What would it take for you to shut off access to your woodlot?

On Sunday, just a few hours after I’d spent time cleaning up some woodland dumpsites with Maine game wardens Jim Fahey and Rick LaFlamme, a hunting buddy and I headed farther afield, revisiting some of our favorite deer hunting spots. As we drove down a familiar old dirt road — one that comes within a […]

Two honored for lifetime outdoor achievements

Each year, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife honors one or more Mainers for lives well-lived in the outdoors. This year’s winners of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards: Carole Dyer of Bowdoinham and Gabriel “Gabby” Giguere of Lewiston. Both winners were honored during brief ceremonies in front of family and friends at the […]

Zinke’s decision to keep Maine monument worth celebrating

After months of nervous hand-wringing, news began to trickle out of Washington, D.C., on Thursday that ought to make many supporters of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument happy.   The review of the monument by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is complete, and first indications, according to those who are familiar with Zinke’s […]

Eagles among the pool noodles: Proof that it’s still summer

Despite reports to the contrary from some of my friends, summer is NOT over. In fact, we’ve got another month left in the season (and I haven’t even taken my week of summer vacation yet). If you’re seeking more evidence, look no further: My friend Billy Lander snapped these photos that seem to support my […]

Who do you see in Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument?

On a couple of recent weekdays, BDN staffers headed to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument to gather information for several stories, including many that will appear this week, marking the one-year anniversary of the monument’s official designation. Among the stories we’ll tell is this short offering: Who do you see in Katahdin Woods and […]

First 1-minute hike an eye-opening affair

For the past six years or so, I’ve sat comfortably at my desk and watched an interesting weekly event: My colleague, Aislinn Sarnacki, emerges from the woods, sits down, and documents her latest adventure, composing her very popular 1-Minute Hike feature. How popular? Well, having stood beside Aislinn at plenty of outdoor expos over the […]

“Shadman” coming to Veazie to teach anglers about his favorite species

John A. Punola lives in New Jersey, and spends plenty of time fishing there. In fact, the octogenarian will tell you that he has built up quite a reputation over the years. “I started shad fishing in the Delaware River. That was back in 1972, during trout season,” Punola said during a recent phone interview. […]

Public invited to national monument management workshop in Shin Pond Aug. 8

If you’ve been curious about the management of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, or want to have your voice heard, you’ll have that opportunity at a workshop that will be held Aug. 8 at Shin Pond Village. The meeting, which will run from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., will cover just the Lower Shin […]