Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Tom Hennessey back with another book

For decades, readers of the BDN savored the outdoor essays and artwork of Tom Hennessey, who worked for this paper for 54 years. Hennessey “officially” retired in 1996, but was a contributor to the sports and outdoor pages for years afterward. His last column appeared in March of 2013, and in the months that followed, […]

Fort Kent Muskie Derby on tap this weekend

Darlene Kelly-Dumond holds a muskie while  Danny Nicholas looks on during the 2009 Fort Kent International Muskie Derby. (BDN photo by Julia Bayly)

With just days remaining until this weekend’s 11th annual Fort Kent International Muskie Derby, organizers are expecting a large crowd of anglers to flock to northern Maine to take part. “We’re seeing more pre-registrations this year than I’ve ever seen,” said derby board member Ben Rioux. “[There is] a lot of downstate interest, a lot […]

Mooseless in Millinocket: How not to impress your new boss

Moose tracks in the road. But no moose in sight. (BDN photo by Sarah Walker Caron)

Among my official duties here at the BDN, I am also the self-appointed, semi-qualified president of the Welcoming Committee … and the apparently not-so-qualified, also self-appointed head moose-finder. So when a new colleague shows up at work (my boss) and tells me she’s never seen a moose, I’m the man for the job. Or, at […]

Atlantic salmon returns lagging on the Penobscot and in Canada

For more than a century, conservationists have sought to restore the Atlantic salmon population in the Penobscot River. Each year, river-watchers eagerly await the return of those fish, many of which are trapped and transported to a hatchery where they’ll be used to produce the next generation of Penobscot salmon. Unfortunately, for the third consecutive […]

Ever watch two Canada lynx prepare for a fight? Now you have

Screen capture from Aron Bishop video.

Aron Bishop’s job as an entomology technician for the Maine Forest Service’s Forest Health Division requires that he spends a lot of time deep in the Maine woods. “We see cool stuff every day,” Bishop says. “I’m always keeping my eyes open.” On July 10, while working in remote T9, R17 in the northwestern corner […]

‘North Woods Law’ hiatus no cause for concern, producer says

Viewers who sat down on July 10 to enjoy another new episode of “North Woods Law” were surprised to learn that instead of the reality TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service, Animal Planet aired the popular “Dirty Jobs” in its place. Season 2 of “North Woods Law,” was abruptly ended after Animal […]

Series of fisheries hearings on tap around state

Avid anglers may want to make plans to attend one of four public hearings on proposed fishing regulations over the coming days. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has proposed a slate of new regulations that will govern anglers during open water and ice fishing seasons. The public is encouraged to attend a […]