Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Get Set for Summer Fun with a Hike Safe Card


As the Fourth of July weekend and summer sunshine inspires you to get out and hike, bike and paddle New Hampshire’s scenic trails and waterways, the N.H. Fish and Game Department reminds all outdoor enthusiasts that the purchase of a voluntary Hike Safe Card helps support Fish and Game search and rescue capabilities -- and exempts the holder from certain liability for repaying search and rescue costs.

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Unit L and M Antlerless Deer Permits Available in Mid-July


Sales will begin soon for special permits allowing hunters to take additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Units L and M in southeastern New Hampshire during the fall hunting seasons. Hunters should note the specific details about the purchasing both of these permits.

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VT Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons Are Announced


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the 2017-2018 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits. 

A printable copy of the regulations can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) under “Hunt” – “Waterfowl.” A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices by late August. 

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Deadline for 2017 Moose Hunting Lottery is July 3


The deadline to enter the lottery for a 2017 Vermont moose hunting permit is July 3. Applications are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. Printed applications are also available from Vermont license agents. 

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Public Hearings for Proposed Bear Hunting Changes


Two public hearings have been set by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board to gather input on proposed changes to the state’s bear hunting regulations. Vermont Fish & Wildlife Staff will be present at the hearings. 

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Waterfowl Hunting Course for Women Offered


Registration is now open for a course for women who want to learn how to get started hunting ducks and geese. The N.H. Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) presents "Duck, Duck, Goose: An introduction to Waterfowl Hunting," on August 12, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness, N.H.

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IFW Successfully Saves And Restores Arctic Charr Population In Northern Maine Pond


After Arctic charr became perilously close to disappearing from one of the last remaining ponds in Maine, actions by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife have restored the charr population in Big Reed Pond in northern Piscataquis county. This was confirmed last week by IFW fisheries biologists who documented wild, naturally-reproducing Arctic charr at Big Reed Pond.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lucky Day for 2017 NH Moose Hunt Permit Winners


The adventure of a lifetime is in store for 51 people who have been offered permits to hunt moose in New Hampshire this October. They are the lucky winners in the state's 30th annual moose hunt lottery drawing, held this morning at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department headquarters in Concord.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Reel Fun Vermont Expands for 2017


Vermont State Parks and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department have expanded the popular “Reel Fun Vermont” program for 2017, meaning added fishing opportunities for park visitors statewide. 

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VT Fish & Wildlife Successfully Relocates Moose from Stowe


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department successfully tranquilized and relocated a young bull moose that had been lingering just outside downtown Stowe for the past several weeks. Vermont state game wardens and the Stowe Police Department had been monitoring the moose’s movements. 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fishing Tips for Kids



Trout Take Flight - to New Hampshire's Remote Ponds


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department completed its annual aerial stocking of remote trout ponds this week. Every year, Fish and Game contracts a helicopter to stock remote ponds, from Sunapee Region to Pittsburg.  During this one-day event, nearly 50 remote ponds are stocked with brook trout fingerlings from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Operated Hatcheries.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

CT DEEP Announces Closure of the Niantic River State Boat Launch In Waterford for Parking Lot Line Striping


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that it will be temporarily closing the Niantic River State Boat Launch in Waterford on Thursday, June 15th, 2017 for line striping in the parking lot.  The boat launch will re-open on Friday, June 16th.

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VT F&W Releases Young Bears Back to Wild


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department successfully released several young orphaned bears back into the wild after a short stay with a wildlife rehabilitator. The juvenile bears had shown up malnourished in residential areas earlier this spring. 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Moose Permit Lottery is June 17, 2017 at Caribou Wellness Center


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 17, 2017 at the Caribou Wellness Center in Caribou, Maine.

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Reminder - NH Moose Hunt Lottery Drawing Is Friday, June 16, 2017


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 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. The public and interested media are invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Give Nesting Loons Space


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking boaters and anglers to give loons a hand this summer by enjoying them from a safe distance. 

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Summer Kayak Programs - Celebrate Summer with a Paddle on Great Bay


The NH Fish and Game Department's Great Bay Discovery Center at 89 Depot Road in Greenland, NH, is offering the following paddling events this summer.

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Keep Wildlife in the Wild


Baby animals are irresistibly cute and cuddly, but Vermont Health and Wildlife officials want you to leave young wild animals in the wild. 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Understanding New Waters


One thing that I like to do is fish new waters or totally different types of waters, as there is always something new to learn. New lakes are always fun to fish and try to figure out, but rivers, that is something that I rarely fish, may be the intimidating factor, but something that I really need to focus on.

Our local river system is setup somewhat as pool levels, but the dams are not navigable so they fish as separate types of lakes that may or may not have current. So the stretch below the dam typically is a shallow run and as you get to the downstream dam, the depths will dramatically change.

I have picked one of these sections, that has easy access to and I am going to start learning this stretch by breaking it down into smaller sections. Figuring that this approach won’t have me running up and down the river and concentrating more on learn what each section has to offer.

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VT F&W Installing Devices on Beaver Dams


To prevent flooding on nearby roads, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently completed several water control devices on beaver dams in Bolton and Richmond. Known as ‘beaver baffles’ these devices confuse beavers by using a large plastic tube to create a hidden breech upstream away from the beavers’ dam. 

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There's Still Room in Free Summer Youth Programs at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center


Free youth day programs are being offered once again this summer at Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. These programs give both boys and girls ages 10-15 the chance to learn about shooting sports, bowhunting and other outdoor skills. Sessions will be offered in July and August.  Owl Brook is operated by the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Sessions are free of charge.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Spring Weather Playing Games


What a crazy spring we have been having this year and that has been messing with the fish as well and making the fishing very interesting. Water temps rise, then heavy rains and cold temps come through and drop those temps back down again.

With the rise and fall of weather, soft plastics fished in the emerging vegetation has been producing a variety of fish. Been fishing an open Nature Jig with the Northland Impulse Core Swimbait and by working this slowly through the vegetation, this has been getting to where the fish have been hiding.

Short hops with the jig, will send the Core Swimbait tail into action as with this little movement, the paddle moves side to side very easily. There are three different sizes of these Swimbaits, 2.5, 3.5 and 4.5 inches in length and the 3.5 has been producing very well on the Bluegill, Crappie, Pickerel and Bass.

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Residents Help Release Endangered Turtles Back into the Wild


Despite the dreary weather, local residents helped MassWildlife’s Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program staff release 55 Northern Red-bellied Cooters at Burrage Pond Wildlife Management Area in Hanson on Friday, May 27. These turtles are federally and state listed as Endangered.

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1998 Lake Sturgeon Recaptured and Released


Fisheries staff from Vermont Fish & Wildlife received a pleasant surprise recently while completing survey work on Lake Champlain in the form of a 48-year old lake sturgeon that biologists first studied and tagged nearly two decades ago. 

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Maine’s Fish Stocking Program: What It’s All About


We receive lots of questions regarding fish stocking in Maine. Why do we stock? Why don’t we stock more? What species do we stock and why? Why do we stock varying sizes and ages of fish? Read on to learn more about Maine’s fish stocking program.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Maine Bumble Bee Workshop Still Still Seeking Volunteers In Northern and Downeast Maine


The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is seeking volunteers from the Downeast and Northern areas of Maine to assist in the Maine Bumble Bee Atlas.

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Sign up for NH Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Fall Workshop


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 8-10, 2017, at Rockywold / Deephaven Camps on Squam Lake in Holderness, N.H.  The workshop fee of $335 includes two nights of lodging, plus all meals, instruction and equipment use. Participants must be age 18 or older.

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Public Can Help Slow The Spread Of Gypsy Moth


As campers and other vacationers prepare for their upcoming getaways, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is urging residents to inspect their vehicles and equipment to be sure they are not inadvertently transporting gypsy moth caterpillars to and from other areas.

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VT Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 10

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding the public that Vermont’s annual, statewide summer Free Fishing Day is set to take place on Saturday, June 10 and will be highlighted by the 17th annual Grand Isle Family Fishing Festival, as well as the opening of the state’s traditional bass fishing season.

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Spring Panfish Tactics


As spring progresses forward, the crappies are wrapping up their ritual and coming right in behind them are the bluegill. The bluegill, inch for inch in size, is one of the hardest fighting freshwater fish with their side digging and unwillingness to giving up.

The sandy shorelines are starting to show the round disk shaped depressions where these fish are preparing to spawn. There may be areas that look like a land mine field went off with so many of these beds visible in the very shallow water.

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Freshwater Fishing Workshops This Month


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a series of free fishing fly-tying workshops for novice and experienced fly-tiers and a fly-fishing clinic this month.

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NH Moose Hunt Lottery Drawing Is Friday, June 16, 2017


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 16, at 9:00 a.m. at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. The public and interested media are invited to be on hand to watch the excitement as the names are drawn.

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Free Fishing Weekend is June 3 & 4


The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is encouraging everyone to get out on Maine’s waters this weekend to take advantage of free fishing days.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Spring Brings Multi Species


Spring is a fun time to be on the water fishing, as many varieties of fish can be caught while fishing the same typical areas. Waters are warming and fish are moving into their spawning ritual, making for a great time to be out there catching them.

Certain bodies of water harbor different species at some different times and after keeping track of these things over the last few years, this allows you to predict what they are doing and where they may be a little bit easier. Busy day planned with 3 bodies of water to fish and fishing for three different fish.

Morning trip; weather has been cool, wet and windy to say the least, water temps are behind a bit compared to normal. Water clarity is very dark and water depths shallow allowing for higher temps compared more than others.

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Take a Friend Fishing on Free Fishing Day, June 3


Get out that fishing gear and take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017. On Free Fishing Day, you can fish anywhere in New Hampshire -- freshwater or saltwater -- without a fishing license. Both state residents and nonresidents may participate. All other fishing regulations must be followed, including season dates and bag limits.

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Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey Participate in a Citizen Science Project for CT DEEP


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) urges residents to keep a tally of all sightings of hen turkeys and poults (young-of-the-year) from June 1 through August 31 as part of the Wildlife Division’s Annual Wild Turkey Brood Survey. Results from this survey allow DEEP biologists to accurately determine turkey productivity and reproductive success by estimating the average number of turkey poults per hen statewide, assessing annual fluctuations in the turkey population, gauging reproductive success each year, and evaluating recruitment of new birds into the fall population.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Learn More About Small Game Hunting, Free Seminar


Interested in cooking up locally sourced grouse, squirrel or rabbit in your kitchen this fall? Vermont Fish and Wildlife will be holding a “Small Game Hunting with Dogs” seminar focusing on bird, rabbit and squirrel hunting. 

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'Take A Hike' On National Trails Day This Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is teaming up with partners to offer guided hiking tours this weekend as part of National Trails Day. The tours are eligible activities for the Department's annual Great Outdoors Pursuit. Now in its ninth season, the annual Great Outdoors Pursuit invites families to participate in a broad range of outdoor activities throughout the summer season and earn rewards along the way.

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Monitoring Black Racers, The Largest Snake In Maine


Nearly anyone who has spent any time in the woods or fields in their lifetimes has had the eye-opening experience of startling a snake underfoot. This can be particularly shocking if it happens in a part of the country where venomous species dwell.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

DEEP Completes 2017 Catfish Stockings


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that for the eleventh consecutive year, one of the most sought after freshwater game fish species in the country, the Channel Catfish, has been stocked into twenty-four water bodies across Connecticut (see list of locations below.)

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ATV Riders Reminded of 60” Maximum Width Limit On Portions Of Maine ATV Trail Network


ATV Riders Reminded of 60” Maximum Width Limit On Portions Of Maine ATV Trail Network AUGUSTA, Maine -- Maine has a 6,000 mile ATV trail system, the largest in New England, thanks to the generosity of private landowners who allow the use of ATVs on their land.

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Fish and Game's Online Survey: Report Wild Turkey Brood Sightings


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.  The survey will be open on June 1. If you observe groups of turkeys with young between June 1 through August 31, 2017, report your sightings on Fish and Game’s web-based turkey brood survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017_Brood_Survey.

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Antlerless Deer Permit Applications Available


Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website at www.vtfishandwildlife.com. The deadline to apply for a muzzleloader antlerless deer permit is August 24.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

DEM Kicks Off 9th Annual Great Outdoors Pursuit This Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced its annual Great Outdoors Pursuit will kick off this Saturday on National Kids to Parks Day with a scavenger hunt and guided hike. As part of the Pursuit, now in its ninth season, families earn rewards for participating in scheduled outdoor events throughout the summer season.

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Public Notice: Proposed Public Boat Access Area on Lake Sunapee


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to build a Public Boat Access Area at its Wild Goose Property on Birch Grove Road in Newbury, NH.  An Environmental Assessment (EA) of the project was prepared under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

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Sea Lamprey in Connecticut River Drainage


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers and the general public as a whole to avoid disturbing spawning sea lamprey that may currently be found in the Connecticut River and several of its tributaries. 

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Wade Right in: A Guide to Choosing the Right Fishing Waders


A good pair of waders can be the difference between spending the day with boots full of mud or with dry toes. This article will offer answers to your questions about selecting the right waders to get the most out of your experience on the water.

Choosing The Right Type of Waders For You

There are several different wader designs available to anglers today, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Depending on the kind of fishing activity you are involved in or the type of water you fish most often in, you might prefer one over another. The most common types you will see in fly shops and tackle stores are hip waders, waist high waders or wading pants, and chest high waders.

Last Chance to Enter the NH Moose Hunt Lottery


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 26, 2017.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is proposing to offer permits to 51 lucky winners for New Hampshire's 2017 moose hunt, which runs from October 21-29. Last year's statewide hunter success rate for moose was 72%.

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Keeping an Eye out for Turtles


It’s springtime and Vermont’s turtles on are on the move. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking for the public’s help in keeping them safe. Female turtles are looking for places to deposit their eggs, sometimes choosing to lay along the shoulders of roads, which can end tragically. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Spawning Can Take Its Toll On Wild Brook Trout


As my grandfather, the incredible Mr. Henry “Limpet” Obrey used to say: “Never judge a fish until you swim a mile in his fins.”  Well… I might have that a little mixed up, but the point I would like to make is that it’s tough to be a wild brook trout.

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Celebrate New Hampshire's Great Outdoors with NH Wildlife Journal


Have you ever caught a crappie?  If not, it’s time to get in on the nonstop action. You’ll find some tips and tricks for catching this schooling game fish, which is fun on the rod and tasty in the pan, in the latest issue of New Hampshire Wildlife Journal magazine (May/June 2017).

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Kids Fishing Events Underway Across Vermont


Over three dozen children’s fishing events are scheduled for May and June throughout Vermont, creating a variety of opportunities for kids and families to enjoy the sport of fishing as well as the state’s natural resources. 

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Deer Ages Available on VT F&W Website


Hunters who provided the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with a tooth from their deer can now find out how old their deer was by visiting the department’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com. The department is requesting addition information from hunters who harvested a buck three years or older.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Wild “Orphans:” To Rescue or Not?


Spring and summer are busy times for people and animals. Many animals are setting up territories, building nests, or finding den sites to give birth and raise their young. At the same time, people are spending more time outdoors and the chances are greater that someone may come across a young bird or mammal that may appear to be orphaned or injured. It is normal for many animals to leave their young alone for long periods of time, so your help may not be needed. In all likelihood, the adult is nearby watching and waiting to return.

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Enjoy New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day - Saturday, June 3


Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017. 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, including season dates and bag limits.

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Cliff Tops Closed to Protect Nesting Peregrines


Hiking Vermont’s hillsides is a great way to enjoy a spring day, but the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont recommend you check to see if the area you’re planning to hike or climb is open. Several cliff areas are currently closed to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Update: New Location For Public Hearing On Draft Regulations For Fishing, Hunting, Falconry, Recreational Areas


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a public hearing this month in Providence to discuss proposed changes to regulations governing freshwater fishing, falconry, hunting, and parks and management areas.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last Call: Moose Photo Survey Closes May 15


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s spring moose survey will be closing soon.  The public is being asked to submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Brake for Moose: It Could Save Your Life


Remember to brake for moose when traveling New Hampshire roadways. There were 116 moose/vehicle collisions in New Hampshire in 2016; in the last five years the state has averaged 136 per year.  The months May through October are high-risk months for encountering moose on the roads, as moose come out to the roads to eat salt during these months. 

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Antlerless Deer Proposal, Hearings May 11 and 16


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board recently voted on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s proposal for antlerless deer hunting for 2017. Public hearings will be held May 11 in Randolph and May 16 in Manchester. 

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Registration Opens for North Country Fly-Fishing Workshop


Learn to fly fish while visiting beautiful northern New Hampshire! The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is offering a beginning fly-fishing weekend course called "Fly-fishing, A-Z" on June 3-4, 2017, at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, NH.  The course is presented by the Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” program. It is open to anyone age 13 and older, however, those 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

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DEM Seeks Input On Draft Regulations For Fishing, Hunting, Falconry, Recreational Areas


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will hold a public workshop and public hearing this month to discuss proposed changes to regulations governing freshwater fishing, falconry, hunting, and parks and management areas.

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Read the latest NH Fishing Report


First I want to thank those anglers who responded to my call for help in getting information for this report.  Drop me a line anytime at scott.decker@wildlife.nh.gov to let me know what’s going on in your fishing world and if it’s timely, I will get in the Fishing Report.  It’s spring and the suckers are spawning!

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Make Plans to Stay Tick Smart


As more Vermonters venture outside to enjoy warming weather, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds hikers, hunters and others to be tick smart while fishing, turkey hunting, or watching birds. 

