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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. …

Shoot the Chute on Whistler’s Bobsled

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Whistler, British Columbia — “The fastest sliding track in the world.” The guides made this pronouncement over and over during our bobsled orientation, in case we had missed it in between reading the three-page liability waiver and getting a crash course in what to do if we crash. …

Trail Cam Aids A nimal Tracking

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Whether for survival or recreation, humans always have been profoundly interested in wildlife. Trail cameras and the Internet have captivated us more recently. A citizen science project that combines all these elements is getting started this year in …

Learn-to-Curl at UA Sunday

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Woodstock — Following on the heels of the recent Olympic tournament in Russia, the Woodstock Curling Club will host a learn-to-curl clinic at Union Arena on Sunday afternoon. The clinic is scheduled to run from 1:30-3:45 p.m. at a cost of $20 per person. The club provides the …

UVAC Pair Crowned Champs at New England Meet

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

White River Junction — Two members of the Upper Valley Aquatic Center swim team combined for three race victories over the weekend competing in their home pool at the New England Swimming 12-and-under championships. Hartland’s Jack Wadsworth, 11, …

Hunting Turkey Tip: You Want to See Them Before They See You

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Sitting in a clump of palmettos with my back against the jagged trunk of a cabbage palm, my shotgun on the ground and two gobblers running at me, I couldn’t help but think, “What a way to screw up a perfect spring turkey hunt.” Fortunately, Ron Bergeron yelped …

Bird Nerd Loves Feathered Friends

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Don’t call Michael O’Keefe a birder. Or a bird-watcher. He’d rather be called a bird nerd. “A friend of mine came up with that,” he said with a laugh. “For me, it just kind of stuck. “I don’t …

Silver Keeps Logan Smiling

Sunday, March 2, 2014

She’s probably still smiling. “There is just this smile across my face and I don’t think it’s going away for a while,” said Devin Logan the other day during a phone interview from a New York City cab. …

Area Group Takes Successful Leaps at Lake Placid

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Lake Placid, n.y. — Seven Upper Valley ski jumpers tested their skills on Saturday by participating in the Norwegian Open tournament held at the Olympic Regional Development Authority’s Intervale jumps. The bulk of the action took place on …

Strafford Boys, Tunbridge Girls Earn Tourney Titles

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Tunbridge — The Strafford boys and Tunbridge girls proved victorious on Sunday in the Tunbridge Middle School Basketball Tournament held at the Tunbridge Central School. Rescheduled because of winter storms, both teams ran the table without a defeat …

Near-Perfect Hanover Girls Narrowly Miss State Crown

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Exeter, n.h. — Going undefeated without allowing a goal in round-robin play wasn’t quite enough to secure a state championship for the Hanover Hockey Association U12 girls, who fell to Concord on Sunday’s state championship game, 2-0, at …