Holyoke on Feb. 16, 2017, at 10:30 a.m.
More than 100 people gathered for a Winter Fun Day at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge under cloudy skies, steady snow and temperatures that struggled to top 10 degrees.

It’s snowy — let’s plan to go ice fishing

on Feb. 13, 2017, at 1:44 p.m.

Love in the woods: Bear crew members find romance on the job

on Feb. 09, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Jake Feener signals to Randy Cross on when to move while looking for a bear den on a bog in Lagrange Thursday.

‘It’s pretty extreme’: This group heads deep into the Maine woods in search of bears

By John Holyoke on Feb. 09, 2017, at 1:48 p.m.
Each den can offer the unexpected. Each day is guaranteed adventure.

Kids with big fish: Some more pics from the Long Lake derby

on Feb. 07, 2017, at 10:21 a.m.

If you’re enjoying the Allen’s, leave the ATV at home

on Feb. 03, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.
Spencer Thompson of Harrington shows off the 7.16-pound togue he caught to win the 12th annual Moosehead Lake Togue Derby with Ricky Craven last weekend.

Record numbers participate in derbies at Moosehead, Long Lake

By John Holyoke on Feb. 02, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
Thick ice, winter weather that wasn’t overly severe, and a good supply of fish paid off for anglers last weekend.

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

on Jan. 30, 2017, at 11:09 a.m.

19-year-old New Sweden woman shoots 269-pound buck

on Jan. 26, 2017, at 2:24 p.m.
Chris St. Amand of Durhman shows off the landlocked salmon he caught in winning last year's Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The fish weighed 5 pounds, 13.4 ounces.

Big derbies highlight weekend ice fishing

By John Holyoke on Jan. 26, 2017, at 12:01 p.m.
“The derby was initiated as one of several strategies to help reduce the lake trout [or togue] population in Moosehead Lake.”
Scott Picard of Madawaska shows off the 8.55-pound landlocked salmon he caught on Tuesday while fishing at Long Lake. Since 2003 Picard has caught four Long Lake salmon that topped seven pounds, including an 11.24-pounder he landed in July of 2006.

What locals call landlocked salmon in one Maine area might surprise you

By John Holyoke on Jan. 26, 2017, at 11:48 a.m.
The salmon of Long Lake are big in the middle and tapered at each end, much like a football.

Ice fishing fever: 8-year-old girl catches big Down East bass

on Jan. 23, 2017, at 11:12 a.m.
Tylor Kelly, 23, grooms a snowmobile trail on Feb. 20, 2016, in the Allagash region.

Before hitting the snowmobile trails, leave a plan behind

By John Holyoke on Jan. 19, 2017, at 6:31 a.m.
With winter trips into Maine’s vast woods on many people’s agendas in the coming weeks, the Maine Emergency Management Agency last week shared a reminder: Snowmobilers are among those who ought to file a trip plan before venturing into the frozen forests.

A commitment to snowmobile safety can save lives

on Jan. 18, 2017, at 1:29 p.m.

Maine adds 73 moose calves to project; Vermont joins in on study

on Jan. 17, 2017, at 2:20 p.m.

Let us share your fishing photos!

on Jan. 16, 2017, at 11:31 a.m.

Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’

on Jan. 13, 2017, at 8:46 a.m.
Brycen Waugh, 8, of Mexico, Maine, shows off the deer he shot while hunting in 2016. Waugh completed Maine's big game grand slam, taking a moose, bear, turkey and deer in the same calendar year. Maine eliminated its minimum age for hunting -- previously set at 10 years old -- before the 2016 hunting seasons.

8-year-old completes Maine’s hunting ‘grand slam’

By John Holyoke on Jan. 12, 2017, at 10:51 a.m.
Brycen Waugh, an active third-grader, had quite a memorable first hunting season: He completed Maine’s hunting “grand slam,” taking each of the state’s big game animals — wild turkey, bear, moose and deer — in a single calendar year.
Tom Picard sits in his home in Millinocket Saturday. Picard says he lives "the new normal." As a millworker, Tom has been laid off 10 times since 1980. For the last few years he has been making the weekly commute to his new job 130 miles away, at the Huhtamaki plant in Waterville. This past summer, he divorced his wife, Tammy Shorey Picard, as the commuting was putting a strain on their relationship.

Long commute taking toll, but this millworker’s ‘new normal’ continues

By John Holyoke on Jan. 08, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
A year ago, Tom Picard said that a series of layoffs — 10 in all since he began work in 1980 — had made life as a millworker tough.