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Hunter’s Corner: Disease and weather take a toll on antelope population in Montana

Sunday, July 26, 2015

My brother Ted and his wife Claudia were in the Albany, N.Y. area last week for a family reunion for Claudia. Ranee and I hopped over Hogback Mountain for a mini reunion of our own. After taking a cruise on Lake George we ended up having dinner at the last Howard Johnson’s restaurant remaining in the chain. Being a retired NYS Encon Captain, Ted still keeps up with the comings …

Hunter’s Corner: Coming up with alternatives

Sunday, July 12, 2015

I received an interesting letter from Maine stating that I was number 53 on the non-resident alternate list. Okay. The only problem was that last year, only 29 alternates got to hunt moose. What little glimmer of hope that was still around was quickly extinguished. Oh, well another year. Then I got musing …

Hunter’s Corner: Getting picky about moose permits

Saturday, June 27, 2015

June is moose drawing month. Maine started off the festivities with a drawing on June 13. I had just gotten back from a week’s vacation when I logged on to Maine’s website to learn the outcome. As expected, a Washburn was drawn – which is nothing unusual – and I wasn’t the Washburn …

Hunter’s Corner: States compete for hunters

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire are in competition for non-resident hunters. Season dates are adjusted to maximize competition. For instance, the muzzle loading in New Hampshire is before the regular deer season, and Maine and Vermont are after their regular deer season. The turkey seasons are a different …

Hunter’s Corner: Pulling in salmon at the Winni Derby

Sunday, May 31, 2015

As the Winni Derby fades away in the rearview mirror, it is time to reflect on the pluses and minuses of the weekend. For the 12th year in a row, eight fun-loving anglers were home based at Naswa Resorts. The location on the channel at the Weirs has …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …