Monday, June 29, 2015
The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 105 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the state's 28th annual moose hunt lottery drawing, held today at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters in Concord, N.H.
Monday, June 22, 2015
We have updated our KIDS Outdoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for the upcoming outdoor education classes offered across New England for June 22 – July 1
Vermont’s lottery for moose hunting permits closed June 17, but there’s one more opportunity to get a permit for this fall’s moose hunt. Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 13. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 14.
Friday, June 19, 2015
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Father’s Day, this Sunday, June 21, as the first of two “Free Fishing License Days" scheduled for 2015. A second “Free Fishing License Day" is scheduled for Saturday, August 15.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Teens interested in learning the art of fly-fishing or improving their basic skill level alongside some of Vermont’s most accomplished fly anglers, are invited to apply. The 2015 camp is scheduled for Sunday June 21st through Thursday June 25th at Quimby Country Lodge & Cottages, in Averill, Vermont
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The area that we live in there are numerous smaller ponds that we can fish but only a couple of them have a boat landing that we can get our big boat into. So we had fished some of these utilizing kayaks in the years past, but trying to fish out of these is a bit tough especially if there is any kind of wind.
My son is into fishing big time these days and he wanted to have his own boat for fishing so he had gotten himself a 10 foot Jon boat. By having this small boat option now, this has opened up number of new waters that we can fish and also being able to fish in more comfort is always a good thing as well.
We have a list of lakes that we have fished on the ice but never have on the open water so we had picked one of these for this trip and we haven’t really fished at all either. From searching for information about the fishing in this lake, there are reports that there are some large bass here and we figured we would give it a try.
The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking for the public's help in tracking wild turkey broods in New Hampshire this spring and summer. It's easy to take part. If you observe groups of turkeys with young between now through August 31, 2015, report your sightings to Fish and Game at its web-based turkey brood survey at http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/surveys/turkeybrood.html.
The Department of Environmental Management is asking Rhode Islanders to assist its Division of Fish and Wildlife's wild turkey project by reporting any sightings of wild turkey hens with (or without) broods of young turkeys (poults). DEM biologists need the information to evaluate this year's reproduction of wild turkeys, the survival of the young, and the population of the state's wild turkey flock.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Have you ever wondered how those littlenecks ended up behind the seafood window of your local grocery store? Did you know that as a Rhode Island resident you can harvest your own clams recreationally without a license? Here is your chance to learn how to dig for clams, what type of equipment is needed, and about the management strategies that have kept Rhode Island's quahog industry thriving. The program is sponsored by the University of Rhode Island's Sea Grant and features commercial shell fisherman Jody King, who will introduce participants to recreational clamming. Space is limited and registration is required.
The annual drawing to select the lucky hunters who will be offered a permit to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall will be held on Friday, June 26, at 9:00 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Fish and Game will issue 105 moose hunting permits this year. The public and interested media are invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn. Winners are selected through a computerized random drawing.
Women interested in learning how to forage for wild edible plants and other seacoast delicacies can now sign up for a one-day workshop called Seacoast Wild Edibles, sponsored by New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program. The session will take place July 25, 2015, at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Road, Greenland, N.H.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) captured 262 sportfish from MDC’s West Hartford Reservoir No. 1 and stocked 106 of the captured fish into Mirror Lake in Meriden and 156 fish into Stanley Quarter Park Pond in New Britain. All the relocated fish are of ready-to-fish-for size that anglers can target immediately. The collaborative effort to capture and relocate these high quality fish developed out of the MDC’s need to greatly reduce the water level within the reservoir to facilitate accessing and replacing water control devices within the dam.
Monday, June 15, 2015
We have updated our KIDS Outdoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for the upcoming outdoor education classes offered across New England for June 15 – June 24
Thursday, June 11, 2015
Vermont's bass fishing season kicks off on Saturday, June 13 and anglers throughout the state are eager to hit their favorite body of water in search of fun and exciting fishing adventures for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Vermont Fish & Wildlife is reminding would-be moose hunters that June 17 is the deadline to apply for a permit for next fall’s hunt.
It’s quickest to apply on their website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) which automatically enters you to win a new Thompson Center “Triumph” muzzleloader.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Today’s trip to the lake was going to be more about my son’s experience as this was going to be his first solo fishing trip on his own. With both of our boats loaded, he could fish where he wanted and how he wanted to, while I can keep an eye from a distance from my boat.
He choice to fish along the shorelines and run a shallow crank bait and over time he actually was able to land a few bass on his own. There was a light breeze, enough that would blow you around a bit, this allowed him to learn how to use the trolling motor for keeping him in a location that he was fishing.
As I watched, he was getting good experience at maneuvering his boat near and around docks and fallen trees. It was nice seeing him come along with his boating skills and this is giving me more confidence so that in time this will build his confidence and allow him to venture the waters more on his own.
Don’t miss the fun this Saturday, June 13, at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center’s Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bring the family to enjoy hands-on activities related to the shooting sports, hunting and trapping at this one-of-a-kind Fish and Game Department facility. Admission is free.
Swan Island is now open for a great 50th season of camping, hiking and wildlife viewing. Several new features are now available here, including a new larger ferry, kayak rentals from the island campground, new interpretive signage, docks at the campground and a 15 & under kids-only trout fishing pond with free equipment loans. Many different events are being held on and around the Island throughout the summer and fall. Check out the event calendar on our website www.maine.gov/swanisland to sign up for one of the many planned programs; or visit to just explore on your own.
Monday, June 8, 2015
We have updated our KIDS Outdoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for the upcoming outdoor education classes offered across New England for June 8 – June 17
New Hampshire’s white-tailed deer population once again showed no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), based on monitoring data gathered during the 2014 hunting season. New Hampshire Fish and Game Deer Biologist Dan Bergeron recently received results from a federally certified veterinary diagnostic laboratory that indicate that all the deer tissue samples taken during last fall’s hunting season tested negative for CWD. A total of 423 tissue samples were tested.
Friday, June 5, 2015
Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, coming Saturday, June 6, 2015. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire - freshwater or saltwater - without a fishing license. Plan to get out and enjoy the day fishing with your family and friends. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. All other fishing regulations must be followed on Free Fishing Day, including season dates and bag limits.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Vermont’s popular fish and wildlife summer course for teachers and other educators will be held July 12-17, 2015.
The hands-on field course that gets educators out into Vermont’s streams, forests and wetlands with some of the state’s leading natural resource experts takes place at the Buck Lake Conservation Camp in Woodbury.
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department would like to remind the public that Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is set to take place on Saturday, June 13 and will be highlighted by a free Family Fishing Festival in Grand Isle.
Women interested in learning outdoor skills in a beautiful setting can sign up for New Hampshire's fall Becoming an Outdoors-Woman weekend workshop, which will take place September 11-13, 2015, at Rockywold/Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, N.H. The workshop fee of $335 includes lodging for the weekend, plus all meals, instruction and equipment use. Participants must be age 18 or older.
The 2015 Moose Permit Drawing will take place on Saturday, June 13 as part of the Bethel Maine Moose Festival. The weekend-long event is highlighted by the moose lottery drawing at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Bethel Common, when the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will announce the names of those drawn for one of the 2,740 moose hunting permits.
Monday, June 1, 2015
We have updated our KIDS Outdoors page at BackWoods Sportsman OutDoors for the upcoming outdoor education classes offered across New England for June 1 – June 10
On Little Sebago, anglers are enjoying the rebuilt launching facility there and enjoying some fine fishing for rainbow and brown trout, as well as smallmouth and largemouth bass.