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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.

Rulebook is wrong: Expanded bowhunting doesn’t start until Sept. 12

Bowhunters who plan to take part in the expanded season for deer should be forewarned: The information that they may have seen printed in the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s rulebook is wrong. “In the current hunting regulations summary, there’s a misprint that basically states that the expanded archery season begins on Sept. […]

Abundant natural food may make bear hunting tougher

Matt Knox of Pennsylvania poses with the bear he shot in Greenville Junction on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. The black bear weighed 699 pounds on state-certified scales and is expected to be recognized by The Maine Sportsman newspaper as the largest bear ever taken in Maine. The previous record was a 680-pounder that was shot in 1993. (Photo courtesy of John Lonergan)

Maine’s bear season began Monday, and hunters who are heading afield won’t just be matching wits with the animals this year. They’ll also be dueling with Mother Nature as they try to fill their tags. According to a state bear biologist, luring bears into bait will likely be more difficult this fall for a simple […]

Charter captain says great white shark spotted off Mount Desert Rock

Captain Pete Douvarjo of Eggemoggin Guide Service in Sedgwick fishes from his boat, "Reel Life," on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. In the background is Mount Desert Rock. BDN photo by John Holyoke

Over the past 15 years, Capt. Pete Douvarjo has seen all kinds of interesting things on the water while taking charter clients fishing on the Atlantic. So when the owner of Eggemoggin Guide Service saw a large fin off his starboard bow during his return from a shark-fishing excursion on Tuesday afternoon, he thought he […]

Benefit sporting clays shoot on tap in Hermon

If you’re looking to get in some sporting clays practice and want to help combat poaching in Maine, the Hermon Skeet Club has just the event for you. The club will hold its 6th annual northern Maine Operation Game Thief fundraiser on Saturday: The Fall Harvest Fun Shoot. For the $100 entry fee, entrants will […]

New book on Roxanne Quimby, warts and all, is illuminating

In parts of rural Maine, Roxanne Quimby has achieved that iconic status usually reserved for entertainers and athletes: Utter her first name — just her first name — and nearly everyone will know who you’re talking about. “Roxanne’s land,” people will say, describing the acreage the millionaire has purchased in the Maine woods. “Roxanne’s park,” […]

Clubs encouraged to enter landowner appreciation cleanup contest

A few weeks back, I received an email from a BDN reader who had an unfortunately common complaint. Someone had been dumping trash on his property, the reader said, and he was fed up. He always allowed others to recreate on his land but was leaning toward changing that policy and posting acres of prime […]

Big fish! Vassalboro woman wins Fort Kent derby with 44-inch muskie

Debby Cabaniss of Vassalboro shows off the 44 3/8-inch muskie that she caught to win the 11th annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. The fish weighed 23 pounds, 13 ounces. She won $2,100 for her efforts. (Photo courtesy of Fort Kent International Muskie Derby)

About five years ago, hooked by the muskie-fishing bug, the Cabaniss family of Vassalboro began looking for places to fish. “My husband, he’s been fishing, or trying to fish, for muskies for several years,” Debby Cabaniss explained. “He went to Wisconsin with my son five years ago, and then we realized that we had some […]

Local author wins national award

Randy Spencer recently won a national award for his book ""Wide and Deep: Tales From a Master Maine Fishing Guide."(Courtesy of Randy Spencer)

As a registered Maine guide, Randy Spencer spends more time in the woods and on the water in a single season than most of us do over a span of years. The people he meets, the places he goes and the critters he sees provide fodder for another of Spencer’s passions: writing. Recently, his second […]

2 Bangor area youths paddling in world championships

Hannah Rubin. (Photo courtesy of Peggy McKee)

A year ago, Kellen Doyle had never paddled a canoe through whitewater. This week, he’s one of two Mainers — recent Bangor High grad Hannah Rubin is the other — competing on the U.S. Junior National Wildwater Canoe Team at the world championships in North Carolina. In fact, until this spring, Doyle hadn’t even been […]

Feeding time in Alaska: Bear cam offers real-time look at nature

We’re always on the lookout for cool outdoorsy web cams, and this weekend a Facebook friend linked to this site, which is a real eye-opener: The site, run by Explore, features many nature cams, but this one features brown bears feeding on the salmon run at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park in Alaska. What […]