Monthly Archives: April 2014

Another outdoor mystery: What kind of paw is this?

Over the past several months I’ve received phone calls and emails from readers that have shed new light on my chosen occupation. Wonder what an outdoors editor does? Well, I’ve learned that sometimes, we share trail camera photos of things that look suspiciously like werewolves. Or we might field a call from a teen who […]

Kenduskeag raging as canoe race looms

When hundreds of paddlers head out to participate in Saturday’s 48th Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, one thing is certain. They’ll have plenty of water to help flush them down the 16-mile race route. “It’s flowing pretty good,” said race director Tracy Willette, the director of Bangor Parks and Recreation. “Last year and more recent years […]

Bangor man wins BDN drift boat trip

“Who wants to go fishing?” That was the question we first asked back in 2003, when we unveiled the “Win a Drift Boat Trip” contest. Well, that was almost the question we asked. To be more specific, we actually asked “Who wants to go fishing — with a top-notch guide in a drift boat — […]

Kenduskeag update: Stream shows signs of spring

Temperatures soared into the mid 50s in Bangor today. In short drives around town, I’ve seen joggers galore, motorcyclists, and even a few hardy souls wearing shorts and tank tops. In another sign of spring, the Bangor Parks and Recreation Department sent out a welcome harbinger: They’re now accepting registrations for the 48th annual Kenduskeag […]

Piebald deer makes a return visit to Bangor field

Shelly Brown of Bangor is an avid nature photographer, and over the past few years, she has sent along some stunning photos. I’ve come to look forward to Brown’s periodic emails, and never know what I’m going to find. Back in mid-March, an obviously frustrated Brown sent some shots of a piebald deer — often […]

Smith’s essays step away from the political realm, into the great outdoors

George Smith, at one point, may have been the most powerful man in Maine outdoor politics. Think those two words don’t go together? Outdoor? Politics? They do. And as the longtime executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, Smith spent plenty of time in hearing rooms and back hallways, lobbying for various causes that […]

Passy canoe race canceled for the first time ever, St. George is on

A week after postponing the first canoe race on the Maine white water schedule, race director Dale Cross has some good news … with a twist. The ice has left the St. George River, and the 35th St.George River Race will be held in Searsmont on Sunday. Unfortunately, conditions haven’t changed much on the Passagassawakeag […]