Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Greenville’s Legere named ‘legendary Maine guide’

Dan Legere (left) of Maine Guide Fly Shop holds the net and a landlocked salmon that Don Factor of Bangor (right) caught in 2011 on the West Branch of the Penobscot River. Factor was this year's winner of the BDN's annual "Win a Drift Boat Trip" contest. (BDN PHOTO BY JOHN HOLYOKE)

Back in 2003, the BDN began a marketing promotion designed to introduce its new outdoors writer — me — to those who have turned to these pages for generations in order to find out what’s happening in our woods and on our waters. The idea: Find one of the state’s top guides, get them on […]

As cold-water rescues pile up, caution urged on Maine’s lakes

Mainers consider Memorial Day weekend the unofficial start of the summer season, no matter what the actual calendar might say. But make no mistake: In many ways and in certain parts of the state, actual summer weather — and lake temperatures — still are weeks away. That’s the message Maine game warden Jim Fahey wanted […]

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?

Log Drive 1

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 […]