Friday, October 30, 2015
Maine’s firearm deer season begins this Saturday. Even with last year’s long winter, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists are expecting that the 2015 deer will be a successful one for many hunters. The tradition of deer hunting in Maine continues to increase in popularity. Resident hunting license sales have increased each year since 2005 and non-resident licenses sales have also increased each of the past three years.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Ever wonder how old the buck was you took in deer season? Vermont hunters who harvest a deer during the November rifle season will have the opportunity to find out, if they submit the proper tooth from their deer.
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The weather these fall days, can be very nice one day and the next it will do a 180 degree turn on you and when these happen you need to adapt to those conditions. This trip was one of those days with much cooler temperatures, fairly high winds and also some light rain falling.
Over the next month, we will be fishing a number of our smaller ponds for locating the resident fish before first ice sets in. This will allow us a better opportunity of having a successful first ice outing once it comes. We are utilizing our winter tactics right now in the boat as we are vertical jigging with the use of our Vexilar FLX-28 flasher.
Deer hunters in New Hampshire are gearing up for the firearms seasons. The popular muzzleloader season runs from October 31 through November 10, 2015. Opening day for New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer season is November 11, a date anticipated with great enthusiasm by hunters statewide. The firearms deer season runs through December 6 in most of the state, except in Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) A in northern New Hampshire, where it closes November 29. New Hampshire has more than 59,000 licensed hunters age 16-68.
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 17-22.
Friday, October 23, 2015
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 reporting stations around the state.
As of Wednesday, October 21, 2015, a total of 64 moose had been taken in the 2015 New Hampshire moose hunt (41 bulls and 23 cows). That means that 59% of the 108 hunters holding moose permits had succeeded by the midway point in the state’s moose hunt. This percentage is exactly the same as last year (2014) at this point in the season.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
This Saturday, youth deer hunters across the state get their own day to hunt deer.
“Youth day is a wonderful way to introduce a young hunter to Maine’s deer hunting heritage,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “Hunting is an ideal tool to teach children about conservation, responsibility, patience and respect for our natural resources.”
Hunters harvested 1,993 deer in New Hampshire through October 18, 2015, according to Fish and Game Deer Project Leader Dan Bergeron. This represents an increase of 2% from harvest at the same point in the 2014 season. The kill remains up significantly from 2010 and 2011, when the September archery season was bucks only. The harvest to date is the third highest in the last nine years and is only below 2007 and 2013, when the state’s second and fourth highest total deer kills occurred.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Schooling Crappies before freeze up
The main goal for today’s trip was to try and locate the crappie pods, as they are preparing for the coming winter season and schooling up. After searching the main lake basin and only finding scattered fish, waters were still a balmy 58 degrees, was seeing that they weren’t doing what they were supposed to be. So I had a change of plans and went bass fishing for a while instead.
Ran the shorelines casting shallow running crankbaits and the bass were very aggressive and biting in a number of locations. There weren’t any big ones caught but the ones that were, were hard fighters and a lot of fun.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
A third of New Hampshire's moose hunters were successful during the first two days of the nine-day season, achieving a 33% success rate on the opening weekend of the hunt. On Saturday and Sunday (October 17 and 18), a total of 36 moose were taken by hunters statewide – 24 bulls and 12 cows. The total number of hunters was 108 (105 lottery permit holders, two permits auctioned off by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of NH to generate important conservation funding, and one Hunt of a Lifetime participant). In comparison, last year, 39% of moose hunters were successful during the opening weekend.
Monday, October 19, 2015
Under an emergency measure implemented today by the NH Fish and Game Department, no one shall discharge a firearm at a pheasant stocking site in New Hampshire from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon on October 22 and 23, 2015. Those are the last two days that Fish and Game stocks pheasants this year.
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 8, 2015, from 12 noon to 2 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.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Target Species: Crappie
Location: Southern New Hampshire
Air Temp: 73 degrees
Water Temp: 60 degrees
Conditions: Sunny skies
Baits: Clam Outdoors Pro Tackle Maggot and Duckbill Jigs tipped with Maki Plastics Jami and Mousi in White
If you don’t do a lot of fishing, right now is the time of year to get onto the water and search for the schooling crappies. The crappies are converging in the staging areas and once you find one, there are many more that want to bite your bait.
Our plan was to fish a New Hampshire lake that was known for having nice sized crappie and we had never fished for them here before. The objective was to search the deeper basin of the lake and see if the fish were schooling up and if you could find them, they will show up as a cloud on your electronics.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Just in time for Columbus Day weekend, the Department of Environmental Management announced it is stocking ponds and rivers across Rhode Island with some 6,600 brown and brook trout.
For nine exciting days, from October 17 to 25, 2015, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt.
New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2015, 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.
Get an edge on that big buck in the woods this fall by coming to a free deer hunting talk by local hunting expert Dave Priebe on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.
Monday, October 5, 2015
October marks the beginning of pheasant season in southern Maine, and IFW biologists and local rod and gun clubs were out earlier in the week, releasing birds at a variety of sites.
Greetings, hunters. We’re glad to bring you the first report from New Hampshire’s archery deer season and more news on the bear hunt. Small game and upland bird seasons start October 1.
Friday, October 2, 2015
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is providing the following list of certified leashed tracking dog owners who will help locate deer, bear or moose that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. The leashed tracking dog owners must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish & Wildlife in order to be certified and licensed to provide their services.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Target Species: Largemouth Bass
Location: Northern Massachusetts
Air Temp: 36-60 degrees
Water Temp: 69 degrees
Conditions: Sunny skies
Baits: jig/pig, crankbait, texas rig worm and dropshot
This morning is definitely feeling like we are getting very close to getting the waters ready for the coming ice season. Air temperatures were in the mid 30’s and that had us dawning our Ice Armor jacket to ward off the cool temps. Upon arriving at the lake you could really tell that the water was so much warmer than the air with all of the steam rising.
When seeing this you just have to stop and stand there looking as it doesn’t last long once the sun gets higher and the warmer temperatures arrive. The birds weren’t doing a lot of moving
Hunters traveling outside Vermont to hunt deer or elk need to keep in mind that the regulation designed to protect Vermont's wild deer from chronic wasting disease remains in effect, according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.