Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Orono program seeking paddlers to learn wildwater skills

Kellen Doyle of Orono participates during a sprint race at the 2015 U.S. National Wildwater Championships in North Carolina. Doyle made the U.S. Junior National team and is competing in the world championships. (Photo courtesy of Peggy McKee)

If you’ve got an adventurous son or daughter interested in learning new skills and competing in an exciting sport they may not have tried, the Maine Canoe and Kayak Racing Organization is looking for them. MaCKRO sponsors junior and under-23-year-old wildwater teams, and workouts have begun. According to the MaCKRO press release, “wildwater is the […]

Limited edition Allagash prints available

Mark McCollough's painting. 500 prints are available. (Image courtesy of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry)

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and AWW superintendent Matthew LaRoche says those who appreciate the region have the opportunity to get their hands on a piece of art that’s part of that celebration. Just 500 prints of an Allagash painting by artist Mark McCollough are being sold; if you’re […]

Finicky fish, windy weather make for challenging vacation angling

BDN outdoor editor John Holyoke battles the waves while fly fishing in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., recently. Holyoke eventually traded the fly rod for a surf-casting rig and eventually caught a nice pompano. (Karen Holyoke photo)

When we headed to sunny Florida on vacation last week, I packed more ambitiously than I had on a similar trip the year before. Added to the flip-flops and T-shirts, I also toted a fly rod and some saltwater flies, and planned to put them to good use. The vacation rental was on the beach, […]

Sedgwick charter captain featured on Travel Channel TV show

Captain Pete Douvarjo of Eggemoggin Guide Service scans the horizon for sharks as a windjammer sails past near Mount Desert Rock on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. BDN photo by John Holyoke

Throughout the summer months, Captain Pete Douvarjo takes all kinds of clients out on his 21-foot Parker, named “Reel Life.” Sometimes he welcomes families aboard, and the registered Maine guide helps them learn to fish for pollack and mackerel. Other times, later in the season, he takes adventurous anglers farther from shore and targets sharks. […]

Maine volunteers sought for spruce budworm tracking project

A spruce budworm larva. Contributed photo by Jerald E. Dewey, USDA Forest Service

State officials have warned that a spruce budworm outbreak in Maine is likely within the next several years, and response plans have been formulated as the forest products industry prepares for the worst. With that reality in mind, the Budworm Tracker program is seeking volunteers in northern Maine to assist in its citizen science program, […]

Cumberland man wins 14th BDN drift boat trip contest

Guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop in Greenville (right) takes a photo of Jasper Walsh fishing in the East Outlet of the Kennebec River during a drift boat trip on Sunday, June 15, 2012. Walsh, of Newburgh, won the BDN's annual "Win a Drift Boat Trip" contest. When Legere stopped on a sandbar to prepare lunch, Walsh was tempted by rising fish in the river and waded in to cast flies to them. BDN photo by John Holyoke

As has become our custom, the BDN began accepting entries into our popular “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest at outdoor expos back in February, and as has become your custom, hundreds of interested anglers signed up to spend a day on the water. Our marketing gurus here at 1 Merchants Plaza spiced up the […]

DIF&W staffers get an earful at 15-year plan meetings

Mike Brown (from left), director of Fisheries, and regional fisheries biologist Gregory Burr, Gordon Kramer, and Tim Obrey listen and take notes during the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife public meeting on its management plan for fish at  the Black Bear Inn in Orono Thursday. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife held a series of public meetings seeking input on its next 15-year management plan for fish, moose, bear, deer, and wild turkeys. Ashley L. Conti | BDN

Over three days and nine hours of meetings, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife staffers met with more than 130 people last week in order to gather information that can help form long-term management plans the department is working on. Following meetings held in Portland and Presque Isle, three forums were held in Orono. […]

Maine Bowhunters Association banquet set for April 16

If you’re looking for an evening of fun and entertainment, and you enjoy bowhunting, you might want to head to Brewer on Saturday, April 16, for the Maine Bowhunters Association’s annual banquet. The event will be held at Jeff’s Catering, and doors open at 5 p.m. This year’s guest speakers are authors John Ford Sr. […]

DIF&W big game, fisheries management meetings set for this week

After being trapped by Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists, a 246-pound female black bear looks toward human visitors in Township 36 back in 2010.  (BDN file photo)

As I mentioned in an earlier BDN story, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is in the process of formulating its 15-year management plans for fisheries and various big game species. In that effort, the department is holding a series of public meetings to gather public input that will help guide those efforts. […]