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Hunter’s Corner: Hitting the lake for the Winni Derby

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is Winni Derby weekend. Robb and I have a long history of participating in the derby and it is interesting how it and fishing conditions have changed. Robb won the camp pool, edging Big Ed with a 5½-pound salmon several years back. His salmon was good enough for a daily prize that consisted of a spool of lead core line. Today, if you put a 5½-pound salmon on the …

Hunter’s Corner: Checking in on the turkeys

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Many have asked me why they are not seeing more turkeys in the fields. The answer is simple: turkeys are woodland birds and right now the woods hold all the available food, while the fields have none. During the 19th century, New Hampshire was virtually deforested in favor of raising sheep and other …

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 …

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 …

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 …