Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

80 percent of hunters successful during 2015 Maine moose hunt

Spectators watch as moose are brought to the Ashland tagging station on the first day of the 2015 Maine moose hunting season. Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN

Citing good hunting weather and other factors, Maine’s moose biologist said that despite a decrease in moose permits issued by the state this year, more hunters actually filled their tags. Percentage-wise, the success rate soared to 80 percent during the 2015 season. A year ago, just 65 percent of hunters were successful. Overall, according to […]

Tom Hennessey book signing set for Saturday

Fans of longitme BDN outdoor writer and artist Tom Hennessey can catch up with him on Saturday as he signs copies of his latest book, “Leave Some for Seed,” at the Old Town Trading Post. Hennessey will be on hand from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. for the signing.  

Deer season in review: New exploration in formerly familiar woods

My first indication that this year’s deer season might be a bit different than those in the past came way back in July, when I took a drive past my group’s favorite hunting spot. I saw sunlight filtering through formerly dark growth. The woods were — different. In retrospect, after a month of tromping through […]

Big buck stories draw thousands of readers. Why?

A few weeks back — as yet another “big buck” story ran wild on the Internet, generating thousands of page views an hour — my editor asked me a question that should have been quite simple. Why do so many people want to read about big dead animals? Unspoken: We can write touching, heart-warming stories […]

Tell us this: What fuels your fascination with big deer tales?

Several times each hunting season, the BDN runs photos and stories telling tales about hunters who have filled their tags by shooting monstrous deer, or deer with massive antlers. And each time, our readers gobble those tales up, clicking, sharing and commenting on the stories on our website. The other day, an editor asked me […]

Addition of baby bird dog making life more interesting

Teddy the Dog (AKA "Little Dog") scratches an itch the day he arrived at his new home. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

Two dogs in one house. Plenty of people do it. Heck, I even have a colleague who owns nine or 10. (Disclosure: Those dogs pull a sled, so they’re likely tuckered out at the end of the day). Two dogs is doable. No sweat. What could possibly go wrong? Those were the thoughts that pinged […]

St. Albans teen earns family bragging rights with  254-pound buck

Zach Ramsdell shows off the 11-point, 254-pound deer he shot in St. Albans on Nov. 9. (Photo courtesy of Zach Ramsdell)

ST. ALBANS, Maine — Since he started deer hunting when he turned 10, Zach Ramsdell has enjoyed quite a bit of success. In fact, Ramsdell, who is now 19, says that over that span, he has filled his tag every year except three. He credits having access to some very productive land, and growing up […]

Trail camera gem: Four bull moose sparring in Rangeley

Four bull moose pair off to spar in Rangeley in 2012. (Photo courtesy of Samuel Morse)

Put motion-activated cameras in the woods, and you’re sure to get photos of all kinds of cool animal activity. (Remember, of course, that there are laws that govern use of those cameras … check the hunting and fishing rules before you  start strapping cameras on trees). Earlier this week, after sharing a photo of a […]

Is this fawn too old to be nursing?

A fawn nearly as large as its mother tries to nurse on a woodlot in Troy. (Photo courtesy of Leonard Crowe)

Ever since trail cameras became so popular a few years ago, readers have regularly sent along their own images. We’ve seen moose, mystery beasts and plenty of deer over the years. Over the weekend I received a message — and photos — from Leonard Crowe of Carmel. He’s got a camera set up on a […]