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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: 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 …

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, …

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 …