Monday, December 15, 2014

Register in January for "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" winter workshop


Registration will open the first week of January for the 2015 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women can learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  A fee of $55 covers the workshop, lunch and most equipment use.  New this year, a discounted registration fee of $25 applies to participants age 18-25. You must be at least 18 years old to take part in BOW programs.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Registration open for women's fly tying course


Women who enjoy fly-fishing and are interested in a new winter hobby can sign up for a fly-tying course with master fly tiers Jim and Kris Riccardi. The N.H. Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) Program and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program are teaming up to offer the course, which will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from January 28 through February 25, 2015, at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  Participants must attend all five sessions.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Snowshoe Hare Hunting Workshop


Learn about the exciting sport of snowshoe hare hunting at a free workshop being offered at theNew Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness, N.H.  The workshop will take place from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required.  To register, call the Owl Brook Hunter education center at 603-536-3954.

NH outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Add One More to your Gift Giving List: Private Landowners


New Hampshire people sure do love being outside.  There’s so much to do: hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, bird watching and the list goes on.  Where do you like to do your favorite outdoor activity?  With over 70% of New Hampshire land in private ownership, it is likely that you recreate on someone else’s land.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Ice fishing safety tips from Vermont F & W


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has some ice safety tips for those of you who will be going ice fishing this winter.

Vermont Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Vermont birders encouraged to join annual Christmas bird count


This holiday season marks the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count, a favorite tradition among Vermont’s birding community. Birders in Vermont are encouraged to participate in the count, which begins on December 14 and runs through January 5.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Vermont muzzleloader and 2nd archery deer seasons, Dec 6-14


Vermont’s hunters will get one final chance for a deer this year during the muzzleloader deer season and the second part of the archery deer season. The two seasons run at the same time -- December 6-14.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Monday, November 24, 2014

CLAM Outdoors Pro Tackle Blade Spoon


Kevin Dahlke – CLAM Power Stick Pro staff


Clam Outdoors has come out with new bait for this fishing season and it is called the "Blade Spoon". The Blade Spoon is a bladed bait that is triangular in shape and comes with a treble hook. There are a variety of sizes that it comes in and those are 1/16, 1/8 and 1/4 oz sizes, as well as a variety of colors in 6 stunning color combinations.

Tying the Blade Spoon onto the line with a loop knot will give you a lot of extra action that you can make it dance with your rod tip. The action can be very subtle with just jiggling the rod slightly too actually working it very aggressively if that is what were needed.

KIDS OutDoors page Updated

We have updated our KIDS OutDoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors by adding the upcoming New England Outdoor Education classes for 11/24-12/3


KIDS OutDoors at BWS OutDoors

Maine Hunting Report for November 21, 2014


“Hunters are seeing plenty of deer. Some hunters are being selective right now and passing on does or smaller bucks,” said IFW Wildlife Scott Lindsay. “Usually around now, we will start to see more of these hunters taking deer.”

Lindsay said that while numbers may be down a bit from last year as expected, hunters are still seeing good numbers of deer and good size ones as well.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clam Pro Tackle Dingle Drop XL Jig


Everything we said about the Drop XL goes for the Dingle Drop XL, too. A lot of times, you want to keep the jig size (and weight) the same, but need a bigger hook. Seriously, when you fish the Clam way, you are going to hook up with big perch, crappies, bluegills, with bonus bass, walleyes, pike and more. Besides letting you fish with larger plastics and multiple live baits, XL hooks are strong enough to stand up to big battles. And the wide gap helps the hook point find a home when you rear back. Made from tungsten, 30% heavier than lead.

Clam's Dingle Drop XL Jig


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fishing Report November 16 2014 Massachusetts


Conditions: Partly cloudy skies, air temperatures low 40's, slight to moderate winds, bait of the day - Clam Pro Tackle Blade Spoon tipped with a Maki Plastic Maki in purple

Since there is still sometime before we are going to be seeing ice here in New England, been spending these days checking out the local ponds. These ponds we frequent quite a bit during the ice season so it is nice to get out there now and see where the fish are holding. Just may make it a bit easier locating them when first ice comes.

This particular pond is rather small and most fishing occurs in the main basin of the lake. Since the winds were blowing fairly well, had to abandon the usual area that we fish and search out some new water. Fished the opposite end of the pond and we generally never make it that far across on our typical trips.


