Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine won’t endorse candidates in gubernatorial, federal races

Citing a broad coalition of politicians it has relied on for help in an ongoing fight to defeat a referendum that would ban the use of three methods of hunting bears in Maine, the state’s largest sportsman’s group on Friday announced that it will not endorse candidates in the state’s gubernatorial race, nor in U.S. […]

Outdoor guy turns Pinterest project into rake/rod rack

The storage bin, completed (sans wheels). Note the fly rods in a position of honor on the left.

I am not, as far as I can tell, the target audience of Pinterest. Let’s get that out of the way right off. Not that I have anything against the internet idea exchange that so many have embraced over the past couple of years, of course. My wife, Karen, a regular Pinterest-checker, has found all […]

Orono family paddling events scheduled

Jeff Owen is passionate about healthy outdoor living, and is among the state’s most enthusiastic ambassadors for the paddle sports. He’s also one of the best canoeists you’ll find, and often tops the leaderboard at local, regional and national whitewater competitions. Owen, who has introduced Orono High School students to the outdoors through its GoActive […]

Tom Hennessey back with another book

For decades, readers of the BDN savored the outdoor essays and artwork of Tom Hennessey, who worked for this paper for 54 years. Hennessey “officially” retired in 1996, but was a contributor to the sports and outdoor pages for years afterward. His last column appeared in March of 2013, and in the months that followed, […]

Fort Kent Muskie Derby on tap this weekend

Darlene Kelly-Dumond holds a muskie while  Danny Nicholas looks on during the 2009 Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. (BDN photo by Julia Bayly)

With just days remaining until this weekend’s 11th annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby, organizers are expecting a large crowd of anglers to flock to northern Maine to take part. “We’re seeing more pre-registrations this year than I’ve ever seen,” said derby board member Ben Rioux. “[There is] a lot of downstate interest, a lot […]

Mooseless in Millinocket: How not to impress your new boss

Moose tracks in the road. But no moose in sight. (BDN photo by Sarah Walker Caron)

Among my official duties here at the BDN, I am also the self-appointed, semi-qualified president of the Welcoming Committee … and the apparently not-so-qualified, also self-appointed head moose-finder. So when a new colleague shows up at work (my boss) and tells me she’s never seen a moose, I’m the man for the job. Or, at […]