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OUTTAKE   In this July 2011 photo, a moose picks its head up from eating grass from Pierce Pond in North New Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)

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, a Washburn was drawn – which is nothing unusual – and I wasn’t the Washburn drawn – also nothing unusual. Next up …

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 matter. Maine requires a regular hunting license at $114 plus a $20 fee. A hunter …

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 proven to be a total winner in accessing where we wanted to fish. Robb was …

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 …

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 …

Hunter’s Corner: Getting ready for waterfowl season

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fish and Game will be holding a public hearing on the proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2014 waterfowl hunting season on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters. Apparently, owing to the …

Hunter’s Corner: Upcoming workshop a draw for grouse hunting enthusiasts

Saturday, July 26, 2014

You might think that we are in the lazy hazy days of summer. Temperature-wise we are right up there, but there are a lot of things happening that will have an impact on our fall activities. By mid-week last week there were 400 WMU M extra antler-less deer …

Hunter’s Corner: 70 years of Smokey Bear

Saturday, July 12, 2014

August 9, 1944 was the start of the creation of Smokey Bear (“Smokey the Bear” was a song). The Advertising Council created the slogan “Remember … Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” The living symbol of Smokey Bear …

Hunter’s corner: Salmon swimming deep as temps heat up

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The warm temperatures have slowed salmon fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee. The latest fishing report suggests you can go deep or go home, with salmon being taken at the 25- to 30-foot level. This means if you are using …