Friday, December 30, 2016

Kids Chasing Bass December 28 2016

When my son and I fish, he has a way that he likes to fish and I have a way that I like to fish. So, having two different varieties of techniques, he likes fishing with traps and I like jigging, there are a couple of lakes that we fish that don’t adhere as easily to both methods.

We typically will alternate our choices of lakes and since our last outing was for jigging crappies, his choice was to run traps for bass. This particular lake has a good population of largemouth and smallmouth bass and also jumbo perch, but the sunfish are small and there isn’t any crappies in the lake.

A Look at 2016 Fisheries Habitat Work in New Hampshire

2016 was a busy year for fish habitat restorations in New Hampshire. The goal of the NH Fish and Game Department's Fish Habitat Program is to protect, restore, and enhance New Hampshire's fisheries habitats, using a watershed approach, so that viable fish communities can be supported for their intrinsic value and long-term benefits to the public. Fish and Game works in partnership with other state and federal natural resource agencies, regional planning commissions, town governments, non-government organizations, and landowners to accomplish this goal.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

First Ice December 26 2016

First ice is always a special time and all of the excitement has finally come to a realization that we are going to be wetting a line on the hard water once again. Ice season is a very special time and I get to spend many days out there with my fishing partner, my son.

We typically have to drive north for first ice and have a few lakes that we will target at first and last ice and there is a good population of crappie that swim there.

Snowshoe Hare Hunting Workshop - January 28 in Holderness

Learn about the exciting sport of snowshoe hare hunting at a free workshop being offered at the New 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. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Conditional Shellfishing Area "Conimicut Triangle" Reopens

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today the Conimicut Triangle in Upper Narragansett Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise tomorrow, Friday December 23. The opening comes more than two days earlier than expected.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Trout Stocking Wraps Up Next Week for the Winter Season

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it will complete its winter season trout stocking next week. Some 1,200 rainbow and brook trout will be released into Olney Pond, Lincoln Woods State Park in Lincoln; Upper Mellville Pond, Portsmouth; Carbuncle Pond, Coventry; Breakheart Pond, Arcadia Management Area in Exeter; and the Roundtop Ponds in Burrillville.

Recreational Fishing Changes for 2017

New Hampshire anglers should be aware of several new rules in effect for 2017.

IFW Ice Fishing Report For December 22, 2016

The early season cold has made for some excellent early season ice fishing opportunities in the southern part of the state.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 New Hampshire Turkey Virus Monitoring Update

This was the fifth year biologists were recording evidence of avian pox virus and Lymphoproliferative disease virus (LPDV) in turkeys.  While turkeys are still being affected throughout the state, numbers with the debilitating clinical lesions in the head/eye area appear minimal.

NH Hunting Report - December 21, 2016

The unofficial deer kill for New Hampshire’s 2016 hunting season was 10,702, down slightly (2%) from the 2015 final kill of 10,895. Based on this estimate, the 2016 total represents the 7th highest kill in the last 9 years and is very similar to the 20-year average of 10,912.  Deer hunting seasons are now closed in the state.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Report your Winter Wild Turkey Sightings January 1 - March 31

Wild turkeys will soon be gathering at backyard birdfeeders, and the NH Fish and Game Department is asking the public to report sightings of wild turkeys online at starting January 1. Please do not report multiple sightings of the same flock. The state’s Wild Turkey Winter Flock Survey runs through March 31.

Monday, December 19, 2016

VT F&W Offers Ice Safety Tips

The recent arrival of cold temperature has formed early-season ice on Vermont ponds, lakes and rivers. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds winter enthusiasts that ice should never be considered safe and ice conditions vary.

Friday, December 16, 2016

2017 New Hampshire Fishing and Hunting Licenses Available

New Hampshire fishing and hunting licenses for 2017 are now available. Purchase yours today and get set for a WILD year of outdoor adventure, from ice fishing this winter to bagging your deer next fall. Licenses are good for the calendar year, from January 1 through December 31, 2017. Purchase online at, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department in Concord, or from a Fish and Game license agents across the state.

Snow Provides Wildlife Tracking Opportunities

The bountiful snowfall in Vermont’s woods and field this December provides ample opportunities to head outdoors looking for signs of wildlife. Snowshoers, skiers and other winter adventurers are encouraged to keep an eye to the snow for tracks this time of year.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Newest Poster Benefits Maine’s Endangered And Threatened Species

The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s newest poster features Maine’s 51 endangered and threatened fish and wildlife, and proceeds from the sale go directly to help these species.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Register in January for "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Winter Workshop

Registration will open January 9 for New Hampshire’s 2017 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) Winter Workshop, a one-day program where women learn outdoor skills to enjoy during the winter months.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Stocking Season Nearly Completed!

Stocking season is nearly complete! With snow on the ground, and ice skimming over many ponds and lake, some might say not a moment too soon.

Tune up your Ice Fishing at these Free Talks in January

Improve your ice fishing skills by taking advantage of two free ice fishing seminars presented this January at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord. No pre-registration is necessary. Talks begin at 7:00 p.m. See you there!

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bird Feeding Basics

With winter weather now taking hold, Vermonters are readying their bird feeders. But before residents put up their avian offerings, Vermont Fish & Wildlife recommends a review of the bird feeding basics.

