Hunter’s Corner: Archery season is upon us
We are now in a seven-day countdown to the opening of fall archery and fall archery turkey season. Both the deer herd and turkey flocks are in exceptional shape. I would be greatly surprised if this were not a banner year for both. Apples are in abundance and soft mast and hard mast are in sizable numbers, as well.
The only down note will be ticks and mosquitoes. One solution is the use of ThermaCELL mosquitoes repellent. This is a heat-activated system with an effective 15x15-foot zone of protection.
The secret to success is scouting. Fish and Game also is gearing up for deer season. Outdoor adventure talks deer hunting series will be held at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive at 7 p.m. as follows:
Calling All Whitetails – Wednesday, hear from Dean Vanier, who has more than 35 years’ experience pursuing whitetails. Vanier will explain the whitetail’s superior defense mechanisms and help to use them to your advantage to increase your odds of success. Learn when, where and how to use calls and scent to bring deer to you, plus strategies for early-season scouting.
Deer Hunting Basics – Sept. 19, volunteer hunter education instructor Dave Priebe presents need-to-know information for getting started in deer hunting. This session is ideal for new and apprentice hunters.
Hunting Mature Bucks – Oct. 2 and 9, you have two chances to hear from this fascinating talk by Priebe, who provides in-depth information on the rut (the phases of male whitetail deer breeding and behavior) and key knowledge of deer biology that will help increase your odds of locating and harvesting a dominant whitetail buck.
National Hunting and Fishing Day is coming to Concord Sept. 21 at Fish and Game headquarters. The Sporting Expo will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with concessions available 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At the Expo, you’ll have a chance to visit more than 50 exhibits featuring hunting- and fishing-related products and services. Meet hunting experts and guides, check out the latest gear and enjoy demonstrations and hands-on activities including:
∎ archery and air rifle ranges;
∎ hunting gear and accessories from guns to decoys, scents and calls;
∎ pointing dog and retriever demonstrations;
∎ turkey calling;
∎ taxidermy exhibits;
∎ fly-tying demonstrations;
∎ display of the N.H. state record buck.
While at the Expo, be sure to buy raffle tickets to benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation. Raffle items include a Savage Arms Axis rifle, a trail camera, an upland bird hunt, hand-tied flies and more. Promotional support for the Expo is provided by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation, John Deere, Bonneville & Son Jeep, the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance and 96.5 The Mill.
The duck honored on the 2013-2014 duck stamp is the common goldeneye, also known as the “whistler,” which is characterized by the whistling sound made by its wings in flight. The male has a distinctive green head, white patch on his cheek and, of course, a golden eye. The female has a brown head with a golden eye. The price remains at $15. If you are going to participate in the early Canada goose season, the Youth Waterfowl Weekend or the regular waterfowl season you will need both a federal duck stamp and a New Hampshire duck license in addition to your regular hunting license. Once again, the licensing staff at Fish and Game headquarters will be selling duck stamps as an accommodation to hunters. It is a lot easier to pick up the stamp here than to brave the sometimes long lines at the post office.
Another hunting season now open and running through Dec. 31 is for gray squirrels. The daily limit is five and there is a statewide ban on hunting squirrels in parks and cemeteries. The importance for the novice or apprentice deer hunter is that all of the elements of deer hunting are found, in part, in squirrel hunting. For the younger hunter, a single-shot .22 rim fire or .410 shotgun is just the ticket for an afternoon of hunting fun.
(Bob Washburn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.)