‘Moose auction raises $40,000’

Last modified: 10/22/2012 12:41:57 PM

The results are in for the Wildlife Heritage moose permit auction and they are impressive. A total of 12 bids were received with the five winning bids ranging from $7,250 to $8,750, raising a total of $40,900.

‘’The quality of the hunting experience here in New Hampshire continues to be a big draw for both in-state and out-of-state participants,’’ said Steve White, chairman of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation.

The annual auction is the primary fundraiser for the foundation, and a real boost to the foundation’s ability to fund Fish and Game programs. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation is the official non-profit partner of the Fish and Game Department. The foundation raises money and works with wildlife professionals and conservation education partners to fund the department’s conservation of wildlife and natural places important to New Hampshire’s family traditions, such as hiking, hunting, fishing and watching wildlife.

In recent years, the foundation has supported publication of Wild Times for Kids, improvements at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Law Enforcement Canine Search and Rescue/Anti-Poaching Program, exhibits at Great Bay Discovery Center and the Berry Conservation Camp in Berlin, just to name a few.

Vermont also recently completed its moose auction, yielding winning bids between $3,772 and $5,101, totaling $22,094. Vermont is using its proceeds to support similar projects in Vermont.

Vermont’s bear season will run Sept. 1-Nov. 14. Vermont’s estimated bear population is slightly more than 6,000. Vermont went through the same bear doldrums New Hampshire experienced 25 years back, but they have greater bear habitat, which is why their recovery is slightly greater than ours. While Maine has more black bears than Vermont and New Hampshire, given the travel time to Maine, hunting in New Hampshire or Vermont might still be a good option.

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The latest version of the New Hampshire Hunting Digest is hot off the press and is a must read for any serious hunter. The key section of the digest is the ‘’New for 2012’’ part.

New Hampshire’s apprentice hunting license: This license provides a one-time, one-year exemption from the hunter and/or bowhunting education requirements for a hunter who is accompanied by a properly licensed adult, 18 years or older, while hunting.

New WMU boundaries for deer: WMUs D2 and G have been split into WMUs D2 east and D2 west and G1 and G2.

Disabled crossbow permit holders are now restricted to using only a crossbow. They can no longer use a recurve, longbow or compound bow.

Persons wanting to take bear with dogs need a permit to use dogs. Applications can be obtained from conservation officers or by going online at huntnh.com. Applications can be filled out and mailed to Fish and Game in Concord, provided they are postmarked prior to taking a bear.

Good news for those hunting in the Empire State. New York is no longer on the list of CWD-positive states.

A new ‘’Lynx Protection Zone’’ has been established in the northern part of the state to protect lynx as a federally threatened species.

Finally, persons taking approved reptiles and amphibians for food are now restricted to taking no more than two reptiles or five amphibians per day, with a possession limit of harvested animals not to exceed two times the daily bag limit.

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September and October are really busy months for free outdoor adventure talks.

Sept. 12: Whitetails Calls and Scents - Learn how to use calls and scent to bring deer to you this fall. Dean Vanier of North Woods Hunting Products has more than 35 years experience pursuing whitetails in New England woodlands. His unique perspective on understanding the whitetail’s superior defense mechanisms and using them to your advantage will increase your odds of success. Vanier goes over scouting techniques and explains how to use your observations effectively during the three phases of the rut.

Sept.19: Deer Hunting Basics - Thinking about deer hunting this fall? At this talk, you’ll get the essential information new whitetail hunters need to know to get started. Presenter Dave Priebe is a lifelong naturalist, a volunteer New Hampshire hunter education instructor and a Quaker Boy Game Calls Pro-Staff member. This talk is ideal for new and apprentice hunters.

Sept. 26: Mature Whitetail Tactics - Whitetail deer hunting in New Hampshire can be challenging. This talk provides key knowledge of deer biology that will help increase your odds of locating and harvesting a dominant whitetail buck this fall. Priebe’s talk will cover the rut (the phases of male whitetail deer breeding behavior); scouting and identification of classes of deer in your area; hunting techniques and strategy during each rut phase; areas of greatest deer activity; and the effects of food, water, weather and humans on deer behavior.

Oct. 3: New Hampshire Raptors; Flight of Fall - When is there a kettle in the sky? Explore the mysteries of the fall hawk migration over New Hampshire with Robert Valleires, a New Hampshire Audubon volunteer and Fish and Game Wildlife Steward.

Oct. 10: Deer Hunting - The Three Phases of the Rut - Vanier, Pro Staff member for Knight Rifles, teams up with John Klucky, founder of Klucky’s Outdoor Adventures, to present a comprehensive seminar on deer hunting. Vanier will share his knowledge of calling whitetails and using scent lures while exploring the three phases of the deer rut. Klucky will provide some tips on videotaping whitetail deer while deer hunting and present the film: Hunting: The Three Phases of the Rut. Klucky’s New Hampshire state record buck will be on display. This seminar will give you a whole new perspective on hunting whitetails in New England.

(Bob Washburn can be reached at hunterscorner@aol.com.)’

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