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

2016 Testing Shows No Evidence of CWD in NH; Hunters Urged to Avoid Urine-Based Deer Lures


New Hampshire’s white-tailed deer population once again showed no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), based on monitoring data gathered during the 2016 hunting season.

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Moose Photo Survey Open Through May 15


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s spring moose survey is now underway.  The public is being asked to submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15, 2017. 

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Learn to Fish this Spring For Free!


Celebrate the arrival of warm weather by attending one of the many MassWildlife Angler Education Program events being held across the state this spring. There are events for adults and for kids and families looking to learn how to fish in a non-competitive environment.  Fishing equipment and bait are available to use at most events, and no fishing license is required to participate in the event. Most events are also free to attend. Find an event near you.

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Monday, May 1, 2017

With ice-out nearing, Rangeley, Mooselook and Richardson Lakes Should Offer Some Fine Fishing


While the lakes in the Rangeley area are still locked up with ice, open water fishing will begin soon. Based on our records, the average ice-out for Rangeley Lake is about May 3rd, but this year it will most likely linger on for a time after that date. The latest ice-out date for the lake in our dataset (going back to 1979) is May 14, 1992. This spring could be similar to that year.

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Keep Wildlife Wild -- Leave Young Animals Alone


With the arrival of spring, many species of wildlife are giving birth to their young. Finding young wildlife can be exciting, but in most cases, even if it appears abandoned, the mother is not far off. If you encounter young wildlife -- even young animals that appear to need help -- the kindest and safest thing to do is to leave them alone and let nature take its course.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

Antlerless Deer Proposal Voted on by F&W Board


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Board voted on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s proposal for antlerless deer hunting for 2017 at its meeting on April 26 in Montpelier. 

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Turkey Season Starts Monday Throughout The State


Spring turkey season starts on Monday, May 1 throughout the state, and youth hunters have their own day this Saturday, April 29. IFW biologists believe that hunters are in for a successful season.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Spednic Lake, Maine


In addition to overseeing Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), the Management Section of the Wildlife Division also oversees other lands owned either in fee or that are included as Conservation Easements.   Spednic Lake is one such location where both lands owned in fee and conservation easement s are in place.  Several acquisition efforts over the last 25 years have resulted in the creation of the Booming Ground WMA (650 acres), 16 miles of shoreline held in fee, and an additional 14.4 miles of shoreline held in a conservation easement.  The shoreline conservation efforts are 500 feet deep and are intended to restrict future development.  As part of these conservation efforts, MDIFW has also acquired 12 islands in Spednic Lake.

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Reminder: Bring Your Family to Discover WILD New Hampshire Day, April 29, 2017


Get in on the fun at Discover WILD New Hampshire Day on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. Free admission!

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DEM Stocks Ponds With Golden Trout For Free Fishing Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced Free Fishing Weekend will take place Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 7. As part of the event, the public is invited to fish without a fishing license or trout conservation stamp in the state's freshwaters. Six local ponds will be stocked with over 6,000 rainbow trout and 4,000 golden trout for the event.

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Vermont Walleye Fishing Season Opens May 6


The Vermont walleye fishing season is set to open up on Saturday, May 6, marking the return of some of the best walleye fishing in New England. 

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Moose Lottery Deadline is May 26, 2017


Whether you're applying online or with a paper application, don't wait until the last minute to apply! The deadline for entering the New Hampshire moose hunt lottery is May 26, 2017. It costs just $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents to enter the lottery (non-refundable). A total of 51 permits are proposed to be issued this year. The state's moose hunt will run from October 21 - 29, 2017. Last year, the statewide hunter success rate was 72%.

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Access to Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp (Pine River/Route 25) Remains Closed


The trailered boat ramp, kayak/canoe access and dock at the public boat ramp facility on Pine River (off Route 25) that provides access to Ossipee Lake in Ossipee, NH, will remain closed while the NH Fish and Game Department finishes refurbishments.  The ramp is currently closed, with no opportunity to launch or retrieve boats. 

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Vermont’s Catch-and-Release Bass Fishing


Vermont’s celebrated catch-and-release bass fishing season is underway with some of the hottest bass fishing action in the Green Mountain State happening right now. 

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DEEP Reminds Residents to Be Bear Aware


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds residents to take steps to reduce encounters and potential conflicts with black bears. These steps are increasingly important because Connecticut’s bear population continues to grow and expand and bear activity increases in early spring. In 2016, approximately 6,700 bear sightings from 134 of Connecticut’s 169 towns were reported to the DEEP Wildlife Division.

