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 …
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.
By John Holyoke on Oct. 08, 2015, at 10:43 a.m.
Better luck next year.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
MAINE LOVE STORIES
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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: …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …