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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 of cleaning up roadkill and other carrion found along our highways. Cardinals, on the other hand, give us a delightful morning serenade. …

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 have definitely beaten the snow inches and too many nights have been below the zero …

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 whole new category. There were 173,523 bear hunting licenses sold for the four-day regular bear …

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 …

Hunter’s Corner: Youth deer hunting weekend promises to form lasting bonds

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New Hampshire Youth Deer Hunt Weekend is slated for next Saturday and Sunday. This special weekend gives kids age 15 or younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters. The adult hunter must be licensed …

Hunter’s Corner: Fall shotgun turkey season around the corner

Sunday, October 5, 2014

The next special season coming up is the fall shotgun turkey season, which runs from Oct. 13-17. There are several key differences between the spring season and the fall season. The fall season is an either-sex season and the shooting hours are a half hour before sunrise to …

Hunter’s Corner: Thousands of pheasants stocked throughout the state

Monday, September 22, 2014

Yesterday started the countdown until the Oct. 1 small game season opener. Stocked pheasants always generate the most hunter activity at the release sites. This year, 12,260 pheasants will be released in all 10 counties with an average …

Hunter’s Corner: Preparing for fall hunting season

Sunday, September 7, 2014

As we inch forward toward the autumnal equinox, those who suggested that falls colors would be arriving early this year owing to some of the cooler temperatures this summer have been wrong so far. My appointment book lists the equinox falling on Sept. 22 at 10:29 p.m. My …