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2016 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 2016 New Hampshire Wildlife Harvest Summary, which presents final data summarized by wildlife biologists from the 2016 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).

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Monday, April 24, 2017

IFW Fishing Report For April 21, 2017


Region A – Sebago Lakes Region

“It’s prime time for salmon right now,” says IFW fisheries biologist Jim Pellerin, who added that in most of the lakes in the Sebago Lakes region, the smelt runs have just ended or are about to end. As a result, the salmon are feasting.

“The ice is out on nearly all our lakes, except for Kezar Lake in the northwest corner of our region,” said Pellerin. Anglers have been out and are reporting good catches of landlocks on Thompson and Sebago, and a few on Auburn Lake.

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New Hampshire Waterfowl Hunting Seasons Set


The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department has set final season dates and bag limits for the 2017-18 waterfowl hunting season, after considering comments from sportsmen at a recent public meeting.

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Fish Stocking Underway Across Vermont


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has kicked off fish stocking work across the state, an effort that will ultimately result in over 1 million fish being distributed into Vermont waters in 2017. 

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Spring Turkey Season Opens 4/24: Hunting Reminders and Safety Tips


The spring turkey hunting season opens in Massachusetts on April 24, 2017 and runs through May 20, 2017. MassWildlife offers the following information for turkey hunters regarding regulations, harvest reporting, and safety.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Public Asked to Participate in Moose Photo Survey from May 1 through May 15


As part of its ongoing efforts to monitor New Hampshire's moose, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is asking the public to participate in a spring moose survey and submit photos of moose taken in New Hampshire from May 1 through May 15, 2017.

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Read the latest NH Fishing Report


Welcome to the first issue of our 2017 New Hampshire Fishing Report. We've been working on updating and improving our format to bring you more fishing news -- the "what's biting where" info that you can really use.

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Young Wildlife Belong in the Wild


Watching wildlife is enjoyable, especially when young animals appear in the spring. But it’s best to keep your distance. Picking up young wildlife can do more harm than good, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. It’s also against the law. 

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Free Fishing Day in New Hampshire - Saturday, June 3


Take advantage of New Hampshire's Free Fishing Day, Saturday, June 3, 2017. 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, including season dates and bag limits.

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Steelhead Rainbow Trout Runs Are Happening


One of the state’s premier wildlife watching opportunities is happening right now in Vermont. The steelhead rainbow trout have started their upstream migration, leaping up waterfalls in a spectacular display of determination on their way to their spawning grounds. 

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Reminder - Youth Turkey Weekend is April 29-30, 2017


New Hampshire’s 2017 youth turkey hunt is coming up on Saturday/Sunday April 29-30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway on May 3.

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Be Alert to Avoid Moose on the Highway


Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning as they move from wintering areas to spring feeding locations.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Now Is The Time To Head Out To Your Favorite Small Pond For Brook Trout


Some of the best of the Downeast Maine’s small brook trout pond fishing is now upon us! These ponds are the first to warm up and higher inshore water temperatures activate insect activity that attract trout. Whether you fish from shore or from a boat spin casting, worm dunking or fly fishing, this is the time year you can have great trout action.

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CT DEEP invites outdoor enthusiasts to become volunteers


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) invites environmental stewards who enjoy wildlife and the outdoors to get involved in protecting important species and preserving habitat by becoming volunteers for DEEP.

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Free Outdoor Adventure Talk: Turkey Hunting 101


Join seasoned turkey hunters Carter Heath and Fred Bird for a special Turkey Hunting 101 seminar at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.

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VT F&W to Host Free Bass Fishing Clinic


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding anglers that it will be hosting a free “Introduction to Bass Fishing” clinic in late April. 

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

GPS Collars On Lynx Provide Valuable Information As Maine’s Lynx Population Grows and Expands Its Range


Between 1999 and 2011, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife researched lynx in northwestern Aroostook County in order to assess demographic rates and sources of mortality.

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New Hampshire's Turkey Hunting Season Approaching


N.H. Fish and Game Turkey Biologist Ted Walski predicts a possible record harvest in the upcoming 2017 spring gobbler season. The spring turkey hunt opens on Wednesday, May 3, and runs through Wednesday, May 31, statewide.

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Hunt Safely This Turkey Season


Hunting safely during turkey season is easy if you follow tips issued by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017 Spring Wild Turkey Hunting Season Opens April 26


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is reminding hunters that the 2017 Connecticut spring wild turkey hunting season runs from April 26 through May 27.

