Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Our Maine Heritage: Alewives on the Souadabscook, 1988

Fishing agent Jim Bennett boxes up the frisky alewives dipped from the Souadabscook Stream in Hampden.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY BOB DELONG

Earlier today, we posted a story about the tremendous success story taking place on some tributaries of the Penobscot River: Alewives are streaming by the thousands into Blackman Stream in Bradley after restoration and stocking efforts that began five years ago. This “Our Maine Heritage” photo shows that in some tributaries in the lower river, […]

Yes, the critters are cute. But leave them alone

Maine game warden Kristopher MacCabe feeds Pedialyte to a baby deer at his western Maine home on June 4, 2012. The deer had been presumed abandoned by a local resident and delivered to the MacCabes. It later died. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife urges people to leave wildlife alone; many times, baby animals are left on their own by their mother for hours at a time, but return after foraging. Photo courtesy of Emily MacCabe.

It’s hard to resist a cute baby animal. And when hikers or homeowners see those fuzzy little critters — apparently alone, and obviously in need of human help — they often do the worst thing possible. They intervene. Maine game warden Kris MacCabe has some first-hand knowledge on the matter. Back in 2012, I shared […]

Presque Isle bear raids freezer, gobbles bacon, apples

A bear after bacon. BDN illustration by George Danby.

A couple weeks back, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife issued its stock seasonal warning to the state’s rural homeowners. The headline on that press release: “Remove potential meals so bears don’t become a nuisance.” Good advice — and an opinion that was seconded by one of my neighbors just this morning, who […]

Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

Don't. Chase. Bears. But especially, don't chase them if you're drunk and are trying to whack 'em with dull hatchets. (BDN file photo)

In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that coffee exists as its own […]

Moose permit lottery deadline is Thursday

If you’re hoping to head afield on the hunt of a lifetime this fall, your time is running out: The deadline for entering the 2015 Maine moose-permit lottery is nearly upon us. Prospective hunters have until 11:59 p.m. Thursday to enter the lottery online. To do that, go to mefishwildlife.com and follow the links. The […]

Local youths win high school bass championship

Hunter Pate of Orrington (left) and Jacob Gauvin of Buckport show off the fish they caught while winning the Student Angler Federation Maine State High School Bass Fishing Championship on Silver Lake in Bucksport on Saturday. (Student Angler Federation photo)

Avid bass anglers Hunter Pate of Orrington and Jacob Gauvin of Bucksport teamed up to defend their 2014 title on Saturday during the Student Angler Federation Maine High School Bass Fishing Championship. The duo landed a collective 12.27 pounds of bass during the event, which was held at Silver Lake in Bucksport. Gauvin also caught […]

Our Maine Heritage: Where was this log drive photo taken?

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Over the past several weeks, we’ve shared some vintage Maine photos with readers, and many have taken time to comment on those pictures. This week, we’ve got a bit of a mystery photo, and would love some help in identifying the scene you’re looking at now. In past weeks, we had full, accurate caption information […]

Cabela’s to host Maine game warden recruitment seminar Saturday

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)

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Maine game warden, you may want to stop by the Cabela’s store in Scarborough on Saturday for a recruitment seminar. According to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, game warden recruiters will be on hand from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. They’ll […]

Biologist expects ‘fair, modest’ turkey season

Wild turkeys walk through a field in Searsmont near the Ridge to River Trail, a footpath maintained by the Georges River Land Trust, on Jan. 3, 2015. (BDN photo by Aislinn Sarnacki)

Warm, mild weather has greeted turkey hunters during the first week of the spring season, and Brad Allen, a wildlife biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, predicted those hunters will enjoy “a very fair, modest hunt” this year. The reason for Allen’s lukewarm assessment: The state’s turkey population has fallen in […]