Category Archives: Humor

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 […]

Deer season diary: Selfie with a squirrel

For the past dozen years or so, I’ve spent plenty of November days in a particular patch of woods in the rural Maine town of Otis. Theoretically, I’ve been deer hunting. Actually (since deer rarely join me on my annual adventures), I’ve been squirrel-watching. Periodically, I’ve written columns about my interactions with the same squirrel. […]

‘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 […]

Can you top this: Fort Kent angler catches trout with a Slim Jim wrapper on an Air Force base

We asked. You answered. In what may be one of the most epic fish tales I’ve ever heard, I’m happy to share the story that Mike Jacksson of Fort Kent passed along. First, the short backstory: A few weeks ago, after David Baker caught a bass while using a Bangor Daily News novelty key chain […]

Reader uses BDN novelty key chain to land a bass

David Baker of Glenburn recently caught a bass on a novelty BDN key chain that he fitted with hooks. (Photo courtesy of David Baker)

A few years ago, in preparation for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show and other events we’d be staffing, a member of our promotions staff found a cool novelty item that we’d give to folks when they visited our booth. Officially, they were key chains with the BDN logo emblazoned on them. But these key chains […]

Outdoor guy turns Pinterest project into rake/rod rack

The storage bin, completed (sans wheels). Note the fly rods in a position of honor on the left.

I am not, as far as I can tell, the target audience of Pinterest. Let’s get that out of the way right off. Not that I have anything against the internet idea exchange that so many have embraced over the past couple of years, of course. My wife, Karen, a regular Pinterest-checker, has found all […]

Mooseless in Millinocket: How not to impress your new boss

Moose tracks in the road. But no moose in sight. (BDN photo by Sarah Walker Caron)

Among my official duties here at the BDN, I am also the self-appointed, semi-qualified president of the Welcoming Committee … and the apparently not-so-qualified, also self-appointed head moose-finder. So when a new colleague shows up at work (my boss) and tells me she’s never seen a moose, I’m the man for the job. Or, at […]

Bears got you scared? This product may help

Over the past few weeks, Mainers have once again learned that they have burly neighbors wandering through their backyards at night, desperately seeking snacks. Nothing new there. Each spring, as black bears begin to forage, they check out their surroundings and look for snacks. Easy-to-find snacks. Handy snacks. Snacks that many of us unwittingly make available […]