Category Archives: Hunting

Deer runs the rapids, but determined hunter tracks it down

When Chris Halsted took up deer hunting this year, he figured he’d get to spend some time in the woods, and might enjoy an adventure or two. He probably didn’t think that he’d end up shooting a big buck, searching for it for two days, and put his considerable whitewater paddling skills to use while […]

Bucks battle on trail camera: When the hunter’s away, the boys will play

Ever wonder what the deer are doing when you’re not in the woods, sitting in your stand?   Are they tromping past — in broad daylight, no less — and thumbing their noses at your absence. Forget the fact that deer have no thumbs. The answer, of course, is “Yes. That’s exactly what they’re doing.” […]

Young hunters enjoying successful seasons

Kergan Perkins. 13. pf Frankfort poses with the eight-point, 225-pound buck he shot on Oct. 25, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Fields-Perkins)

As the final week of the traditional deer season winds down, many hunters will spend their final hours in the woods in search of a deer to fill their tags. Others, including more than a few younger hunters, have already tagged out and are busy telling their friends the tales of their successful hunts. Among […]

Terminally ill Lee man shoots 19-point, 254-pound deer

Warren Curtis of Lee is an avid outdoorsman and trapper, but he admits he can’t do everything he once could. “I’ve got terminal cancer. Multiple myeloma,” he says nonchalantly, like you or I might announce our coffee order to a drive-through cashier. “I can’t do a hell of a lot.” A week ago, however, Curtis […]

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 […]

Searsport hunter bags 240-pound deer, joins son, wife in big buck club

Two years ago, proud dad Jeffrey Grass of Searsport reached out to the BDN and said he might have a hunting story to share. His son Dean, then 12 years old, had shot a 237-pound buck on Youth Deer Day back in 2012 … and the mere fact that the Grasses were in the woods […]

4 moose illegally killed, wardens seek information

Four moose have been shot and killed in Aroostook County, and the Maine Warden Service is looking for help solving the crimes. Three of the moose were shot over a two-day period, Nov. 3 and 4, in Wildlife Management District 3. According to Sgt. Dan Menard of the Maine Warden Service, wardens do not think the […]

Finding matching antler sheds makes 10-year-old hunter’s day

Sometimes a hunter doesn’t have to actually pull the trigger for the day to turn out perfectly. That’s the message that J.D. Burke and his son, 10-year-old Jack, learned recently, after an opening day hunt. “On this day we sat in a blind for a few hours in the morning,” Burke explained in an email. […]