Category Archives: Hunting

No moose permit? You can still have moose season fun

The second moose to arrive at Gate Way Variety, the Ashland tagging station, in 2015 weighed in at 830 pounds. Shot by 16-year-old Jaxson Marston of Harrington, the bull had a 19-point rack with a 42.5-inch spread. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Bright and early Monday morning, 720 lucky moose hunters — along with assorted relatives and friends — will head into the woods of northern Maine to embark upon adventures that some have been looking forward to for years. You? Me? The rest of us unlucky folks? Well, our names didn’t pop out of the computer-hopper […]

Have a hunting tale to tell? Send us your photos and story

The deer shot by Ben Thibodeau in Bucksport on the opening day of the hunting season in 2015. He said he did not hunt growing up and this is the first deer he shot since taking up the activity three years ago. Gabor Degre | BDN

It’s that time of year again: Hunters are out and about. And when they return, some skilled or lucky hunters will have tales to tell … and photos to share. Photos like the one above, which shows the amazing rack on the deer Ben Thibodeau took in 2015. Thibodeau counted 19 points, but was calling […]

Maine guide, trapper honored for 65 years in the woods

When Jim Martin of Bangor was honored over the weekend for a lifetime lived outdoors, he stopped to ponder how much time he’d spent in the woods pursuing one of his favorite activities, trapping. “I figured it out the other day,” the 77-year-old said. “I’ve trapped [at least one] beaver for 62 winters. I trapped […]

Landowner appreciation cleanup set for Sept. 18

In Maine, we’re fortunate to have vast swaths of forest land that landowners graciously allow others to access for various recreational activities. Want to hike, or bike, or hunt or fish? Chances are good that when you head afield to take part in those activities, you’re spending time on someone else’s land. Spend a bit […]

Biologist expects bears to start hitting bait sites soon

Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014. Cross first caught "Big John" four years earlier, in the exact same place. (John Wood photo/Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife)

Back in 2005, as many of the bear hunters at Tylor Kelly’s Camps in Allagash opted to stay dry, a lone truckload of men — including me — dutifully headed to their stands, hoping for the weather to break. There was a method to our madness (or, at least, we rationalized our decision that way): […]

New monument a gift to the nation, worth the wait

The East Branch of the Penobscot River runs through parts of the area that President Barack Obama designated as Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (BDN file photo)

Twenty-two years ago, many Mainers — most Mainers, I’d wager — were shocked to hear that a Massachusetts-based group had cast an eye northward and decided to save us from ourselves. For many who grew up here, RESTORE: The North Woods was cast as evil; the mere fact that the group’s name suggested that our […]

Picture from the Past: A see-in-the-dark shotgun

Warden trainee Lawrence Tate displays a shotgun equipped with a flashlight in this 1960 BDN file photo by Spike Webb.

Perhaps I should have labeled this photo “Poacher from the Past,” although the person holding this gun it is clearly a game warden, not the poacher the firearm was taken from. If you’ve spent any time hunting, it’s pretty clear that the shotgun pictured in this BDN file photo from 1960 had been retrofitted for […]

Bird dog in training has an appetite for money

Teddy the dog has shown an appetite for money. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

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 […]

Saturday family fun day in Brewer offers outdoor activities for all

If you’re looking to spend some times learning new skills and introducing your kids to outdoor activities, the folks at the Penobscot County Conservation Association in Brewer have just the event for you. On Saturday, June 4, the club is holding a Family Fun Day at their clubhouse, which is located off Route 9 (North […]

Got your turkey yet? Tell us about it!

As Maine’s wild turkey season reaches its halfway point in most Wildlife Management Districts, a couple of observations: My inbox has been devoid of those dreaded messages from the Maine Warden Service informing news media of hunting accidents. That’s a good thing. Here’s hoping hunters remain vigilant and safety-conscious, and that everyone’s trips afield remain […]