Hunter’s corner: Key programs and seminars coming up for eager hunters

For the Monitor
Published: 9/19/2016 12:50:34 AM

Fish and Game is ramping up for the coming hunting seasons by hosting a series of outdoor adventure talks. All talks begin at 7 p.m. and are held at Fish and Game headquarters on Hazen Drive.

On Wednesday, Wes Reed will be hosting Duck Hunting 101. Reed and his family run Rise and Shine Retrievers, a retriever breeding and training facility in Center Barnstead. Reed will explain decoy tricks, successful calling tactics, choosing the right gun and loads, identifying ducks and much, much more.

On Sept. 28, Sean Langton will host “Let’s Go Goose Hunting.” Langton has hunted divers, sea ducks and geese throughout the Northeast. His talk will help you bring home a goose this season. Langton will explain tactics such as the use of ground blinds versus hedge row hunting, when to use decoys, playing the wind and calling in geese.

On Oct. 5, Dave Priebe, a hunter education instructor and experienced deer hunter will host “Deer Hunting Basics.” Priebe will present need-to-know information for getting started in deer hunting. This session is ideal for new and experienced deer hunters.

Fish and Game is urging deer hunters not to use natural urine-based deer lures. These products can potentially spread Chronic Wasting Disease (CRW), a neurological disorder that is always fatal to white-tailed deer and moose. Synthetic lures are strongly recommended.

On Oct. 12, Priebe returns to host “Hunting Dominant Bucks.” The key is understanding the phases of male whitetail deer breeding and behavior. This talk is also highly recommended for both new and seasoned hunters.

Ranee and I had the opportunity to visit with her sister and her husband this past weekend. They have a camper in a camp ground and their back yard is the Connecticut River in Lancaster. What a delightful location.

Someone had recently bagged a 565-pound black bear in Pittsburg. That is pretty big for a New Hampshire black bear. His friend took a small plane and flew over several cornfields in the Columbia-Clarksville area and saw the bear trails entering into and leaving the fields. You can also see where the bears have been feeding. If you are planning to head north to hunt bear with no soft or hard match, staking out the cornfields might be a good option.

The difference between north of the notch and south of the notch is the evening dew. What happens is that, as the temperature drops each evening, dew is created. While this is not the same as a good rain, it is a source of moisture.

As a result, the trees are not as stressed as ours are. Patches of color are starting to break out, and it looks like if you want to enjoy the fall colors, a trip up north may be in order.

NH high school bass fishing tournaments are set for Thursday and Oct. 1. Thursday is a qualifying tournament with 41 registered schools. The top third of the schools from the qualifying round will move onto the state finals on Oct. 1. The Thursday tournament will be held on Lake Winnipesaukee. The finals will be held on Lake Winnisquam.

The student bass tournament began in 2013 and has become a popular high school sports competition. The events are conducted by the NHIAA, with assistance from N.H. Fish and Game and NH B.A.S.S. Nation. The tournaments include a strong educational component. Teams have adult mentors who guide them through learning about New Hampshire’s aquatic resources and the responsibility that goes with being anglers.

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