Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

‘Bats in belfry’ column sparks emotional response

Little brown bats that are free of white-nose syndrome hibernate while clinging to a cave wall in a tight-packed group in 2011 near Allagash Lake in Maine. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Mays, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist)

A week ago, I wrote a column about my mom’s bat problem. In that piece, I explained that my mom wasn’t excited about sharing space with a bat, and since the bat was in her actual living space, following guidance from several sources at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the bat was […]

Picture from the Past: Mackerel fishing in Searsport, 2007

FINE DAY FOR FISHING   Tuesday was a fine day for fishing at the Searsport public landing and three boys from Belfast made the most of it. Friends, Shawn Secotte (from left) Tyler Tran and Baxter Smith landed a bunch of mackerel and a couple of small codfish. (BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY WALTER GRIFFIN)

Although this photo doesn’t qualify as a golden oldie — it’s not the classic black-and-white version we often share, after all — it seemed appropriate to share it today for one reason. This photo was taken on Aug. 1, 2007, nine years ago today, and shows a scene that I’d bet is being repeated in […]

My mom has bats in her belfry. What next?

Little brown bats that are free of white-nose syndrome hibernate while clinging to a cave wall in a tight-packed group in 2011 near Allagash Lake in Maine. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Mays, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist)

The call came at an inopportune time, just as I’d put about four pounds of chicken on the grill, and donned my imaginary outdoor chef hat. It was my mom. And while she wasn’t frothing at the mouth (a bit of foreshadowing), she was rather worked up. She’d found a bat. In her house. On […]

Readers report: Dogs eat the darndest things

Teddy the Dog ( scratches an itch the day he arrived at his new home. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Last week, after discovering a half-eaten $10 bill, I put pen to paper (who am I kidding … it’s always fingers to keyboard nowadays) and told the tale of Teddy the Ten-Spot Eating Dog. I suspected that others might have their own stories to share, and opened the floor to email and Facebook tales of […]

Picture from the Past: A see-in-the-dark shotgun

Warden trainee Lawrence Tate displays a shotgun equipped with a flashlight in this 1960 BDN file photo by Spike Webb.

Perhaps I should have labeled this photo “Poacher from the Past,” although the person holding this gun it is clearly a game warden, not the poacher the firearm was taken from. If you’ve spent any time hunting, it’s pretty clear that the shotgun pictured in this BDN file photo from 1960 had been retrofitted for […]

Bird dog in training has an appetite for money

Teddy the dog has shown an appetite for money. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Back in October, when we welcomed a baby bird dog into our lives, my wife and I loaded up the kids and drove to Grand Lake Stream, where we met our little bundle of joy for the first time. Teddy the Wonder Dog didn’t disappoint: He was wide-eyed and snuggle-able, and loved everyone. During our […]

Picture from the Past: Flag-raising on Katahdin

Members of the Millinocket VFW post and Boy Scouts hoisted a 49-star flag atop Mt. Katahdin at 4:42 o'clock Saturday morning at sunrise to mark adoption of the new flag honoring admission of the 49th state. The first rays of the rising sun burst from behind the group as the new flag was unfurled at Monument Peak while skies glowed with the beginning of a fine Fourth of July day.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS PHOTO BY WASHBURN

Some 57 years ago, Americans were celebrating the nation’s birthday — and the recent addition of the 49th state, Alaska. Here in Maine, a group from Millinocket marked Alaska’s statehood in style, climbing to the top of Mount Katahdin and displaying the new 49-star flag at sunrise on July 4, 1959. Alaska had actually been […]

Acadia memories on an important day

In this August 2011 photo, visitors to Acadia admire the spray from ocean waves crashing into Thunder Hole in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.  Bill Trotter|BDN

Many of us Mainers, who grew up not-so-far from Acadia National Park, likely grew up taking the place for granted. I know I did. When I was very young, trips to Mount Desert Island were infrequent, and I seem to remember complaining about spending so much time in the car. As I reached high school […]

Lakes are a Maine treasure worth protecting

Summertime at camp. Hammock. Water. What more do you need? (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

When I was a young child, summers were pretty simple: A few days after school let out, we loaded up the car and headed to “camp.” In other places, I’ve since learned, they might go “to the cottage,” or to “the lake house.” Here, for me and many of my young peers, that perfect spot […]

Finicky fish no match for drift boat trip winner

John St. Onge of Cumberland makes a cast while fishing the East Outlet of the Kennebec River on June 19, 2016. St. Onge was fishing with guide Dan Legere of the Maine Guide Fly Shop after winning the BDN's annual drift boat trip contest. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Finding fish, Maine guide Dan Legere will tell you, can be pretty easy at this time of year, when the tell-tale rings of rising trout and salmon dapple the waters of the East Outlet of the Kennebec River. Figuring out what those fish are actually feeding on? That can be a bit of a challenge. […]