Category Archives: Hunting

It’s show time! Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show set for  78th edition

Aislinn Sarnacki of the BDN waits for visitors at last year's Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show in Orono. (John Holyoke photo)

In their annual harbinger of spring, the Penobscot County Conservation Association will roll out the red carpet this weekend for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show. Thousands of attendees will browse the aisle, as they have during 77 prior shows, and greet longtime exhibitors like the old friends they are. Want to book a trip to […]

Behind the numbers: Why moose permit allocations are decreasing

Fewer moose permits will likely be available to hunters this year. (BDN file photo)

Lee Kantar said he knows newspaper headlines across the state will trumpet the fact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is planning on decreasing the number of moose permits quite drastically this year. Kantar, the state’s moose biologist, said he hopes that Mainers don’t look at those numbers — 600 fewer permits allotted, bringing […]

Brewer’s Cabin Fever Reliever outdoor show set for this weekend

Four-year-old Swaroop Handral of Brewer waits as instructor Dan Long (left) explains to him how to hold a recurve bow during the Cabin Fever Reliever back in 2008. (BDN file photo)

The best little outdoor expo in these parts will return to Brewer this weekend, as the Penobscot Fly Fishers gear up for their annual Cabin Fever Reliever. Mike Hegarty, who is serving as the show chairman, said club members are eager to welcome attendees to the family-friendly event. “The big picture is [we’re] trying to […]

Confessions of a DeLorme geek

Chris Lander of Orrington checks out DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer during a break on a 2010 bird hunting trip. (John Holyoke photo)

While DeLorme has been a technological company, even those of us who’ve never purchased any of their more modern, electronic products couldn’t imagine going out into the back of beyond without that handy book of maps tucked away next to the ice scraper, or stuck in the seatback pouch. How iconic is that book? Well, […]

Mainers say they love their well-worn DeLormes. How about you?

Bling the cat puts his stamp of approval on the DeLorme Maine Atlas and Gazetteeer owned by his people, Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson of Warren. (Photo courtesy of Liz Stanley and Ike Johnson)

Late last week we shared news about the pending sale of DeLorme to GPS giant Garmin. DeLorme, a Maine mapping company, publishes the venerable “The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer,” and many Mainers have come to depend on the map book on their trips afield. Among the questions we asked: What does your DeLorme mean to […]

What’s your DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer look like? And what if you can’t buy another?

The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer. (Courtesy of DeLorme)

When news of GPS giant Garmin’s purchase of DeLorme, the iconic Maine mapmaker, reached the newsroom, I nearly jumped out of my chair, rushed to a bookstore, and bought every copy of the Maine Atlas and Gazetteer that I could find. Irrational? Probably. But the question that prompted my panic bears pondering: What if, at […]

Attention young ‘North Woods Law’ fans: Camp North Woods returns this summer

Maine Game Wardens featured in the Animal Planet TV show "North Woods Law" pose for a photo in front of the Maine Warden Service mobile command vehicle on April 5, 2012. Pictured are Jonathan Parker (left), Kim Bates, Sgt. Tim Spahr, Kristopher MacCabe and Josh Bubier. (BDN Photo by John Holyoke)

Young fans of the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law” will have the chance to learn some outdoor skills from their favorite Maine Game Wardens again this summer at Camp North Woods. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife debuted the camp in 2015. Campers, in order to build upon the TV show’s […]

80 percent of hunters successful during 2015 Maine moose hunt

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Citing good hunting weather and other factors, Maine’s moose biologist said that despite a decrease in moose permits issued by the state this year, more hunters actually filled their tags. Percentage-wise, the success rate soared to 80 percent during the 2015 season. A year ago, just 65 percent of hunters were successful. Overall, according to […]

Tom Hennessey book signing set for Saturday

Fans of longitme BDN outdoor writer and artist Tom Hennessey can catch up with him on Saturday as he signs copies of his latest book, “Leave Some for Seed,” at the Old Town Trading Post. Hennessey will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the signing.  

Deer season in review: New exploration in formerly familiar woods

My first indication that this year’s deer season might be a bit different than those in the past came way back in July, when I took a drive past my group’s favorite hunting spot. I saw sunlight filtering through formerly dark growth. The woods were — different. In retrospect, after a month of tromping through […]