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Hunter’s Corner: Hitting the lake for the Winni Derby

Sunday, May 17, 2015

This is Winni Derby weekend. Robb and I have a long history of participating in the derby and it is interesting how it and fishing conditions have changed. Robb won the camp pool, edging Big Ed with a 5½-pound salmon several years back. His salmon was good enough for a daily prize that consisted of a spool of lead core line. Today, if you put a 5½-pound salmon on the …

Hunter’s Corner: Checking in on the turkeys

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Many have asked me why they are not seeing more turkeys in the fields. The answer is simple: turkeys are woodland birds and right now the woods hold all the available food, while the fields have none. During the 19th century, New Hampshire was virtually deforested in favor of raising sheep and other …

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 …

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 …

Time to try your luck in the moose lottery

Sunday, June 9, 2013

We are heading into moose lottery season. On Saturday, Maine will be holding its moose lottery with the results going on line later in the day. New Hampshire will hold its lottery on June 21 at Fish and Game Headquarters. The results also will be posted online. Recently, …

It’s all in the flies at the Winni Derby

Sunday, June 2, 2013

I have been fishing in the Winni Derby more years than I would like to admit. I stared when Big Ed had a camp on Saunders Bay and a group of us would congregate for a weekend of …

Hunters Corner: Keeping an eye out for turkeys

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Turkey broods will soon be appearing, and Fish and Game is requesting your help in tracking them in New Hampshire this spring and summer. If you happen to observe groups of turkeys with young between May 15 and Aug. 31, report your sightings to Fish and Game at …

Hunter’s Corner: Still time to try your luck at the moose lottery

Sunday, May 12, 2013

If you haven’t entered the Maine Moose lottery, you have until Tuesday to do it online. I got mine in this past week. The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose lottery is May 31. Moose application deadline for Vermont is months away, so you can wait to …

Hunter’s Corner: On the hunt for turkeys

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Last weekend was nothing short of incredible. Trout fishing, youth turkey weekend hunting … it just doesn’t get any better. The first pair of turkey hunters I ran into where a pair of proud fathers whose sons had taken a 19-pound and a 17-pound turkey. There where a …

Hunter’s Corner: Time for outdoor activities to take off

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This past week all of my busy indoor activities subsided and anticipated outdoor activities are going to pick up in tempo. As a result, Ranee and I took off for two days to stay at the Dancing Bear Guest House in Shelburne Falls, Mass. Shelburne Falls is across …

Hunters Corner: Check out LHR’s new muzzleloader

Sunday, April 21, 2013

New Hampshire has a rich and proud heritage in firearms production. One of the trend setters was the former Thompson-Center Arms formally of Rochester. Before the transforming revolution in muzzleloading rifles, there were only two in the beginning: Thompson-Center Arms and CVA, a Spanish manufacturer. The challenge of …

Hunter’s Corner: Dock closing, running for rabbits and discovering the outdoors

Saturday, April 13, 2013

I got a depressing email from Fish and Game about the Downing’s Landing boat access in Alton. It will be closed April 15-17 while structural engineers assess the condition of the dock to determine future repair needs. This is a smart play by Fish and Game to assure …