Fed, then dead: N.H. supplemental feeding kills 12 deer; Maine deer also at risk

A news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game unveiled a harsh reality earlier this week, and Maine’s top deer biologist said the practice that left 12 deer dead — supplemental feeding by well-intentioned animal-lovers — takes its toll on this state’s deer as well. According to state officials in New Hampshire, a dozen deer […]

All ice, no water: St. George canoe race postponed one week

Paddlers negotiate the rapids just downstream from the Ghent Road Bridge in Searsmont during the 35th St. George River Race on Sunday. BDN photo by Michael  C. York

Longtime race director Dale Cross is trying to get the course for the St. George River Race ready. He’s really trying. In fact, he was on the river Friday. On foot. And that doesn’t bode well for the 36th edition of the race, which was scheduled to be held on Saturday. The race is the […]

Our Maine Heritage — “Remember that huge striper I caught?”

Sidney A. Johnson of Winterport displays a 36-pound striped bass he caught in his smelt net Saturday morning. The huge fish measured 41 inches in length and probably was the heaviest ever to be taken from the Penobscot river.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SPIKE WEBB

Sometimes, it’s the unexpected catches that make for the most memorable fishing trips. Doubt it? Just look at the grin on Sidney A. Johnson’s face in this photo culled from the BDN archives. Sidney was a man who didn’t intend on hauling in a 36-pound striper on that mid-winter day, some 57 years ago. But […]

Fight back against winter: Dream of warmer things!

A snowstorm every three days through the month of February? Fine. We’re in Maine. Below freezing temps in early March? Ditto. But here we are, on the cusp of spring as I write this, and it’s still 15 degrees out. And the wind is blowing. And there’s 3 feet of snow on my lawn. Enough […]

Maine Warden Service looking for new recruits

When Dan Menard applied to become an Maine Game Warden back in the early 1990s, the Warden Service was typically inundated with applicants. The year he successfully made it through the process, 1,700 others applied for the chance to become wardens. “They hired 10, and I think I was number 10,” Menard said. Now a […]

L.L. Bean’s Spring Fishing Weekend on tap

For the past 25 years, the folks at L.L. Bean have celebrated the imminent (although often delayed) change of seasons and warmer weather with their Spring Fishing Weekend. If you’re among those anglers who are eagerly awaiting the arrival of open water, do yourself a favor: Ignore the weather reports that call for even more […]

Hogged stones, hacks, and icy tumbles: A novice curler’s diary

Many years ago, I fashioned myself as a pretty serious athlete (if, that is, you define “serious” as “getting mad whenever you lose”). It didn’t take long before I realized, however, that my chances of making it to the Olympics were pretty slim (If, that is, you define “slim” as “nonexistent.) But every time the […]

Follow our quinzhee adventure as it happens: #BDNsnowcave

Later today, BDN visuals editor Brian Feulner and I are heading to Unity College, where we’ll try to avoid freezing to death while sleeping in a snowbank. Actually, our adventure isn’t quite that death-defying: We’re going to help build a snow shelter — a quinzhee — with Unity College students. Then Brian and I will […]

Show season is back! Come visit us in Brewer this weekend

Two-and four-legged participants at the Penobscot Fly Fishers' 2009 Cabin Fever Reliever watch Peter Wade (eft) as he talks about hunting dog training at the Brewer Auditorium on Saturday. Hundres of people visited the programs and more than 40 exhibitors over the weekend.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY GABOR DEGRE)

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Two and four-legged participants of the Penobscot Fly Fishers' 2009 Cabin Fever Reliever watch Peter Wade (left) as he talks about hunting dog training at the Brewer Auditorium. This year's Cabin Fever Reliever will be held this weekend. (BDN file photo)

It was nearly 20 degrees below zero in Bangor this morning, and my lawn is covered with thigh-deep snow. Tonight, meteorologists tell us, we’ll add a few more inches to our frigid winter blanket. And on Thursday, I’m going to sleep in a snowbank. Ignore the fact that I might have said, on more than […]

Farewell to 491 Main St.

"Home" for the last 22 years. (BDN file photo)

For more than two decades, I’ve been working side-by-side with talented, committed journalists who have called 491 Main St. home. Starting Monday, the home headquarters of the BDN will change: As you’ve likely heard, we’re moving downtown. So long, Paul Bunyan. Adios, Buck Street. Hello, One Merchants Plaza. Already, some of our co-workers have moved […]