VT Outdoor News at Kevin Dahlke's BWS Outdoors

Fairfield Man Cited for Deer Poaching

Vermont state game wardens arrested Nicholas Robert, 29, of Fairfield, Vermont on December 6 and charged him with four counts of taking deer during closed season and hunting deer with bait.

VT Outdoor News at Kevin Dahlke's BWS Outdoors

Thursday, December 8, 2016

DEM Stocks Ponds with Trout Just in Time for Winter Fishing Season

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has begun stocking local waters with trout for the winter fishing season. Some 2,000 brook trout have been added to four ponds: Barber Pond, South Kingstown; Silver Spring Pond, North Kingstown; and Meadowbrook and Wyoming Ponds, in Richmond. Later this month, additional locations will be announced.

Registration Opens for Free Winter Indoor Archery Programs

Are you interested in trying archery for the first time?  Or maybe keeping your archery skills in tune once archery season comes to an end? This winter, the N.H. Fish and Game Department is once again offering free archery programs for both beginners and experienced archers who want to learn new skills or improve their current skills. Both programs will be held at Fish and Game's Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, located at 387 Perch Pond Road in Holderness, N.H. Registration is now open.

2017 Licenses Available Online Dec. 12

Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for 2017 will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website ( on December 12.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reward For Information: Two Canada Lynx Found Dead

A reward of up to $5,500 is being offered in connection with the recent illegal killings of two Canada Lynx in Maine. The Maine Warden Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigators are seeking information regarding two separate Canada Lynx shootings in northern Oxford County and Aroostook County.

Multiple New Hampshire Foxes Displaying Symptoms of Canine Distemper

Deceased gray foxes displaying symptoms of Canine Distemper have been reported recently in the Upper Connecticut River Valley and southern New Hampshire. The NH Fish and Game Department and the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food advise the public to be aware of this situation and to be diligent about keeping pet vaccinations current.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Changes to Permanent Hunting/Fishing Licenses Coming in 2017

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters and anglers of changes to permanent license laws that go into effect starting on January 1, 2017. A permanent hunting and fishing license is currently available to Vermont residents aged 65 and older for a one-time fee of $50. Starting January 1, the eligible age will be raised to 70 and the license will be free.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NH Wildlife Officials Warn of Fishing and Hunting License Scam

The N.H. Fish and Game Department is warning consumers of a scam that fools people into paying for a fishing license without actually providing one.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

How the Wild Turkey Contributed to Thanksgiving

One of our native wildlife species historically played an important role on Thanksgiving Day. North America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Enjoying The Bounty Of Your Hunt

Deer hunting in Maine is growing in popularity, and one of the reasons is due to the health benefits and fine taste of venison.

Public Hearing Set for Proposed Winter Free Fishing Day and Other Fishing Rules

New Hampshire would have an additional free fishing day on the third Saturday in January, under rules proposed by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department that will be the topic of a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. on December 6 at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.

Goose Hunting Season Opens This Weekend

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced hunting season for Canada goose opens this weekend, running Saturday, November 19 - Sunday, November 27. Goose hunting is also allowed Saturday, December 3 - Monday, January 30, 2017.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The 2nd weekend at Deer Camp

Dad, Big Buck Down. “What??” My dad says. Dad, BIG…. BUCK…. DOWN. “I am on my way!”
For many, Deer Hunting consists of family traditions and gatherings and for my family, it is no different. The 2nd weekend of Deer Camp kicks off with the annual Friday Night Prime Rib Dinner down in Aitkin. From there we head off to the McGregor Area to start a weekend full of deer hunting at our Family Cabin.
Saturday morning, I settled into my deer stand only to be faced with a very strong SSW wind gusting up to 22 mph. As I wait for the clear night sky to wake up, I sat there reminiscing about all the deer I have harvested from this deer stand that I call “The Grand Stand”. While I hope today will be the day where I can talk about another successful hunt.

General Firearms Deer Season Begins November 16 DEEP Reminds Outdoor Enthusiasts to Be Safe

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 16. Specific deer hunting season information is available on the DEEP website at

Tri-state Snowmobile Weekend Set for January 27-29, 2017

It’s time to start making plans for the New Hampshire-Vermont-Maine reciprocal snowmobile weekend, coming January 27-29, 2017 (Friday through Sunday). The tri-state event gives snowmobile enthusiasts a chance to explore new trails in northern New England.

Muzzleloader Antlerless Permits are Mailed

Antlerless permits for Vermont’s muzzleloader deer season were mailed to recipients on November 14, according to the Fish & Wildlife Department.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

2016-17 winter regulations open Mille Lacs walleye fishing


 Anglers will be able to fish for and keep walleye at Mille Lacs Lake this winter. The winter walleye regulation will allow anglers to keep one walleye between 19 and 21 inches or one longer than 28 inches. The winter walleye season begins Thursday, Dec. 1, and extends through Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.

