Category Archives: Humor

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 […]

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

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

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’

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 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

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, […]