Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Life Jackets Increase Chances of Surviving Boating Accidents Especially as Waters Cool in Fall


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds all boaters that from October 1 – May 31, Connecticut law requires anyone using a manually propelled vessel – such as a kayak, canoe, stand up paddleboard  or rowboat – to wear a proper fitting life jacket at all times.

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=597026&A=4918

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fisheries Staff Surveys Remote Ponds


The Native Fish Conservation Group, a section of the Fisheries division that focuses on conservation and restoration of native fish, has completed another successful season of surveying some of Maine’s remote and difficult to access ponds.

https://www1.maine.gov/wordpress/insideifw/2017/10/13/2494/

Vermont Bald Eagles Nest in Record Numbers in 2017


Vermont’s bald eagle population continued its recovery in 2017. Twenty-one pairs of adult bald eagles successfully produced 35 young in Vermont in 2017, a modern-day record in the state according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The species remains on Vermont’s endangered species list, but another strong year of growth has biologists hopeful for their continued recovery. 

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=10780248

Friday, October 13, 2017

Introductory Fly Tying Course Offered in Dunbarton


Interested in learning the art of fly tying? The NH Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program is offering a free four evening introductory course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in November and December (November 28 and 30 and December 5 and 7) in Dunbarton, NH. Participants must commit to attending all four sessions.

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/newsroom/news.html?news=786

Report Your Rabbit Sightings


If you see a rabbit, report it! NH Rabbit Reports (nhrabbitreports.org), a new citizen science project sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, with support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, is seeking participants to collect data, take photos, and report sightings of rabbits throughout New Hampshire.​

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/newsroom/news.html?news=787

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Fall Striper Bonanza?


Fall time brings on a whole new fishing and exciting time for being on the water, fish are feeding for the winter months and moving towards their winter locations. The Stripers on the East coast are leaving their Maine locations and heading down the coast towards their wintering grounds.

We have been trying a bit more striper fishing this summer and have heard that the fish had been using the canal in southern MA preparing for their fall migration. The canal is setup very fisher friendly meaning, there are bike paths on both sides and you can fish the whole length of the canal that is about 7 miles long.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/blog-reports.html

N.H. Moose Hunt Is October 21-29, 2017


For nine exciting days, October 21-29, 2017, lucky moose permit holders and their hunting partners will have the experience of a lifetime taking part in New Hampshire’s annual moose hunt.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/home.html

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Maine Fish Stocking Report


The fish stocking report now features daily updates from hatchery staff. Instead of hearing when and where the hatcheries have stocked well after the season has ended, anglers now will be able to easily locate waters freshly stocked with catchable trout.​

http://www.state.me.us/ifw/fishing-boating/fishing/fish-stocking-report.html

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.

http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?Q=596854&A=4918

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Boat Ramp Closure at Wellington State Park (Newfound Lake)


The closure of the public ramp facility at Wellington State Park (Newfound Lake) has been confirmed for Friday, October 13, to enable removal of the floating dock and pilings at the boat ramp.

Fall Fishing Action Heating Up Across Vermont


A recent mix of cool nights and unseasonably warm days has created optimal conditions for fall fishing, and anglers throughout Vermont are reporting that the action is beginning to pick up for both warm and cold-water fish species. 

http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/cms/One.aspx?portalId=73163&pageId=10692098

Friday, October 6, 2017

Fall is in the Air


Finally, the temperatures are getting to where they are supposed to be for this time of year. That means that the water temperatures are finally going to start dropping and that in turn will get the fish into their fall feeding mood.

Our fish are still relating to the deeper water and haven’t moved towards the shallows yet. Finding structure is key as to where the fish have been positioned and also finding schools of baitfish is a key factor.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/blog-reports.html

DEM, Central Falls Team Up To Host Family Fishing Event At Lincoln Woods This Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the City of Central Falls and Progreso Latino, will host a family fishing event at Lincoln Woods State Park on Saturday. The event is part of DEM's ongoing efforts to promote outdoor recreation and environmental education in communities across the state.

http://www.ri.gov/press/view/31582

Hike Safe on the Trails This Fall


N.H. Fish and Game Department reminds motorists to be extra cautious while traveling Granite State roadways because moose are on the move.

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/newsroom/news.html?news=781

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Brake for Moose -- It Could Save Your Life!


N.H. Fish and Game Department reminds motorists to be extra cautious while traveling Granite State roadways because moose are on the move.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Monday, October 2, 2017

Boat Ramp Closure at Wellington State Park to Remove Seasonal Dock and Pilings


The public boat access facility to Newfound Lake at Wellington State Park in Bristol, N.H., will be closing for one day to remove the floating dock and pilings at the boat ramp.  The effort will take place during the week of October 10-13.  Safe-work conditions will be dependent on the weather, so a specific day cannot be determined at this time. The exact day of the closure will be announced as soon as it can be confirmed.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Join VT F&W for Bird Banding Week in Addison


Bird-lovers are invited to join the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department at the new Dead Creek Visitor Center in Addison to learn more about bird banding and conservation. The department is partnering with Otter Creek Audubon to host Bird Banding Week with hands-on bird banding demonstrations.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Friday, September 29, 2017

Tuff Tube Crappies - The Northland Fisherman Ep. 40


Team Northland Pro Kevin Dahkle talks about the Mimic Minnow® Tuff Tube. These tubes are 10X tougher than any other tube on the market. Here Kevin shows you their effectiveness on crappies but these tubes are great for all species. Available in 12 colors and 4 sizes. See them Spring 2018.


VT Big Game Reporting Stations


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

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

DEM Stocks Local Waters With Trout For Columbus Day Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is stocking ponds across Rhode Island with some 10,000 trout in advance of Columbus Day weekend – a popular time for recreational fishing. The number of waterbodies stocked will be limited given current drought conditions; if conditions improve, additional stocking will take place this fall.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Take a Young Person Hunting -- N.H. Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 21-22


New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, 2017, is the perfect time to take a young person 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.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

DEEP Announces Opening Days of Upcoming Fall Firearms Hunting Seasons


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has announced the Opening Days of fall firearms hunting seasons. Peak hunting during these seasons occurs during early morning and late afternoon, primarily during the period from mid-October through mid-December.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

N.H. Pheasant Season Opens October 1


New Hampshire's hunting season for pheasant gets underway on October 1 and continues through December 31. This fall 11,780 adult ring-necked pheasants will be stocked in all 10 counties with an average of 140 pheasants per site.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Wear Blaze Orange When Heading Afield


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 www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunt-dates.html).

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

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 64% 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.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Muzzleloader Antlerless Deer Permit Winners


Deer hunters who applied for a Vermont muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit by the August 24 deadline can now go to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) to see if they won a permit.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Monday, September 25, 2017

Moose Season Set To Begin Monday


On Monday, September 25th, over 700 moose hunters will enter the Maine woods seeking Maine’s most majestic mammal. This is the 37th year of Maine’s modern moose hunt, a hunt which resumed in 1980 after being closed since 1936.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Biologists Seek Input on Snake Sightings


Biologists are asking the public to report snake sightings this fall to the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas to help document the extent of the state’s eleven snake species. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Friday, September 22, 2017

Outdoor Adventure Talk: Fall Turkey Hunting


Learn about tactics, techniques, equipment, and calls that can help you seal the deal on your fall New Hampshire turkey. Experienced turkey hunters Fred Bird and Carter Heath will present a seminar on fall turkey hunting on Wednesday, September 27, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. No pre-registration is required.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

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.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Crappies are Starting to Setup, almost GO Time


Fall time fishing is a magic time that we anglers look forward to after a seemingly endless hot summer. Waters are cooling, the fish are starting to heavily feed for the upcoming winter and this in turn puts these fish into a bit more of predictable locations.

Once these waters get to those lower temps, 50-60 degrees and lower, the crappies start schooling together and roaming the basins of the lake for forage. Once you start fishing for these fish, you understand where they come together and stage for the coming winter season.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/reports-1.html

Outdoor Adventure Talk: Fall Turkey Hunting


Learn about tactics, techniques, equipment, and calls that can help you seal the deal on your fall New Hampshire turkey. Experienced turkey hunters Fred Bird and Carter Heath will present a seminar on fall turkey hunting on Wednesday, September 27, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free. No pre-registration is required.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

VT F&W Urges Hunters to Help Keep Deer Healthy


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding hunters of a law designed to help keep Vermont deer healthy by not using any type of deer urine-based or deer body fluid attractant scents. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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 the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department to help stay safe and get the most out of your tree stand hunting experience.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Baiting or Feeding Deer, Bear is Prohibited


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reminds us that baiting or feeding deer and bear is prohibited at all times in Vermont. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Share the Harvest - Hunt for the Hungry


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 425 food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and group homes statewide.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Connecticut DEEP’s Hunting and Fishing Day Gets a New Venue


The sixth annual FREE Connecticut Hunting and Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 475 East Hartford Blvd. North, East Hartford, near Rentschler Field, with free parking provided courtesy of Cabela’s.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Monday, September 18, 2017

Visit Fish and Game at Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting and Fishing Expo


The NH Fish and Game Department booth will be among the attractions at Bass Pro Shops Fall Hunting and Fishing Expo in Hooksett, N.H., on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The free event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Thursday, September 14, 2017

N.H. Youth Waterfowl Hunt Weekend


New Hampshire's Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, September 23-24, 2017. 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 is not required to have a hunting license or duck stamp.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Outdoor Adventure Talk: Hunting Dominant Bucks


Learn how to increase your odds of harvesting a whitetail buck this fall at a free seminar with Dave Priebe on Wednesday, September 20, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, N.H.  The talk begins at 7 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Vermont’s Archery Deer Season Starts Oct. 7


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s upcoming October 7- November 3 and December 2-10 archery deer hunting season. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Hunter Access Seminar for VT Landowners


Hunting can be a valuable tool for private land conservation but managing hunters can be intimidating, particularly if you are not familiar with hunting or experienced problems with hunters in the past. To help, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar for landowners interested in learning more about hunting and managing hunter access.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Crappies Can’t Resist/Northland Tackle Mimic Minnow Tuff Tube


When fall time rolls around, we as anglers start getting excited for the coming fall bite as these fish start preparing for the cold days ahead. Water temperatures are dropping and fish are moving from their summer locations to where there is more of an abundance of food migrating to.

Forage minnows at this time of year, are definitely getting to a bigger size and that in turn has the predator fish moving along with them. Shallow water bars with access to deep water very close, creates an area that these fish are able to push numbers of these minnows into, creating a situation for a feeding frenzy.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/articles.html

Small Game Hunting Opens Next Month


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that small game hunting season opens next month.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Down Year for Piping Plovers


was a difficult summer for the state-endangered and federally threatened piping plovers on Hampton and Seabrook beaches this year. This summer, three pairs nested on Hampton Beach with two chicks fledged (25+ days old), while on Seabrook Beach four pairs of plovers fledged three chicks.  Last year in New Hampshire, seven pairs of plovers nested and fledged fifteen chicks.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Take the National Hunting and Fishing Day Challenge


Hunters and anglers – pledge to take someone new hunting or fishing between now and National Hunting and Fishing Day (NHF Day) on Saturday, September 23, and you’ll be eligible to win a Richard Childress Racing VIP race weekend package!

