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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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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Report Fish Kills This Summer


Summer weather is here, lakes and ponds are warming up, and fish kills may occur. The sight of dead and dying fish along the shores of a favorite pond or river can be distressing and can prompt concerns about pollution. However, the vast majority of summer fish kills reported are natural events.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Casco Hatchery/Pleasant Lake Project


Construction begins July 10 on a new intake pipe for the Casco Hatchery. During the construction project there will be a pipeline floating on the southern end of Pleasant Lake. The floating pipeline will be marked appropriately to alert boaters.

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Unit L Antlerless Deer Permits Available Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Sales will begin soon for special permits allowing hunters to take additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit L during the fall hunting seasons. Hunters should note the specific details about the purchasing this permits

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DEM Hosts Free Fly-Fishing Workshop This Month


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) – in partnership with Trout Unlimited, United Fly-Tyers of Rhode Island, and the Wood River Fly-Fishing Association – will host a free fly-fishing clinic for women this month.

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Midwest Hunting and Fishing Magazine July/August 2017


Latest article in the Midwest Hunting and Fishing Magazine July/August issue

https://issuu.com/midwesthuntfish/docs/mhf_july_2017_final



Register for Women in the Outdoors Event


Women in the Outdoors (WITO) is an event that provides interactive, educational, outdoor opportunities for women aged 13 and up. WITO is perfect for beginners, and with nearly 30 instructional classes, seminars, and activities, there’s something for everyone. Classes include Wilderness Survival, Birdwatching, Outdoor Photography, Rifle Marksmanship, Fly-Fishing 101, Game Processing, and many more. Organized by the National Wild Turkey Federation Central Massachusetts Chapter and sponsored in part by MassWildlife's Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program, the 2017 WITO event will be held on Saturday, July 29 at the Auburn Sportsman’s Club (50 Elm Street). Space is limited and registration is required. For a full list of classes and to register, please click here.

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Hunter Access Seminar for Vermont 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 have experienced problems with hunters in the past. To help, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a free seminar this summer for landowners interested in learning more about hunting and managing hunter access. 

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Discover Great Places to Fish in the Concord Capital Region


You don't have to travel far to find a quiet fishing spot near the Granite State's capital city. Concord and surrounding towns have plenty of waterbodies to enjoy. The N.H. Fish and Game Department's new Concord Capital Region Take Me Fishing guide highlights several great places in the area to drop in a line.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

NH Fishing Report - June 30, 2017


For the fly anglers out there, two important insect hatches are occurring now in the Granite State. The "Hex" is a large, cream and brown mayfly that emerges from certain ponds and very slow moving rivers.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

Family Fun Abounds In July With Rhode Island Great Outdoors Pursuit


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) today announced the July schedule of events for the state's popular Great Outdoors Pursuit. The public events include guided hikes, an evening walking lecture, and lessons in firearms safety and archery.

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Fishing in New Hampshire -- Try It, You'll Love It!


Are you planning a visit to New Hampshire’s lakes, streams or ponds?  N.H. Fish and Game offers a single-day freshwater fishing license to anglers who want to give New Hampshire angling a try.

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Antlerless Muzzleloader Deer Permit Applications


Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer hunting permit applications are on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com), and now printed applications are also available from license agents statewide. 

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Increased Boat Patrols Set For This Weekend


The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will join partners across the country this weekend for the annual Operation Dry Water campaign – a national crackdown on impaired boating. DEM's Division of Law Enforcement will be conducting increased patrols from Friday – Sunday and monitoring for boaters under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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Boaters Warned about Dangerous Bridge Condition in Hooksett


The NH Fish and Game Department is warning boaters on the Merrimack River near Hooksett to beware of dangerous bridge conditions at the Lilac Bridge, which is to the south of the Department's Lambert Park public boat access facility.

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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Post Spawn Bass


Waters are reaching warmer temperatures, finally, and that means the spawning beds are vacated and the shallow waters look like land mines have been set off. These times of the season can be a bit tougher for finding actively biting fish, as they are in the transition mode from spring to summer.
Waters we were recently fishing, the deeper waters of the lake, are very structure-less to say the least and cruising the shorelines, there is high evidence that the spawn is recently over. So with the post spawn happening, what baits would you use for seeking out some of these fish.

Downings Landing Ramp to Close for Drilling Assessment


The public boat ramp facility known as Downing’s Landing in Alton, NH, which provides access to Alton Bay and Lake Winnipesaukee, will be closed to complete drilling to assess soil depths at the ramp beginning late in the day on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.  The ramp is expected to be closed for one day on July 12 (weather permitting) and will reopen on Wednesday morning, July 13.  If there is significant lightning storm activity on July 12, then drilling activity may extend the closure into Wednesday July 13. An update to confirm the access site reopening once the drilling is complete will be published on the Fish and Game website.

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Watch for Piping Plover Chicks on the Beach in Hampton and Seabrook


If you’re heading to the beach to beat the heat this holiday weekend and beyond, watch for endangered piping plovers raising their young in the sandy coastal beaches and dunes. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department reports that one plover nest has hatched within the last week, and another is expected to hatch after the Fourth of July weekend.  There are currently 4 unfledged chicks running around on beaches in Hampton and Seabrook.

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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.

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

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.