Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Wonder what can happen when you remove nearly two tons of suckers and shiners from a small, 73-acre native trout pond? Brook trout flourish. Fisheries management can take many different forms. For some lakes or ponds, all it may take to improve the fishing is a tweak in a regulation or an adjustment on how many fish are stocked.
Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). A quick-link to the information and online applications is on the home page. Applying online automatically enters you to win one of ten $50 Cabela’s gift cards.
Friday, May 27, 2016
A local pond had been hot for this spring’s crappie bite, but my last trip there you can definitely tell that this bite is starting to slow down. Checked the prime areas from the previous trip and only a couple of locations there were any bites.
Prime places that the crappie were still holding shallow involved having wood in the water that a few of these fish were still relating to. The bites are getting further between as a majority of the crappie have already started their ...movements back out towards deeper waters.
Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, coming Saturday, June 4, 2016, to fish anywhere in New Hampshire without a fishing license. 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, including season dates and bag limits.
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is pleased to announce that the drawing for Maine’s moose permit lottery will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Kittery Trading Post in Kittery, Maine.
The public is being asked to help protect endangered birds on the beaches this holiday weekend and beyond, as the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reports there are seven pairs of piping plovers nesting along the sandy shores of Hampton and Seabrook. Piping plovers are endangered in New Hampshire and threatened nationally. Their breeding habitat is fenced with yellow roping to indicate the birds' presence to beach-goers and to allow the mating pairs space to nest and raise their young.
Monday, May 23, 2016
A young bear that wandered into Manchester today near Gramby and Warner streets was captured and relocated further north in New Hampshire.
Friday, May 20, 2016
The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says deer fawns are being born this time of year and asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up.
Thursday, May 19, 2016
New Hampshire’s white-tailed deer population once again showed no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), based on monitoring data gathered during the 2015 hunting season.
We need your help. On April 15, a female, adult Bald Eagle was found dead beside a logging road in Days Academy Grant, east of Moosehead Lake. A concerned sportsman reported it to game wardens which responded and collected the bald eagle. The eagle was taken to Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine where an examination revealed it had been shot. It is believed to have been killed in early April.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
On Saturday May 21 from 9am – 1pm, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will be holding a ‘learn to fish’ event on Swan Island in Richmond. This event offers the opportunity for children 15 and under to learn basic angling skills. All equipment, bait and tackle will be provided at no charge, and volunteer instructors will be on hand to assist. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
On June 1, 2016, a new law takes effect that redefines what a lead jig is for the purposes of taking fish in the freshwaters of New Hampshire. All lead jigs less than or equal to one ounce will be prohibited. It is well documented that lead, when ingested, is toxic to loons and other water birds. Changing lead sinkers and jigs to a non-toxic alternative is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also the law. Visit www.fishleadfree.org/nh/ for alternatives to lead tackle.
If you haven't submitted an application yet and want a chance to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall, then you better get moving! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is Friday, May 27, 2016. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to offer permits to 71 lucky winners for New Hampshire's 2016 moose hunt, which runs from October 15-23. Last year's statewide hunter success rate for moose was 69%.
Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces National Safe Boating Week (May 21-27) and encourages all boaters to be safe on Connecticut’s waters while enjoying the upcoming boating season, which unofficially begins Memorial Day Weekend.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall? The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is May 27, 2016. It costs just $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents to enter the lottery (non-refundable). A total of 71 permits are proposed to be issued this year. The state's moose hunt will run from October 15 - 23, 2016. Last year, the statewide hunter success rate was 69%.
The best walleye fishing in New England will begin soon in several Vermont rivers and lakes, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The department is reminding anglers that walleye fishing season starts in much of the state on the first Saturday in May and that regulations vary, depending on the water you are fishing.