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A pheasant is shown in a holding pen at Pine Ridge Farm in Ashford, Conn. Small game season opens in New Hampshire on Oct. 1. (AP Photo/John Spivey)

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 of 140 birds per 73 stocking sites in 50 towns. Stocking pheasants has been going on for more than 100 years and … 0

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 three wall calendars have it falling on Sept. 23. Equinox itself represents that point in … 1

Hunter’s Corner: Time to get your ‘Hunting and Trapping Digest’

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The 2014-15 New Hampshire Hunting and Trapping Digest is now available. The cover is graced with a black lab-retrieved woodcock. It is quite a cover. All of the new law changes are listed in the digest. It is interesting to note that 2015 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Fish and Game. Executive Director Glenn Normandeau notes that in 1870, New … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Format change a hit at fishing derby

Saturday, February 22, 2014

This year’s Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby was an overwhelming success in terms of increased participation. This was, perhaps, the highest number of entrants ever and the reason is the second year of the changed format replacing the tagged rainbow trout to seven species in which any species can … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Helicopters help study moose in the North Country

Sunday, February 9, 2014

For the month of January, Fish and Game put out a warning to North Country residents that the wappa, wpapa, wappa was the sound of helicopters scouring for moose and not an NSA operation. This was part of a specialized three-year study undertaken by Fish and Game in … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Setting your sights on coyotes

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Coyote hunting in New Hampshire is somewhat unique in that there is an open season 12 months a year. During January, February and March, night is permissible. Landowner permission is required to hunt at night. The use of … 0

Hunters Corner: Bitter cold winter good news for ice fishers

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Global warming and climate change have largely been debunked and now comes polar vortex. Polar vortex has never been on my Rolodex, but it is certainly for real and makes for an interesting discussion as to how it went awry from the normal years where the vortex is … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Final day for deer for archers

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Today is the last day of the fall archery deer and turkey season. When the final numbers are released, it should be a significantly up season for all deer hunters. Just about every time I went hunting with Scotty and Brett, we saw deer. Last Saturday, hunting on … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Plenty of deer activity

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The regular deer firearms season ends next Sunday. The regular deer firearms season in WMU A ends today. Right now, the deer kill is running about 10 percent greater than last year. Hunting with Scott and Brett has meant that we are seeing more deer. Scott jumped two … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Deer and hunters are out and about

Sunday, November 17, 2013

A few weeks ago, a hunter who had gotten lost in Pittsburg came to a happy ending when he was rescued by conservation officers. I always pack three items in my possibles bag to avoid spending the night in the woods. Perhaps the most important item is a … 0

Hunters Corner: Checking in on moose and deer numbers

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The moose season ended last Sunday on a high note, with a final hunter success rate of 64 percent. I must admit, with the warm temperatures at the beginning, I was skeptical that the success rate would be that high. As it is, when the temperature dropped, the … 1

Hunter’s Corner: Fired up for the moose hunt

Sunday, October 20, 2013

There’s lots of excitement in the hunting community this month. Yesterday, the moose hunt started and will last until Oct. 27. Having participated in five moose hunts – three as permit holder, one as sub-permittee and one as designated observer – I can’t help but convey to you … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Getting the skinny on deer productivity

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Kent Gustafson, a game programs administrator, and Nick Fortin, a UNH wildlife graduate student, provided an overview and results of the deer productivity study at the August Fish and Game Commission meeting. A.) The fawn pregnancy rate was … 1

Hunter’s Corner: Opening-day success in Concord

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Last Sunday marked the opening of the archery deer and turkey season. Dan is a Concord resident who regularly hunts in Concord. Opening day found Dan in the right place at the right time when two bucks paraded … 3

Hunter’s Corner: Archery season is upon us

Sunday, September 8, 2013

We are now in a seven-day countdown to the opening of fall archery and fall archery turkey season. Both the deer herd and turkey flocks are in exceptional shape. I would be greatly surprised if this were not a banner year for both. Apples are in abundance and … 0