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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. My own April 1 started with a trip to City Hall to pick up Nutmeg’s 2014 license. It helps that the clerk … 0

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 in Concord on April 3. All hearings will run from 6:30-9 p.m. After receiving public … 0

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 train coming in the opposition direction. The only good news is the azimuth of the … 0

Plenty of ducks, but none for the taking

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The night before Thanksgiving was predictably cold. The ponds that morning were mostly skimmed over with ice. Nevertheless, Robb and I continued with our plan to go duck hunting. Some ponds were more iced over than others. On a dirt road in Canterbury, we had a pileated woodpecker … 0

Getting a big one, hunting for the bigger one

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Every year Bruce and Steve take off to hunt deer in the remote northern Maine woods. The camp they stay at is 60 miles from the nearest convenience store. In this part of Maine, deer numbers are low, but when you get one, it is usually a big … 0

50-50 shot to bag a moose in Vermont

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The final numbers are out from the 2012 Vermont moose hunt and they tell an interesting story. Vermont has a special archery moose season, where 1,191 residents and 467 non-residents entered the lottery for 50 permits. There were 17 moose taken by successful hunters, yielding a 34-percent success … 0

Transitioning from fishing season to hunting season

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Normally, the transition from fishing to hunting season is met by fond anticipation of another year of hunting. This year was a little different because of the purchase of a Lund Fury in April. Never did I anticipate the performance of this well-designed fishing boat would exceed my … 0

Moose hunt success rate at an all-time low

Sunday, November 4, 2012

The reported 62-percent statewide success rate in the moose hunt is the lowest ever. The nearest to this rate was in 2009, 2008 and 2000, which came through at 65 percent. Preliminary reports suggest that hunters experienced a 73-percent success rate in the Connecticut Lakes Region, 82 percent … 0

Writer gets his turkey; also check-in on deer season

Sunday, October 28, 2012

With the afternoon temperature ranging from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, the time to maximize your outdoor activities is at hand. Such was the pressure I was feeling on Oct. 18, the next to last day of the shotgun turkey season. The last day, was forecasted to be … 0

The search is on for elusive Mr. Moose

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Yesterday marked the opening of the 2012 moose season. Some 275 lucky permit holders and five who won the NH Wildlife Heritage Foundation auction headed to the woods with high hopes of bagging New Hampshire's biggest trophy. The number of moose permits declined this year, owing to the … 0