Category Archives: Humor

Eager readers sign up for annual drift boat trip contest|

Over the course of three days last weekend, my colleague Aislinn Sarnacki and I greeted hundreds of BDN readers at our booth at the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show. One observation: When your booth is directly across from the most popular smoked meat vendor at the show, you quickly learn how to chat with folks with […]

Outdoor community reaches out, shows it cares

For the past 14 years — since I landed the job many have described as the best newspaper gig in the state — I’ve looked forward to late winter for a number of reasons. Among those: When the snow starts to melt, it also signals the arrival of annual outdoor expos like the Eastern Maine […]

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

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?

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

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

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

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

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

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 […]