Monthly Archives: January 2017

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

University of Maine students Ashley Soucy and Jonah Paris show off the handsome landlocked salmon that Ashley landed while ice fishing recently. It was her first salmon caught through the ice. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Paris)

For all the hours of waiting for fish to feed and flags to fly, ice fishing can be a pretty slow sport. Or, when everything’s going well, the day can turn quite frantic in a hurry. But the things we see while out on the ice — and the memories that we make — are the […]

19-year-old New Sweden woman shoots 269-pound buck

Albany McCabe, 19, of New Sweden, poses with the 269-pound deer she shot on Nov. 25, 2016. She shot the eight-pointer while wearing her pajamas -- along with a blaze orange hat and vest -- after her dad spotted the buck in the family's back field. (Photo courtesy of Albany McCabe)

The recently completed deer season was the first, Jesse McCabe of New Sweden will tell you, that his daughter really caught the hunting bug. The duo began hunting together when daughter Albany McCabe turned 10. But it wasn’t really until last fall — when she was 19 — that Albany committed to finally filling her […]

Ice fishing fever: 8-year-old girl catches big Down East bass

Brooklyn Daley, 8, shows off the big bass she caught while fishing a Down East lake recently. (Photo courtesy of Tim Daley)

How’s your ice fishing season going? Catching fish? Catching big fish? Want to share photos of your catch with BDN readers? Of course you do! A few weeks back, I mentioned that we’d love to share some of those photos with our readers, and it didn’t take long before Tim Daley checked in with this […]

A commitment to snowmobile safety can save lives

Earlier this week I saw a newspaper report that caught my eye. Ice anglers on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland had “planted” 15 discarded Christmas trees on the lake, marking the ice as unsafe in hopes of making sure that snowmobilers don’t drive into the open water closer to shore. That’s what happened on Jan. 7, […]

Maine adds 73 moose calves to project; Vermont joins in on study

Back in 2014, crews began capturing and collaring Maine moose as part of a research project aimed at shedding more light on the state’s herd. Last week, another 73 moose calves were successfully added to that study group. A helicopter crew from Native Range Capture Services of Elko, Nevada, was in Maine last week to […]

Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’

Wayne Bosowicz

Several years ago, not long after I’d begun writing outdoor columns instead of covering sports for this paper, I met a man who made an instant and lasting impression. His name was Wayne Bosowicz. He was a bear hunting guide. And he certainly looked the part. Each time I saw Wayne — usually at a […]

I’m back! Subtitle: What I now know about having a stroke (or three)

Glad to be back.

Back in mid-December, just as I was preparing to start thinking about maybe, possibly doing a bit of Christmas shopping, my body had another idea. As you may have read in editor’s Sarah Walker Caron’s note to BDN readers, I ended up in Eastern Maine Medical Center for a few days. The diagnosis: I’d had […]