Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Kids with big fish: Some more pics from the Long Lake derby

Last week we shared some photos of the adult winners of the Long Lake Ice Fishing Derby, and many BDN readers took the time to check out the massive fish that were caught during this year’s event. But the young anglers who participated also caught some great fish. Today we’ll share photos of the youth — […]

First salmon through the ice worth remembering

For all the hours of waiting for fish to feed and flags to fly, ice fishing can be a pretty slow sport. Or, when everything’s going well, the day can turn quite frantic in a hurry. But the things we see while out on the ice — and the memories that we make — are the […]

19-year-old New Sweden woman shoots 269-pound buck

The recently completed deer season was the first, Jesse McCabe of New Sweden will tell you, that his daughter really caught the hunting bug. The duo began hunting together when daughter Albany McCabe turned 10. But it wasn’t really until last fall — when she was 19 — that Albany committed to finally filling her […]

Ice fishing fever: 8-year-old girl catches big Down East bass

How’s your ice fishing season going? Catching fish? Catching big fish? Want to share photos of your catch with BDN readers? Of course you do! A few weeks back, I mentioned that we’d love to share some of those photos with our readers, and it didn’t take long before Tim Daley checked in with this […]

A commitment to snowmobile safety can save lives

Earlier this week I saw a newspaper report that caught my eye. Ice anglers on Messalonskee Lake in Oakland had “planted” 15 discarded Christmas trees on the lake, marking the ice as unsafe in hopes of making sure that snowmobilers don’t drive into the open water closer to shore. That’s what happened on Jan. 7, […]

Maine loses ‘dean of black bear guides’

Several years ago, not long after I’d begun writing outdoor columns instead of covering sports for this paper, I met a man who made an instant and lasting impression. His name was Wayne Bosowicz. He was a bear hunting guide. And he certainly looked the part. Each time I saw Wayne — usually at a […]

I’m back! Subtitle: What I now know about having a stroke (or three)

Back in mid-December, just as I was preparing to start thinking about maybe, possibly doing a bit of Christmas shopping, my body had another idea. As you may have read in editor’s Sarah Walker Caron’s note to BDN readers, I ended up in Eastern Maine Medical Center for a few days. The diagnosis: I’d had […]

A 10-pointer his dad would have been proud of

Bill Jones Jr. remembers the first time he watched a hunter harvest a buck. The year was 1975, and on that day, his dad, Bill Jones Sr., took a handsome six-pointer. The younger Jones will tell you that he remembers his father using the vintage Winchester .30-30 rifle he’d bought for $50 when he’d been […]