Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Some things you ought to know about Maine’s new national monument

On Wednesday evening, Lucas St. Clair — president of Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and the man who led the effort to establish a national monument in northern Maine — sat down to chat with me in front of a packed house at the Bangor Public Library. The event was the BDN’s latest Dirigo Speaks event, in […]

A simple, healing trip through the Maine woods

Last Friday, with another hectic week behind me and a holiday weekend looming, I sent out texts to a few friends, looking for help. Not that I actually told those pals exactly that. In fact, I never used the word “help” once. Instead, I explained that my wife had been away all week on business, […]

We have a (new) winner! Winterport man drawn for drift boat trip

Some years, giving away our annual drift boat trip is a breeze. I make one phone call, the winner celebrates wildly at the good news, and come Father’s Day, we meet up in Greenville for a wonderful day of fishing with guide Dan Legere. Simple. But some years, the process isn’t that simple, as the […]

Annika Rod & Fly changes locations, remains in Brewer

Back in October, longtime fly fisher Don Corey celebrated the opening of his fly shop, Annika Rod & Fly, in a downtown Brewer storefront that had formerly held a barber shop. At the time, Corey said he had enough inventory in storage to fill the tiny 160-square-foot space twice over, and joked that he had […]

Don’t give bears a reason to stop by your house

Over the years, many BDN readers have written or stopped me on the street to tell me their bear stories. Many of those tales involve curious, hungry bears who spend the early spring looking for food wherever they can find it. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has put out its annual warning […]

A reader wants to know: What made this nest?

Every now and then, readers pass along photos, seeking help in answering mysterious outdoor-related questions. Although I spend a lot of time outdoors, I typically reach out to real experts to help solve those mysteries. That was the case recently, when Donna and Joe Merkel of Gouldsboro sent me a couple of cool photos and […]

Readers sound off: Most say national monument should be left alone

Last week, after President Donald Trump asked for a review of some national monuments that have been designated over the past two decades, I asked BDN readers what they thought about our own Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was officially formed last year. As expected, you were eager to share your thoughts. Of […]

Maine DOT wants to know: What’s the oddest place you’ve seen a moose?

If you’re a Mainer, you’ve probably got a moose story. Now, as we head into the time of year when moose are apt to start heading out on our roadways, the Maine Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution and to look out for moose. Working toward that goal, the DOT asked a […]

Time for fighting’s over. Instead, let’s embrace Maine’s national monument

In not-too-unexpected news, it appears that President Donald Trump (with potential help from Maine Gov. Paul LePage) will take a second look at the formation of recent national monuments. The fear of some in Maine, though there’s no evidence that this is the case: Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was granted that designation […]