Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race postponed until April 25

Extended cold weather and icy conditions in Kenduskeag Stream have forced the postponement of this year’s Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, according to race director Tracy Willette, director of Bangor Parks and Recreation. In a phone message Friday morning, Willette said the race, which was scheduled for Saturday, April 18, will instead be held on April […]

Winter took a toll on grouse in study, but biologists unfazed

Brittany King holds a ruffed grouse before it's measured, tagged and fitted with a radio collar on Wednesday at the midcoast Maine survey site in September 2014. Brian Feulner| BD

Late last summer, biologists teamed up with a University of Maine professor to begin a project that will provide a clearer picture of the state’s ruffed grouse population. Using radio tags, the researchers are monitoring those birds and compiling data on their survival rates and breeding success. A glimpse at the data collected so far […]

Spring at last: St. George, Passy races set for this weekend

After two weeks of postponements due to ice, on Wednesday Dale Cross was finally able to say the words that canoeists and kayakers have been waiting to hear all spring. “The races are on,” the longtime race director of the first two canoe races on the Maine schedule each spring. “I can tell you the […]

Forget disco duck: This woodcock does the funky chicken

A woodcock performs a mating dance in Brewer recently. (BDN photo by Travis Gass)

Mother nature is full of surprises. And when our woodland critters start to get a little amorous, you never know what you’ll see. Here at the BDN, we’ve got dozens of wildlife-watchers on staff. When your winters last six or eight months, like ours do, it doesn’t take much to spice up our days. Sometimes, […]

Maine Youth Fish and Game Association dinner, auction set

T.J. Schaefer (kneeling, left) and Susan Best (center) brought their kids Ethan (far left) Lauren (right) and Christian (second from right)  to the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association's Annual Family Ice Fishing Day on Pickerel Pond in Township 32 in 2012. BDN file photo by Gabor Degre

For the past 14 years, the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association has been delivering traditional outdoor programming to students in the Old Town area. And every so often, the group asks for help so that they can continue to carry out its mission. This is one of those times: Their annual dinner and benefit […]

Our Maine Heritage: Opening day of fishing season, 1958

On Wednesday, some of us April Fools went fishing … just like our brethren have been doing for generations. It was, after all, the traditional opening day of open-water fishing season, and after a being cooped up all winter, even a chilly day of fishing was better than none. Back in 1958 — in a […]

Mother Nature wins round two: Weekend canoe races postponed again

A pair of paddlers competing in the St. George river race in Searsmont get stranded on rocks due to low water on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The race has been postponed twice already this year because of ice on the river. ( BDN file photo)

Dale Cross has been keeping a close eye on the St. George River lately, hoping for some warm spring weather that will help a winter’s worth of ice, allowing him to stage the season’s first canoe race. On Tuesday, Cross — who serves as race director for both the St. George and Passagassawakeag river races […]

Ellsworth student wins Maine title in Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest

An Ellsworth High School student had his drawing selected as Best in Show during a statewide competition to crown Maine’s winner of the 2015 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest last week. Kyle Lima’s drawing of a northern pintail was chosen from among 473 entries in the contest; His winning drawing will now be including […]

Our Maine Heritage: Legends of outdoor writing gather for a meal

The Penobscot Salmon Conservation Association, Inc., were hosts last night to Maine's fish and game writers and Commissioner Roland H. Cobb. Shown at the head table, l to r: Bud Leavitt, Bangor Daily News; Bob Eliot of Augusta, recreation director, Department of Economic Development; Commissioner Cobb; George Chalmers, Bangor, president of the Penobscot club; Joe Novick, Lewiston Sun; Gene Letourneau of Waterville, Gannett Newspapers; Bill Geagan, Bangor.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO BY DANNY MAHER

If you’re an outdoor writer in this state — which I’m very fortunate to be — it won’t take long before someone starts talking about the trailblazers who preceded you. The names are nearly mythical: Just saying one of those names aloud elicits a response. Mention the BDN’s own Bud Leavitt and I can hear […]

Fed, then dead: N.H. supplemental feeding kills 12 deer; Maine deer also at risk

A news release from New Hampshire Fish and Game unveiled a harsh reality earlier this week, and Maine’s top deer biologist said the practice that left 12 deer dead — supplemental feeding by well-intentioned animal-lovers — takes its toll on this state’s deer as well. According to state officials in New Hampshire, a dozen deer […]