John Holyoke

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell (left) and Elliotsville Plantation Inc. President Lucas St. Clair listen as Matthew Polstein chats with them before a canoe trip in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016.

Monumental visit: Secretary of the Interior tours Katahdin Woods and Waters

Bangor Daily News on Aug. 28, 2016, at 12:26 p.m.
Before U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell got down to the serious business of enjoying herself on a pair of outings in the newly formed Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, she smiled after fielding a decidedly off-beat question. “Are you going to call a moose?” I asked. “I …

Appalachian Mountain Club project contributes $22 million to Maine economy: Most of economic impact, job creation, benefits Piscataquis County

By Rob Burbank on March 23, 2016, at 4:32 p.m.
GREENVILLE — The Appalachian Mountain Club’s spending on activities such as land conservation, sustainable forestry, construction, trails, programs and salaries in the Moosehead-100-Mile Wilderness region has contributed nearly $16 million to the Piscataquis County economy and $22 million to the Maine economy since its Maine Woods Initiative was launched in …
Noah Tibbetts, 11, of Brewer ties a fly while his mother, Julie Tibbetts, looks on during a session of the Penobscot Fly Fishers' introductory fly tying class in Brewer on Jan. 11, 2016.

Introductory class explores fine art of fly tying in Brewer

By John Holyoke on Jan. 14, 2016, at 1:40 p.m.
For years, Penobscot Fly Fishers has been teaching novices an important lesson: Yes, you can tie a fishing fly.
A curving road and magnificent backdrop in the Maine woods near Rockwood.

Bird hunting diary: Too windy for grouse, other handy excuses

By John Holyoke on Oct. 08, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
Better luck next year.
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Delayed a week, Kenduskeag river vultures are ready to feed

By John Holyoke on April 24, 2015, at 10:41 a.m.
Early Saturday morning, hundreds of paddlers will haul their canoes and kayaks off roof racks, launch those boats in Kenduskeag Stream and point their bows toward downtown Bangor, some 16 miles distant. Thousands more will line the riverbanks in places that include Six Mile Falls and Valley Avenue, where they’ll …
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Stop by the Kenduskeag and send a message: Clean it up

By John Holyoke on April 22, 2015, at 12:21 p.m.
Every year at this time, thousands of us head down to the water and watch as paddlers slip, flip, flop and flounder in its icy water during our annual rite of spring, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race. Then, I’d bet, most of us forget all about Kenduskeag Stream for another …
Scott Dionne of Mars Hill casts at Grand Lake Stream on the frigid first day of traditional open water fishing in Maine on Wednesday.

A celebration of the season: Wind, cold don’t deter anglers at Grand Lake Stream

By John Holyoke on April 03, 2015, at 6:05 a.m.
GRAND LAKE STREAM TOWNSHIP | Before the wind started whipping off West Grand Lake early Wednesday morning, stirring waves and freezing the fingers of anglers wading in the famous Dam Pool, one of the stream’s residents stopped by for a visit, possibly to teach those fisherman a lesson that …
Off-duty game warden Jim Fahey walks his dogs out of the woods after taking them on a snowshoe hare hunt in Maine.

Maine game warden takes 2 BDN staffers on winter hunt for hares

By John Holyoke on March 20, 2015, at 6:15 a.m.
BANGOR | The forest on the outskirts of the state’s third-largest city was dead quiet as large, feathery, wet snowflakes fell lazily, enveloping us in that comforting silence you only seem to find in special, wooded spaces. Then, distantly, the sound we had been waiting to hear echoed through …
John Holyoke and his wife, Karen, exchange vows on the Bangor Waterfront.

Computer dating love: A case of momentarily mistaken identity

By John Holyoke on Feb. 12, 2015, at 5:28 a.m.
My wife is a newspaper reader. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. Most of the time that’s a great thing because I write for a newspaper. But there was one time, at the very beginning of our courtship, when her appreciation of the craft didn’t …
Kevin Smith of Carmel sets a beaver trap with his stepson Micah Shamlian, 11, on a frozen bog in Newburgh.

Trapping in Maine: For love more than profit

By John Holyoke on Jan. 23, 2015, at 6:19 a.m.
Brian Coghill has been around wild animals since he was 5 years old living in Massachusetts. For years, he says he even served as a surrogate mother to dozens of critters. “My father and I used to take raccoons out of chimneys for people,” Coghill explained. “I’d raise the pups …
Louis Cataldo of Grand Lake Stream poses with a replica mount of the "Hill Gould Buck," a 31-point deer that was shot by his grandfather, Hill Gould, in 1910. The real mount is now owned by Bass Pro Shops and is displayed in its "King of Bucks" collection. The Hill Gould Buck still holds the Maine state record for non-typical deer antlers.