Fall Presents Deer Hunters with Bird Watching

For many Vermonters, late fall means time spent in the woods hunting deer. Yet, while sitting patiently in deer stands, or sneaking silently through the woods, hunters also see plenty of other wildlife, including a variety of birds.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Minor Gel Coat Repair

Anyone that owns a fiberglass boat will unfortunately at some point create a scratch, dig a gouge or put a chip into the gel coat. Gel coat is basically like hard paint that covers the fiberglass on the outside layer of your boat and this gives it that nice shiny finish. If this happens to you, don't worry, here is a way to repair that damage and make your boat look new again.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

How Dock Fishing, Can Make You a Better Ice Angler

Most people these days, have a "flasher" style fish finder that they use for ice fishing, but when the season is over, they put that flasher away and don't think about it until the temps start dropping again the next year.
However, when asked, numbers of people will say that, “they don't feel like they know what they are looking at”, when they do use it. I have found that by using mine all season long, I am much more comfortable and also a better angler when the hard water season comes back around.

Report Wildlife Law Violators!

Are you aware of a poaching situation? What about trespassing, destruction of property, littering or theft?  Call Operation Game Thief! If you observe someone taking an over-limit of fish, shooting an animal out of season, hunting without a license, or leaving trash in an area where they have been hunting or fishing, let Operation Game Thief know about it.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Rifle Season Hunters Urged to Help Gather Info.

Hunters participating in Vermont’s 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 12 and ends Sunday, November 27 are being asked to help gather biological data.

Watch for Deer on the Roads

Motorists are advised to watch for deer crossing roadways this time of year, especially at dawn and dusk.  Deer are very active right now, as the mating season, or rut, is underway and bucks and does have their minds on other things than traffic!

Monday, November 7, 2016

What means the most

November is here and it has ushered in the cool nights, frost in the mornings and the bucks chasing does. Many of you reading this article share the very same fascination from hanging game cameras in July to the last ice in March. Winter sure brings a strong anticipation for us outdoor enthusiasts. If you’re like me, I can’t sleep the entire month of September with the anticipation of ice fishing, then before you know it, April brings May flowers and the process repeats itself.

Regular Firearms Deer Season Opens November 9, 2016

The opening day of the regular firearms hunting season, a big day for New Hampshire's 58,000+ hunters, will occur on November 9, 2016.

NH Hunting Report - November 3, 2016

According to Deer Biologist Dan Bergeron, deer breeding activity is picking up, so the next few weeks should provide prime hunting opportunities.  With this upswing in breeding activity, some beautiful deer have already been taken in the northern part of the state.  While collecting data at a bio-check station at L.L. Cote in Errol, biologist Andrew Schafermeyer checked several huge New Hampshire deer over the opening muzzleloader weekend.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Pre-Rut in MN

In a few days, the men and women in orange will hit the woods of MN in search of the elusive 30 point buck. The week before rifle opener can be full of surprises as young bucks begin to chase does and as an archery hunter, you keep your fingers crossed that the big one might slip up and give you the opportunity you've been practicing for all year.

Salmon Sunday Reminder - Meet Underwater photographer Bob Michelson!

Come explore the life cycle of landlocked salmon at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's annual "Salmon Sunday" at Pope Dam in Melvin Village on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Pope Dam is nine miles north of Wolfeboro on Route 109 in the town of Tuftonboro, NH.

The 2017 VT Fish & Wildlife Calendar is Available

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Vermont Life Magazine announce the release of the colorful 2017 Fish & Wildlife Calendar. Filled with stunning photos of Vermont wildlife, including moose, snow geese, steelhead rainbow trout, egrets, and whitetail deer, the calendar includes photos by many well-known Vermont photographers including Roger Irwin, Mary Holland, and Kurt Budliger.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

An October Tradition...In the Marsh

Having been born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, hunting and fishing were natural fits for me considering the endless opportunities for both. I currently have a serious obsession with smallmouth bass, however, that has not always been the case. As a youngster, fall was the time of year I coveted most. The changing of colors and cool North breezes of October meant only one thing; the annual waterfowl migration was about to hit its peak and I’d be waiting in the marsh when it did.

2016 NH Youth Deer Hunt Weekend Results

Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 246 deer during the 2016 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, down 37% from the official 2015 total of 391. This unofficial total does not include information from all registration stations.  The 2016 total is below the average since the special youth deer hunt began in 1999.

VT’s Rifle Deer Season Starts Saturday, Nov. 12

Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins November 12 and ends Sunday, November 27.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Deer Stand Safety

All across the country, many areas are either into or getting ready for the annual fall deer hunting season. Lots of excitement and anticipation comes with every new season and there are always things that get over looked.

The deer stands that we use, if left in the woods year after year, need to be looked at before every season as well as every time that you use that location. Many parts of the deer stand can either malfunction or just plain fall apart throughout the days left in the weather.

$30,000 in grants available to support Community Tree Programs

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the United States Forest Service and the Rhode Island Tree Council, today announced $30,000 is available in matching grants to support local tree programs. A Request for Proposals is now open - with a deadline of December 30, 2016. Over the past 24 years, DEM has awarded more than $5 million in grants under the America the Beautiful Tree Rhode Island program.

