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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.

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 […]

Glenburn family relishes Youth Deer Day memories

Maine children have been tagging along with their hunting parents, uncles and aunts for generations, absorbing woods knowledge and learning to appreciate nature’s gifts. The state formalized a program in 2002 designed to uphold those traditions when it recognized the Saturday before residents-only opening day as Youth Deer Day, a day when the only people […]

New book highlights 50 best places to fly fish the Northeast

Ever sit around a campfire with some fishing buddies and start brainstorming new places to wet a line? Sure, we all have. That’s how some of us end up with our fishing “bucket lists.” We listen to our pals, hear their tales, and say to ourselves, “Some day,” I’ll go. Bob Mallard, owner of the […]

Does the HSUS want Mainers to kill more bears?

Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014. Cross first caught "Big John" four years earlier, in the exact same place. (John Wood photo/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

As we get closer to Election Day, the battle over Question 1, which would ban the use of traps, hounds and bait while hunting bears in Maine, is heating up, and tension is starting to build. At least one state wildlife official is being protected, around-the-clock, by a Maine game warden after receiving threats. Debates […]

Non-resident hunter says he hopes Maine’s bear season continues

Last week, I wrote a column that outlined my thoughts on the upcoming referendum that would ban the use of traps, bait and hounds while hunting bears. The main point: If voters choose to ban the methods we currently allow, they’re essentially paving the way for a state that harvests very few bears each year. […]

‘North Woods Law’ wants you … to share your moose hunt

We’ve all got friends and relatives who would rather not end up on the wrong end of a “North Woods Law” camera. And we’ve all got friends who would love to appear in an episode of the popular Animal Planet TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service. Want proof that “North Woods Law” […]

Reader checks in with more photos: Bobcat or young mountain lion?

What do you think? Bobcat or young cougar? (Photo by Edwin Ecker Jr.)

Last week Edwin Ecker Jr. of North Waldoboro helped us heat up the Internet by sharing some trail camera photos of what he thought might be a mountain lion. Thousands of you took the time to look at the photos, and dozens shared opinions on what you saw. Unfortunately, the photos weren’t the clearest in the […]