Category Archives: Hunting

First big buck, and ‘My dad was there in spirit’

Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro poses with the 10-point buck she shot on Nov. 5. The deer weighed 190 pounds, and Mathiau says her dad was with her, in spirit, on the hunt. (Photo courtesy of Judy Mathiau)

Judy Mathiau has been hunting for quite a few years now, and remembers her first jaunts through the deer woods on the family’s Vassalboro land. She was just a young teenager, and didn’t even carry a gun back then. But the walks she shared with her dad, Harlan Glidden, were special. “I just walked with […]

A special 10-point buck: ‘Dad was there in spirit’

Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro poses with the 10-point buck she shot on Nov. 5. The deer weighed 190 pounds, and Mathiau says her dad was with her, in spirit, on the hunt. (Photo courtesy of Judy Mathiau)

Over the past three weeks, we’ve shared a few great deer-hunting stories as part of our BDN’s Biggest Bucks contest. And while this week’s featured deer might not be the biggest, nor sport the largest rack, Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro proves that we’re suckers for a touching tale. The subject line of Mathiau’s entry: “My […]

‘Not a wicked exciting hunt’ ends with 250-pound buck

Tom Kittrick (center) poses with his daughter, Jaimyn Kittrick, son Dvin Kittrick and the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

Ideally, all of our hunts would go as planned. In a perfect world, when we finally catch up with that buck of a lifetime, it’ll be a combination of our planning, tactics and woods knowledge that turn the tide in our favor. Of course, not all hunts turn out that way. And sometimes, things still […]

Leg amputation, heart problems, cancer don’t stop hunter from bagging 220-pound deer

Clinton Roy, 72, of Hodgdon shows off the 9-point, 220-pound buck he shot on Nov. 14. Roy had given up hunting after a series of health challenges, including the amputation of one leg below the knee. After receiving a permit that allowed him to hunt from a motor vehicle, Roy filled his tag for the first time in several years. Courtesy of Christine Roy

HODGDON, Maine — Clinton Roy has had a few health setbacks over 20 years or so, his daughter, Christine Roy, will tell you. He’d already been battling diabetes when, in 2011, he had a heart attack that nearly killed him. “He underwent open heart surgery,” said Christine Roy, who lives in Milo. “It was supposed […]

This week’s big buck: 250-pounder near Millinocket

Tom Kittrick poses with the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

It’s the third week of deer season, and as the state’s hunters know, that means the peak of mating season — “the rut” — is upon us. Here’s hoping several of you bag bucks that you’ll enter in our BDN Biggest Bucks contest. In the meantime, here’s this week’s feature deer, which was taken by […]

Eddington teen bags 243-pound swamp buck

Levi Williamson grew up hunting with his dad, Galan. And on those frequent trips, Levi absorbed some lessons. “Hunting’s been part of my life since I was 10 years old,” 16-year-old Levi said. “And I’ve been with my dad, sitting in tree stands and walking out with him, since I was even younger.” When he […]

Big buck in Eddington: 243 pounds, 11 points

Levi Williamson took down this palmated 11-point. 243-pound swamp buck on Nov. 5 while still-hunting in Eddington. (Photo courtesy of Levi Williamson)

Throughout deer season, we’ll be sharing big buck tales of our readers through the BDN’s Biggest Bucks contest. And each Monday, we’ll unveil our weekly winner and focus on one lucky hunter. This week’s featured entrant: 16-year-old Levi Williamson, who took this 243-pounder while still-hunting in Eddington on Nov. 5. Williamson’s deer sported a palmated […]

Don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks contest

Ben Thibodeau poses with the deer he shot in Bucksport on the opening day of the hunting season in 2015. He said he did not hunti growing up and this is the first deer he shot since taking up the activity three years ago. At left are Thibodeau older daughters Mirabel, 5, (left) and Zoe, 8. (BDN photo by Gabor Degre)

As you head into the woods on Saturday, here are a couple of quick reminders: Be safe. Have fun. And when you bag that buck of a lifetime, don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks Contest. Most points? Win a prize. Heaviest deer? Win a prize. And as an added bonus, I’ll try to […]

Big ol’ buck: Oakfield 14-year-old bags 247-pound, 11-pointer

Logan Swallow, 14,  of Oakfield shot this 247-pound, 11-point  buck in Smyrna on Youth Deer Day. (Photo courtesy of Jeff Swallow)

For the past four years, Logan Swallow of Oakfield has spent Youth Deer Day with his uncle, Jeff Swallow. And for the past four years, they’ve returned at the end of the day without a deer. That all changed on Oct. 22, when the duo teamed up on the hunt of a lifetime. Jeff Swallow, […]