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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 hand, give us a delightful morning serenade. …

Hunter’s Corner: Deer herd facing a tough winter

Sunday, March 8, 2015

The deer herd went into winter in great shape. And then the winter severity index took over. The index that was created in the 1960s observed that when you have more than 18 inches of snow and temperatures below zero, you have a problem for the herd. We have definitely beaten the snow inches and too many nights have been below the zero …

Hunter’s Corner: Looking for bear? Pennsylvania’s a hot spot

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I received an interesting press release on the 2014 Pennsylvania bear harvest. I have always thought of Pennsylvania as a prime destination for the out-of-state whitetail hunter, but the black bear report put the Keystone state in a whole new category. There were 173,523 bear hunting licenses sold for the four-day regular bear …

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 …

Hunters Corner: Luck running out for writer’s moose permit

Sunday, June 23, 2013

My phone wasn’t ringing off the hook last Saturday, so I suspected that luck was not on my side for the Maine moose lottery. On Sunday, I logged on to the Maine website, went to lottery results, hit “W” and there it was: Robert Washburn has been drawn. …

Hunters Corner: Northern N.H. an outdoorsman’s playground

Sunday, June 16, 2013

In Horace Greeley’s day, the word was: Go west, young man, go west. If there was a modern day Horace Greeley viewing recreational opportunities in New Hampshire, the operative advice would be: Go north, young man, go north. First, Second and Third Connecticut Lakes along with Lake Francis …