Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Koi confiscation part of Maine’s effort to avoid potentially harmful species

When game wardens seized 50 illegal koi in Harpswell on Monday, some readers likely were left wondering why the possession of a bunch of captive fish was such a big deal. Many people, after all, keep fish in tanks in their homes. But koi are not legal to possess in Maine, joining many other species […]

Organizer optimistic that St. George canoe race will be run

According to the calendar, March is nearly over. According to the thermometer — 2 degrees Fahrenheit in Bangor this morning — it’s still February. And with another potential snow-maker bearing down on us, it’s pretty hard to think warm, spring thoughts. Don’t tell that to Dale Cross. Cross, the executive director of the Waldo County […]

Outdoor tidbits: Young writers win awards, canoe season approaches, and it’s still too cold out

Is it spring yet? No, I didn’t think so. And while I’m not typically one to gripe about the weather, I’ll admit this winter-that-won’t-end is beginning to get me down. So while we’re busy hunkering down as another snowstorm approaches, let’s clear the decks of a few interesting news items … and a few observations. […]

Hunter may have captured Orono bears on trail camera in August

A mother bear and a cub visit Tim McCluskey's Orono bait site in August, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Tim McCluskey)

On Sunday, wildlife biologist Randy Cross invited me to tag along on an impromptu visit to a bear den in Orono. Inside a hollow tree, we found four bears — three hefty yearling cubs and their mother — which had decided to camp out for the winter within 50 yards or so of a landowner’s […]

Orono show a hit … again

Thousands of outdoorsy Mainers stopped by the University of Maine’s Orono campus over the weekend to check out the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, which was staged in the Memorial Gym, Stanley Wallace Pool and the newly refurbished New Balance Field House. The star of the show, for me, was the field house itself. As […]

BDN outdoors staffers to host authors at Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show

When attendees start pouring into the University of Maine field house on Friday afternoon for the 76th Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show, they’ll find all kinds of surprises. Chief among those: The field house itself has undergone a complete overhaul. Visitors will instantly notice how bright and colorful the refurbished facility is, and will surely be […]

Moose attack or needless slaughter? Video raises ethical questions

A snowmobiler shoots at a moose in this YouTube video taken in an undisclosed location, likely outside of Maine.

Before you read any farther (and hopefully, before you view the shocking video that we’ve attached to today’s blog, it’s important to note that we have no reason to suspect that this footage was taken in Maine. In fact, there’s some internet indication that the video was filmed somewhere “out west.” Now, go ahead. Watch […]

Bill to arm rangers gets huge support; House tables effort pending possible amendment

A bill that would arm Maine’s forest rangers was overwhelmingly supported by the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, but that landslide vote was set aside when the bill was immediately tabled pending a possible amendment. “There was some discussion on whether an amendment is needed to look at a training requirement,” explained Rep. Jeff […]