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Community Sports

Tell-Tale Sign Of New Season: ‘The Gobble’

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dallas — One of the neatest sounds of spring is the reverberating “gobble, gobble, gobble” call of a male turkey. Wild turkeys occasionally make the gobbling call outside of breeding season. For the most part, gobbling is a spring serenade. To reveal their location to any breeding hens that may be close enough to hear, males gobble when they fly up to roost at dusk. They gobble on the roost …

Hope Springs on Wisconsin River

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — We could have come back to the Brule just for the bald eagles. Or the deer. Or the Canada geese. Or the ducks. Or the steelhead. Or the two otters. Or the sleepy bear. Any of those would have been enough. The two of us knew, when we slid the canoe off the snow into the river …

A Joy to be Back on the Mighty Mississippi

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Spring had been planned by ticking off the days until sap ran. Somewhere in the middle of this, or around it, rivers would break free of ice, or warm up, and fishing dates were on the calendar. This was before winter hung on forever, and snow remained piled halfway up the bird feeders. …

Swingin’ the Clubs in a Winter Wonderland

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Season’s greetings! No, not the holiday greeting kind, but the start of the golf season! We should be able to hit golf balls by now, if not for the several inches of snow that is hanging around too …

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Fern Day, 8, left, and Gwennie Ambrose, 8, spar during a karate class taught by Cynthia Zimmick at the Windsor Recreation Center on Tuesday. Valley News — Sarah Priestap …

Some Lures That Really Catch Fish

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Boise, Idaho — Ron and Pam Murray’s living room in Meridian, Idaho, looks like a steelhead angler’s candy store. Spread across tables and kitchen counters are chartreuse, red and black bucktail jigs. Packages of neon pink, yellow and green steelhead bobbers are tucked in boxes ready for shipment. …

Snowshoes, Steelhead on the Brule

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Along the Brule River, Wis. — The thermometer fell to 14 degrees in the valley here Saturday morning, but Derek Leslie didn’t mind. Leslie got his spot near Co-op Hole around midnight to make sure he had a …

Angler Pleads Guilty, Loses Potential World-Record Fish

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Rob Scott, the Minnesota angler who caught a potential tip-up world-record lake trout in February, pleaded guilty on Friday in Canada’s Fort Frances Provincial Offences Court to keeping one lake trout over his limit. Scott, 65, won’t get to keep the fish. He paid a $400 fine plus …

Grabbing Some Sun

Friday, April 4, 2014

Justin Hutt, of Lebanon, tries a hand-plant grab on the halfpipe at Riverside Park in West Lebanon. Earlier this week, another skater had shoveled the snow off the ramp in anticipation of the pleasant weather.Valley News — Sarah …

Storm Ices Championship at Deep Freeze Tourney

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Waterville Valley, n.h. — Riding three wins and a tie through the weekend, the Upper Valley Storm Bantams defeated Ludlow (Mass.), 4-2, to win the championship of the Deep Freeze Tournament on March 23. The Storm rolled to …

Greenway Gets Ready for Facelift

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

By Jared Pendak Valley News Staff Writer Mascoma River Greenway supporters have more than warmer temperatures to look forward to this spring. Work is scheduled to begin April 14 for the next stage of construction of the MRG, an envisioned four-mile, multi-use trail connecting Lebanon to West Lebanon …

N.H. Anglers Can Hit Water Today ... If the Ice Bothers to Yield

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Laconia, n.h. — At Martel’s Bait and Sport, there was a healthy bit of skepticism as today’s opening day of fishing season approached. It was 24 degrees outside the cozy shop last week, the wind was cutting and …

Cold Weather’s Camping Challenges

Sunday, March 30, 2014

In the Boundary Waters, Minn. — Lying in my toasty sleeping bag, I waited for the crackling fire in the small wood stove to warm the frigid canvas tent. My three camping companions already had emerged from their bags on this bitter cold morning and fired the stove. …