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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 that early stream and river trout fishing is proceeding in an above-average manner. Fish and Game has been stocking the rivers and …

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 he was back. John and I had a good laugh over it. The bottom line …

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 …

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 …

Pittsburg a great fishing destination, too

Sunday, June 15, 2014

I had the occasion last weekend to visit Pittsburg for a family get-together. My game plan was to fish from my fishing kayak for trout and salmon. The wind Saturday morning was not kayak friendly on Second Connecticut Lake. Having brought Nutmeg (the dog) with us, I opted …

Hunter’s corner: Fish were jumping at Winni Derby

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The 2014 Winni Derby is fast becoming a fond but fading memory. Our group had four boats in serious contention. For the 2½ days, our total take was 20 fish being boated. Most were released because they were the wrong species or did not make the minimum size …

Hunter’s Corner: Getting outdoors, from Missouri to Lake Winnipesaukee

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Every year come the end of April and beginning of May, Ranee and I recharge our batteries by taking a vacation. This year we opted for Branson, Mo. We had an idea of what Branson was all about, but were completely overwhelmed at the enormity of the family-orientated …

Hunter’s Corner: Hunters should benefit from good winter for turkeys

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Turkey season started yesterday and I think it may be another record-setter. The turkeys wintered well, according to Turkey Project biologist Ted Walski. Significant snowfall did not occur until late February, and then the freezing rains of Feb. 21 and March 12 formed a hard crust for turkeys …

Hunters Corner: Opening of trout ponds and youth turkey hunts mark busy weekend

Sunday, April 20, 2014

During the 1950s and ’60s, Ed Sullivan hosted a Sunday night variety called the Toast of the Town. Sullivan was the consummate star maker and brought forth the British invasion with the introduction of the Beatles in 1964. Sullivan was a man short in height, but would open …