Continue Report at BWS OutDoors

Monday, November 17, 2014

Open Water 2014 Picture Added


We have updated our Open Water 2014 page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for our fishing trip on November 16


Open Water 2014 at BWS OutDoors

CT General firearms deer season begins November 19


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today issued a safety reminder for outdoor enthusiasts as a variety of hunting seasons are currently underway – most notably the opening of the fall firearms deer season which begins on Wednesday, November 19. Specific deer hunting season information is available on the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep/hunting.

CT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fishing Report November 9 2014 Massachusetts


Conditions: Sunny skies, air temperatures 55 degrees, slight to calming winds, bait of the day - Clam Pro Tackle Blade Spoon tipped with a white Maki Plastic

Since we are getting to the end of the open water season, the boat is put away and we spend any time on the water currently in our kayaks. This is allowing us to fish a number of smaller bodies of waters that we can't get the bigger boat into. As well as giving us an idea as to where the fish are currently before the ice sets up.

This particular pond is fairly shallow for two thirds of it and the other third gets to a depth of 16 feet or so. So this is generally the area that we concentrate on as the crappies typically will suspend in this area. Using theVexilar flasher, you are able to differentiate which fish are crappies and which are sunfish.


Continue Report at BWS OutDoors



Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Open Water 2014 Picture added


We have updated our Open Water 2014 page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for our fishing trip on November 9


Open Water 2014 at BWS OutDoors

Deer season update; deer baiting ends November 19 2014 in most WMUs


New Hampshire hunters have taken an estimated 5,102 deer statewide as of November 9, according tothe New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  Two days remain in the muzzleloader season, and archery deer hunters have been afield since September 15.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Last bowhunter-only hunter education course offered


Due to popular demand, registration has opened for a final bowhunter-only Hunter Education course being offered at the Goffstown Fish and Game Association, 100 Melvin Valley Road in Weare, N.H.  on Friday, December 12, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, December 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (both sessions required).

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

CT DEEP advises motorists to use caution in the Cheshire and Prospect area due to moose sighting


Motorists in the Cheshire and Prospect area are advised to use extra caution and be observant while driving due to the sighting of a moose in recent days near Interstate 84.  The moose was last seen in Cheshire near Nathan Hale Court this past weekend and today was spotted on Straitsville Rd in Prospect.

CT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Monday, November 10, 2014

KIDS OutDoors page Updated


We have updated our KIDS OutDoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors by adding the upcoming New England Outdoor Education classes for 11/10-11/19


KIDS OutDoors at BWS OutDoors

2014 NH youth deer hunt weekend results; deer season to date


Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 367 deer during the 2014 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, down 24% from the 2013 total of 483. This unofficial total does not include information from all registration stations.  The 2014 total is slightly above the average since the youth deer hunt began in 1999.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

RI DEM's division of Fish and Wildlife to offer fly-tying program in North Kingstown starting November 17


The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife is offering a program this fall for anglers interested in developing and improving their fly-tying skills.

RI Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

BWS OutDoors Joins CLAM Outdoors and IceArmor


About CLAM Outdoors and IceArmor

For over 30 years Clam Outdoors has stood for the best in outdoor gear. Our customers tell us that the Clam name means dependable, durable, and tough. That’s important, because no one wants to be out in the field or on the ice and have a problem with their gear. Quality is our top priority at Clam, and it’s reflected in everything we make. We started the Ice Fishing Revolution™ when we built the first Fish Trap® shelter over 30 years ago, and we’ve never stopped innovating. Today we offer the largest line of shelters in the business, the IceArmor® by Clam line of jackets, bibs, boots and gloves and all types of accessories – from Dave Genz and Jason Mitchell rods to bait buckets and sled lights. We offer everything you need to be successful out on the ice. And we’ve got you covered after the ice melts too. Our line of Polar ATV/UTV & lawn tractor trailers, summer products like the Clam Six Pack 1660 Mag Screen Shelter & Jason Mitchell Elite Series Rods are built with the same dedication to quality and are made to exceed your expectations.
Clam products have you covered for all seasons!

BWS OutDoors joins Ice Team


About Ice Team

We were there at the beginning of the Ice Fishing Revolution TM . . . because we started it.
No one has done more to advance the sport of ice fishing than Ice Team.  Since 1997 our Pros have come up with every significant ice fishing method and refinement in history, starting with Dave Genz and the Clam Fish Trap and the Vexilar flasher.  And today our Pros continue to blaze new trails.
But they always circle back to shore to pick up anybody who wants to learn.  This season, Join the Team TM and tap into our Pros’ knowledge.  Let them provide you with up-to-the-minute, cutting edge advice and resources you won’t find anywhere else.

