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Hunter’s corner: Safety paramount as warm weather makes ice fishing tricky

Sunday, February 7, 2016

My 2016 to-do list had at the top to have my Matthews Solo Cam draw weight reduced to 45 pounds from the current 52 pounds. The Solo Cam has an 80-percent let off at full draw, so the 45-pound weight becomes nine pounds. I checked with G-Max in Canterbury and was referred to Morse’s Sporting Goods in Hillsborough. Now I had never been to Morse’s before, but it is a …

Hunter’s Corner: Chilling out in time to do some ice fishing

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Much as I appreciate the mild January temperatures, January is our primo ice fishing month and without the seasonal temperatures this past week to freeze the lakes, ice fishing in January was in doubt. A friend viewed the activity on Newfound Lake last weekend and was shocked to see 12 bobhouses already in play. Newfound is a spring-fed lake, which means there is …

Hunter’s corner: A look at the cottontail and snowshoe hare in rabbit season

Sunday, January 10, 2016

A New Year brings with it interesting winter hunting opportunities. At the top of the list is snowshoe rabbit hunting, also known as a varying hare, which has distinctive seasonal variation in pelage. One is brown for summer and white for winter. Of late, without snow cover, snowshoes stick out like a sore thumb. As the snow cover comes, their winter camouflage comes …

Hunter’s Corner: Getting ready for waterfowl season

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Fish and Game will be holding a public hearing on the proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2014 waterfowl hunting season on Aug. 13 at 6 p.m. at Fish and Game headquarters. Apparently, owing to the …

Hunter’s Corner: Upcoming workshop a draw for grouse hunting enthusiasts

Saturday, July 26, 2014

You might think that we are in the lazy hazy days of summer. Temperature-wise we are right up there, but there are a lot of things happening that will have an impact on our fall activities. By mid-week last week there were 400 WMU M extra antler-less deer …

Hunter’s Corner: 70 years of Smokey Bear

Saturday, July 12, 2014

August 9, 1944 was the start of the creation of Smokey Bear (“Smokey the Bear” was a song). The Advertising Council created the slogan “Remember … Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.” The living symbol of Smokey Bear …

Hunter’s corner: Salmon swimming deep as temps heat up

Sunday, June 29, 2014

The warm temperatures have slowed salmon fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee. The latest fishing report suggests you can go deep or go home, with salmon being taken at the 25- to 30-foot level. This means if you are using …

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 …