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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 …

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 …

Hunter’s Corner: Plenty for non-fools on April 1, too

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Well, we seemed to have survived April Fool’s Day. Some of the pranks pulled off bordered on the incredibly stupid and may result in criminal charges. I think some of it is a result of a most difficult winter and people trying to let off a little steam. …

Hunter’s Corner: Learn about Fish and Game’s proposed rule changes

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Every two years by law, Fish and Game sets wildlife season rules for the ensuing two years. This year’s rule-setting hearings will be held at Keene High School on March 31, Fish and Game Region 1 office in Lancaster on April 2, and Fish and Game Department headquarters …

Hunter’s Corner: Springing ahead on the outdoors front

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Welcome to daylight saving time. We are 11 days away from the vernal equinox (the first day of spring) and I’m trying my best to get a clear view of the light at the end of the tunnel of winter, hoping beyond hope that it is not a …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …