Category Archives: Humor

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 […]

Why do my bosses want me to sleep outside in the freezing cold?

  I need help. Some of you probably already assumed that, so let me be more specific: I need your help. To be even more clear, I need your help so that I can avoid freezing my tail feathers off, or dying of carbon-monoxide poisoning, or in an avalanche of my own making. Here’s why: […]

BDN Outdoors staffers to hit the airwaves

John Holyoke and Aislinn Sarnacki are two of the BDN staffers who will make regular appearances on 92.9 "The Ticket" and its afternoon show, "The Drive."

Starting this week, you’ll be able to hear a lot more from BDN staffers, as several of us will begin appearing on the radio each afternoon. We’re happy to announce that writers — including Aislinn Sarnacki and I from the outdoors desk, will be making regular appearances on The Drive, a show that launched Tuesday […]

Sedgwick man wins Grand Lake Stream camp raffle

The Grand Lake Stream Guides Association raffled off this camp in the town of Grand Lake Stream. Desmond Ashman of Sedgwick was the lucky winner. (Photo courtesy of Grand Lake Stream Guides Association)

For the past 20 years or so, Desmond Ashman has looked forward to regular trips to the picturesque village of Grand Lake Stream, where he’d visit with friends, hunt, fish, and unwind. In the coming years, chances are that the 41-year-old Sedgwick lobster fisherman will spend even more time in that place he has come […]

Beaver steals fisherman’s bait trap

A year ago, in a story that sounded too crazy to be true, I shared the tale of an Aroostook County hunter who lost his hunting rifle to a pesky beaver. It turned out that the toothy varmint was apparently in the market for some good hardwood shelving for the ol’ beaver house, and dragged […]

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 […]