Category Archives: Hunting

2013 deer kills was up 15 percent, to 24,795

After three straight mild winters, state wildlife biologists were confident that Maine’s deer population was bouncing back from two consecutive harsh winters in 2008 and 2009 that had decimated the herd in some regions. That belief was supported on Friday with hard data, as the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife announced the final […]

Smith’s essays step away from the political realm, into the great outdoors

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George Smith, at one point, may have been the most powerful man in Maine outdoor politics. Think those two words don’t go together? Outdoor? Politics? They do. And as the longtime executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Smith spent plenty of time in hearing rooms and back hallways, lobbying for various causes that […]

Hunter may have captured Orono bears on trail camera in August

A mother bear and a cub visit Tim McCluskey's Orono bait site in August, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tim McCluskey)

On Sunday, wildlife biologist Randy Cross invited me to tag along on an impromptu visit to a bear den in Orono. Inside a hollow tree, we found four bears — three hefty yearling cubs and their mother — which had decided to camp out for the winter within 50 yards or so of a landowner’s […]

Orono show a hit … again

Thousands of outdoorsy Mainers stopped by the University of Maine’s Orono campus over the weekend to check out the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, which was staged in the Memorial Gym, Stanley Wallace Pool and the newly refurbished New Balance Field House. The star of the show, for me, was the field house itself. As […]

Need a harbinger of spring? Outdoor show season is approaching

Mark McCullough works on a painting during the 2013 Cabin Fever Reliever in Brewer. (BDN photo by Brian Swartz)

When we get a snowstorm every two or three days (which seems to be the pattern recently), it’s easy to get discouraged with Maine’s winter weather. Since I’m all limbered up after yet another shoveling expedition, I thought I’d share some good news: Spring is coming. Kind of. Or at the very least, one of […]

Thanks a million! BDN ‘Out There’ blog hits a milestone

Our creative promotions staff had its work cut out for it in turning me into a snowboarder for an upcoming ad campaign. I may have fallen down before I got to the "W" in "VIEWS." (BDN graphic by Shelley Sund)

Since you “Out There” readers are responsible, I’ll make you among the first to know: We all reached a pretty significant milestone today. And I can’t thank you enough for your support. At about 2 p.m. today, one of you pushed the blog over the 1 million page-view mark. We have a vibrant blogging community […]