Monday, October 31, 2016

The Big Pond

Fishing will often test your limits physically and more so emotionally. There is nothing worse than looking down at your graph knowing you see the fish and not getting it to bite.
Big ol’ Mille Lacs was a tough one on this windy fall day. That didn’t stop my fishing partner Zach Scully and I from fighting the bitter south wind. The constant cloud cover made for a gloomy morning and, a solid 4-6 mph wind stayed all morning and reminded us winter is truly coming.

This Hunting Season, Be Prepared Before You Head Into the Woods

Like thousands of hunters, you have likely spent months anticipating the November firearms season in Maine and now it’s finally here! You have scouted your favorite hunting spot, prepared your hunting equipment and gear, and now you’re ready for the hunt. As the first day nears, the Maine Warden Service reminds you to take a few extra moments to plan for any unexpected endeavors in the Maine woods.

Moose Permit Auction Brings $33,009 to Benefit Eight Grant Awards to NH Fish and Game Programs

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire had another successful year for its annual Moose Permit Auction.  The 2016 Auction raised $33,009, with the money earmarked for eight grants supporting programs of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Firearm Season For Deer Begins Saturday, October 29

This Saturday, October 29, marks the beginning of the regular firearm season for deer, an unofficial holiday for tens of thousands of hunters across the state. The regular firearm season for deer opens on Saturday, October 29 for residents, and Monday, October 31 for nonresidents. The Firearms Season for deer concludes on Saturday, November 26.

Trout Stocked for Fall/Winter Anglers

Winter anglers in New Hampshire have had some trout stocked especially for them this fall. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department stocks trout every year during the fall months, mostly to bolster the winter ice fishery. This should translate into some exciting action for winter anglers, according to Inland Fisheries Division Chief Jason Smith.

VT October Archery Deer Season Closes Friday 10/28

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department issued a reminder to hunters that the October portion of the archery deer season ends Friday, October 28.

Don't Forget Your Fishing Accessories

A couple of days ago, I decided to bring my wife out for some shore fishing at Pactola and enjoy the nice weather that the Hills have had recently.  While I would prefer some colder weather to get here soon, it is much easier to enjoy some quality time fishing with my wife when the weather is nicer.  Recent reports had suggested that bluegills were biting on the south side of the lake so I decided to head there so that she could maybe catch a few gills while I cast for perch.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

72% of Hunters Successful in 2016 New Hampshire Moose Hunt

New Hampshire’s 2016 moose season wrapped up on Sunday, October 23. While hunters have until close of business today to register their moose at New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters or regional offices, preliminary figures show that 52 hunters succeeded in taking their moose during the 9-day season. With a total of 72 permits issued, this represents a statewide success rate of 72%.  That compares with last year's (2015) overall success rate of 69%.

Vermont Bald Eagles Nest in Record Numbers in 2016

Bald eagles produced 34 successful young in Vermont in 2016, smashing the most recent record of 26 in 2013 according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The birds remain on the list of species protected under Vermont’s state endangered species law, but this strong year has conservationists hopeful for their continued recovery.

Northern MN Grouse

I had long anticipated heading to Northern MN, to Beltrami State Forest, to get my labs out for the first time chasing grouse. Normally, we hit this part of the state in the fall for bear hunting, but with my tag already filled from another area, and reading that bird numbers in the state were up, I wanted to get out and try some trails. In previous years we would see several ruffed and spruce grouse in the area and would often times have our limit while out setting baits.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Waterfowl Weekend

Well over the long weekend, we spent our time out in Western MN waterfowl hunting. Hoping to get under a few birds, we were pretty confident.

We hunted ducks the first morning, lots of ducks entered the little lake we were hunting but didn't want to decoy as well as we were hoping, so, we made the decision every water fowler avoids to make at the early hours of the morning, we pulled the decoys and moved to where the birds wanted to be.

Finesse or Not

With many more states starting to regulate the lead use in our fishing tackle, more time is spent finding these alternative material baits. There are a few flavors that are popping up lately these days, but the tried and true ones, that are leading the pack, are the Tungsten jigs.

These jigs come in a variety of sizes and colors and with Kenders Outdoors covering them, with their sizes of 3mm, 4mm and the larger 5mm. Having these three different sizes, this allows you to cover the spectrum from a very light, finicky to almost nonexistent bite to the fast and aggressive fishing action.

Tips for Youth Deer Hunting Weekend, Nov. 5-6

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

Lower Narragansett Bay, Nearby Waters Closed To Shellfishing

A shellfish harvesting closure is in effect for lower Narragansett Bay and a portion of Rhode Island Sound. A closure is also in effect for lower Sakonnet River. The closures are due to preliminary toxic shellfish findings associated with the harmful algae bloom being monitored in Rhode Island waters. The closures include carnivorous snails, such as whelk and moon snails.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

2017 Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Reproductions Now Available

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that prints of the 2017 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp created by nationally renowned artist Mark Thone are now available in limited quantity.

Vermont’s Moose Hunt Preliminary Total is 73

The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says a preliminary count reveals hunters took 73 moose in this year’s regulated hunting seasons.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Maine’s Herons Reveal Their Wintering Grounds

Did you ever wonder where Maine’s great blue herons go in the winter?  You are about to find out!  This spring, biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) tagged five adult great blue herons with GPS transmitters as part of an ongoing effort to better understand the state’s great blue heron population.

