Outdoors in Maine

  • The trail food search

    Author’s note: This is part two of a three part column series about my fall elk hunt to Colorado. Over the years, in pursuit of elk, my sons and I have made a number of backpacking hunts into the Routt National Forest in western Colorado. There is a lot of careful preparation for trips of

  • Hillary: The horse with attitude

    Author’s note: This is part one of a three-part column series about my recent elk hunt in Colorado. Halfway down the mountain a creek crosses the road. Approaching the creek, I could tell that the dirt-covered ice was making this horse skittish. At the creek’s edge, Hillary put on the brakes. Not until I took

  • Nine Mile Bridge

    Although Henry David Thoreau’s book about his venture into the Maine North Woods is one of the well-known books of its genre, “Nine Mile Bridge,” by Helen Hamlin, has always occupied a special place on my bookshelf. I have read it a number of times. In my estimation, Mrs. Hamlin, wife of game warden Curly

  • The moose hunt

    For many Maine moose hunters lucky enough to get drawn, a moose permit is a once-in-a-lifetime affair. Such was the case with my middle-aged friend Greg Goodman, who has been trying for that permit since he was a young man. Knowing that I had had some experience in the moose woods (and perhaps that I

  • Borestone Mountain

    “You wimp,” Diane said. “I don’t believe this. The summit is just over that pile of rocks. I’m telling you the view is 360 degrees. It’s fantastic.” “Nope,” I said with conviction. “This is far enough. I ain’t goin’” “But we have come all this way,” she said, more pleadingly than with scorn. “Look,” I

  • Leeman’s the name

    Maine fishing writer Bob Leeman, alias “Mr. Trout,” has decided to put away his pen. Leeman has been writing a fishing column for the Northwoods Sporting Journal for almost two decades. His debut as an outdoor writer was a half-century ago, he recalls, when he started writing an outdoor column called “Wildlife Corner” for a

  • Bush pilot envy

    Grandiose delusions are not unknown to me. As a young man, the challenges of a Navy carrier pilot appealed to me — until I joined the Navy and saw how inherently dangerous it is to land a jet aircraft on the pitching deck of an aircraft carrier on a dark and stormy night. No thank

  • The Penobscot Fly Fishers

    This month the Penobscot Fly Fishers celebrated its 20th anniversary. The Bangor area fishing club held a banquet for members and guests at a local events center. Following dinner and a social hour, the group’s president, Ed Dailide, offered some opening remarks. Charter members of the organization were recognized as well as past presidents. The

  • Heavy weather

    How does that saying go? “Fool me once shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me.” Why is it that some of us never learn from our mistakes? In my book “Backtrack,” chapter four is titled “The Lightning Thing.” Here is an excerpt: “A few years ago, in early September, I tried to outrun

  • Fall game bird outlook

    Fall game bird outlook

    Truth be known, the bloom is off the rose for me when it comes to upland bird hunting. It just isn’t the same when your favorite gun dog is no longer of this earth. But my memory still works, and the intense pleasure of breathing cool fall air against a color-coated autumn backdrop while watching