Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Maine Moose Permit Auction Raises Over $133,000 for Scholarships

Over $133,000 was raised for youth conservation education scholarships in Maine through the 2016 Maine Moose Permit Auction. Ten hunters bid a total of over $133,000 in an auction for the opportunity to hunt moose in Maine during the 2016 season.

Tri-State Reciprocity Weekend Wrap Up

Thousands of snowmobilers from Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire and beyond descended upon the trails of the North Country to enjoy the Tri-State Reciprocal Snowmobile Weekend (January 27-29), which allows snowmobiles legally registered in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont to operate on trails in all three states.


Fish & Wildlife Urges Extra Caution on the Ice

Anyone venturing onto the ice for ice fishing or other activities is urged to exercise extra caution by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 


Monday, January 30, 2017

Migratory Bird Hunting Season Regulations Meeting at DEEP Marine Headquarters in Old Lyme

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that the Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations Meeting will be held Friday, March 31, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the rear conference room at the DEEP Marine Headquarters, 333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme.

Upper Bay Conditional Shellfish Area B Reopens Tomorrow

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that Conditional Area B in Upper Narragansett Bay will reopen to shellfish harvesting at sunrise tomorrow, Saturday, January 28; the opening comes four days earlier than anticipated.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Connecticut Conservation Education/Firearms Safety Program

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced a series of hunting seminars coordinated by the DEEP’s Conservation Education/Firearms Safety (CE/FS) Program. These seminars are free and open to the public.


Thursday, January 26, 2017

2017 NH Moose Hunt Lottery Opens

New Hampshire's 2017 moose hunt lottery is now open. Enter today to try your luck on the adventure of a lifetime -- hunting moose in the rugged woods of the Granite State.  Entering the lottery costs $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.


Special Snow Goose Harvest Opportunity

Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 28. 

Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a “Conservation Order” to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species. 


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Ice Fishing Report January 22 2017 New Hampshire

With our unbelievably warm winter that we have been having, we still have yet to be able to ice fish locally. So this past weekend found us driving 2 hours north for finding good ice once again, there definitely is a line from where the ice isn’t safe to having no issues for ice thickness.

As with many of the lakes that we fish, we have favorite areas that typically hold the fish we are looking for but at the same time, we want to learn more about every body of water that we fish. So we typically will pick a different area to fish and if it doesn’t produce like we feel it should, then we may move to those more proven areas.


Moose Plates Help Fish and Wildlife

When you register your vehicle this year, show your support for New Hampshire’s wildlife and wild places by buying a New Hampshire Conservation License Plate, or “Moose Plate.”


Monday, January 23, 2017

Let's Go Fishing! Free Winter Ice Fishing Programs Offered

The temperatures are dropping, and lakes and ponds have formed some great ice this year. Now that the holidays are over, why not get outside and enjoy the New Hampshire winter by learning how to go ice fishing? The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Let’s Go Fishing Program is offering free ice fishing classes at many locations around the state this winter. These classes are designed for beginners and are geared toward families who are new to ice fishing.


Friday, January 20, 2017

NH Fishing Report - January 19, 2017

Welcome to a special "mid-January" edition of the New Hampshire Fishing Report.  Ice conditions have been up and down along with the crazy winter weather this year but overall much better ice conditions exist compared to last year’s winter at this time.  Most shallower bass, panfish, and pickerel ponds appear to be "locked up" but deeper portions of our lake trout lakes are open or still have thin ice.


Thursday, January 19, 2017

NH Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Courses on Tap for 2017

New Hampshire’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program (BOW) is offering an exciting lineup of courses in 2017 for women interested in learning outdoor skills. Application forms and brochures are published at www.nhbow.com when each registration opens. Sign up as soon as possible after registration opens, as these courses fill quickly.


Waterfowl Hunting Blinds Must Be Removed

Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before February 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 


Hunter Access Seminar Offered to VT Landowners

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


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Volunteers Needed for Winter Cottontail Rabbit Surveys

This winter, wildlife biologists need help from citizen science volunteers to conduct surveys for Eastern cottontail rabbits in southern New Hampshire. On February 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to noon in Newington, UNH Cooperative Extension and New Hampshire Fish and Game will train volunteers to collect pellets from Eastern cottontail rabbits, a known threat to the state-endangered New England cottontail. Winter is the best time to survey for cottontail rabbits, because they leave telltale signs (pellets) in the snow, making it possible to locate and sample for different species.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Free Snowmobile Weekends Slated for Winter 2017

Maine and New Brunswick Free Trail Weekend: From January 20-22, 2017, snowmobilers from Maine can obtain a FREE 3-Day Trail Permit to ride in New Brunswick. The special free permit must be obtained online by visiting www.nbfsc.com. All snowmobiles and snowmobilers on NBFSC trails will still be required to carry personal PLPD insurance ($200,000.00 minimum) and have a current 2017 snowmobile registration from Maine


Monday, January 16, 2017

Vermont Turkey Hunters Had a Successful 2016

Vermont wild turkey hunters had successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2016 according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. 


Wild Game Cooking Class This Month

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) will offer a wild game cooking class with Chef Andy Lussier of Culinary Connections and Addieville East Farm this month.


First-ever Winter Free Fishing Day in NH

If you’ve always wanted to try ice fishing, take advantage of New Hampshire’s first-ever winter free fishing day on Saturday, January 21, 2017. That’s a day you can fish without a license in New Hampshire. Note that all other regulations must be followed; learn more about fishing rules by reading the NH Freshwater Fishing Digest at www.fishnh.com/fishing/publications.html.  Persons participating in a fishing tournament must still hold a license, even on free fishing day.