"Let's Go Fishing" Program Seeks Volunteer Instructors

Are you an avid angler looking to give back to your community and share your love of fishing?  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's "Let’s Go Fishing" program is currently seeking volunteer instructors to teach ice fishing, fly fishing or basic fishing to youth and adults. Sign up for a training this fall and get started!

Lynx Spotted in Southern Vermont

A lone Canada lynx was photographed in the southern Vermont town of Londonderry this June, marking the first confirmed evidence of lynx in Vermont outside the Northeast Kingdom in decades. Lynx are listed as ‘threatened’ under the federal Endangered Species Act and ‘endangered’ in the state of Vermont.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Lower Sakonnet River closed to shellfishing

A shellfish harvesting closure is in effect for lower Sakonnet River, Harvester Tagging Area 5C, until further notice. The closure is due to a preliminary toxic shellfish finding associated with the harmful algae bloom being monitored in Rhode Island waters. The closure includes carnivorous snails, such as whelk and moon snails.

New Hampshire Hunting Report - October 20, 2016

Through October 17, a total of 1,690 deer were harvested by NH archers.  This represents a decrease of 15% from last year at the same point in the season.  See a breakdown by county and more hunting updates in the latest NH Hunting Report.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Youth Deer Hunting Day is Saturday, October 22

On Saturday, October 22, young hunters across the state get their own day to hunt deer. “Hunting is a wonderful way to learn about conservation, responsibility, patience and respect for our vast natural resources,” said Chandler Woodcock, Commissioner, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, “And youth deer hunting day gives all hunters an opportunity to share that with a young hunter.”

Hubbard Farms Wildlife Management Area and Cartop Boat Access to Be Gated Due to Vandalism

The NH Fish and Game Department will erect a gate near the entrance of the Hubbard Farms Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in North Walpole, NH. The gate will be installed during the first week of November and will remain closed until further notice, restricting vehicular access to the WMA. As the property also provides access to the Connecticut River for paddle craft, parking for three to four cars will be created near the road to afford continued access for pedestrians and paddle craft activities. American's with Disabilities Act-compliant access will be available around the gate.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Panfish on Tungsten Baits

Fall fishing means water temperatures are dropping and the fish are going into a feeding mode in preparation for the upcoming winter. These fish are roaming and searching for available food and that is key for finding these feeding fish.

Once you have an area scoped out, bait presentation becomes key for being successful on the water and in turn, making for an enjoyable day. A bait combination that has been working well on catching these fall panfish is the Northland Mitee Mouse Jig and Impulse Water Flea.

Public Hearing on Revisions to NH's Threatened and Endangered Species Lists

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public hearing on proposed changes to the lists of threatened and endangered species in New Hampshire.  The proposal also affects wildlife control operators and limits on the take of certain fish.  The public hearing will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 6:00 p.m., at Fish and Game Department Headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. The public is welcome to attend and to offer comments on the proposed rule changes.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Fishing Report October 15, 16 2016 Massachusetts

Fall time fishing can go either way when the waters start dipping into the 40’s, one day they are feeding and other days, you can’t buy a bite. But with the conditions right now, most water temperatures are in the low 60’s to upper 50’s and that means the feed bags are on.

Since we are still in these ranges, this allows us to target a couple of different species with crappies to start one day and moving onto the bass the next. So far this fall season, we haven’t had that many cold days or nights and this is keeping the waters warmer and the fish more active.

Youth Deer Hunting Weekend November 5 & 6

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 24 biological reporting stations around the state.

N.H. Moose Hunt Opening Weekend Brings 26% Success

New Hampshire’s moose hunters achieved a 26% success rate during the first two days of the nine-day season. Opening weekend (October 15 and 16) saw a total of 19 moose taken by hunters statewide -- 18 bulls and one cow.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fishing Report October 8 2016 New Hampshire

The word is out that the crappie are putting on their feed bags and the schools are definitely forming. As these fish start preparing for winter, finding the schools with better sized fish is key and always makes for a great day of fishing.
First task on any body of water is finding the schools and searching with your electronics helps pinpoint their locations. Idling around, watch your electronics and when you go over a school of fish, a cloud will appear on the screen and that means time to fish.

Halloween Wildlife Festival & Jack-O-Lantern Hike

Looking for a “wild” family-based adventure for Halloween this year? The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting families to attend the 5th annual Halloween Wildlife Festival and Jack-O’Lantern Hike at the Edward F. Kehoe Green Mountain Conservation Camp Education Center on 636 Point of Pines Road in Castleton. The event takes place on Friday, October 28, from 5 to 8 p.m.

IFW's Shooting Area In Fryeburg to Open Friday

Beginning Friday, October 14, the Shooting Range on the Major Gregory Sanborn Wildlife Management Area in Fryeburg will open under a new schedule. The shooting area is now open on scheduled days under the supervision of a range safety officer.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Motorists, Watch for Deer and Moose this Fall

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds motorists to be watchful of increased deer and moose activity along roadways, especially during early morning and evening hours. September through October is the peak of the breeding season for Connecticut's small but expanding moose population in the northern part of the state. The breeding season (also known as "the rut") for white-tailed deer closely follows the moose breeding season, running from late October through late December.

