Terminally ill Lee man shoots 19-point, 254-pound deer

Warren Curtis of Lee is an avid outdoorsman and trapper, but he admits he can’t do everything he once could. “I’ve got terminal cancer. Multiple myeloma,” he says nonchalantly, like you or I might announce our coffee order to a drive-through cashier. “I can’t do a hell of a lot.” A week ago, however, Curtis […]

Deer Season Diary: Time to turn the page (or, why I started reading while hunting)

For years, I have received some thoughtful and helpful tips from hunters eager to help me break my lifelong buck drought and fill my deer tag for the first time.   That is, I think the tips have been thoughtful (and not attempts to taunt me after years without success).  And I imagine that those […]

Searsport hunter bags 240-pound deer, joins son, wife in big buck club

Two years ago, proud dad Jeffrey Grass of Searsport reached out to the BDN and said he might have a hunting story to share. His son Dean, then 12 years old, had shot a 237-pound buck on Youth Deer Day back in 2012 … and the mere fact that the Grasses were in the woods […]

4 moose illegally killed, wardens seek information

Four moose have been shot and killed in Aroostook County, and the Maine Warden Service is looking for help solving the crimes. Three of the moose were shot over a two-day period, Nov. 3 and 4, in Wildlife Management District 3. According to Sgt. Dan Menard of the Maine Warden Service, wardens do not think the […]

Finding matching antler sheds makes 10-year-old hunter’s day

Sometimes a hunter doesn’t have to actually pull the trigger for the day to turn out perfectly. That’s the message that J.D. Burke and his son, 10-year-old Jack, learned recently, after an opening day hunt. “On this day we sat in a blind for a few hours in the morning,” Burke explained in an email. […]

Pair of 80-somethings look out kitchen window, fill deer tags

As the second full week of deer season winds down, plenty of skilled and lucky hunters have already filled their tags. With each filled tag comes a memory that will last a lifetime … and a story that many will share. Virginia Mattson-Tracy says she’s been hunting since she was a teenager. Now 84 years […]

Deer season diary: Selfie with a squirrel

For the past dozen years or so, I’ve spent plenty of November days in a particular patch of woods in the rural Maine town of Otis. Theoretically, I’ve been deer hunting. Actually (since deer rarely join me on my annual adventures), I’ve been squirrel-watching. Periodically, I’ve written columns about my interactions with the same squirrel. […]

11-year-old Bangor girl bags 200-pound 8-pointer on Youth Deer Day

Last Saturday morning, hundreds of the state’s youngest hunters headed into the woods with adult mentors to take part in a cool tradition-in-the-making. Youth Deer Day, which is held annually a week before the state’s regular residents-only opening day, began in 2002. Many Maine hunting families look forward to sharing the day with their children. […]

‘Down East Dickering’ star spices up Youth Deer Day experience

When Dana Carey took his stepson, Dawson Byers, into the woods of Orrington on Saturday morning, he was pretty confident that they’d have a productive Youth Deer Day. He wasn’t aware that the welcoming committee at the local tagging station, Bob’s Kozy Korner store, would include a reality TV star. “That was pretty cool,” the […]

$2,500 reward offered in moose-poaching case

The Maine Warden Service is looking for help in solving a case in which a cow moose was illegally shot during the October moose season, and Operation Game Thief is offering a $2,500 reward. According to a warden service press release, the cow moose was killed in Wildlife Management District 8 — a district where […]