Category Archives: Humor

Listen: BDN outdoors editor talks moose, birds on ‘The Drive’ radio show

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Every other Wednesday, I participate in “The Drive” radio show, which airs on 92.9 “The Ticket” FM, to talk about the outdoor issues of the week. Important addition: On alternating weeks, you can listen to my colleague Aislinn Sarnacki on the same show. Typically, our segment airs around 4:35 p.m. But you’re busy. You might […]

My mom has bats in her belfry. What next?

Little brown bats that are free of white-nose syndrome hibernate while clinging to a cave wall in a tight-packed group in 2011 near Allagash Lake in Maine. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Mays, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist)

The call came at an inopportune time, just as I’d put about four pounds of chicken on the grill, and donned my imaginary outdoor chef hat. It was my mom. And while she wasn’t frothing at the mouth (a bit of foreshadowing), she was rather worked up. She’d found a bat. In her house. On […]

Readers report: Dogs eat the darndest things

Teddy the Dog ( scratches an itch the day he arrived at his new home. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Last week, after discovering a half-eaten $10 bill, I put pen to paper (who am I kidding … it’s always fingers to keyboard nowadays) and told the tale of Teddy the Ten-Spot Eating Dog. I suspected that others might have their own stories to share, and opened the floor to email and Facebook tales of […]

Bird dog in training has an appetite for money

Teddy the dog has shown an appetite for money. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Back in October, when we welcomed a baby bird dog into our lives, my wife and I loaded up the kids and drove to Grand Lake Stream, where we met our little bundle of joy for the first time. Teddy the Wonder Dog didn’t disappoint: He was wide-eyed and snuggle-able, and loved everyone. During our […]

Finicky fish, windy weather make for challenging vacation angling

BDN outdoor editor John Holyoke battles the waves while fly fishing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., recently. Holyoke eventually traded the fly rod for a surf-casting rig and eventually caught a nice pompano. (Karen Holyoke photo)

When we headed to sunny Florida on vacation last week, I packed more ambitiously than I had on a similar trip the year before. Added to the flip-flops and T-shirts, I also toted a fly rod and some saltwater flies, and planned to put them to good use. The vacation rental was on the beach, […]

Confessions of a DeLorme geek

Chris Lander of Orrington checks out DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer during a break on a 2010 bird hunting trip. (John Holyoke photo)

While DeLorme has been a technological company, even those of us who’ve never purchased any of their more modern, electronic products couldn’t imagine going out into the back of beyond without that handy book of maps tucked away next to the ice scraper, or stuck in the seatback pouch. How iconic is that book? Well, […]

Addition of baby bird dog making life more interesting

Teddy the Dog ( scratches an itch the day he arrived at his new home. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Two dogs in one house. Plenty of people do it. Heck, I even have a colleague who owns nine or 10. (Disclosure: Those dogs pull a sled, so they’re likely tuckered out at the end of the day). Two dogs is doable. No sweat. What could possibly go wrong? Those were the thoughts that pinged […]

Is your hunter’s breakfast on this list?

It’s that time of year again: The mornings are getting crisp, the leaves are falling, and for many of us, deer season is just around the corner. Whether you fill your tag this year (or not), there’s no reason to head into the woods on Saturday mornings without a belly-full. For the past several days, […]

Beware sweet-tempered, pregnant dogs; or, why we’re buying another puppy

Genny the dog checks out the sights at Beech Hill Pond. Genny does not yet realize that she will soon have a baby brother underfoot. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

When my wife and I took a pleasant drive down to Grand Lake Stream a few weeks back, we were not in the market for a new puppy. At least, as far as I knew we weren’t. But over the course of a half-hour, all that changed. And I’m happy — if somewhat surprised — […]