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Vermont’s Ruffed Grouse and Woodcock Seasons


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says the hunting season for ruffed grouse is September 30 - December 31 this year, and the woodcock hunting season is October 1 - November 14. The department also says the key to hunting success is to find suitable habitat for these upland game birds. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Monday, September 11, 2017

DEEP Reports Small Die-off in Local White-tailed Deer Herd


The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that a recently-discovered die-off of several deer in the Portland area may be due to hemorrhagic disease, which is one of the most important infectious diseases affecting white-tailed deer. The cause of death could not definitively be determined due to the condition of the dead animals, but the manner in which the deer were found led DEEP biologists to suspect that hemorrhagic disease may be the cause.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

NH High Schools Compete in Statewide Bass Fishing Tournament


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 21, out of Lee’s Mills on Lake Winnipesaukee. The top third of the schools from the qualifying round will move on to the state finals on Saturday, September 30, on Pawtuckaway Lake.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Friday, September 8, 2017

Fall Archery Deer and Turkey Seasons Open September 15


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds sportsmen that the 2017 fall archery hunting season for deer and wild turkey opens on September 15.

Fall Outdoor Adventure Talk - Managing New Hampshire's Furbearers


The activity of fur trapping has undergone a major overhaul since the pioneer days of our country’s settlement. 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 a free outdoor adventure talk being offered on Wednesday, September 13, at the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH.  The talk begins at 7:00 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Enjoy Dead Creek Wildlife Day on Sat., Oct. 7


If you enjoy wildlife be sure to make plans to attend the 16th annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day in Addison, Vermont on Saturday, October 7.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Mastering the Mouse Retrieve


Charlie Robinton (Charlie Robinton is a fly fishing addict, who teaches people to tie flies and fly fish, ties his own flies and writes about all things fly fishing out of San Francisco.)

Looking to catch big fish? Maybe it’s time to use a big fly! Mouse-patterned retrieves are designed to resemble live mice and attract larger fish looking for a bigger meal! But it’s not just about casting the mouse and waiting – you need to have the mouse simulate what the real thing would look like in the water. It’s not just a fly – it’s a proven technique to catch yourself some big trout!

Fall trout stocking


More than 60,000 rainbow trout that are 12 inches or longer will be stocking across Massachusetts this fall. Fall stocking season will begin around the last week of September and be completed by the second week of October depending on water temperatures. Anglers will be able to view daily stocking reports by visiting Mass.gov/Trout. Anglers can search for a specific waterbody or town using the sortable list, or explore new fishing spots with the map feature.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Educators: Schedule a Fall Classroom Wildlife Program


Educators who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New Hampshire’s wildlife and wetland resources – or reinforce related lessons – have until September 28 to request fall 2017 Wonders of Wildlife (WOW) presentations by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department volunteer docents.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Vermont Youth Waterfowl Hunting, Sept. 23-24


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 23 and 24. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Learn More About Hunting at Free Seminars Offered


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. The seminars will cover a variety of hunting techniques, along with information about the animals targeted, and will give participants the opportunity to try a new style of hunting or to learn more about a style of hunting they already enjoy. The seminars topics include small game hunting using dogs, white-tailed deer tracking and processing, and introduction to bowhunting. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Know The Law: Use of Lead Tackle on Inland Waters in Maine


Fishing lead free is better for our lakes and our wildlife. Ingested lead fishing tackle is the leading cause of death for adult Common Loons of which there are around 4,500 adults across the state. Keeping lead sinkers out of Maine waters will increase the survival of these birds and will allow for continued population growth of this species across the northeast.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

F&W Fishing Access Area Upgrade Projects


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is past the midway point on completing a series of fishing access area improvement projects designed to enhance accessibility for anglers and boaters, including those with disabilities. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Mountaintop Ponds Offer Fine Fishing, Excellent Experience


We are at the beginning of September and water temperatures are still near their peak. This can make it difficult for anglers to locate actively feeding brook trout in a small pond setting. However, with a little effort, there are ponds that don’t warm up to levels that suppress active feeding behaviors. In the western Maine mountains, there are a number of higher elevation ponds where trout can be targeted with success all summer and into the fall.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

2018 Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp Reproductions Now Available


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that prints of the 2018 Connecticut Migratory Bird Conservation Stamp created by nationally renowned Connecticut artist Chet Reneson are now available in limited quantity.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Midwest Hunting and Fishing Magazine September/October 2017




