Category Archives: Humor

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 — […]

Casting with colleagues: If you don’t bleed, you’re ahead of the game

atalie Feulner of the BDN fly fishes Kenduskeag Stream in Bangor under the watchful eye of her husband, Brian Feulner. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

When you work in a building that sits on a stream, (which, in turn, empties into a mighty river just a few hundred yards away), it’s easy for your thoughts to start revolving around fishing. That’s my excuse, anyway. And ever since the Bangor Daily News moved downtown, and I mentioned to a colleague that […]

Greenville’s Legere named ‘legendary Maine guide’

Dan Legere (left) of Maine Guide Fly Shop holds the net and a landlocked salmon that Don Factor of Bangor (right) caught in 2011 on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Factor was this year's winner of the BDN's annual "Win a Drift Boat Trip" contest. (BDN PHOTO BY JOHN HOLYOKE)

Back in 2003, the BDN began a marketing promotion designed to introduce its new outdoors writer — me — to those who have turned to these pages for generations in order to find out what’s happening in our woods and on our waters. The idea: Find one of the state’s top guides, get them on […]

Presque Isle bear raids freezer, gobbles bacon, apples

A bear after bacon. BDN illustration by George Danby.

A couple weeks back, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued its stock seasonal warning to the state’s rural homeowners. The headline on that press release: “Remove potential meals so bears don’t become a nuisance.” Good advice — and an opinion that was seconded by one of my neighbors just this morning, who […]

Here’s a great idea: Seal-shaped man swims with sharks

An angler prepares to release a small shark -- likely a bonnethead -- on a beach in Florida recently. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Not long ago, my wife and I decided we’d spend April school vacation in Florida, so that my stepchildren could spend time with their Nana, and so that I could sunburn my pale carcass and lie around on the beach. Maybe she didn’t pitch the idea exactly like that. But right after the “Nana” part, […]

Seal on ice: Visitor heads up the Penobscot, finds rough sledding

Brian Feulner | BDN

BANGOR, Maine — While many Mainers are lamenting the late arrival of spring, at least one resident has apparently had enough. On Thursday, a seal made its way up the Penobscot River as far as Sea Dog Brewing Company, where it ran into winter, head-on. The seal — nicknamed “Sam,” according to one Sea Dog […]

Hogged stones, hacks, and icy tumbles: A novice curler’s diary

Many years ago, I fashioned myself as a pretty serious athlete (if, that is, you define “serious” as “getting mad whenever you lose”). It didn’t take long before I realized, however, that my chances of making it to the Olympics were pretty slim (If, that is, you define “slim” as “nonexistent.) But every time the […]

Follow our quinzhee adventure as it happens: #BDNsnowcave

Later today, BDN visuals editor Brian Feulner and I are heading to Unity College, where we’ll try to avoid freezing to death while sleeping in a snowbank. Actually, our adventure isn’t quite that death-defying: We’re going to help build a snow shelter — a quinzhee — with Unity College students. Then Brian and I will […]

Readers respond with winter camping hints

A week ago, I may have hinted (or begged) for help from BDN readers. If you missed that column, here’s the short version: My bosses decided that they were going to send me out into the cold, cruel world, and expected me to sleep in a snow shelter that I’d build myself. “Great story!” they […]