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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: 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …