Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

DIF&W backs off on cow moose proposal in WMD 9; 2,740 permits up for grabs this year

From left, Scott and Alex Humphrey, 13, stand next to a moose that Alex Humphrey shot Monday morning on the first day of the 2014 moose hunt. Brian Feulner| BDN

In response to local concern in the Greenville area over a proposal to add cow moose permits in Wildlife Management District 9, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife reversed course on Wednesday and finalized a plan that will not allow for hunting cow moose in that district this year. In addition, a proposed […]

White groundhog spotted in Stockton Springs

A white groundhog in Stockton Springs. (Judy Wing photo)

Mother Nature is full of surprises, and it’s not uncommon to see wild critters that just don’t seem to look like their peers. That was the case recently, as Lynn Nickerson of Stockton Springs saw an animal waddling around near her house. Her friend snapped some photos, Nickerson sent them to me, and asked the […]

Coastal smelt fishermen need to be aware of new rules

Late last week I received an email from Jeff Nichols of the Department of Marine Resources, who asked for some help in helping to educate smelt fishermen who might be inadvertently breaking new rules that are in effect. “I’ve heard from a number of folks in the department that people fishing for smelt are unaware […]

Our Maine Heritage: Old Town canoes bound for Disneyland, 1956

Sam Doucette of Old Town is shown above putting the finishing touches on one of two canoes the Old Town Canoe Company is completing this week for shipment to Disneyland, famed California resort operated by the Walt Disney organization. Thirty-foot war canoes, to be used for sightseeing, are third and fourth of their type to be built for Disneyland by the Old Town firm.  BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOOT BY CARROLL HALL

It’s no secret that Old Town Canoes are known worldwide, but this picture from the past really cements that fact. As the caption explains, a worker at the venerable Old Town company was working on a pair of 30-foot war canoes that would be used by tourists at an attraction called “Disneyland.” Disneyland itself was […]

Here’s a great idea: Seal-shaped man swims with sharks

An angler prepares to release a small shark -- likely a bonnethead -- on a beach in Florida recently. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Not long ago, my wife and I decided we’d spend April school vacation in Florida, so that my stepchildren could spend time with their Nana, and so that I could sunburn my pale carcass and lie around on the beach. Maybe she didn’t pitch the idea exactly like that. But right after the “Nana” part, […]

High school bass fishing championship set for Bucksport May 9

Avid high school bass anglers will gather in Bucksport on May 9 for the Student Angler Federation Maine high school state championship tournament, according to a recent press release. The event is being presented by The Bass Federation, in partnership with FLW, and offers high school students the opportunity to qualify for regional championships, and […]

Summer option for young ‘North Woods Law’ fans: Camp North Woods

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 your child is a huge fan of the Animal Planet TV show “North Woods Law” and can’t stop talking about the exploits of the Maine game wardens who serve as its stars, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has got some great news for you. The department will unveil Camp North Woods […]

Bobcat enters home through pet door, sticks around for snacks


Early last week, after a successful evening of bobcat-rustling, Maine game warden Jim Fahey admitted that the tale of the critter he live-trapped wasn’t even the best bobcat story he’d heard in recent weeks. Fahey’s cat had a taste for chicken, you may recall, and ended up killing one of WLBZ TV meteorologist Steve McKay’s […]

Beginner or expert, Souadabscook has a race for you this weekend

Paddlers are in for an adventure this weekend, as water levels rise in advance of the Souadabscook Stream Canoe Race in Hampden. Or, maybe they’re not. That’s up to the individual paddler, said Renee O’Donald, who directs the race with her husband, Rick. This year, the Souadabscook will feature two options. One course — the […]

Our Maine Heritage: On the porch at the Penobscot Salmon Club, 1947

Bangor Daily News photographer Danny Maher caught Walter Crossman, Jack Savage, Guy Lobley and George McMahon swapping yarns on the porch overlooking the Bangor Salmon Pool in a Friday the 13th photo taken in June 1947.  (BANGOR DAILY NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Over the years, plenty of fish stories have been shared on the porch of the Penobscot Salmon Club in Brewer. The club, just downstream from the former site of the Bangor Dam, was formed in 1887 and is the oldest such club in North America. It’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. […]