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Creel Surveys Provide Fisheries Biologists Insight Into Many Favorite Fisheries


Creel Surveys are an essential tool for IFW fisheries Biologists. These short, interactive surveys with anglers provide our biologists with the essential information they need to maintain or create a healthy fishery.

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CT DEEP Advises Boaters to Be Safe on Waterways


With warmer weather arriving, Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds all boaters that even though the air temperatures are rising, the State’s waters are still in the mid to upper 40’s – which is considered “cold” water. The real danger of cold water boating is often masked by the anticipation and joy of spending a wonderful day on the water.

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DEM Reminds Residents To Remove Potential Food Sources As Black Bears Emerge From Hibernation


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) reminds residents to remove potential food sources from their properties as black bears emerge from hibernation. Increasing bear populations in the region have led to more frequent sightings – especially in rural areas of Providence, Kent and Washington counties.

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VT Bass Fishing Featured on World Fishing Network


Well-known among local and regional anglers for years, Vermont’s spring catch and release bass fishing opportunities will soon receive a boost in national and international attention as they will be the focus of the Canadian-based television show, “Outdoor Passion”, scheduled to air on the renowned World Fishing Network (WFN) in mid-April. 

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Registration Opens for "Becoming an Outdoors-Woman" Deep Sea Fishing Adventure


Registration opens April 10 for an exciting day of deep sea fishing off New Hampshire's coast with the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. The trip takes place on Sunday, June 4, 2017. The cost for the day is $75, which includes instruction, bait and rod rental.  Participants should bring their own lunch.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Designated Trout and Fly-Fishing-Only Ponds Open April 22


Fishing in New Hampshire's designated trout ponds and fly-fishing-only ponds opens on the fourth Saturday in April -- this year's opening day is April 22. Fishing is allowed through October 15 (a few ponds managed under wild trout regulations are open only through Labor Day). These waters are managed specifically for trout and offer anglers the chance to experience exciting fishing in some of the Granite State's most scenic surroundings.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Opening Day is this Saturday, April 8th Connecticut ready for trout season, 306,000 trout stocked for Opening Day


Opening Day of the trout fishing season is this Saturday -- April 8th -- and Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has the state’s rivers, streams, lakes and ponds stocked and ready. Over 306,000 trout have already been released this spring into nearly 100 lakes and ponds and more than 120 rivers and streams located throughout Connecticut and are awaiting Opening Day anglers. DEEP’s spring trout stocking effort began in late February and will continue through mid-May. When the spring stockings are completed, DEEP expects to have stocked approximately 530,000 trout.

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DEM Urges Anglers To Avoid Fishing In Rivers This Weekend; Nearly 60 Stocked Ponds Available For Opening Day


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is advising anglers to avoid rivers and use caution as the trout fishing season kicks off at sunrise on Saturday. Due to recent heavy rainfalls, rivers across the state are experiencing dangerously high waters – with some expected to be in flood stage by this weekend. Anglers are encouraged to fish at one of the nearly 60 stocked ponds around the state.

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Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Are Available


Vermont moose hunting permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com). 

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Beginning Fly-Fishing Class Offered in Concord


An upcoming fly fishing program offers a chance to learn about the traditional and timeless sport of fly-fishing.  The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s “Let’s Go Fishing” Program is hosting its “Fly-Fishing A-Z” on Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord , N.H. You must attend both sessions. There is no charge for this program.

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DEM Seeks Information About Person(s) Setting Illegal Coyote Traps; Reminds Public To Avoid Interactions With, Feeding Wildlife


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Law Enforcement (DLE) is seeking information about two recent incidents on Aquidneck Island of coyotes with illegal leg-hold traps. Anyone with information on who set these traps is asked to contact DLE at 401-222-3070.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Vermont’s Spring Turkey Hunting Starts Soon


It’s almost time for spring turkey hunting in Vermont. Youth spring turkey hunting weekend is April 29-30 this year, and the regular spring turkey season is May 1-31.

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Vermont Trout Season Opens April 8, 2017


Vermont’s traditional trout fishing season is set to open on Saturday, April 8, and despite extended cold weather across the state in recent weeks, officials from Vermont Fish & Wildlife say anglers can be successful early in the season by following a few basic tips. 

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Outdoor Adventure Talk: Get to Know NH Raptors


Learn about birds of prey at a free talk with Kevin Wall of New Hampshire Audubon on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H. The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Take a Kid Hunting on Youth Turkey Weekend


New Hampshire’s 2017 youth turkey hunt will take place Saturday, April 29, and Sunday, April 30, the weekend before spring gobbler season gets underway. During the 2016 youth weekend, young hunters took 484 turkeys or 12.5% of the spring season’s take.

