Monthly Archives: June 2012

Neanderthal needs help: What’s your favorite outdoor app?

For the past several years, as cell phone technology has helped turn the masses into a wandering pack of text-messaging, app-using, smart-phoning zombies, I have remained among the dumb-phone-toting Neanderthals who had yet to adapt to today’s digital reality. My phone was small, ugly, and did next to nothing (save, of course, place and receive […]

Drift boat contest winner a great fishing companion

On a bluebird Sunday, Jasper Walsh spent a busy day at “fishing college” with our professor for the day, Maine guide Dan Legere. Walsh was this year’s winner in the 10th annual BDN “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest, thanks to the kindness of a co-worker who tossed his name in the box during the […]

Free on the Fourth? Consider Grand Lake Stream, America

If you’re looking to get off the beaten path and take part in a cool rural Independence Day celebration, here’s a suggestion: Head to Grand Lake Stream, where the locals and visitors take their July 4th festivities pretty seriously. Grand Lake Stream (population 150), is a Maine rural gem, sitting along the banks of (you […]

Great Works dam breached

Workers reached another milestone over the weekend as the Great Works Dam in Bradley was breached. The dam was among two that are going to be removed as part of the Penobscot River Restoration Project — a fish bypass will be built at a third — opening 1,000 miles of habitat to sea-run fish. That […]

Hundreds pour in for moose-calling finale

Here’s a photo for you to ponder. Big crowd, eh? If I told you this photo was taken at 2 p.m. in Oquossoc, and you’ve been following Out There all day, you might think that folks are gearing up for the Rangeley Lakes Region Moose Lottery. And you’d be half right. These folks are on […]

Animal Planet signs on for 10 more episodes of ‘North Woods Law’

For the past couple of months — ever since the initial six-show run of “North Woods Law” ran its course —people have been asking about the future of the reality TV show that shadows Maine game wardens as they do their daily work. On Saturday Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife officials confirmed that […]

BDN Maine Outdoors sharing the pub in Oquossoc

For the rest of the weekend the BDN Maine Outdoors crew — Pat Lemieux, Aislinn Sarnacki and I — will be keeping you informed about the goings-on in the tiny Maine town of Oquossoc, site of the Rangeley Lakes Region Moose Lottery Festival. But first, we had to do a little bit of “pub” business. […]