The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department says bear hunters are having a more successful season than last year, while the deer harvest is down slightly.
Bear season has ended in most of the state, though it remains open in some areas until Nov. 25. Fish and Game officials say as of Nov. 6, a total of 703 bears had been killed, or about 30 percent more than the same period last year.
New Hampshire's moose season has come to an end, with at least 91 hunters succeeding in bagging a moose during the nine-day period.
The Fish and Game Department says a total of 127 permits were issued, representing a statewide success rate of 72 percent. That's fewer permits than in recent years, due to a drop in the moose population.
Supporters of a referendum to ban the use of bait, hounds and traps in Maine's annual bear hunt began canvassing neighborhoods in Portland over the weekend. Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting say they don't oppose hunting in general, just the use of what they consider cruel and inhumane practices. They plan to contact tens of thousands of voters across the state over the next few weeks to make their case. Opponents are also gearing up. And both sides are feeling confident as the election draws closer.
The deadline is approaching to enter New Hampshire's moose permit lottery. Entries are due Friday, May 30. The state is offering permits to 124 winners for this year's moose hunt, which runs from Oct. 18-26. Last year's statewide hunter success rate for moose was 64 percent. Winners will be selected through a computerized random drawing and announced on Friday, June 20. To enter, visit http://www.huntnh.com to apply online or print out a mail-in application. Participants also can pick up a lottery application from any Fish and Game office or license agent.
This agency does much more than serve hunters and anglers, it’s also involved in search and rescue, land conservation, and habitat management. Despite all these responsibilities, hunting and fishing license fees are the main revenue source. Now, some in the Statehouse are taking hard look expanding that base - to hikers, canoers, and the many others who enjoy the great outdoors.
A free workshop covering the basics of hunting wild turkeys is being held by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department next month in Holderness. Dave Priebe, a hunter education instructor and Quaker Boy Turkey Calls pro staff member, will cover the basics of turkey hunting, turkey calling and turkey hunting safety at the event on Saturday, April 19. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to noon at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center. Fish and Game wildlife biologist Ted Walski will talk about the natural history and behavior of wild turkeys.
They eat your crops, they scold you from the treetops, they prey on songbirds. Experts consider the crow, which can use tools and recognize human faces, one of the smartest birds. And while many people don’t know it, crows are also hunted in NH.
In Wisconsin, a bill that would authorize a hunting and trapping season for wolves sits on Governor Scott Walker’s desk. The bill pits republican and democratic supporters against environmental and conservation groups who say the proposal has no basis is the science of wildlife management.
I have climbed Mount Monadnock in a sleet-storm, ridden a snow machine deep into the woods of Coos County; I have met future presidents, made maple syrup, split untold cords of firewood, battled ice dams, swallowed black flies; I’ve eaten beans that had been cooked in a hole in the ground in Berlin.
I’ve been to the Isles of Shoals and to Donald Hall’s living room.
I once presented Hugh Gregg with the gift of a sack full of turnips.