Category Archives: Hunting

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 […]

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 […]