F&W to Hold Free Fishing Clinics in September


Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s “Let’s Go Fishing Program” will be holding two educational fishing clinics in September, both which are free and open to anglers of all ages and abilities. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Small Game Seasons Get Underway


Small game hunting season for gray squirrel gets underway September 1 -- a nice opportunity to get out and hunt in comfortable weather and a great way to introduce a youngster to hunting skills. On October 1 ruffed grouse, woodcock and snowshoe hare seasons open and all are exciting to hunt and make excellent table fare.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Migratory Bird Hunting Season Dates Set


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced the dates for the 2017-2018 migratory bird hunting seasons, which include seasons for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe, rails, and crows. Specific details on season dates, bag limits, regulations, and other reminders are published in the 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Hunting Guide, which is available at  www.ct.gov/deep/hunting. Printed versions can be obtained at DEEP and town clerk offices.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Isolated Structure Fishing


Summer time water temperatures have the fish looking for cooler and more comfortable water zones and that means fishing deeper water. There are many deep water locations that hold fish and then there are areas that hold better quality and more variety.

Finding these locations can be very rewarding and typically do take a good amount of work, but once they are found, can be goldmines on a regular basis. Good electronics these days, allow you to create mapping on demand, and this work up front, can show you these locations that may not be on your current charts.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/reports-1.html

Free Trees Available To Homeowners This Fall


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is teaming up once again with the Arbor Day Foundation, Rhode Island Tree Council, and the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association to give away 1,000 trees as part of the State's Energy-Saving Trees Program. The Program helps homeowners conserve energy and reduce utility costs while beautifying their neighborhood.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Save the Dates: 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.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Antlerless Deer Application Deadline is Aug. 24


The deadline to apply for an antlerless deer permit to be used during Vermont’s December 2-10 muzzleloader deer season is Thursday, August 24. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

VT Resident Canada Goose Season, Sept. 1-25


Vermont’s resident Canada goose hunting season will be held September 1 through September 25 to help control Vermont’s resident Canada goose population prior to the arrival of Canada geese migrating south from Canada according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

‘Let’s Go Fishing’ Program Seeks Instructors


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is seeking volunteers who would like to become ‘Let’s Go Fishing’ instructors so they can pass on Vermont’s fishing tradition to the next generation of Vermonters.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Hunting Black Bears, Free Seminar on August 19


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a free seminar on hunting Vermont black bears on Saturday, August 19, at the Cambridge Fire Department in Jeffersonville.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Monday, August 14, 2017

Free Deer Hunting Seminar This Month


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a free informational seminar on deer hunting this month. The program is designed to educate hunters of all ages and experience on ways to increase their success hunting whitetail deer.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Be Bear Smart as You Enjoy the Remaining Summer Season


The cool nights are a constant reminder that the summer season is coming to an end and fall will soon be upon us.  Despite the season change, N.H. Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service urge homeowners, campers, and the rest of the public to continue to be vigilant and responsible in bear country.  The peak period of conflicts between bears and humans is June and July, however, bear activity in and around human-occupied areas can continue through August and occasionally September.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Pleasant Lake/Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project - Update


The on the water construction phase of the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project is complete, and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife would like thank the Pleasant Lake Community and the towns of Casco and Otisfield for their support during the project.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Deep Water Structure Fish


Waters are warm these days, with being near the 80 degree mark and that has the fish going deep for the cooler waters. Fishing deeper water requires good electronics and an understanding of what they are showing you and how to fish that structure.

One location that I have found, is a very small sunken island that is about the size of a boat, and is void of much vegetation because of the depth. Utilizing the Sonarphone Tpod with the Navionics application this has allowed for creating current contour information on daily trips.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/reports-1.html

Habitat Enhancement At Scarborough Marsh WMA Will Benefit New England Cottontails


Scarborough Marsh Wildlife Management Area is a 3100 acre collection of parcels located in the towns of Scarborough and Old Orchard Beach.  Scarborough Marsh is currently the focus of habitat enhancement for the state endangered New England cottontail rabbit.  Portions of the area are represented by reverting farm fields which have regrown in pockets of dense shrub where as other areas remain grassy.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Great Outdoors Pursuit Finale This Saturday At Rocky Point


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced its annual Great Outdoors Pursuit will hold its grand finale this Saturday at Rocky Point State Park. As part of the Pursuit, now in its ninth season, families earn rewards for participating in scheduled outdoor events throughout the summer season.

