It’s time to publicize your hunter’s breakfast

One of the cool things about working at a newspaper that’s been in business since 1889 is having access to resources like the photo I’ve included with this blog.

PRE-DAWN BREAKFAST — A crowd numbering more than 1,500 hunters attended the breakfast staged in the city park in Old Town. The fourth affair at the Canoe City was sponsored by the Rotary Club. BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY DANNY MAHER

Cool shot, isn’t it? BDN photographer Danny Maher’s photo captures a great slice of Maine tradition — hunters lining up for some early morning grub at the 1955 Old Town hunter’s breakfast. According to the caption, more than 1,500 hungry hunters (and their friends and family members, no doubt) were served that morning.

The tradition of staging elaborate breakfasts for deer hunters continues to this day, and civic organizations and schools will again prepare those feasts in the coming weeks.

I can almost smell the bacon and baked beans now.

If your group is holding a hunter’s breakfast this year (or a lunch or supper, for that matter), we want to help you out by letting hungry hunters know where they can find a feed.

Send along your information to me at, or by mailing the important details to me here at the Bangor Daily News, PO Box 1329, Bangor, 04402-1329, and we’ll take care of the rest.


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John Holyoke

About John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. Today, he's the Outdoors editor for the BDN, a job that allows him to meet up with Maine outdoors enthusiasts in their natural habitat. The stories he gathers provide fodder for his columns, and this blog.