Monthly Archives: February 2014

Moose attack or needless slaughter? Video raises ethical questions

A snowmobiler shoots at a moose in this YouTube video taken in an undisclosed location, likely outside of Maine.

Before you read any farther (and hopefully, before you view the shocking video that we’ve attached to today’s blog, it’s important to note that we have no reason to suspect that this footage was taken in Maine. In fact, there’s some internet indication that the video was filmed somewhere “out west.” Now, go ahead. Watch […]

Bill to arm rangers gets huge support; House tables effort pending possible amendment

A bill that would arm Maine’s forest rangers was overwhelmingly supported by the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, but that landslide vote was set aside when the bill was immediately tabled pending a possible amendment. “There was some discussion on whether an amendment is needed to look at a training requirement,” explained Rep. Jeff […]

Man in moose attack video has seen it all, from biting coyotes to angry mother buffaloes

A baby moose takes a swipe at Wes Livingston after Livingston released it from a net during a research effort recently. (Photo by Wes Livingston)

When Wes Livingston headed to Maine for the first time last month, he didn’t plan on ending up in a video that went viral on the internet. He did think he might get some pretty good footage on the GoPro camera he wore on his head. And he did know he’d get up close and […]

‘Win a Drift Boat Trip’ contest back for 12th edition

Each year, when the sportsman’s show season rolls around, I become a popular guy … or something like that. Truthfully, I realize that my popularity doesn’t go up at all. Equally truthfully, I do end up having many more conversations from people who think if they’re nice to me, it might help them win the […]

Need a harbinger of spring? Outdoor show season is approaching

Mark McCullough works on a painting during the 2013 Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer. (BDN photo by Brian Swartz)

When we get a snowstorm every two or three days (which seems to be the pattern recently), it’s easy to get discouraged with Maine’s winter weather. Since I’m all limbered up after yet another shoveling expedition, I thought I’d share some good news: Spring is coming. Kind of. Or at the very least, one of […]

DIF&W’s moose permit lottery sign-up now open

Want to go moose-hunting this year? Want to go on the hunt of a lifetime? Want to make lifelong memories with family members and friends? Me, too. But you can’t win if you don’t play. And the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that it is now accepting applications for its annual […]

Thanks a million! BDN ‘Out There’ blog hits a milestone

Our creative promotions staff had its work cut out for it in turning me into a snowboarder for an upcoming ad campaign. I may have fallen down before I got to the "W" in "VIEWS." (BDN graphic by Shelley Sund)

Since you “Out There” readers are responsible, I’ll make you among the first to know: We all reached a pretty significant milestone today. And I can’t thank you enough for your support. At about 2 p.m. today, one of you pushed the blog over the 1 million page-view mark. We have a vibrant blogging community […]

Levant 12-year-old completes hunting ‘grand slam’ … plus one

Kaleb Goodine, 12, of Levant shows off the bear he shot last year. Goodine completed a grand slam, shooting a bear, a moose, a deer and two turkeys during the season. (Photo courtesy of Walter Goodine)

Late last year, as many of us were licking our wounds after unsuccessful deer seasons (or was that just me), I received word of a local junior hunter who had recently completed quite a year. Unfortunately, as other stories developed, I never shared the tale of Kaleb Goodine’s grand slam. Today, after some well-deserved prodding […]