Sunrise/Set Table for Hartford, Connecticut


We have updated our sunrise sunset table web page for Hartford, Connecticut for the month of December.

Tide Chart updated


We have updated our Tide Chart page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors adding the January Tide Charts for the state of Maine.

Monday, November 3, 2014

KIDS OutDoors page Updated


We have updated our KIDS OutDoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors by adding the upcoming New England Outdoor Education classes for 11/3-11/12


KIDS OutDoors at BWS OutDoors

Sunday, November 2, 2014

CLAM Outdoors IceArmor Women's Lift Suit


The IceArmor LIFT™ Cold Weather Suit is more than just a cold weather suit. Yes, it certainly will protect you from the cold, wind and ice. But more than this, the IceArmor By CLAM LIFT™ Suit includes an internal “lift” lining that provides added buoyancy versus our EDGE™ Suit, giving the angler an extra “lift” when it’s needed. Yielding cutting-edge design, look and function, the bibs and parka have the same great features as the original IceArmor By CLAM EDGE™ blue/black suit.

New Fishing Product at BWS OutDoors


Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Let's Go Fishing" program seeks volunteer fishing instructors


Are you an avid angler looking to give back to your community and share your love of fishing?  New Hampshire Fish and Game's "Let’s Go Fishing" program is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

VT moose hunters had a successful season


Vermont moose hunters had a successful hunting season according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. A record bull was taken in the October 1-7 archery moose hunt, and the regular moose hunting season was October 18-23.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Vermont's rifle deer season starts Saturday Nov 15


Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 15 and ends Sunday, November 30.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

72% of hunters successful in 2014 N.H. Moose Hunt


New Hampshire’s 2014 moose season wrapped up on Sunday, October 26. While hunters have until close of business today to register their moose at N.H. Fish and Game headquarters or regional offices, preliminary figures show that 91 hunters succeeded in taking their moose during the 9-day season. With a total of 127 permits issued, this represents a statewide success rate of 72%.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

CWD discovered in Ohio deer


The Ohio Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed on October 23 the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state in a captive deer herd in Holmes County.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Monday, October 27, 2014

Clam Outdoors Cold Snap Auger Blade Cover


The Patented Cold Snap Blade Protector installs in a "Snap" safely protecting your auger for transport in less than 3 seconds! There's no need to remove your gloves to attach your blade cover to your ice auger! Protects you and your blades.

To Remove your Snap Cap, simply hold the auger upright with the weight down on the cover, and open with your foot. Lift out and you're done. Tested tough. Resistant to snow and ice build-up. Works with Clam Edge Power Auger 8 & 10" augers and with Clam 6” hand Auger Bit. If it's convenient to use, you'll use it.  If it's covered, it's safe!


New Fishing Products at BWS OutDoors


KIDS OutDoors page Updated


We have updated our KIDS OutDoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors by adding the upcoming New England Outdoor Education classes for 10/27-11/5


KIDS OutDoors at BWS OutDoors

Atlantic Herring Closure for area 1A


Commercial fishermen will be prohibited from landing Atlantic herring taken from Management Area 1A effective 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 26, 2014, because herring harvesters are projected to reach 92% of the allowable harvest quota for the period.  The closure will remain in effect through midnight on December 31, 2014.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Learn about Salmon Life Cycle at "Salmon Sunday" Nov 9 at Melvin Village


Bring the kids and explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon, fish prized by anglers on New Hampshire's big lakes, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual "Salmon Sunday" event on Sunday, November 9, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Pope Dam in Melvin Village. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of Tuftonboro, N.H.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Moose hunt update: 59% of NH moose hunters successful so far


As of Wednesday, October 22, 2014, a total of 75 moose had been taken in the 2014 New Hampshire moose hunt (51 bulls and 24 cows). That means that 59% of the 127 hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the midway point in the state’s moose hunt. Last year (2013), 43% of hunters had gotten their moose by this point in the season.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Friday, October 24, 2014