FW Adds An Additional 73 Moose Calves To Moose Survival Study

IFW Adds An Additional 73 Moose Calves To Moose Survival Study AUGUSTA, Maine -- Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologists just finished a week of capturing and collaring moose in two different geographic study areas in northern Maine as part of the department’s ongoing moose study. The study provides a greater understanding of the health of Maine’s moose population, particularly factors that affect their survival and reproductive rates.


DEEP Re-opens Trails at Sessions Woods WMA

Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced that trails at Sessions Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Burlington will re-open today, Thursday, January 12, after being closed since October for a forestry operation on an eight-acre area. All nearby trails were closed during the forestry operation for public safety. The operation involved the removal of red pines that were dying due to insect infestations, as well as other potential hazard trees, due to the proximity of public trails. 


Thursday, January 12, 2017

11th Annual No Child Left Inside® Winter Festival

Grab your winter gear, bundle up your children and join us for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) No Child Left Inside® 11th annual FREE Winter Festival at Burr Pond State Park, 384 Burr Mountain Road, Torrington.  A full range of fun, outdoor winter activities for the entire family will be happening on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 


VT Bear Hunters Had a Successful Season in 2016

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2016. Preliminary numbers show that hunters took 697 black bears during the 81days of the two-part early and late bear seasons. There also were no hunting-related shooting incidents. 


VT Fish & Wildlife at the Yankee Show, Jan. 20-22

The annual Yankee Sportsman’s Classic show will be held January 20, 21 and 22 at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, and the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is inviting you to visit their exhibits and attend their seminars at the show. 


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Ice Fishing Vermont January 8 2017

This past weekend, we started off our ice fishing tournament series with the Champlain Valley Hardwater Series in Vermont. This is our second season and after last season, we were very excited at getting back up there and seeing and fishing with so many friends.

This series is growing with each tournament and is becoming a very popular event with a number of different states being represented. Everyone is super friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand and make you f...eel welcome to being a part of this community.


Educators: Schedule a Free Spring Classroom Wildlife Program

Teachers who want to introduce their students in grades 3-6 to New Hampshire's wildlife resources -- or reinforce wildlife-related lessons they have learned -- have until February 28 to request spring Wonders of Wildlife presentations by trained New Hampshire Fish and Game Department volunteer docents. There is no charge for the programs.


Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Women Can Gain Skills for Outdoor Fun at NH BOW Winter Workshop

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


Deer Hunting Season at Black Rock on Block Island opens next week

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that deer hunting season at Black Rock/Rodman Hollow on Block Island will open on Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, February 10. 


Monday, January 9, 2017

F&W Informs Anglers of 2017 Fishing Digest Errors

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reaching out to both resident and non-resident anglers to provide clarification on four errors published in the 2017 Vermont Fishing Guide & Regulations digest recently put on shelves at license agents statewide. 


Friday, January 6, 2017

K-Drill Ice Auger System to Clam Outdoors Conversion Drill Plate

This past weekend, I was talking with a number of anglers on the ice about the combination of the K-Drill Auger and Clam Outdoors Conversion Drill Plate. The first thing that was noticed is the lightness of this combination, which doesn’t wear your arms out over the day.

Another question that was ask: “Can you mount the K-Drill directly to the Drill Plate?” and the short answer is no.


Gale Meadows WMA Expands by Nearly 200 Acres

The Gale Meadows Wildlife Management Area grew by nearly 200 acres when the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department bought forestland in Winhall and Jamaica and conserved it with the Vermont Land Trust. Now, with the added land, both wildlife and the public can enjoy over 900 acres of permanently conserved land. 


Thursday, January 5, 2017

IFW Biologists Track New England Cottontails In The Snow

Have you seen this rabbit? The New England cottontail is a State Endangered species in Maine, with an estimated population of less than 300. Each winter, biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and our conservation partners conduct snow tracking surveys to monitor the sites known to have cottontails, and to search for new occurrences. So, if you’ve spotted a cottontail (see below for a comparison with the much more common snowshoe hare) please let us know so we can survey the site to confirm their presence. Knowing exactly where cottontails occur is critical to our efforts to restore the species, so we’d greatly appreciate any reports.


Registration Opens for Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Winter Hiking Course

Learn how to prepare for the challenges of winter hiking!  Registration is now open for a new Beyond Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop called, "Explore Winter Hiking."


Vermont Hunters Had Successful 2016 Deer Seasons

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says preliminary numbers show 16,160 deer were taken during Vermont’s 2016 deer hunting seasons. 


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Chopper Overhead Signals Moose Collaring Underway in Northern NH

Northern New Hampshire residents may see a helicopter overhead in the coming weeks as approximately 45 moose cows and calves are collared for the third year of a four-year study of moose mortality and productivity.


RIDE RESPONSIBLY - Snowmobile Safety Campaign

This snowmobile season, the Maine Warden Service and the Maine Snowmobile Association have teamed up once again to remind people to ride responsibly. Game Warden Corporal John MacDonald and MSA Executive Director Bob Meyers met with several media outlets this morning to discuss Maine’s busy snowmobiling season. Today’s press conference highlighted the need for snowmobile riders to work together and reduce crashes. Driving under the influence, speeding, operating in adverse weather conditions, and operating on unfamiliar water bodies are common contributing factors with snowmobile incidents here in Maine.