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Hunter’s Corner: Hitting the lake for the Winni Derby

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is Winni Derby weekend. Robb and I have a long history of participating in the derby and it is interesting how it and fishing conditions have changed. Robb won the camp pool, edging Big Ed with a 5½-pound salmon several years back. His salmon was good enough for a daily prize that consisted of a spool of lead core line. Today, if you put a 5½-pound salmon on the …

Hunter’s Corner: Checking in on the turkeys

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Many have asked me why they are not seeing more turkeys in the fields. The answer is simple: turkeys are woodland birds and right now the woods hold all the available food, while the fields have none. During the 19th century, New Hampshire was virtually deforested in favor of raising sheep and other …

Hunter’s Corner: Above-average trout fishing this spring

Saturday, April 18, 2015

It is a weather anomaly – we are actually enjoying a real New Hampshire spring. Shocking. There are numerous beneficiaries to this situation. The first is the gradual melting of the accumulated snow cap and the deep frost resulting in minimal flooding, if any at all. This means that early stream and river trout fishing is proceeding in an above-average manner. Fish and …

Hunter’s Corner: Bears are out, birdfeeders should come down

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Last week a friend of mine stopped by the office with a video of a mature black bear doing a number on two of his three birdfeeders. This was a really big black bear. I told John that he would be back and, sure enough, a week later …

Hunter’s Corner: Getting the public’s input on 10-year game management plan

Sunday, March 22, 2015

When the wind dies down, my first morning walk with Nutmeg is highlighted with a serenade of cardinal mating calls. These beautiful calls are occasionally drowned out by the incessant cawing of the crows. I suspect both are in a spring mating season. Crows perform a useful function …

Hunter’s Corner: Deer herd facing a tough winter

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The deer herd went into winter in great shape. And then the winter severity index took over. The index that was created in the 1960s observed that when you have more than 18 inches of snow and temperatures below zero, you have a problem for the herd. We …

Hunter’s Corner: Looking for bear? Pennsylvania’s a hot spot

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I received an interesting press release on the 2014 Pennsylvania bear harvest. I have always thought of Pennsylvania as a prime destination for the out-of-state whitetail hunter, but the black bear report put the Keystone state in a …

Hunter’s Corner: New drilling shotgun resembles trophy gun from World War II

Sunday, February 8, 2015

One of the most prized trophies World War II veterans brought back from the European Theater of Operations was a drilling combination shotgun rifle. These were three-barreled guns with two shotgun barrels mounted to a third rifle barrel. Chiappa firearms have come out with their own version of …

Hunter’s Corner: For winter hunting, try coyotes and rabbits

Sunday, January 25, 2015

So, it’s January and we just got a brief thaw, so what is available for the hunter? Unique to New Hampshire is a night hunting season for coyotes in January, February and March and not without restrictions. Lights …

Hunter’s Corner: Ice fishermen rejoice as frigid temps help lakes and ponds freeze over

Sunday, January 11, 2015

This past week we experienced some typical winter temperatures to make ice. From an ice fisherman’s standpoint, there is good ice and bad ice. The good ice is the clear crystal ice. The bad ice is the “slush” ice or “snow ice” that has about 50 percent of …

Hunter’s Corner: Breaking down 2014’s deer, bear, turkey and trout numbers

Sunday, December 28, 2014

One of the most exciting product rollouts came from Federal, a product by the name of the Trophy Copper Muzzleloader Bullet. The solid copper bullet was engineered to use its exclusive B.O.R. Lock MZ System, providing for outstanding accuracy in a non-sabot design that’s easy to load, scrubs …

Hunter’s Corner: Deer season coming to an end

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tomorrow ends the archery deer season and brings to a close another memorable deer hunting year. In checking in with Brad Marshall, he has checked in the second lowest number of deer ever – 54 as of Dec. 12. His lowest year for checking in deer was 1996, …

Hunter’s Corner: Lots of deer, but none to be had

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Our game plan for the first three days of the firearms deer season was to concentrate on WMU J2. During the middle of November is when the prime rut is in force. If you hunt does, you will …

Hunter’s Corner: Youth is served as 11-year-old takes trophy buck

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The New Hampshire Youth Deer Hunt Weekend is history and 367 deer were taken. This represents a 24-percent reduction from the 2013 total of 483 deer. But this also is slightly above average when compared to the average …

Hunter’s Corner: Deer the winners this archery season

Sunday, November 2, 2014

This year’s archery deer season take is 22 percent lower than last year, according to initial reports. My view of the decline is due to weather and an abundance of acorns. In order of sweetness, scrub oak and …