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    April 26, 2010

    Trail & Error: What if you’re 31? There’s hope for you, too

    Teach a man to fish, and he’ll eat for a lifetime. Of course, he’s likely to hook more trees than trout during the first lesson. I managed to catch several evergreens — among other things — during my first fly- fishing excursion last week. But before I found myself at the side of a tree-clustered […]

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    April 26, 2010
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    The sky’s the limit all throughout May

    HOLDEN – Fields Pond Audubon Center will offer 16 free, local bird walks throughout May, in partnership with the Orono and Bangor land trusts and Penobscot Valley Audubon Chapter. All levels of birders are invited to participate. Led by expert birders, the walks will take place from 7 to 8:30 a.m. on the designated dates at […]

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    April 26, 2010

    Meet the flyboys of eastern Maine

    When it comes to fly-fishing, Tait and Jax McKay -- at just 10 and 7 years old -- are the reel deal.

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    April 18, 2010

    Sit back and enjoy the ride

    Fans of recumbent cycling list comfort and the unbeatable views among the top reasons they choose this way to cruise.

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    April 18, 2010

    Fleming: To stop spread of ‘rock snot,’ spread the word

    How could anyone enjoy wading into a wild trout river full of slimy stuff called “rock snot”? And how pristine and peaceful will Maine seem if this disgusting alien algae gets here? Or, as some say, when it gets here? Active anglers are working to stop the migration of the algae didymo to Maine. But […]

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    April 18, 2010

    Training hard and going nowhere?

    In the weight room, it's all about sets and reps.

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    April 18, 2010

    Ask An Outdoorsman: Want the right fit? Try on your bike

    Q: What kind of bike should I get?  A: You’ve got good timing because the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Great Orono Bike Swap is today at the University of Maine. Next Sunday, you can find a used bike at the Great Portland Bike Swap at the University of Southern Maine. You can get a deal […]

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    April 18, 2010

    Hunting: A successful turkey hunt often hinges on preparation

    As I walked slowly along through the pine grove something caught my eye. It was an object a casual observer might easily overlook, but any experienced turkey hunter would be sure to pick up on — a turkey’s wing feather. I ambled over and picked up the barred quill. It felt almost buoyant in my […]

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    April 18, 2010

    Birding: Ecuadorian Amazon offers birder’s paradise

    I just recently returned from nearly two weeks in Ecuador. I was a participant in a faculty seminar in environmental science, sponsored by IES Abroad. We were based in Quito but had time for excursions to the Ecuadorian Amazon and to the Galapagos Islands. In today’s column, I will describe some of the Amazonian highlights. […]

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    April 18, 2010

    Fishing Report: Salmon, Sebago synonymous; walleye watch elsewhere

    Fishermen are taking full advantage of Maine’s early spring this year, catching salmon, bass and trout in waters from southern Maine all the way up to Rangeley. And it looks like this weekend, ice should be out everywhere but Aroostook County, according to state biologists. REGION A: SOUTHERN MAINE While the fishing continues to be […]

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