Outdoors Extra


The best spots to take in Maine’s fabulous fall foliage

By Aimee Thibodeau on Sept. 25, 2014, at 3:43 p.m.
“I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” [Notebook, Oct. 10, 1842] ― Nathaniel Hawthorne, “ The American Notebooks” There are few things more stunning in nature than perfect rays of sunshine beaming down through limbs decorated in red, orange and yellow …

A variety of venison

By Natalie Feulner, BDN on Oct. 10, 2013, at 7:49 p.m.
During the hundreds of years humankind has consumed venison, spices, rubs and dipping sauces have changed far more than the two basic requirements — deer meat and a way to prepare it. For jerky, that most likely means one of three things — salt, low heat or a dehydrator. According …

Let’s go geocaching!

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 03, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.
“So, you go out in the woods and get a Tupperware full of junk?”   That, Kurt Milligan recalled, was his initial reaction to geocaching.  Story continues below advertisement. A lot has changed since then.   Today, Milligan and his longtime friend-business partner EJ Martin own two geocaching websites — …
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Surf scoters are among the birds you might see along Maine's coastline after the weather turns colder.

Colder weather shouldn’t deter birders

By Bob Duchesne. Special to the BDN on Sept. 03, 2013, at 2:17 p.m.
Birds go south in the winter. You’re south. Our summertime birds go to the tropics, but many of the arctic birds come here. By polar standards, we’re pretty toasty. For example, our ocean doesn’t freeze.   The arctic summer teems with life. Round-the-clock daylight lasts for only a few months. …

Ten places to hike with your pup

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:48 p.m.
I reach for the leash, and his tail starts wagging. His tail — a long, black wiry thing, tipped with white as if dipped in a can of primer — tells me things Oreo simply cannot say.   Oreo — like the cookie. I don’t know who gave him the …

Bear hunt a key management tool in Maine

By John Holyoke on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:40 p.m.
Randy Cross has spent the past three decades studying Maine’s black bears, and helping the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife manage the bear population. And though some think the most popular way of hunting bears in this state — over bait — tilts the playing field too far in …

A Maine black bear’s balanced diet

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:37 p.m.
The following are the top 10 black bear foods in Maine by Randy Cross, wildlife biologist and field crew leader in the state’s Bear Research Project. But to preface the list, Cross said, “Even if the bears voted on this, there would be much disagreement among them due to regional …

Black bears enter the annual foraging frenzy

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:31 p.m.
Crisp wind, falling leaves, shorter days, cooler nights — something in the fall triggers the black bear to pick up the pace and eat.   Eat before winter comes.  Story continues below advertisement. Eat before it’s too late.   Biologists call this period of escalated foraging “hyperphagia.”   “There’s almost …

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 …
Tony Reynolds (from left), Wayne Therrien, Alfred Porter, Verle Drinkwater, Steve Foster and Charles Veysey celebrate another day in a reconditioned bus that they used as a hunting camp in the 1990s.

Hunting camp traditions run rich in Maine

By John Holyoke on Sept. 03, 2013, at 12:18 p.m.
Come November, thousands of deer hunters will head into the woods during the state’s firearms season. Many, forced to work during the week, will focus their efforts on Saturdays. Many others take a week (or more) off, as they have for years — and as their fathers and grandfathers and …

SAM’s 4th annual Save Our Heritage Banquet a success

By David Trahan, SAM Executive Director on Nov. 30, 2012, at 4:58 p.m.
The First annual Gift for a Lifetime youth lifetime fishing license program was a great success. More than 200 people attended the Fourth annual Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Save Our Heritage banquet and had the pleasure of watching 13 children, ranging in ages from 5-15 years from all over the …

New relationship with CMP and SAM important in educating members about construction project

By SAM News on Nov. 29, 2012, at 4:05 p.m.
Central Maine Power Company has always allowed recreational use of its transmission line corridors by its customers and neighbors. Recently, CMP has, in some areas, needed to limit the recreational access of its corridors during the construction of the Maine Power Reliability Program. The MPRP is CMP’s $1.4 billion investment …

Next legislative session will be busy, exciting for sportsmen

By George Smith, SAM News on Nov. 29, 2012, at 4:04 p.m.
The next legislative session promises to be filled with excitement, challenges, vigorous debates, and (hopefully) many advances for sportsmen. You can expect a lot of action to strengthen the Maine’s Game Plan for Deer, designed to rebuild the state’s deer herd. The legislature is certain to revisit issues such as …

A new canine predator could pressure Maine wildlife

By Gerry Lavigne, SAM News on Nov. 29, 2012, at 4:03 p.m.
The Eastern coyote (Canis latrans) has been in Maine at least since the 1940s, and this canine predator became well established throughout the state by the 1970s. In the decades following the extirpation of wolves from the eastern United States, coyotes began to migrate along the Great Lakes on an …

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Executive Director’s Report

By David Trahan, SAM Executive Director on Nov. 29, 2012, at 4:02 p.m.
SAM Banquet More than 200 people packed the Elks Club Sept. 15 to celebrate the previous years’ work and lay the groundwork for the future. Several candidates for state and national office, including now U.S. Sen. Angus King, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-Maine; Maine Senate President Kevin Raye, Majority Senate …
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Hypothermia awareness key for outdoors enthusiasts

By Aislinn Sarnacki on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:54 p.m.
With winter comes skiing, skating, snowshoeing, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and a slew of other snow and ice related outdoor activities. But with cold weather also comes the risk of hypothermia when you’re not prepared for the conditions. A person with hypothermia isn’t usually aware of it because the symptoms often …
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Legendary guide introduced hundreds to Allagash wilderness

By John Holyoke on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:51 p.m.
FAIRFIELD | When registered Maine guide Gil Gilpatrick accepted a job at the Skowhegan Regional Vocational Center back in 1970, he figured he’d be teaching some valuable life skills to students who shared his passion for the outdoors. He also figured that his bosses would tell him exactly what …

Dog-sledding not just for the professionals

By Brian Swartz, Advertising Staff Editor on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:46 p.m.
Thanks to the Discovery Channel and its “Iditarod: Toughest Race on Earth” show, dog sledding has gained popularity with outdoor recreationists, and a Maine winter provides the perfect place to experience a thrilling ride on a dog-drawn sled. “I would suggest that everyone try a dog sledding trip,” said Lindy …

Snowshoeing 101: What to know before hitting the snow

By David M. Fitzpatrick, BDN Special Sections Writer on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:41 p.m.
Snowshoeing dates back perhaps as much as 6,000 years, but what was once a mobility necessity now survives mostly as a form of outdoor recreation. With snowshoes, you can head for the hills, traipse through your backyard, or enjoy parks or municipal trails. Snowshoeing is a great aerobic workout that’s …

Sled together, crash together, stay together

By Brian Swartz, Advertising Staff Editor on Nov. 29, 2012, at 3:37 p.m.
Some people call two-person kayaks “divorce boats”; paddle one with your spouse, and you’ll understand why. But how about those folks who spend their winters riding around on two-up snowmobiles with their significant others? These riders face their own challenges. Think they have their share of chilly disagreements? Crazy crashes? …