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Vermont Bear Hunters To Aid Wildlife Scientists


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation now requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population. 

http://www.backwoodssportsman.com/state-news-1.html

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Vermont Bear Hunting Starts Sept. 1


Vermont’s bear hunting season starts September 1, and hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns, and berries -- where bears will be feeding. 

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DEEP Designates Saturday, August 12 as “Free Fishing License Day”


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has designated Saturday, August 12, “Free Fishing License Day” for all anglers in Connecticut.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Peregrine Falcon Nesting Cliffs Reopened


Vermont Fish & Wildlife has reopened the cliffs closed to hiking and access earlier this spring to protect nesting peregrine falcons.

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New State Record for Bowfin Caught By Taunton Teen Angler


Tauri Adamczyk, a 16-year-old from Taunton, is the new state record holder for bowfin. Tauri caught a 7 lb. 14 oz. bowfin with a girth of 14” and length of 26.5” from the Taunton River in late July.  She brought her monster catch to the MassWildlife Field Headquarters for fisheries biologists to certify her catch and state record.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Free Public Archery Ranges Available in Allenstown and Holderness


New Hampshire archers and bowhunters warming up for the fall archery seasons can practice their shooting skills at New Hampshire Fish and Game Department archery facilities at Bear Brook State Park in Allenstown, and at the Owl Brook Hunter Education Center in Holderness. Both ranges are free and open to the public.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Jig-Worming the Weed Edges


The dog days of summer are upon us and that means fishing deep water weed lines is the order of the day. Finding irregularities along these weed lines are key locations that these deep water fish relate to and there are times, certain small areas will have numbers of large fish.

Setting up on the shallower sides of these weed lines has been key lately. The larger fish seem to be cruising the outer edges or just tucked inside of the weeds in their ambush locations. Casting the jig-worm out to the deeper water and slowly working it back to the weed line and if you don’t get bit, keep working it into the weeds as they may be further in.

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2017 NH Spring Gobbler Season Results


Hunters harvested 4,482 turkeys in New Hampshire during the 2017 spring hunt. This is 600 more turkeys than the 3,882 taken in the 2016 spring season and the second highest harvest, surpassed only by the 4,550 taken in 2013.

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VT Fishing Regulation Digest Named Best in Nation


In its first year as a stand-alone publication, Vermont’s fishing regulations digest has earned top honors among regulation publications from throughout the United States. 

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Vermont’s Moose Hunt Auction Closes Aug. 10


Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 10. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 11. 

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Early Morning Dock Bluegills


Middle of summer, the waters are getting very warm and this is having the fish moving and changing their locations throughout the day. For the fish size, finding the areas that the bigger fish are relating to is that key to the puzzle.

The smaller fish seem to relate to the shallower waters and can be seen as you are walking along the shorelines. But those bigger gills, what may they be relating to since we aren’t visually seeing them with some regularity.

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Deadline to apply for the 2017 any-deer permit lottery is August 15


Deadline reminder to those who wish to apply for 2017 any-deer (antlerless) permit lottery! 

Applications will be accepted online until 11:59 p.m. on August 15, 2017.  

It is free to apply for the any-deer permit lottery. The drawing will be held on September 8, 2017 and results will be posted on the Department’s website.

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Family Fun Abounds In August With Great Outdoors Pursuit


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the August schedule of events for the state's popular Great Outdoors Pursuit. The public events include a birding workshop, lighthouse tours, outdoor movies, guided hikes, a Rocky-Point themed scavenger hunt, arts and educational exhibits, and more.

