Monthly Archives: May 2012

Outdoor Family Fun Day on tap

Parents looking for a way to introduce their kids to a variety of outdoor activities will have that chance on Saturday, June 2, as the Penobcot County Conservation Association will host its annual Outdoor Family Fun Day at the Brewer clubhouse. The program will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., with an hour-long break […]

Penobscot salmon total hits 168, lampreys thriving

Mitch Simpson of the Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Sea-Run Fisheries and Habitat checked in on Wednesday with his weekly report on activity at the Veazie Dam fish trap on the Penobscot River. Of foremost concern to many, Atlantic salmon are still showing up in good numbers at the trap, which is staffed by […]

Fryeburg community rallies behind game warden

In past blogs I’ve told you a bit about Maj. Gregory Sanborn, the deputy chief of the Maine Warden Service, and his ongoing battle with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Simply put: If Sanborn doesn’t receive a stem cell transplant, he will die. Since April, many have pitched in on Sanborn’s behalf, organizing stem cell donor drives […]

Got a fish story? Share it here

Every now and then, one of my bosses asks me how we can increase Internet readership among outdoor enthusiasts. The answer to that question is remarkably simple, I have learned. Somebody — you, perhaps — has to catch a big fish. Then somebody — like me — has to post a photos of that lunker […]

Moosehead fisheries efforts paying dividends

Tim Obrey and his fisheries colleagues in the Moosehead Lake region have spent the past several years addressing a problem with no easy solution. There were too many lake trout, or togue, for the forage base that existed in the state’s largest lake. As a result, Obrey, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s regional […]

70 Atlantic salmon counted at Veazie Dam thus far

Atlantic salmon returns at the Veazie Dam on the Penobscot River continue to be brisk, with 70 fish having been trapped at the facility as of Thursday, according to Mitch Simpson of the Maine Department of Marine Resources’ Bureau of Sea-run Fisheries and Habitat. That total ranks as the second-highest number of returning fish as […]

Turkeys just a part of two successful hunts

Sometimes, hunts go perfectly. Sometimes, they don’t. And sometimes, actually succeeding in filling a tag (or two) isn’t the most memorable part of the hunt. Just ask Flip McFarland of Stonington. McFarland, who was better known as “Phil” or “Phillip” when he owned Bangor Chrysler Dodge, moved to the coast with his wife after selling […]

Don’t snooze: Moose permit lottery deadline is today

Here’s your last warning: If you have any intention of going moose hunting (on your own permit, rather than as a tag-along or sub-permittee), you’d better find yourself a computer. The deadline for the state-run moose permit lottery is looming. Seriously looming. Like, TODAY looming. You’ve got until 11:59 p.m. to get the permit form […]

Bear visits Holden fly shop, tears down bird feeder

Don Corey is used to seeing wildlife around his rural Holden home — also the home of his business, the Annika Rod and Fly Learning Center. He has seen porcupines, raccoons, wild turkeys and other varied small critters over the years. A recent visitor, however, was quite a bit bigger than most … and hungrier […]