‘That ain’t a moose’: 104 years later, Hill Gould’s 31-point buck still the Maine standard

By John Holyoke on Dec. 12, 2014, at 5:40 a.m.
Late last month, BDN readers proved (again) that photos of big animals taken by hunters are still incredibly popular: A pair of stories — one on a 19-point deer, another on a 274-pounder — generated more than a quarter of a million page views on the newspaper’s website and were …
Members of the Tracy family, including Sasha Tracy (middle row, green coat), gather on opening day of deer season. A similar Thanksgiving deer hunt is among the family's traditions.

For some Maine families, hunting is part of the Thanksgiving tradition

By John Holyoke on Nov. 21, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
For most, Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and friends. It’s a gathering, and a feast, and it sometimes culminates with a few lazy hours of watching football on the television. For many, there’s another traditional component that makes Thanksgiving Day special. Thanksgiving is the one day some …
Earle Hannigan sits on a bench at his camp on Brassua Lake.

Hunting camp traditions: Memories remain even after the camp door closes

By John Holyoke on Oct. 16, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
TAUNTON AND RAYNHAM ACADEMY GRANT | Do what you will to the rustic camp Earle Hannigan has shared with his brother for the past 44 years — that’s what he tells the next generation. Make improvements. Get rid of the outhouse. Put in running water, if you feel you …
Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014. Cross first caught "Big John" four years earlier, in the exact same place.

What’s really at stake with the Bear referendum

By John Holyoke on Oct. 10, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
In less than a month, Maine voters will decide whether they want people to hunt the state’s bears or not. That’s not what the referendum question actually reads, of course. But it’s time to clear the air a bit, and to start calling ‘em like I see ‘em. Officially, Question …

Biologist says hunters may have productive early bear season

By John Holyoke on Aug. 27, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Hundreds of hunters headed into the woods Monday for the opening day of the state’s bear season. The season stretches through Nov. 29, with different methods allowed during different sessions. Hunters are allowed to still hunt or stalk bears from now through Nov. 29. Other seasons: — Aug. 25-Sept. 20: …
Dean Grass of Searsport poses with the nine-point, 237-pound buck that he shot on Youth Deer Day, Oct. 20, 2012, while hunting in Belmont with his father, Jeffrey Grass.

Youth Deer Day tradition growing

By John Holyoke on Oct. 25, 2013, at 7:37 a.m.
Bright and early Saturday morning, young hunters across the state will roll out of bed, gather up their gear, and head into the woods for their own special opening day of deer season. Called “Youth Deer Day,” the tradition of giving junior hunters a special day of their own is …
A cow and a calf moose walk along a roadway on 40,000 acres of land that Elliotsville Plantation Inc. has opened to hunting and other recreational use.

Readers sound off on Elliotsville land plan

By John Holyoke on Sept. 20, 2013, at 11:44 a.m.
Last week the BDN covered the latest plans of Elliotsville Plantation Inc., the company that manages Roxanne Quimby’s lands in Maine. After the stories ran, I asked readers to let us know what they thought of the continued effort to turn some of that land into a national park, and …

The bird-hunting adventures of a short-haired American moosehound

By John Holyoke on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:25 p.m.
We Mainers have discovered that there are plenty of ways to hunt for birds.   Some us are lazy. OK. At the risk of offending anybody (especially anyone who’s lazy) I take that back. Some us are … well … efficient. Yes. That’s better. Efficient.  Story continues below advertisement. For …
 Lisa Bates, assistant project coordinator for Unity College bear studies, recounts a helicopter crash she and her pilot survived while looking for bears that occurred on Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

Bear researcher looking toward future after helicopter crash

By John Holyoke on July 12, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
Ask Lisa Bates to describe herself and she uses words like “stubborn,” “strong-willed” and “driven.” Ask her if she’s a thrill-seeker, and she’ll say she’s not, even though she regularly crawls into bear dens as part of her job as a black bear researcher. “I don’t even like to go …
Cassidy Burns, 13, of Corinth, poses with the two turkeys she shot on Youth Turkey Day, April 27, 2013. One turkey weighed 21 pounds, had a 10-inch beard, and one-inch spurs. The other weighed 18.5 pounds, had an 8.5-inch beard, and had 3/4-inch spurs.

Young hunters filling their turkey tags

By John Holyoke on May 10, 2013, at 12:18 p.m.
Ever since the state’s wild turkey season kicked off, it seems, every day has dawned as a turkey hunter’s dream. It has been sunny. It has been warm. And according to readers, the turkeys have been cooperative. This morning I’ll share a few tales that readers have passed along. The …