Category Archives: Hunting

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 […]

Levant 12-year-old completes hunting ‘grand slam’ … plus one

Kaleb Goodine, 12, of Levant shows off the bear he shot last year. Goodine completed a grand slam, shooting a bear, a moose, a deer and two turkeys during the season. (Photo courtesy of Walter Goodine)

Late last year, as many of us were licking our wounds after unsuccessful deer seasons (or was that just me), I received word of a local junior hunter who had recently completed quite a year. Unfortunately, as other stories developed, I never shared the tale of Kaleb Goodine’s grand slam. Today, after some well-deserved prodding […]

New York considering allowing baiting, trapping, hounding bears

From now until November, you’ll hear more than you want to hear about bears, as proponents and opponents debate the merits of a referendum that would ban three of Maine’s hunting methods. First things first: Earlier this week, I learned that organizers of the signature drive that circulated petitions that would put the issue in […]

Bear referendum supporters say they’ve got enough signatures for ballot measure

Since the beginning of an effort to put Maine’s bear hunting practices in front of the state’s voters began, many have said that supporters would have little trouble gathering the 57,277 signatures needed to place the issue on the ballot in November. That wasn’t a bold prediction: During an identical effort to ban the use […]

Hunters tag record number of Maine moose in 2013

Moose hunters again enjoyed a successful season in 2013, with a record number of participants tagging an animal. In all, 2,971 of the 4,110 permit-holders shot a moose last year, a 72 percent success rate, according to a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife press release. The 2,971 successful hunters topped the previous record […]

73-year-old Orland woman bags 240-pound deer

Jane Seekins says she doesn’t know how many more years she’ll deer hunt. Health concerns have begun to crop up more regularly, and the 73-year-old from Orland sometimes struggled to get into the woods this year. Chances are good that she’ll continue to find a way to hunt a bit … and when she does, […]