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Hunter’s corner: Safety paramount as warm weather makes ice fishing tricky

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My 2016 to-do list had at the top to have my Matthews Solo Cam draw weight reduced to 45 pounds from the current 52 pounds. The Solo Cam has an 80-percent let off at full draw, so the 45-pound weight becomes nine pounds. I checked with G-Max in Canterbury and was referred to Morse’s Sporting Goods in Hillsborough. Now I had never been to Morse’s before, but it is a …

Hunter’s Corner: Chilling out in time to do some ice fishing

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Much as I appreciate the mild January temperatures, January is our primo ice fishing month and without the seasonal temperatures this past week to freeze the lakes, ice fishing in January was in doubt. A friend viewed the activity on Newfound Lake last weekend and was shocked to see 12 bobhouses already in play. Newfound is a spring-fed lake, which means there is …

Hunter’s corner: A look at the cottontail and snowshoe hare in rabbit season

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A New Year brings with it interesting winter hunting opportunities. At the top of the list is snowshoe rabbit hunting, also known as a varying hare, which has distinctive seasonal variation in pelage. One is brown for summer and white for winter. Of late, without snow cover, snowshoes stick out like a sore thumb. As the snow cover comes, their winter camouflage comes …

Hunter’s Corner: Deer take about in line with 10-year average

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The unofficial deer, bear, turkey and moose numbers are in and 2015 was an interesting year. The total deer kill was 10,912, which represent a 4-percent decline from the 11,396 taken in 2014. The good news, however, is that this was slightly above the 10-year average of 10,896. …

Hunter’s Corner: CZ gets a check-plus as a hunting rifle

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Thanksgiving found us traveling to Vermont to spend the day with Ranee’s relatives. It has been a few years since we trekked over to Springfield. My brother-in-law Jimmy is a soon-to-be-retired tool and die maker who worked many years at Sturm-Ruger. While at Ruger, he designed two prototype …

Hunter’s Corner: Oh, dear. Where are the deer?

Sunday, November 29, 2015

A new neighbor moved in next door about 18 months ago from California. He is an experienced hunter and his son Cliff arrived just in time for the opening of the regular deer firearms season. This year, Cliff had scouted the Pittsburg area using Google Earth. I had …

Hunter’s Corner: Shots are there, but not on target

Sunday, November 15, 2015

The opening for the muzzleloader deer season opened on Halloween. It was trick-or-treat time for Robb and me. The opener was perfect. We were both on station with ample time for the woods to quiet down before legal …

Hunter’s Corner: Muzzleloader season a treat for hunters

Monday, November 2, 2015

Saturday combined my favorite holiday of the year with the opening day of muzzleloading deer season. Earlier in the week, Robb and I visited Sunset Mountain to try out some of the new Federal 270-grain bullets. Our goal was accuracy, but the real selling points of the new …

Hunter’s Corner: Early-season trip to Pittsburg finds at least one moose

Monday, October 19, 2015

A trip to Pittsburg in the first weekend of October was a little unusual for me. Normally in the past, it would have been on Columbus Day weekend. Normally, it would be past peek with most of the leaves blown down. The color going up was spotty, but …

Hunter’s Corner: Get ready for Waterfowl season

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The waterfowl season in New Hampshire is divided into four zones: The Northern Zone, Connecticut River Zone, Inland Zone and Coastal Zone. The Northern Zone opened Friday, the Connecticut River Zone and Inland Zone open Tuesday, and the Coastal Zone opens Wednesday. Selected species and daily and possession …

Hunter’s Corner: Season arrives to target deer, turkey

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sept. 15 marked the opening of the 2015 fall archery deer and turkey season. The 80-90 degree weather is not helping matters. The deer are transitioning from their summer reddish coats to their winter gray coats. The shortening of hours of daylight causes some strange hormonal changes to …

Hunter’s Corner: Trolling on the big lake

Sunday, September 6, 2015

When my three grandsons are together, they are like mayhem on steroids. When you get them alone, one on one, it is a much different story. At the end of August, we had Andrew for a week. Andrew is 9 and enjoyed a great week with us. My …

Hunter’s Corner: Family vacation includes fishing and big horn pout

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In early spring, Ranee came up with a capital idea that we rent a condo in the North Country that would accommodate all family members, including Rich and Heather and their three children and Robb and any other who may choose to show up. After diligently searching out …

Hunter’s Corner: An assortment of tidbits from fishing to hunting

Saturday, August 8, 2015

We recently had our 12-year-old grandson spend a week with us. One of the days, Robb and I planned on taking him fishing. Cold water fishing is not active enough for a 12-year-old, so it was warm water fishing to keep him occupied. Our destination was Stumpfield Marsh. …

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 …