DEEP Begins Fall Atlantic Salmon Stockings

Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that its 2016 autumn stockings of broodstock Atlantic salmon have begun. DEEP’s Inland Fisheries Division this week released 1,000 salmon into Crystal Lake (Ellington/Stafford – 500 fish) and Mount Tom Pond (Morris/Litchfield/Washington, 500 fish).

NH Moose Hunt Is October 15-23, 2016

For nine exciting days, from October 15 to 23, 2016, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt.

"Salmon Sunday" Is November 13 -- Learn About the Salmon Life Cycle

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 13, 2016, 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.

Seminar on Hunter Access for Vermont Landowners

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar for landowners interested in learning more about hunting, wildlife management, and conservation. The seminar is co-hosted by the nonprofit Vermont Coverts.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

West Mountain Shooting Range Opens to the Public

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says a newly developed West Mountain Shooting Range in Ferdinand, Vermont, is now open for public use.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

NH Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 22-23, 2016

New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2016, 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.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Rhode Island waters stocked with Trout for Columbus Day weekend

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is stocking ponds across Rhode Island with some 6,000 trout in advance of Columbus Day weekend – a popular time for recreational fishing. Because of the extreme drought conditions present in many of the state's freshwaters, the number of waterbodies being stocked is limited; if conditions improve, additional stocking will take place this fall.

Reminder Regarding Pheasant Season Closures

With the start of the pheasant hunting season on October 1, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds pheasant hunters that due to safety concerns, all pheasant stocking sites will be closed to pheasant hunting until noon statewide on both Thursday and Friday of the first three weeks of the season. The specific dates on which all pheasant sites will be closed until noon are October 6-7, 13-14, and 20-2, 2016. No pheasant hunting within our stocked sites should occur before noon on those dates.

Fall is Prime Time for Fishing in Vermont

As water temperatures cool across Vermont, the fishing action is heating up and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has assembled a list of some of the top fall fishing opportunities in all corners of the state to help anglers get started toward a successful fishing trip.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Free Talks in October Explore Deer Hunting in New Hampshire

Two free outdoor adventure talks coming up at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department explore the challenging and exciting world of hunting for white-tailed deer, New Hampshire’s most popular game species. The talks begin at 7 p.m. at New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, NH. No pre-registration is needed; seating is first-come, first-served. These events will be live-streamed on our Facebook page at:

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fishing Report September 24 2016 Massachusetts

Fall time is one of the prime times for fishing, spring is as well, for being able to catch numbers of fish, but more importantly, bigger fish. This time of year the fish, especially crappies, start schooling together and finding the schools that have the better sizes is key.
As the waters cool, their tendencies are to school up and start roaming the basins of the lake. Reading your electronics is key to finding these schools and once you do, following them keeps you in the action.

Water temperatures are key as well since if they are still in the low 70’s, these schools are still fairly small and scattered. Once the waters get into the 60’s to 50’s, this is when the schools increase in size and are somewhat easier to find.

Hunters Reminded of Rules on Importing Deer, Elk

Hunters traveling outside Vermont to hunt deer or elk need to keep in mind that a 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.

Vermont Big Game Reporting Stations

Vermont hunters who take deer, bear or turkeys must bring them to a reporting station within 48 hours.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Brake for Moose: It Could Save Your Life!

Wildlife officials from N.H. Fish and Game Department remind motorists to take extra care while traveling Granite State roadways at this time of year, because moose are on the move looking for mates.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Volunteers Needed for Stream Restoration Workday at Falls Brook

Thanks to a team of conservation partners, an undersized culvert at Hale Hill Road in Swanzey has just been replaced with a new, flood-resilient and wildlife-friendly open-bottom arch crossing. This exciting stream restoration project will re-connect more than 20 miles of stream habitat for wild brook trout, dace and other aquatic wildlife. The final step is to re-vegetate the shoreline of Falls Brook nearest the construction site with native, locally grown, edible plants.

Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 Tree Stand Safety Tips for Hunters

Tree stands get hunters out of sight and smell of wary deer, but they can also get hunters into trouble. Here are some tips from Vermont Fish & Wildlife to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience

DEEP Reports Hydrilla Found In Connecticut River

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that Hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), a very highly invasive aquatic plant, has been found in the main stem Connecticut River in Glastonbury.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Some Rule Changes for NH Pheasant Season

New Hampshire's hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. This fall 11,936 adult ring-necked pheasants will be stocked in all 10 counties, with an average of 140 pheasants per site.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Fishing Report September 18 2016 Massachusetts

Overcast/light rain
Water Temp: 71.5 degrees
Presentation: Northland Fishing Tackle Eye Dropper Spoon w/Bro Slug Bug

There is definitely a hint of fall in the... air but it doesn’t stay around long enough for cooling the lakes water temperatures. We are still looking at water in the low 70’s and these 80 degree days are not helping this cause, as the fish are still in a scattered mode.

Wanted to start cashing in on the fall crappie bite fishing as they tend to group up into bigger schools and are easier to find on the electronics and also are in a feeding frenzy. The fish that I did find were still in very small groups, which meant only catching a fish or two and then move on to finding the next school.

Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Seasons Start October 1

The hunting season for ruffed grouse – New Hampshire’s most sought-after upland game bird – starts October 1 and runs through December 31. Karen Bordeau, Fish and Game’s Small Game Project Leader, notes that better than 60% of small game hunting effort in New Hampshire is directed towards ruffed grouse, and that over half of that effort takes place in the North Country.  Hunting for woodcock, another popular upland game bird runs from October 1 through November 14.

IFW To Create More Habitat For New England Cottontails, Other Species In Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will hold an informational meeting and site visit to discuss creating more habitat for the New England cottontail rabbit, a State Endangered species, as well as other species in the Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area (WMA).

Connecticut DEEP’s Hunting and Fishing Day

Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area and Education Center –
September 24

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is continuing its celebration of the 150th anniversary of its Bureau of Natural Resources by hosting Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day on Saturday, September 24, at the Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area and Education Center in Burlington. This FREE event will run from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and feature many outdoor-related activities and demonstrations

Monday, September 19, 2016

N.H. Youth Waterfowl Hunt Weekend - September 24-25, 2016

New Hampshire's Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, 2016. To participate, youth must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not hunt. The youth does not need a hunting license or duck stamp.

Free Talks Explore Duck and Goose Hunting

Two free outdoor adventure talks coming up at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department offer an introduction to waterfowl hunting. If you’ve ever thought about trying to hunt ducks and geese in New Hampshire, these talks are for you.  They begin at 7 p.m. at New Hampshire Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, NH. No pre-registration is needed; seating is first-come, first-served.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting, Sept. 24, 25

A youngster’s first hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. There is no finer time to begin this journey than during Vermont’s upcoming youth waterfowl hunting weekend on September 24 and 25.

Be Alert, Avoid Moose on the Highway

Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose will be on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

NH High School Bass Fishing Tournaments Set For Sept. 22 and Oct. 1

Students from around New Hampshire will soon be competing for top honors in a high school bass fishing tournament. A qualifying tournament with 41 registered schools will take place on Thursday, September 22, out of Lee’s Mills on Lake Winnipesaukee. The top third of the schools from the qualifying round will move onto the state finals tournament on Saturday, October 1, on Lake Winnisquam.

NH Bear Season Off to an Average Start; Hunters Asked to Refrain from Shooting Collared Bears

The New Hampshire bear hunting season, which started September 1, is off to an average start in terms of harvest rate. The statewide harvest to date is estimated at 300 bears, but numbers are preliminary at this early point in the season. Despite low food abundance this summer, many critical fall bear foods have recently become available due to modest or above-average production.

DEEP Announces Extension of Closure of Portion of the Housatonic River at the Mouth of Furnace Brook to Fishing

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that it is extending a closure of a portion of the Housatonic River – at its confluence with Furnace Brook (Cornwall Bridge) – for two additional weeks due to continued low flows and warm water temperatures.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

NH Fishing Report - September 13, 2016

Let’s hope the heat of summer is far behind us now.  Fish like lake trout and crappies will be setting up in their “fall mode,” so try deep water jigging for them.  As air and water temperatures cool, trout action should pick up a little, provided some much-needed rain arrives.  It is “terrestrial time” for the avid fly angler so give those hopper, beetle, and ant imitations a try.  Watch for the fall migration of stripers on the coast. This will be our last report of the year, but there's still lots of great fishing ahead. Have a great fall and winter angling season!

Walter Cabell Shooting Range Opens to the Public Three Weekends in October

The Walter Cabell Shooting Range in Woodbury, Vermont will be open for limited public use this October during the three weekends leading up to the November deer season.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fall Archery Deer and Turkey Seasons Open September 15

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds sportsmen that the 2016 fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey is open from September 15 to December 31, 2016, on private land and bowhunting only areas on state land in Deer Management Zones 1-10; and from September 15, 2016 – January 31, 2017 on private land in Deer Management Zones 11 (Fairfield County area) and 12 (Connecticut shoreline towns). The archery season for deer and turkey on state land is open from September 15 to November 15 and December 21-31, 2016.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Schedule for Wild Game Cooking Workshops Hosted by Maine’s Community Colleges

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has partnered with Maine’s community colleges to offer a number of wild game cooking workshops over the next several months. Each workshop will offer the opportunity to participants to learn how to prepare wild game meat and sample the completed recipes. The workshops will be lead by professionally trained chefs and Department staff will be available to help answer questions.

New Hampshire Fall Hunting and Fishing Expo -- Sept. 18, 2016, at Bass Pro Shops in Hooksett

Get set for the fall hunting and fishing seasons at a big New Hampshire Sporting Expo at Bass Pro Shops in Hooksett, N.H., on Sunday, September 18, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Admission is free.

F&W Asks Hunters to Avoid Shooting Collared Bears

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking southern Vermont bear hunters to avoid shooting bears with yellow ear tags and radio collars during this fall’s hunting season. The bears are collared as part of an ongoing study on the effects of a proposed wind energy development within Green Mountain National Forest in the towns of Searsburg and Readsboro.

