Category Archives: Hunting

19-year-old New Sweden woman shoots 269-pound buck

The recently completed deer season was the first, Jesse McCabe of New Sweden will tell you, that his daughter really caught the hunting bug. The duo began hunting together when daughter Albany McCabe turned 10. But it wasn’t really until last fall — when she was 19 — that Albany committed to finally filling her […]

Maine adds 73 moose calves to project; Vermont joins in on study

Back in 2014, crews began capturing and collaring Maine moose as part of a research project aimed at shedding more light on the state’s herd. Last week, another 73 moose calves were successfully added to that study group. A helicopter crew from Native Range Capture Services of Elko, Nevada, was in Maine last week to […]

Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’

Several years ago, not long after I’d begun writing outdoor columns instead of covering sports for this paper, I met a man who made an instant and lasting impression. His name was Wayne Bosowicz. He was a bear hunting guide. And he certainly looked the part. Each time I saw Wayne — usually at a […]

A 10-pointer his dad would have been proud of

Bill Jones Jr. remembers the first time he watched a hunter harvest a buck. The year was 1975, and on that day, his dad, Bill Jones Sr., took a handsome six-pointer. The younger Jones will tell you that he remembers his father using the vintage Winchester .30-30 rifle he’d bought for $50 when he’d been […]

Belfast hunter’s patience pays off as 16-point buck returns

Larry Dyer Jr. and his wife bought property near Belfast in hopes of building a home there someday. In the meantime, he figured the large parcel would provide a perfect place for him and his son, Larry Dyer III, to deer hunt in the fall. And when Dyer, who lives in Belfast, captured a trail […]

Bangor hunter bags 261-pound monster buck — 313 pounds ‘on the hoof’

Nathan Ryan of Bangor checked in a few days ago, curious to see if our BDN Biggest Bucks contest was still taking entries. Unfortunately, we weren’t — the deadline had passed. But fortunately, the 41-year-old hunter was willing to share his story with us anyway. And the deer he took on Nov. 14 was pretty […]

Here are the BDN’s Biggest Bucks for 2016

At the beginning of this year’s firearms hunting season for deer, we unveiled a contest designed to allow hunters to share their success stories with others. Today, it’s time to unveil the winners of our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest: Tom Kittrick of Millinocket topped all entries in the “heaviest deer” category at 250 pounds, […]

Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? (It can be done)

For the past four weeks, we’ve been eagerly awaiting new entrants in our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest. The final “feature deer” of this year’s contest comes from Amy Prenier, who filled her tag with a beautiful 15-pointer while hunting on Nov. 19 in Cooper. And as you’ve likely guessed after reading the headline, Prenier’s […]

Allagash adventure: A 267-pound buck, and a five-hour drag

One of the great things about Maine it’s easy to find special places off the beaten path to enjoy outdoor pursuits. And when the best-laid plans come together, you end up with memories that will last forever. A couple weeks back, a group of hunting buddies embarked on just such an adventure, heading to the […]