Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

A commitment to snowmobile safety can save lives

Earlier this week I saw a newspaper report that caught my eye. Ice anglers on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland had “planted” 15 discarded Christmas trees on the lake, marking the ice as unsafe in hopes of making sure that snowmobilers don’t drive into the open water closer to shore. That’s what happened on Jan. 7, […]

Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’

Wayne Bosowicz

Several years ago, not long after I’d begun writing outdoor columns instead of covering sports for this paper, I met a man who made an instant and lasting impression. His name was Wayne Bosowicz. He was a bear hunting guide. And he certainly looked the part. Each time I saw Wayne — usually at a […]

I’m back! Subtitle: What I now know about having a stroke (or three)

Glad to be back.

Back in mid-December, just as I was preparing to start thinking about maybe, possibly doing a bit of Christmas shopping, my body had another idea. As you may have read in editor’s Sarah Walker Caron’s note to BDN readers, I ended up in Eastern Maine Medical Center for a few days. The diagnosis: I’d had […]

A 10-pointer his dad would have been proud of

Bill Jones Jr. of Levant shows off the 10-point, 197-pound buck he shot this season. (Courtesy of Bill Jones)

Bill Jones Jr. remembers the first time he watched a hunter harvest a buck. The year was 1975, and on that day, his dad, Bill Jones Sr., took a handsome six-pointer. The younger Jones will tell you that he remembers his father using the vintage Winchester .30-30 rifle he’d bought for $50 when he’d been […]

Belfast hunter’s patience pays off as 16-point buck returns

Larry Dyer Jr. of Belfast captured a trail camera photo of this deer back in August. On Nov. 19, the deer returned. Dyer's 212-pounder sported a 16-point rack of antlers. (Larry Dyer Jr. photo)

Larry Dyer Jr. and his wife bought property near Belfast in hopes of building a home there someday. In the meantime, he figured the large parcel would provide a perfect place for him and his son, Larry Dyer III, to deer hunt in the fall. And when Dyer, who lives in Belfast, captured a trail […]

Bangor hunter bags 261-pound monster buck — 313 pounds ‘on the hoof’

Nathan Ryan of Bangor took this big North Woods buck on Nov. 14 while hunting off the Golden Road near Millinocket. It weighed 261 pounds, field dressed, and sported a nine-point rack. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Ryan)

Nathan Ryan of Bangor checked in a few days ago, curious to see if our BDN Biggest Bucks contest was still taking entries. Unfortunately, we weren’t — the deadline had passed. But fortunately, the 41-year-old hunter was willing to share his story with us anyway. And the deer he took on Nov. 14 was pretty […]

Here are the BDN’s Biggest Bucks for 2016

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

At the beginning of this year’s firearms hunting season for deer, we unveiled a contest designed to allow hunters to share their success stories with others. Today, it’s time to unveil the winners of our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest: Tom Kittrick of Millinocket topped all entries in the “heaviest deer” category at 250 pounds, […]

Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? (It can be done)

Amy Prenier shows off her first buck, a 220-pounder that she shot in Cooper. The buck had a 15-point rack. (Photo courtesy of Amy Prenier)

For the past four weeks, we’ve been eagerly awaiting new entrants in our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest. The final “feature deer” of this year’s contest comes from Amy Prenier, who filled her tag with a beautiful 15-pointer while hunting on Nov. 19 in Cooper. And as you’ve likely guessed after reading the headline, Prenier’s […]