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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.

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Mike Brissette of Vassalboro shows off a lake trout (left) and a landlocked salmon he registered during the 52nd annual Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. This year's edition of the popular event will be held this weekend. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

If you’ve been thinking of introducing your kids to ice fishing — or trying it yourself, for that matter — this is your lucky weekend, for a couple of important reasons. First, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that Saturday and Sunday are this year’s winter “free fishing weekend,” and folks […]

It’s snowy — let’s plan to go ice fishing

So, a blizzard is raging outside, nearly two feet of wind-blown snow has already piled up, and I’m sitting here thinking about … ice fishing? Sure. We live here in Maine, after all, and one of the things we signed on for when we decided we wanted to refer to us by that most noble […]

Love in the woods: Bear crew members find romance on the job

With Valentine’s Day looming, a good, old-fashioned love story seems to be in order. This morning, I’ve got a great one for you. And as a bonus, I’ll add in a few hundred cuddly Maine bear cubs, just to increase the warm-and-fuzzy quotient.   Not a sucker for love stories? That’s OK. Just consider this […]

Kids with big fish: Some more pics from the Long Lake derby

Ryan L'Italien, first place lake trout, 4 pounds, 1.8 ounces. . (Photo courtesy of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby)

Last week we shared some photos of the adult winners of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, and many BDN readers took the time to check out the massive fish that were caught during this year’s event. But the young anglers who participated also caught some great fish. Today we’ll share photos of the youth — […]

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

University of Maine students Ashley Soucy and Jonah Paris show off the handsome landlocked salmon that Ashley landed while ice fishing recently. It was her first salmon caught through the ice. (Photo courtesy of Jonah Paris)

For all the hours of waiting for fish to feed and flags to fly, ice fishing can be a pretty slow sport. Or, when everything’s going well, the day can turn quite frantic in a hurry. But the things we see while out on the ice — and the memories that we make — are the […]

19-year-old New Sweden woman shoots 269-pound buck

Albany McCabe, 19, of New Sweden, poses with the 269-pound deer she shot on Nov. 25, 2016. She shot the eight-pointer while wearing her pajamas -- along with a blaze orange hat and vest -- after her dad spotted the buck in the family's back field. (Photo courtesy of Albany McCabe)

The recently completed deer season was the first, Jesse McCabe of New Sweden will tell you, that his daughter really caught the hunting bug. The duo began hunting together when daughter Albany McCabe turned 10. But it wasn’t really until last fall — when she was 19 — that Albany committed to finally filling her […]

Ice fishing fever: 8-year-old girl catches big Down East bass

Brooklyn Daley, 8, shows off the big bass she caught while fishing a Down East lake recently. (Photo courtesy of Tim Daley)

How’s your ice fishing season going? Catching fish? Catching big fish? Want to share photos of your catch with BDN readers? Of course you do! A few weeks back, I mentioned that we’d love to share some of those photos with our readers, and it didn’t take long before Tim Daley checked in with this […]

A commitment to snowmobile safety can save lives

Earlier this week I saw a newspaper report that caught my eye. Ice anglers on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland had “planted” 15 discarded Christmas trees on the lake, marking the ice as unsafe in hopes of making sure that snowmobilers don’t drive into the open water closer to shore. That’s what happened on Jan. 7, […]

Maine adds 73 moose calves to project; Vermont joins in on study

Back in 2014, crews began capturing and collaring Maine moose as part of a research project aimed at shedding more light on the state’s herd. Last week, another 73 moose calves were successfully added to that study group. A helicopter crew from Native Range Capture Services of Elko, Nevada, was in Maine last week to […]