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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: 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 …

Hunters Corner: Checking in on moose and deer numbers

Sunday, November 3, 2013

The moose season ended last Sunday on a high note, with a final hunter success rate of 64 percent. I must admit, with the warm temperatures at the beginning, I was skeptical that the success rate would be that high. As it is, when the temperature dropped, the …

Hunter’s Corner: Fired up for the moose hunt

Sunday, October 20, 2013

There’s lots of excitement in the hunting community this month. Yesterday, the moose hunt started and will last until Oct. 27. Having participated in five moose hunts – three as permit holder, one as sub-permittee and one as designated observer – I can’t help but convey to you …

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 …