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Hunter’s Corner: Wildlife Heritage Foundation celebrates 10 years

  • Bob Washburn



For the Monitor
Monday, December 26, 2016

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary. My how times fly when you are having a good time. The Foundation has evolved into an incredible money generating organization preserving Fish and Game’s critical education, wildlife, conservation and law enforcement programs. Since 2008, the foundation has provided more than $455,000 in grants to Fish and Game, with matching and leveraged monies totaling more than $1 million to help preserve the wild places, wild things and outdoor traditions in New Hampshire.

To celebrate the anniversary, the foundation is holding a raffle with ten amazing prizes. The tickets are $10 each or three for $25. The prizes are a day with a Fish and Game conservation officer; a day with a Fish and Game bear biologist; a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Workshop gift certificate ($50 value); LiteSpeed Razor blind (donated by Morse Sporting Goods); $100 gift certificate (Huberts Outfitters); $350 Visa gift card (donated by the Fish and Game Commissioners); four-hour guided kayak fishing trip (Time Moors Outdoors); cabin at Lopstick Lodge in Pittsburg for two nights, two people, mid-week (Lopstick Lodge); Ruger American 308 Rifle, Vortex Crossfire 11 Scope (Ruger Firearms); and ATV/Utility 5x8 Trailer (Livingston Arctic Cat).

For the location and ticket availability, contact Gail Hunting at 496-2778 or admin@nhwildlifeheritage.org.

With the ice increasing on a daily basis, the itch to go ice fishing also increases. Small ponds will freeze first. The larger the lake, the coves will be the first to freeze and in time the whole lakes will freeze over. I figure we are about a month ahead of most years and this should make for an exciting ice fishing season.

Just in time, Fish and Game is offering two free ice fishing seminars at their Hazen Drive headquarters with talks starting at 7 p.m. Catching White Perch and Lake Trout Through the Ice will be held Jan.4. Presenter Tim Moore will cover the tools and techniques he uses to catch white perch and lake trout through the ice. He will discuss the equipment he uses, where he finds theses fish and his preferred angling techniques.

“White perch are fun to catch, but I know how hard it feels to struggle catching them. Hopefully, I can share some information and help other anglers turn the corner of these unique fish,” Moore said. This seminar will have a strong emphasis on white perch, but lake trout can often be caught in the same or similar areas, so Moore will talk about them as well.

Tim Moore is a full-time New Hampshire fishing guide, outdoor writer and the producer of Tim Moore Outdoors TV. During the winter months, he guides ice anglers from across the country in pursuit of giant white perch and lake trout.

Jan. 11 will feature Ice Fishing for Lake Trout and Cusk. Scott Jackson will be offering a fast-paced learning session in which you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to catch lunker lakers and cusk. Key to this is learning the fundamentals of lake trout and cusk habits and habitat, finding the fish, selecting equipment, using underwater cameras, fine-tuning your tip-ups, selecting bait and lures and more.

Scott Jackson is the owner of the New Hampshire Outdoor Learning Center. Jackson is a veteran bush pilot, registered Maine guide and licensed New Hampshire guide with more than 30 years of ice fishing experience in Maine, New Hampshire and Alaska.

On a slightly different ice fishing point, a free winter fishing day has been established to take place Jan. 21.

Fish and Game recently published the success of the hike Safe Card program with the sales of 4,175 through Dec. 1 yielding much need revenue to support rescue costs. The cards cost $25 for an individual or $35 for a family. The safe card is not a get out of jail free card. If the search and rescue is a result of your negligence, reckless or intentional behavior you may still be on the hook for the cost. All told, the Safe Card program has worked very well for Fish and Game. Cards can be purchased online or by mail at wildnh.com/safe. They are also sold at Fish and Game in Concord.

Registration will open Jan. 9 for New Hampshire’s 2017 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months.

The Winter workshop will be held Feb. 25 at the Fish and Game’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use. A discounted registration fee of $25 is available for participants age 18-25. You must be at least 18 years old to participate.

A brochure describing the workshop is currently available at nhbow.com. Registration forms for the workshop will be available on the website Jan. 9. Only registration forms received by postal mail will be accepted; no emails, faxes, or walk-ins. This is one of those events that you want to put in the mail on Jan. 9.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

(Bob Washburn can be reached at hunterscorner@aol.com.)