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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: 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 …

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 …