All posts by John Holyoke

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.

$100 for a camp in Grand Lake Stream? You bet … if you’re lucky

For generations, hunters and anglers have been attracted to the woods and waters of Grand Lake Stream, a tiny town that sits next to West Grand Lake in Washington County. Through that village, the water that provides its name — Grand Lake Stream — flows, and the landlocked salmon that live in that clear, cool […]

Deer runs the rapids, but determined hunter tracks it down

When Chris Halsted took up deer hunting this year, he figured he’d get to spend some time in the woods, and might enjoy an adventure or two. He probably didn’t think that he’d end up shooting a big buck, searching for it for two days, and put his considerable whitewater paddling skills to use while […]

Beaver steals fisherman’s bait trap

A year ago, in a story that sounded too crazy to be true, I shared the tale of an Aroostook County hunter who lost his hunting rifle to a pesky beaver. It turned out that the toothy varmint was apparently in the market for some good hardwood shelving for the ol’ beaver house, and dragged […]

Bucks battle on trail camera: When the hunter’s away, the boys will play

Ever wonder what the deer are doing when you’re not in the woods, sitting in your stand?   Are they tromping past — in broad daylight, no less — and thumbing their noses at your absence. Forget the fact that deer have no thumbs. The answer, of course, is “Yes. That’s exactly what they’re doing.” […]

Young hunters enjoying successful seasons

Kergan Perkins. 13. pf Frankfort poses with the eight-point, 225-pound buck he shot on Oct. 25, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Fields-Perkins)

As the final week of the traditional deer season winds down, many hunters will spend their final hours in the woods in search of a deer to fill their tags. Others, including more than a few younger hunters, have already tagged out and are busy telling their friends the tales of their successful hunts. Among […]

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 […]