Community Sports

Still Plenty of Time for Slopes

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Carve soft bumps and corn snow like butter. Cruise in the forgiving shade. Screech in the mashed potatoes on boards needling wax. Chill and grill on the hill. There is life to the ski season as many make that long, bittersweet good-bye in spring to a winter that’s seen bountiful snow, pesky winds, frigid single digit blasts and glorious powder when giddy skiers couldn’t see their feet. Killington Mountain Resort always seems to be New England’s last ski area standing and its Superstar trail is the place to bash the huge soft bumps as the bats are beginning to crackle at Fenway Park. Don’t forget …

Some of West’s Best Trails Accessible by Ferry Boat

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Visiting the San Juan Islands got a whole lot easier in January. Washington State Ferries now lets you make a reservation for the ferry you want to catch. I tested that recently with a hassle-free weekend getaway to Friday Harbor. It was beautiful and sunny, and I hit the hiking trails. My prediction: more island visits by more people. With that in mind, …

Biologists Eye Walleye Eggs

Sunday, March 29, 2015

It’s a memorable day when most Kansas anglers can scoop a limit of five walleye aboard with a dip net. Recently, Dave Spalsbury was scooping the fish up about 125,000 at a time. OK, so he was only using a quart-sized measuring cup, and the speck-sized eggs had only been “walleye” the hour or so since they’d been taken from females and mixed …

Outdoor Adventures: A Serious Side to Silly Season

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Let the goggle tans begin. Sure, it’s time to work on growing alpine freckles, go pond skimming, break out the loud Hawaiian shirts and use rolls of duct tape on those cardboard derby entrees. But there are some …

Best Ice Fishing Still Lies Ahead

Sunday, March 15, 2015

The ice fishing season got off to a slow start ,but when the cold weather finally hit, the action was great. Thick ice allowed anglers to use their trucks and snowmobiles to get them to their most productive spots. Lakes and ponds were producing good catches, at least …

Shed Deer Antlers a Buried Treasure

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Caledonia, Wis. — The woods and fields of Wisconsin’s northern Racine County were traced with wildlife highways. We first followed parallel game trails through a block of woods. With at least a foot of snow on the landscape for the last month, the animals were in no mood …

Thursday, March 12, 2015

CHITTENDEN, Vt. — Results for Upper Valley competitors in Sunday’s freestyle races at the Bill Koch League Festival cross country ski meet at the Mountain Top Inn and Resort, with skier name, hometown and divisional placement: GRADES 1-2 …

Outdoor Notes: N.H. Bans Hunting Drones

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Count New Hampshire among the states taking steps to mitigate the effects of technology on fair chase hunting. The New Hampshire Fish & Game Commission on Wednesday approved legislation banning the use of aerial drones, smart rifles and video equipment capable of sending real-time alerts for hunting purposes. …

Recreation Briefs: Ford Sayre’s Glueck Seventh at Nordic Jr. Nationals

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Soda Springs, Calif. — Ford Sayre’s Adam Glueck kicked off his visit to the U.S. Cross Country Junior Nationals on Tuesday with an All-American finish in the opening sprint. Glueck earned the notice in the boys U16 division. …

Finders Keepers

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hartford’s Maria Wheeler, left, wrestles for possession of the ball with Weathersfield’s Skylar Thibodeau during the teams’ grades 3-4 girls game on Monday in the Claremont Youth Basketball Tournament at the Claremont Community Center. Hartford left with a …

More Recreation Briefs: WTU Banquet March 28

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lebanon — Whitetails Unlimited will hold its New Hampshire Deer Camp social hour and banquet on March 28 at the Lebanon Elks Club begnning at 5 p.m. The event features raffles, auctions and door prizes featuring a wide array of firearms, outfitter packages, hunting equipment, artwork and collectibles. …

Time to Get Out

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Bobby Antonacci, of Quechee, serves the ball while playing platform or paddle tennis with Dan Hall, of Quechee, at the Quechee Club on Wednesday. Antonacci and Hall said Wednesday’s warm sunshine was a rare treat for paddle tennis …

Devoted to the Day

Sunday, March 8, 2015

For Rick Montgomery and his 15-year-old son, Zack, this was good fishing weather. Seriously? In the cold? With snow sweeping across Shawnee Mission Lake in Shawnee, Kan.? With the suburban lake mostly covered with ice? Yup. When the …