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VT F&W Gives Update on Multi-Year Moose Study


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department recently completed the first field season in a multi-year study to better understand the state’s moose herd. Beginning in January 2017, researchers placed radio-collars on 60 wild moose and began tracking their movements. 

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Porpoising Bluegills


Fishing in the early morning hours, there are times that you see things that you may not during the rest of the day. We were out bass fishing recently in the early morning and the bass were cooperating quite well on the deeper weed lines.

There was little wind, so the water’s surface didn’t have much for ripples and while we were fishing, we started noticing that there were pods of fish swimming at the surface. Having seen this before, figured that these were schools of small bluegills and didn’t give it much thought.

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Time is Running out to Enter the 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction


There's still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire's 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction, which is the Foundation's primary fundraiser to support the programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

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Ossipee Lake Boat Ramp on the Pine River (Route 25) Access Facility Open


The N.H. Fish and Game Department’s Ossipee Lake boat ramp has been refurbished and is fully open and free to the public. The facility is located on Pine River, about one mile south of the Lake. Vehicle access is from Route 25, about 0.4 mile east of the Route 16 intersection.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Learn More About VT Hunting at Free Seminars


The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department will be holding a series of free seminars to teach people more about hunting. 

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Vermont Moose Hunting Permit Winners Are Drawn


The winners of Vermont’s 2017 moose hunting permits were determined Saturday, July 29, at a lottery drawing at the Barre Fish and Game Club in Barre. 

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A Record 6,570 Turkeys in Vermont’s Spring Seasons


A preliminary report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife shows that hunters had a banner season this spring with the highest turkey harvest ever recorded. Hunters brought home 6,570 wild turkeys during the spring hunting season, including 743 turkeys taken during the April youth weekend hunt.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Changes in Recreational Fishing Rules for Cod and Haddock - Effective Immediately


The recreational fishing measures in federal waters in the Gulf of Maine (more than three miles from shore) for cod and haddock have changed

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Choosing the Right Fly Fishing Outfit


Charlie Robinton (Charlie Robinton has loved fly fishing since he was 10 years old. He turned his passion for fishing and the outdoors into a career as a fly fishing writer and instructor.)

When choosing a new fly fishing setup, today’s angler is faced with a multitude of options, and the choices are enough to make a neophyte’s head spin. This article will explain the most important factors to consider when looking at different rods, reels, and fly lines, as well as how to match them together to create an outfit that meets each angler's specific needs.


Public Information Meeting on North Country Fishing Rules


The N.H. Fish and Game Department will host a public information meeting to discuss current fisheries regulations on August 17, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Errol Town Hall in Errol, N.H. The purpose of the meeting is to gather input and suggestions regarding the fishing regulations currently in place for the New Hampshire portions of the Magalloway River, as well as certain portions of Umbagog Lake and the Upper Androscoggin River.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

CT DEEP Announces Opening of the Branford River State Boat Launch in Branford


Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the State Boat Launch located on the Branford River in Branford will reopen for boating use on Saturday, July 29, 2017. 

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Summer Kayak Programs


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

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Grassland Bird Populations in Decline in Vermont


Grassland-nesting bird populations continue to decline in numbers in Vermont, according to recent surveys conducted by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Giving Salt a Try


My son has been getting into saltwater fishing quite a bit more this summer and wanted the two of us to go and try on our own. We have a jetty that is not that far from us where a river dumps into the ocean and upon arriving, it was low tide with the tide starting to come in.

We were going to run three different setups, two of the setups we ran a three way swivel that has a 3oz weight on one line. The line with the hook we ran two different baits with one being a chunk of mackerel and the other having a piece of clam.

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Public Asked to Report Summer Wild Turkey Brood Sightings through August 31


As the summer months continue, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reminds the public to report sightings of hen turkeys, with or without young, through the Department’s online survey at: www.wildnh.com/surveys/turkeybrood.html.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Family Fun & Field Day, Moose Lottery Drawing-- July 29, Barre


Be sure to bring the family to the Family Fun and Field Day at Barre Fish & Game Club on Saturday, July 29 starting at 9:30 a.m., and stay to hear who wins a moose permit at the annual moose lottery live at noon with on-site broadcast by Froggy 100.9 radio. 