Black Bear Stew


Ingredients:4 to 5 lbs bear meat cut in 1 inch cubes
1/4 cup flour
1 tbs italian seasoning
4 tbs butter
2 tbs vegetable or corn oil
1 large onion diced
1 8 oz tin beef broth
4 bay leaves (do not eat)
2 lb small potatoes
1 lb fresh mushrooms if button size do not slice
5 carrots sliced
1 turnip cubed (important ingred)
5 parsnip sliced (optional)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 Deg
put flour with seasonings in plastic bag and shake until bear meat coated
combine oil and butter in skillet and brown meat and drain off grease from meat
In a large dutch oven add 2 or 3 qts of water and all ingredients
Cook approx 2 to 3 hrs adding water if necessary checking every 30 mins
serve with fresh rolls or italian bread


Recipes at BWS OutDoors

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Clam Outdoors Vista Thermal Hub Shelter


Back by popular demand, a 6 x 6 hub shelter in full thermal will now be offered with the NEW Vista Thermal. Roomy enough for two to three anglers. A full thermal skin will keep you comfortable during the next polar vortex! Give the ice angler the best “bang” for their buck for a full thermal hub shelter with the Vista Thermal.

New Products at BWS OutDoors


New Hampshire Marine Rule Hearing November 6, 2014, on Rules for Striped Bass


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed marine rules on November 6, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road in Portsmouth, N.H. The hearing is an opportunity to provide public comment on proposed changes to recreational bag and/or size limits for striped bass.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

New Hampshire Opening day for regular firearms deer season is November 12 2014


The archery deer season has been underway in New Hampshire since September 15. The 2014 total deer take as of October 19 of 1,952 represents a decrease of 22% from the 2013 season at the same point.  The harvest remains up significantly from 2009 and 2010 when the September archery season was bucks only

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Orange is the NEW camouflage for Vermont hunters


The fashion mags suggest bold prints and the color gray are in this fall, but trendy hunters always choose hunter orange.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Vermont Tips for youth deer hunting weekend Nov 8-9


A first deer hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

2/7/15-2/8/15 - East Hampton Rod & Gun Club Ice Derby


2/7/15-2/8/15 - Easthampton Rod & Gun Club - Body of Water - OxbowTown: Easthampton
Species: Pike/Muskie,Pickerel,Bass SM&LG,Perch Yellow/White,Catfish,Bullhead,Crappie,Sunfish,Carp
Contact: www.easthamptonrodandgun.com 


Ice Derby's at BWS OutDoors

Maine's Youth Deer Hunting Day Is This Saturday, October 25


“Youth day is an excellent way to introduce a young hunter to a tradition such as deer hunting,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “Hunting is not only a Maine tradition, it also teaches children conservation, patience, responsibility and respect for our natural resources.”

ME Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Vermont's Youth Deer Hunt Weekend Nov 8-9


With youth deer weekend just around the corner, young hunters are encouraged to take to the field to hone their skills and to also help Fish & Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological check stations around the state.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Vermont's Guilmette Fishing Access Area Closed for Improvements


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is making improvements to the John Guilmette fishing access area on Lake Champlain in South Hero and will close the area for a minimum of two months while planned upgrades are underway.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fishing Report October 17 2014 Massachusetts



Conditions: Sunny skies, air temperatures mid 70 degrees, moderate winds, bait of the day – Clam Pro Tackle Time Bomb and Blade Spoon

The last fishing trip out we ran into an issue on the big motor and burned out one of the electronic modules and this time of year, no need to fix it now and get it winterized. Since that will be put away and the ice is not formed, time to do a little kayak fishing ice style.

When I get to this time of year and don’t have the big boat, taking the kayak out allows me to fish a number of different lakes that have no boat access. These lakes as well never really get any pressure from the anglers on the open water, but once the ice comes then things change. So for the next couple of months, this will be the game plan to our fishing.








Ice Auger Conversion Kit Drill Plate by Clam Outdoors


The Auger Drill Plate by Clam™ converts any 18-volt drill to a lightweight, powerful ice auger. Add Clam’s 6 inch hand auger and you will have power, speed and results with less fatigue. Industrial Ball Bearing absorbs load from the auger so the drill is only used to spin the auger—not to support the auger torque— which greatly extends the life of the drill. Unique, innovative design enables the user to simply remove the “chuck” from the drill and attach the auger bit—similar to a power auger.

New Products at BWS OutDoors


N.H. Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 32% Success


About a third of New Hampshire’s moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the nine-day season, achieving a 32% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 18 and 19), a total of 41 moose were taken by hunters statewide – 29 bulls and 12 cows. Last year, about 18% of moose hunters were successful during the opening weekend.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

NH Northern Shrimp Public Hearing/Season-setting Meeting Set for November 5, 2014


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing and specifications-setting meeting for the northern shrimp fishing season, in conjunction with a meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Northern Shrimp Section, on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m., in Portland, Maine (at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street) to set the specifications and dates for the 2015 harvesting season for northern shrimp. 