Vermont Grouse, Woodcock Seasons Start Soon

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department issued a reminder that upland game bird hunting seasons are coming up soon and that learning to identify suitable habitat for ruffed grouse and woodcock is the most important key to hunting success.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Vermont’s Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 1

Hunters are enthusiastic about Vermont’s upcoming October 1-28 and December 3-11 archery deer hunting season, which has several new regulation changes according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

Looking For Areas To Hunt? Check Out The Sebasticook Woodlands WMA and the Carlton Stream WMA

As a regional wildlife biologist one of the most common questions that we address this time of year is “I am not a landowner so where is there a place for me to hunt”?  As posting of land has become more prevalent the sense that some sportsmen get is that there is no longer any good place left to hunt.  Oh contraire! The MDIFW wildlife management area properties located throughout the state provide superior hunting opportunities and are open for all to enjoy. While the state has 60 WMA’s that encompass tens of thousands of acres, the article will focus on our two latest acquisitions in central Maine.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Learn about Managing New Hampshire's Furbearers

Modern trapping techniques are used for wildlife management, species re-introductions, biological sampling and property protection. Learn about this critical tool for managing furbearer populations at the first Outdoor Adventure talk of the fall, Managing New Hampshire’s Furbearers. The talk begins at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is needed.

Enjoy Dead Creek Wildlife Day on Sat., Oct. 1

If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 15th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, October 1.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September Offers a Number of Family Field Days in Maine

Check out some of the upcoming family field days scheduled for September! Also, don’t forget the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is September 16-18, with tons of family friendly outdoor opportunities taking place around the state!

Hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to put on a bright orange article of clothing when they head afield this fall. Wearing a fluorescent orange hat, vest or jacket makes you highly visible, one of several key safety precautions for hunters, hikers and others enjoying the autumn woods. Several hunting seasons are already underway in New Hampshire (see

Thursday, September 1, 2016

F&W is Hosting an Advanced Bowhunting Clinic

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting an Advanced Bowhunting Clinic on the latest bowhunting equipment, hunting tactics and treestand safety on Saturday, September 24 at the Chelsea Fish & Game Club in Chelsea.

VT Fish & Wildlife Seeks Bear Teeth from Hunters

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters to make every effort to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect critical information on Vermont’s bear population.

2015 NH Wildlife Harvest Summary Available

As hunters gear up for the fall season in New Hampshire, a rich source of information available to them is the 2015 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary, which presents final data summarized by wildlife biologists from the 2015 New Hampshire hunting seasons. This annual publication provides a complete breakdown of hunting season statistics, including some information by town and Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).

DEEP Lifts Fish Consumption Advisory on Stretch of Quinnipiac River in Southington

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today lifted the fish consumption advisory for a stretch of the Quinnipiac River in Southington, saying laboratory test results show no evidence of contamination from a chemical spill last week in the waters or banks of the river.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

VT Fish & Wildlife Celebrates 30 Years of Vermont Duck Stamp Program

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a celebration to highlight the successes of the Vermont Duck Stamp Program over three decades at a newly conserved property in Colchester, Vt. The celebration will be at the Mallet’s Creek Wildlife Management Area on Thursday, September 8, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Hunt for the Hungry: Food Bank Seeks Meat Donations from Hunters

New Hampshire hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the “Hunt for the Hungry” program at the New Hampshire Food Bank.  Once again this fall, the food bank is collecting donations of whole or processed game animals for distribution to more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters and group homes statewide.

DEEP Says Avoid Contact With and Fish Consumption From Stretch of Quinnipiac River in Southington

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) said today that people should not eat fish taken from a stretch of the Quinnipiac River in Southington until results from water quality tests are available to assess the impact of the release of a chemical substance Wednesday from a plant near the river in that town.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Now is the Time to Spot Shorebirds in Vermont

The final weeks of August and beginning of September mark a unique birding opportunity in Vermont. Shorebirds such as plovers and sandpipers are migrating through the state on their southern journey from northern Canada to the Caribbean and beyond.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall Outdoor Adventure Talks Coming Up at Fish and Game

Get primed for fall hunting seasons and more at a series of outdoor adventure talks being offered on Wednesday evenings this fall at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talks begin at 7 p.m.  Admission is free.  No pre-registration is required.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fishing Report August 21 2016 Massachusetts

Hot summer, high water temperatures, equals fish are living deep right now. The better quality fish are hanging on deep structure nearing the thermal clime for ...much more comfortable water temperatures for themselves.

The best locations that I am finding right now are deep water humps that have some sparse weed growth as well as other items on the hump. If there are some isolated rocks, this is a key spot on a spot and the fish are always going to be relating to this.

New Hampshire Hunting Seasons Start September 1

New Hampshire's hunting seasons kick off on September 1 with the opening of black bear and gray squirrel seasons. Archery seasons for turkey and white-tailed deer get underway September 15. The statewide resident Canada goose hunt runs September 1-25, 2016.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Massabesic Lake - Manchester Water Works Trailer Ramps Closed Due to Low Water Levels

New Hampshire Fish and Game was informed today that the Manchester Water Works are temporarily closing the two public ramps they control for trailered-boat access to Lake Massabesic until further notice.  The ramps are located on (1) Manchester (Candia) Road near the Fair Haven Church and (2) Chester Road (Route 121) near the Auburn Town Offices.  NH Fish and Game does not have any ramps on Lake Massabesic.