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Free Turkey Hunting Seminar This Month


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a free informational seminar on wild turkey hunting this month. The program is designed to educate hunters of all ages and experience on safe, successful hunting practices. The turkey hunting season opens April 27.

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Spring Fish Stocking Underway


With the welcome arrival of spring, NH Fish and Game Inland Fisheries Chief Jason Smith can’t help but get excited about open water angling, especially trout fishing. Fish culturists at New Hampshire's six state trout hatcheries have been holding on, waiting for Mother Nature to provide conditions favorable for spring stocking. The good news is that stocking trucks are now rolling! New Hampshire hatcheries have close to one million catchable-size trout ready for this season.  See a short video at: https://youtu.be/Z-NI1rPKrww.

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Friday, March 31, 2017

Ice Fishing Season Extended on Northern Maine Waters Currently Open To Ice Fishing


Due to unusually cold weather conditions and an emergency resolve signed by the governor this afternoon, ice fishing season in the northern region of the state is extended from April 1 through Sunday, April 16. Waters in Southern Maine are already open year round to both ice fishing and open water fishing unless closed by special rule.

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Be On the Lookout for Frogs, Salamanders by Roads


One of the great wildlife migrations is happening right now in Vermont, and it’s taking place right at our feet. 

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Trolling New Hampshires Big Lakes -- Free Talk


Here’s your chance to learn how to troll the big lakes of New Hampshire for lake trout and salmon.  Come enjoy a free talk by expert fishing guide Scott Jackson at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH. No pre-registration is required. Admission is free.

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Freshwater Fishing Season Kicks Off On April 8


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today it is stocking 80,000 trout into Rhode Island ponds and streams in preparation for the freshwater fishing season. Opening day of the season, scheduled for April 8, is celebrated annually by more than 40,000 anglers across the state. New this year, Carbuncle Pond in Coventry will be stocked with brown and rainbow trout.

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Sign Up Now for Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt


Youth hunters are encouraged to sign up for the Fifth Annual Governor’s Youth Turkey Hunt this spring. The event is sponsored by the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and is open to any licensed hunter under the age of 16.

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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fishing Report March 26 2017 Massachusetts


Mother Nature is really messing around with us lately, with these wide range weather swings. Checked out a pond on Friday evening to verify that the waters were ice free for a fishing outing in a day or so, ice was gone and a plan was set.

Wasn’t able to get to the water until Sunday morning, of course the previous night, got down into the low 20’s and guess what, the pond froze over again with a layer of ¼” ice.

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Remove Bobhouses from Ice by April 1


Attention ice anglers: According to state law, all bobhouses (also known as ice shanties), must be removed from the ice no later than the end of the day on April 1.  Please remember to use all precautions to ensure your safety when taking bobhouses off lakes and ponds

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Landlocked Salmon and Lake Trout Fishing Opens April 1


April 1 marks the start of the open-water fishing season on New Hampshire’s large lakes managed for landlocked salmon and lake trout, including Big Squam, Sunapee, and the "Big Lake" -- Winnipesaukee.  Along with these well-known water bodies, New Hampshire Fish and Game also manages 11 other lakes for landlocked salmon, including Big Dan Hole Pond, First and Second Connecticut Lakes, Conway Lake, Lake Francis, Merrymeeting Lake, Newfound Lake, Ossipee Lake, Little Squam Lake, and Winnisquam Lake.  Pleasant Lake in New London also is managed for landlocked salmon, but is classified as a designated trout pond, with a 2017 opening date of April 22.

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Turkey Hunting Seminar


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is hosting two free turkey hunting seminars this spring - one on Saturday April 1 and the other on Sunday April 2.


Monday, March 27, 2017

A Hands-On Look at Maine’s Deer Mortality Study


Regional wildlife biologists are frequently involved with a variety of tasks to support various wildlife work programs statewide, so imagine our excitement when we were asked to help live trap some deer! Wow, what a job assignment! Are you kidding me, I get to do that? In reality, it is a task that is easier said than done!

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Glastonbury Shooting Range Re-opens for 2017 Season


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the Glastonbury Shooting Range is scheduled to open for supervised public use on Saturdays and Sundays beginning Saturday, April 1 and remaining open through November 26. The range is located within the Meshomasic State Forest off of Toll Gate Road in Glastonbury, and supervision will be by DEEP certified range safety officers.

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