Haul your 15-pointer in the trunk of a Camry? (It can be done)

Amy Prenier shows off her first buck, a 220-pounder that she shot in Cooper. The buck had a 15-point rack. (Photo courtesy of Amy Prenier)

For the past four weeks, we’ve been eagerly awaiting new entrants in our first BDN Biggest Bucks contest. The final “feature deer” of this year’s contest comes from Amy Prenier, who filled her tag with a beautiful 15-pointer while hunting on Nov. 19 in Cooper. And as you’ve likely guessed after reading the headline, Prenier’s […]

Allagash adventure: A 267-pound buck, and a five-hour drag

Kip Paules of Bowdoinham, Maine, with the 267-pound buck he shot while hunting in the Allagash on Nov. 19. (Thom Thomas photo)

One of the great things about Maine it’s easy to find special places off the beaten path to enjoy outdoor pursuits. And when the best-laid plans come together, you end up with memories that will last forever. A couple weeks back, a group of hunting buddies embarked on just such an adventure, heading to the […]

Hunter’s first buck a massive 15-pointer

Amy Prenier shows off her first buck, a 220-pounder that she shot in Cooper. The buck had a 15-point rack. (Photo courtesy of Amy Prenier)

Happy Monday! While we’re busy shaking off our turkey comas from last week (and while some of us are still licking our wounds after completing another firearms season on deer without filling our tag), let’s celebrate a great buck. This week’s feature deer in the BDN Biggest Bucks contest comes to us from Amy Prenier, […]

First big buck, and ‘My dad was there in spirit’

Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro poses with the 10-point buck she shot on Nov. 5. The deer weighed 190 pounds, and Mathiau says her dad was with her, in spirit, on the hunt. (Photo courtesy of Judy Mathiau)

Judy Mathiau has been hunting for quite a few years now, and remembers her first jaunts through the deer woods on the family’s Vassalboro land. She was just a young teenager, and didn’t even carry a gun back then. But the walks she shared with her dad, Harlan Glidden, were special. “I just walked with […]

A special 10-point buck: ‘Dad was there in spirit’

Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro poses with the 10-point buck she shot on Nov. 5. The deer weighed 190 pounds, and Mathiau says her dad was with her, in spirit, on the hunt. (Photo courtesy of Judy Mathiau)

Over the past three weeks, we’ve shared a few great deer-hunting stories as part of our BDN’s Biggest Bucks contest. And while this week’s featured deer might not be the biggest, nor sport the largest rack, Judy Mathiau of Vassalboro proves that we’re suckers for a touching tale. The subject line of Mathiau’s entry: “My […]

22-point buck taken in Carrabassett Valley … but not by a hunter

This 22-point buck was hit by a vehicle in Carrabassett Valley last week. (Bonnie Holding photo)

So, this isn’t a hunting story. Let’s get that out of the way right off the bat. It is, however, a deer story, and it features a buck with an enormous rack of antlers. Therefore, I knew many BDN readers would want to get a look at a deer that was a victim of a […]

‘Not a wicked exciting hunt’ ends with 250-pound buck

Tom Kittrick (center) poses with his daughter, Jaimyn Kittrick, son Dvin Kittrick and the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

Ideally, all of our hunts would go as planned. In a perfect world, when we finally catch up with that buck of a lifetime, it’ll be a combination of our planning, tactics and woods knowledge that turn the tide in our favor. Of course, not all hunts turn out that way. And sometimes, things still […]

Leg amputation, heart problems, cancer don’t stop hunter from bagging 220-pound deer

Clinton Roy, 72, of Hodgdon shows off the 9-point, 220-pound buck he shot on Nov. 14. Roy had given up hunting after a series of health challenges, including the amputation of one leg below the knee. After receiving a permit that allowed him to hunt from a motor vehicle, Roy filled his tag for the first time in several years. Courtesy of Christine Roy

HODGDON, Maine — Clinton Roy has had a few health setbacks over 20 years or so, his daughter, Christine Roy, will tell you. He’d already been battling diabetes when, in 2011, he had a heart attack that nearly killed him. “He underwent open heart surgery,” said Christine Roy, who lives in Milo. “It was supposed […]

This week’s big buck: 250-pounder near Millinocket

Tom Kittrick poses with the 250-pound, 7-point buck he shot while hunting near Millinocket on Nov. 3. (Photo courtesy of Tom Kittrick)

It’s the third week of deer season, and as the state’s hunters know, that means the peak of mating season — “the rut” — is upon us. Here’s hoping several of you bag bucks that you’ll enter in our BDN Biggest Bucks contest. In the meantime, here’s this week’s feature deer, which was taken by […]

Eddington teen bags 243-pound swamp buck

Levi Williamson grew up hunting with his dad, Galan. And on those frequent trips, Levi absorbed some lessons. “Hunting’s been part of my life since I was 10 years old,” 16-year-old Levi said. “And I’ve been with my dad, sitting in tree stands and walking out with him, since I was even younger.” When he […]