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 In this 2007 file photo, a deer looks up from grazing under a tree in Sharon, Vt. Deer were around on opening weekend of this year's muzzleloader season, but the author wasn't able to bag one. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, File)

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 shooting hours arrived. I was at a stand that had deer pass by last year. And Robb began to snake his way toward me. The first observation we made was the lack of acorns. Robb made it to me without spotting any deer. I then moved to what we affectionately call Fred’s Point. Robb gave me 15 minutes to get on station and I passed two other …

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 Remingtons are the expansion on target. My friend Bruce had experienced inconsistent results using 150 …

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 still an invigorating sight. Pittsburg is an interesting town where family and community rule the …

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 …

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 …