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Smoke from the Angora fire rises near a Smokey the Bear cutout and fire sign on Highway 89 Tuesday, June 26, 2007, in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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 was an American black bear cub that was trapped in the 1950 Capitan Gap fire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln … 0

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 lead core, you need to be out six colors. If you are using downriggers, set … 0

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 for the campground on Lake Francis. The water level of Lake Francis was so high … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Plenty of changes in ice fishing

Sunday, January 27, 2013

If you missed Dave Genz’s ice fishing seminar, you missed a beauty. Genz hails from Minnesota, Land of a Thousand Lakes, and until recently had a limit of one line per angler. It was recently changed to two. … 0

Hunter’s Corner: A return to winter and a hunt for shed antlers

Sunday, January 20, 2013

We interrupt the unscheduled January thaw to return you to winter. From a home heating oil consumption perspective, the thaw was fabulous. From a recreational standpoint, it was a disaster. The consumptive and non-consumptive recreational opportunities play a … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Safety tips for ice fishing

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Is there a connection between carpentry rules and ice fishing rules? There is in my way of thinking. The first rule of carpentry is to measure twice and cut once. The first rule of ice fishing is to … 0

Hunter’s Corner: Resolve to upgrade your deer rifle

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Welcome to 2013. If you are thinking about making some resolutions besides exercise more and lose some weight, it might be a good year to upgrade your deer rifle. My optimum deer rifle is light in weight, tack driving accurate, low in recoil and, using premium ammunition, delivers … 0

Hunters Corner: Fishing derby not just for trout anymore

Sunday, December 23, 2012

It is game on for the 34th annual Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby, to be held Feb. 9-10, and the Derby has undergone a major change for 2013: It is no longer a tagged rainbow trout derby. There have always been other species eligible for prizes, but the … 0

Hunter’s Corner: A partridge in a Boscawen barn

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A friend of mine who lives in Boscawen has been curious about an unusual bird that has been hanging around his barn. It is not native to the area. After consulting with a Fish and Game wildlife biologist, … 0

Weather makes arrival

Sunday, December 9, 2012

To all those who did not appreciate the snow a week ago Saturday, I apologize. It was my fault. Having watched the weather trends, I began lighting snow candles on Thursday evening and they worked. I was able to alter where I was hunting in one piece and … 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