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Vermont Turkey Brood Survey Starts Aug. 1


Wild turkeys are found throughout most of Vermont, but their reproductive success is monitored annually by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department with help from “citizen scientists” who report the number and size of turkey families they see during August. 

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Controlled Waterfowl Hunt Applications


Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at two Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

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ATTENTION -- 7/20 Update - Casco Hatchery/Pleasant Lake Project


Construction continues ahead of schedule on the Casco Hatchery Pipeline Replacement Project. Currently, the new water intake pipe is fully assembled and crews are pressure testing the 3,900’ pipeline in preparation for lowering it to the lake bottom.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free Clamming Workshops This Summer


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced it is hosting a series of free recreational clamming workshops this summer. The workshops, led by a local shellfisherman, review the history and value of shellfishing in Rhode Island and provide an opportunity for participants to dig for their own clams.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Enter the 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction


There’s still time to enter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire’s 2017 NH Moose Permit Auction. The auction is in its ninth year and is the Foundation’s primary fundraiser to support the programs of the N.H. Fish and Game Department.

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NH Fishing Report - July 18, 2017


This summer, it seems like we’ve been on a weather rollercoaster, with big swings in temperatures and stream flows.  The successful angler will heed the old scout’s motto of "be prepared."  Resolve to change up your methods and gear if you’re not catching much.  The weather has the fish confused at times, which makes things more challenging.  For bass, think "subsurface" during the day and "topwater" at night.  For trout, go north or head to the mountains for the best success.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

There's Still Room in the Waterfowl Hunting Course for Women


Space is still available in 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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F&W Share Tips on Creating Wildlife Habitat


Interested in creating wildlife habitat on your property? Biologists from Vermont Fish & Wildlife will present a talk on the techniques and programs available for promoting wildlife habitat at the Mt. Holly Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room. 

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Downings Landing Ramp - Reopened


The public boat ramp facility known as Downing’s Landing in Alton NH and providing access to Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee reopened today.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Take a Hunter Education Class this Summer


Sign up now to takeyour Hunter Education class in this summer. Register at www.huntnh.com/hunting/hunter-ed.html. Select "Find a Hunter Education Course," choose a traditional or online class, then complete the registration to join. Walk-ins are accepted on a space-available basis, but there are no guarantees; pre-registration is highly recommended.

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Learn about Vermont’s Black Bears


Vermonters of all ages are invited to attend a presentation about Vermont’s black bears by Tom Rogers of Vermont Fish & Wildlife at the Waitsfield Library on Tuesday, August 1 at 6:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Game Plan for Fishing New Waters


Anglers get stuck in a habit of fishing the same waters over and over again and get into a comfort zone that they tend not to want to try other locations. By trying different waters as well as different scenarios, lakes vs rivers, this in the long run, makes an angler more versatile and able to adapt more quickly for finding fish at newer locations.

Not having much experience on fishing river systems, we have been frequenting one such system a few times already with more trips planned. The stretch that we have been trying to learn is above the dam, so there is some water movement and many of the banks have a steep drop.

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Vermont’s 2017 Moose Hunt Auction is Open


Vermont’s lottery for moose hunting permits has closed, but there’s one more opportunity to get a permit for this fall’s moose hunt. Vermont’s auction for five moose hunting permits is open until 4:30 p.m. August 10. Bids will be opened and winners notified on August 11. 

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DEM, Central Falls Team Up To Host Kids' Saltwater Fishing Excursion


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM), in partnership with the City of Central Falls and Progreso Latino, will host a kids' saltwater fishing excursion aboard the Francis Fleet Charter out of Point Judith on Wednesday. Fifty local children and their families will participate in the free event, spending an afternoon on Narragansett Bay learning to fish and identify marine life in the Bay.

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