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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: Getting the skinny on deer productivity

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Kent Gustafson, a game programs administrator, and Nick Fortin, a UNH wildlife graduate student, provided an overview and results of the deer productivity study at the August Fish and Game Commission meeting. A.) The fawn pregnancy rate was …

Hunter’s Corner: Opening-day success in Concord

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Last Sunday marked the opening of the archery deer and turkey season. Dan is a Concord resident who regularly hunts in Concord. Opening day found Dan in the right place at the right time when two bucks paraded …

Hunter’s Corner: Archery season is upon us

Sunday, September 8, 2013

We are now in a seven-day countdown to the opening of fall archery and fall archery turkey season. Both the deer herd and turkey flocks are in exceptional shape. I would be greatly surprised if this were not a banner year for both. Apples are in abundance and …

Hunter’s Corner: Fall hunting seasons fast upon us

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Wow! Where did the summer go? Next week is Labor Day and the official end of summer. The earlier rains have produced a cornucopia of lush, green vegetation that the deer are feasting on. Acorns are starting to drop, especially the sweet white acorns, cornering deer’s feeding attention. …

Hunter’s Corner: Landing salmon in the rain

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Tuesday found Robb and I, along with longtime hunting and fishing buddy Bill, on the big lake hoping to latch onto some salmon. Bill and I have fished Winni on many occasions and we certainly have a wealth of mishaps over the years, most of which involved adverse …

Hunter’s Corner: Good choice leads to fishing success

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ranee and I have had our 10-year-old grandson Jonathan visiting for a week and it was a fun week. We took him to the Flume and he enjoyed the bear cave and wolf’s den. We capped off the day by taking the tram to the top of Cannon …

Hunter’s Corner: Voice your opinion on waterfowl hunting season

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Fish and Game will be holding a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2013 waterfowl hunting season on Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire’s 2013 …

Hunter’s Corner: Last chances for the moose hunt

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Thursday is the last moose lottery for the Northeast in Vermont, but this is not your last chance. The Wildlife Foundation of New Hampshire has an Aug. 9 deadline for its auction. Five moose hunt permits are available through the annual auction, which benefits the foundation. The highest …

Hunters Corner: Honoring outdoor excellence

Sunday, July 21, 2013

A few months ago I mentioned that Lieutenant Wayne Saunders, a sergeant at the time, was awarded a prestigious Shikar-Safari Club International 2012 award based on his achievements as a conservation officer. Saunders is an 18-year veteran richly deserving of this award. And now others have been singled …

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Normally this time of year the Contoocook River is a kayaker’s delight; with little current, it’s a great place to learn how to kayak. Don’t try it now, however, since the heavy rains have changed the Contoocook into a river of rage. Normally this time of year the …

Hunter’s Corner: Wildlife watching in the Capital City

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Concord is 64 square miles, about the same size as Washington, DC. Our major advantage over DC is that we enjoy many thousands of acres of land that will never be developed. Those acres serve as home to numerous animals. Currently catching the public attention are several moose. …

Hunters Corner: Keep an eye out for deer and moose

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Many drivers frequently see deer and moose along the highways. For deer, the areas abutting the highways, especially the interstates, are seeded with grass and clover. Those patches of wildflowers along with the grasses and clover serve as a food plot. Does nursing their fawns need extra nourishment …