Category Archives: Outdoor Recreation

Hare hunter’s patience pays off, but beagle’s effort steals show

BDN assistant sports editor shows off the snowshoe hare he shot while hunting with Chum the beagle, guide Jim Fahey, and John Holyoke. (Jim Fahey photo)

On a chilly Friday afternoon, we gathered outside of Jim Fahey’s pickup truck as he strapped a tracking collar to his dog, Chum, and explained the plan of action. We’d walk down a grassy path for a bit, he said, and eventually arrive at a thicket of young evergreen trees. “It’s thick in there,” the […]

State looking for first-time campers to experience Swan Island

If you’ve always considered camping, but never knew where to start, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Steve Powell Wildlife Management Area are running a contest that might appeal to you. The state is seeking first-time campers — only Maine residents who have never gone camping need apply — to participate […]

Penobscot Fly Fishers taking signups for trolling streamer fly class

Rob Dunnett of the Penobscot Fly Fishers will lead a class on tying trolling streamer flies on April 3. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot Fly Fishers).

If you’re an avid fly tier and you’re looking for an enjoyable way to spend a day with like-minded individuals, the Penobscot Fly Fishers are planning an event that’s right up your alley. On Sunday, April 3, the PFF will stage a class focusing on tying trolling streamer flies at the Penobscot County Conservation Association […]

DIF&W: Open-water fishing season to begin Thursday, two weeks early

Scott Dionne of Mars Hill makes a cast at Grand Lake Stream on the frigid first day of traditional open water fishing in Maine in 2015. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has announced that this year's opening day has been moved up two weeks, from April 1 to tomorrow -- March 17. BDN file photo.

A mild winter and early ice-out conditions on Maine lakes and ponds has prompted the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to scrap the traditional April 1 opening day of open-water fishing season this year. Instead, fishing season opens Thursday, March 17, on all bodies of water that were scheduled to open on April 1. […]

Natural beauty: ‘Chandeliers on ice’ at Souadabscook Stream

'Chandeliers on ice' near Souadabscook Stream. (Patsy Husson photo)

Spend a bit of time in the woods, and you’ll be amazed at the surprises that Mother Nature has in store. Luckily, many of you choose to share those surprises with us here at the BDN, and allow us to show them to our readers. That’s the case today, as reader Patsy Husson of Hampden […]

It’s show time! Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show set for  78th edition

Aislinn Sarnacki of the BDN waits for visitors at last year's Eastern Maine Sportsmen's Show in Orono. (John Holyoke photo)

In their annual harbinger of spring, the Penobscot County Conservation Association will roll out the red carpet this weekend for the Eastern Maine Sportsmen’s Show. Thousands of attendees will browse the aisle, as they have during 77 prior shows, and greet longtime exhibitors like the old friends they are. Want to book a trip to […]

Sign of the season: Check the state’s ice-out website

Evidence that winter was slow to arrive: Back on Jan. 6, Steve Burtt of Orrington tries his luck ice fishing on Brewer Lake, with a much thinner skim of ice in the distance. (BDN photo by John Holyoke)

In some parts of Maine, winter never really arrived this year. Lakes were slow to freeze, snow was reluctant to fall, and thousands of us have been looking at brown grass for weeks. The bright side, I suppose, is this: If you’re an open-water angler, you’ll likely have plenty of early opportunities to fish your […]

Behind the numbers: Why moose permit allocations are decreasing

Fewer moose permits will likely be available to hunters this year. (BDN file photo)

Lee Kantar said he knows newspaper headlines across the state will trumpet the fact the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is planning on decreasing the number of moose permits quite drastically this year. Kantar, the state’s moose biologist, said he hopes that Mainers don’t look at those numbers — 600 fewer permits allotted, bringing […]