Community Sports

Gobble, Gobble ... and Good Luck!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

In spring, when the focus of most outdoor enthusiasts turns to fishing, hunters are gearing up for one last chance to hit the woods until fall. Spring gobbler season kicks off next month, giving New Hampshire hunters an opportunity to pursue one of the most difficult quarries in the state. Turkeys are fearless most of the year, feeding along the …

Twin State Hikers Rejoice as Warm Season Nears

Sunday, April 26, 2015

With snow melting, rivers rising and mud making the rounds, it’s a good time to look ahead to another season of sun, wildflowers, peaks, trails, camping, rivers and travel. The North Country is getting some love from New Hampshire State Parks. There are new lean to’s and tent platforms at Mollidgewock, Milan Hill …

Superior Fishing in Minnesota

Sunday, April 26, 2015

On a cool April morning, the brethren of the long-handled fishing net were assembled on the south pier of the Duluth ship canal. George Hamilton, a recent transplant from Los Angeles, was among them, wearing blue ice-fishing gear to ward off the morning’s chill. Hamilton understands there are some basic weather differences between …

Crossbows Use Helps Heighten Deer Harvest

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Deer hunters using crossbows in Wisconsin last year had a slightly higher success rate and were older than those using vertical bows. In addition, the use of crossbows contributed to a record buck bow kill in 2014. But …

Farming Practice Assists Pheasant Conservation

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jeff Prendergast said life is pretty easy for a grown Kansas pheasant. With so many crop fields, food is seldom a problem. Even with reductions in Conservation Reserve Program fields there’s normally enough cover to protect a lot of the birds from predators and the elements. With nearly …

Headed North? Bring Rod and Reel

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lower Manitou Lake, Ontario — “Fish on!” hollered Dave Swenson as his partner’s rod bent in half and line peeled off his reel. “Oh, this is a nice one,” said Tom Szukis, playing the big lake trout tugging …

More Than Horseplay: New-Look GMHA Gallops Into 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015

South Woodstock — With springtime coming soon to the Upper Valley, the Green Mountain Horse Association picked a fitting time to welcome its new executive director — and to announce plenty of new events for the 2015 horseback …

Recreation Briefs: A New Feat for Hanover U12s

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Auburn, Maine — Dropping the final to host Casco Bay, the Hanover Wild U12 girls produced the best finish by a Hanover Hockey Association girls team at the USA Hockey New England Regional tournament last weekend, accepting the …

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. …