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Vehicle access to camp Cronin fishing area at Point Judith in Narragansett RI to be restricted during revetment repair project


Visitors to the popular Camp Cronin Fishing Area and overlook site at Point Judith in Narragansett, RI, will have to leave their vehicles behind when visiting the site from late October until mid-May 2015 as construction work is underway to complete the Camp Cronin stone revetment and East Shore Arm breakwater repair project. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District are working together to complete the repair project.

RI Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Monday, October 20, 2014

KIDS OutDoors page Updated


We have updated our KIDS OutDoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors by adding the upcoming New England Outdoor Education classes for 10/20-10/29

KIDS OutDoors at BWS OutDoors

Rhode Island DEM stocking 4000 trout ponds and rivers throughout Rhode Island for fall fishing season


The Department of Environmental Management's Division of Fish and Wildlife has stocked over 4,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout in selected locations in the state this week for the fall freshwater fishing season. Due to elevated water temperatures and low water conditions, fall trout stocking was delayed until this week, when water conditions improved.

RI Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fishing Report October 14 2014 Massachusetts



Conditions: Cloudy skies, air temperatures upper 60 degrees, water temperatures were 63 degrees, no wind to start but blustery at end and best baits of the day – Rapala Scatter Rap and L & N Jigs

With this unseasonably warm weather we have been having lately here in New England, I have been trying to connect with a friend for a day on the water. Today was to finally be that day and we picked a lake that he fishes frequently and I have been to once before.

Nice fishing during the week and also getting into this fall season as we generally always have the waters to ourselves and don’t need to deal with other boaters. This particular lake is much stained and there isn’t any type of structure that you can key in on. There are a few areas that still had green grass growing and those were the spots for the day.




Friday, October 17, 2014

DEM invites Rhode Islanders to public open house at Rocky Point State park on Sunday October 25


The Department of Environmental Management announces that Rocky Point will be open to the public for the first time in almost two decades on Saturday, October 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents and visitors will have an opportunity to explore the grounds and see the progress being made in the redevelopment of Rocky Point as Rhode Island's newest coastal state park at this special public open house. The event will take place rain or shine.

RI Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Tide Chart Updated


We have updated our Tide Chart page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for the month of December to the state of Massachusetts

Tide Charts at BWS OutDoors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fishing Report October 9 2014 Massachusetts


Conditions: Sunny skies, air temperatures mid 50 degrees, water temperatures 62 degrees, very windy and best bait – CLAM PRO TACKLE Time Bomb

With the winter season approaching quickly as each day passes, trying to get in as much open water fishing as possible. Wanted to make another run at the city lake we had started fishing this year and go after the bass and crappies that swim in those waters.

At this time of year things really quiet down a lot and there is generally no worries about having to deal with other boaters and especially during the week as well. So I had the lake to myself and it started off weather wise very well with no winds to speak of. But that turned very quickly and the winds really started whipping and was going to be a roller coaster ride finding fish.



N.H. Moose Hunt Is October 18-26, 2014


For nine exciting days, from October 18 to 26, 2014, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire's annual moose hunt. A total of 124 permit holders were drawn in this year's lottery, randomly selected by computer from a pool of more than 10,000 applicants.

NH Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Hatchery improvement expected to increase health of Lake Champlain salmon


A significant upgrade at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle is expected to pay dividends for the health of the salmon population in Lake Champlain.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gearing Kids up for Ice


At this time of year, in between fall and winter, kids are not participating much in angling adventures, as the weather turns cool and wet. So to keep their enthusiasm going strong about fishing as we approach the new season of fishing when the ice returns, keep them involved in activities revolving around fishing. Many ice anglers are in the mode these days of getting their ice gear together and ready and you should involve your kids in this process as well. Let them play around some with the ice fishing rod/reel so that they can get a feel for that once again. Have them help you sort through your baits especially the micro plastics, as they will have a fun time looking and touching these. As well as the electronics, you can show and teach them some about the flasher and camera inside your home by actually having them on and explaining what they are seeing on the screen. By keeping them involved in this preparation into a new season, this will keep their enthusiasm high for another great season of fishing ahead.

