Tag Archives: deer hunting

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 […]

Don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks contest

As you head into the woods on Saturday, here are a couple of quick reminders: Be safe. Have fun. And when you bag that buck of a lifetime, don’t forget to enter our BDN Biggest Bucks Contest. Most points? Win a prize. Heaviest deer? Win a prize. And as an added bonus, I’ll try to […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

Finding matching antler sheds makes 10-year-old hunter’s day

Sometimes a hunter doesn’t have to actually pull the trigger for the day to turn out perfectly. That’s the message that J.D. Burke and his son, 10-year-old Jack, learned recently, after an opening day hunt. “On this day we sat in a blind for a few hours in the morning,” Burke explained in an email. […]

Pair of 80-somethings look out kitchen window, fill deer tags

As the second full week of deer season winds down, plenty of skilled and lucky hunters have already filled their tags. With each filled tag comes a memory that will last a lifetime … and a story that many will share. Virginia Mattson-Tracy says she’s been hunting since she was a teenager. Now 84 years […]

Deer season diary: Selfie with a squirrel

For the past dozen years or so, I’ve spent plenty of November days in a particular patch of woods in the rural Maine town of Otis. Theoretically, I’ve been deer hunting. Actually (since deer rarely join me on my annual adventures), I’ve been squirrel-watching. Periodically, I’ve written columns about my interactions with the same squirrel. […]

‘Down East Dickering’ star spices up Youth Deer Day experience

When Dana Carey took his stepson, Dawson Byers, into the woods of Orrington on Saturday morning, he was pretty confident that they’d have a productive Youth Deer Day. He wasn’t aware that the welcoming committee at the local tagging station, Bob’s Kozy Korner store, would include a reality TV star. “That was pretty cool,” the […]