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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: 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 …

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 …