Fishing Tips at BWS OutDoors

Lake Champlain ranked among top smallmouth bass fisheries in North America


Lake Champlain has received yet another world-class fishing designation. Renowned fishing media outlet, World Fishing Network, ranks Lake Champlain one of the seven best smallmouth bass lakes in North America.

Take a Time Out for Turtles: Volunteers Needed for Nesting Beach Clean Up Day in Vermont


The annual spiny softshell turtle beach cleanup day is on Saturday, October 25, and Vermont Fish & Wildlife is looking for volunteers to help. Participants are asked to arrive at North Hero State Park between 10 and 11 a.m.

VT Outdoor News at BWS OutDoors

Open Water 2014 Picture added


We have updated our Open Water 2014 page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for our fishing trip on October 14

Open Water 2014 at BWS OutDoors

Tide Chart page updated


We have updated our Tide Chart page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for the month of December for the state of Connecticut

Tide Charts at BWS OutDoors

Monday, October 13, 2014

KIDS OutDoors page updated


We have updated our KIDS OutDoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors by adding the upcoming New England Outdoor Education classes for 10/13-10/22

KIDS OutDoors at BWS OutDoors

Tide Charts Updated


We have updated our Tide Charts page by adding the December Tide Charts for Rhode Island

Tide Charts at BWS OutDoors

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Venison Roast


Ingredients:
4 pounds venison roast
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon ginger
¼ teaspoon cloves
6 thick slices bacon
1 cup red wine
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F
In a small bowl, combine rosemary, salt, sugar, cinnamon, pepper, ginger, and cloves
Rub mixture evenly over venison roast, patting down to adhere
Wrap bacon slices evenly over roast
Place roast in a roasting pan; pour wine over
Roast 2 hours 30 minutes, until meat is very soft and internal temperature reaches 150°F
Remove roast from pan; transfer to a serving platter
Place roasting pan over medium heat on stovetop; add remaining ingredients and simmer, scraping to mix juices, until thickened
Pour over roast and serve


Recipes at BWS OutDoors

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Shot Placement Success


As many hunters have entered into their hunting seasons and the time spent practicing with their weapon of choice, a successful hunt comes down to shot placement. Knowing where to place the shot for an effective and quick kill, takes some knowledge as to where to place the shot as well and making sure that the shot is do-able. Where to place the shot is in the vital areas and by looking at the animal’s anatomy through a book or on the internet, the hunter should know where the general area is for a quick kill. The other important factor is being able to get that shot placement without hitting the animal in a non-vital area. If there is not a clear shot at the vitals, or there are obstructions in the way of the shot, the shot should never be placed as this may wound the animal and may never be recovered. Being able to hit the targeted area is very critical and if the hunter is not certain that can be done, then don’t take the shot and maybe the shot will present itself again or you may have to wait for another opportunity. Passing on the shot is better than wounding an animal that may die later and never be found, which would be a waste to the ecosystem….

Tips at BWS OutDoors

N.H. Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 25-26,2014


New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 2014, is the perfect time to take a youngster hunting. This special weekend gives young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.

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Rehabilitated Bald Eagle Released on Island in Squam Lake


A juvenile bald eagle was released into the wild on a Squam Lake island today by N.H. Fish and Game Conservation Officers and wildlife rehabilitator Maria Colby of Wings of the Dawn Bird Sanctuary in Henniker.

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Rhode Island Conditional area A and the Conimicut Triangle to reopen to shellfishing at sunrise Saturday, October 11


The Department of Environmental Management announces that Conditional Area A and the Conimicut Triangle in the Upper Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise on Saturday, October 11. The shellfish closure that was already in place was extended on October 8 as a result of a sewage overflow from the Narragansett Bay Commission's and the City of Pawtucket's sewer system.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Fall Fishing Solitude


Fall is one of those seasons that seems to get forgotten in the fishing community. Many sportsmen are dual outdoor activities and when fall comes around, they concentrate their efforts more in the woods than on the water. But for those that stick with the water aspect of the fall time, these anglers are the ones that are going to reap the rewards. Fall fishing is probably one of the best times to catch that trophy of a lifetime and there maybe a number of them caught at that. The fish are feeding heavily to get ready for the long winter ahead and at the same time become very aggressive as well. Fast moving baits are a charm at this time of year as they allow you to cover vast amounts of water in a short period of time. Once you locate an area that has a school of fish using that area, then you can slow down a little and fish it more precisely if that is the case. Fishing in the fall I find is the best as more times than not you will have the whole lake to yourself and what other time of the open water season do you get that.

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